You have installed and configured ESXi. You can deploy the first virtual machine on your ESXi host by using the vSphere Client.

In an environment without vCenter Server, you can use the vSphere Client to connect directly to the host and perform administrative tasks.

A single host can run multiple virtual machines. ESXi supports a wide range of guest operating systems. To create a Windows virtual machine, you need a Windows installation disk.


Start the vSphere Client and type the login details for your host.


In the IP address / Name text box, type


In the User name text box, type root.


In the Password text box, type my_esx_password.


Click Install this certificate and do not display any security warnings, and click Ignore.


Click New Virtual Machine.


Follow the Create New Virtual Machine wizard to create a Windows virtual machine.


Click Typical, and click Next.


Type My_Windows_VM, and click Next.


To place the virtual machine files on the existing datastore, click Next.


Select a Windows version that corresponds to the installation media that you own.


Accept all default settings to finish the wizard.

To install vCenter Server in the virtual machine, assign at least 4GB of RAM to the virtual machine.


Select the My_Windows_VM virtual machine.


Place your Windows installation disk in the optical media drive of your local machine.


Click the Connect/disconnect CD/DVD devices of the virtual machine icon, and select the letter drive that corresponds to your DVD device.


Click the Launch Virtual Machine Console icon.


Select the My_Windows_VM console window, and click the Power on icon.


Complete the Windows installation wizard.

In a later scenario, you use the windows administrative account as the administrative account for vCenter Server. Assign the password My_windows_password to the administrator user.

You have a running Windows virtual machine on your ESXi host.

You can install vCenter Server in a Microsoft Windows virtual machine that runs on an ESXi host. To use the virtual machine as a host system for your vCenter Server instance with the network conventions of this scenario, assign to the virtual machine the IP address In the next scenario, the administrative account of the Windows virtual machine is set as your vCenter Server account.