The getting started tasks take you from initial setup of a new virtualization host to a working virtual machine.

Getting started with ESXi includes the following tasks:

Install ESXi and add the host to your network

Install the vSphere Client and connect to the ESXi host

Deploy and run a virtual machine

The getting started tasks set up the single-host management system for virtualization.

Basic Single-Host Management System
A host with virtual machines accessed by a vSphere Client

After the initial setup of ESXi, you can deploy vSphere with vCenter Server to manage multiple hosts.

Getting started with ESXi and vCenter Server includes the following tasks:

Install ESXi and add the host to your network

Install the vSphere Client and connect to the ESXi host

Install and set up vCenter Server by following the procedures in Getting Started with vCenter Server

Deploy and run a virtual machine