The VMware Cloud Foundation Deployment Guide provides information about installing VMware ESXi™ software on VMware Cloud Foundation™ servers and deploying the management domain using the VMware Cloud Builder appliance™.

Intended Audience

The VMware Cloud Foundation Deployment Guide is intended for data center cloud administrators who deploy a VMware Cloud Foundation system in their organization's data center. The information in this guide is written for experienced data center cloud administrators who are familiar with:

  • Concepts of virtualization and software-defined data centers
  • Networking and concepts such as uplinks, NICs, and IP networks
  • Hardware components such as top-of-rack (ToR) switches, inter-rack switches, servers with direct attached storage, cables, and power supplies
  • Methods for setting up physical racks in your data center
  • Using the VMware vSphere® Client™ to work with virtual machines

Related Publications

Getting Started with VMware Cloud Foundation document provides a high-level overview of the VMware Cloud Foundation product

The Planning and Preparation Workbook provides detailed information about the software, tools, and external services that are required for Cloud Foundation.

The VMware Cloud Foundation Administration Guide contains detailed information about how to administer and operate a VMware Cloud Foundation system in your data center.

Your VMware Cloud Foundation system includes various VMware software products and components. You can find the documentation for those VMware software products at

VMware Cloud Foundation Glossary

The VMware Cloud Foundation Glossary defines terms specific to VMware Cloud Foundation.