vSphere is a sophisticated product with multiple components to install and set up. To ensure a successful vSphere deployment, understand the sequence of tasks required.

Installing vSphere includes the following tasks:


Verify that your system meets vSphere hardware and software requirements. See System Requirements.


Determine the ESXi installation option to use. See Options for Installing ESXi.


Determine where you will locate and boot the ESXi installer. See Media Options for Booting the ESXi Installer. If you are PXE-booting the installer, verify that your network PXE infrastructure is properly set up. See PXE Booting the ESXi Installer.


Install ESXi:

Installing ESXi Interactively

Installing, Upgrading, or Migrating Hosts Using a Script

Installing ESXi Using vSphere Auto Deploy


Configure ESXi boot and network settings, the direct console, and other settings. See Setting Up ESXi.


Install the vSphere Client to manage your ESXi host. License your host and back up your host configuration. See After You Install and Set Up ESXi.


Consider setting up a syslog server for remote logging, to ensure sufficient disk storage for log files. Setting up logging on a remote host is especially important for hosts with limited local storage. Optionally, you can install the vSphere Syslog Collector to collect logs from all hosts. See Providing Sufficient Space for System Logging, Configure Syslog on ESXi Hosts, Set Up Syslog from the Host Profiles Interface in the vSphere Client, and Install or Upgrade vSphere Syslog Collector.


(Optional) Perform these tasks if you are using vCenter Server to manage your vSphere deployment:


Set up vCenter Server databases. See Preparing vCenter Server Databases.


Install vCenter Single Sign On, Inventory Service, vCenter Server, and vCenter Server support tools. Connect to vCenter Server from the vSphere Client or the vSphere Web Client. See Installing vCenter Server and After You Install vCenter Server.


(Optional) Create a Linked Mode Group or join vCenter Server to a Linked Mode Group. See Creating vCenter Server Linked Mode Groups.