Before you can begin the process of deploying VMware Cloud Foundation you must prepare the ESXi hosts that will form the management domain.

Preparing the ESXi hosts involves installing the correct version of ESXi and performing some basic configuration tasks.

For the supported ESXi version, see the Bill of Materials (BOM) section of the VMware Cloud Foundation Release Notes.


The management domain requires a minimum of four ESXi hosts.

To use vSAN Express Storage Architecture (ESA), your hosts must be ESA-compatible.

Tip: See the vSAN ESA VCG for information about compatible hardware.