vSphere Installation and Setup describes how to install and configure VMware vCenter Server®, deploy the VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™, and install and configure VMware ESXi™.

Intended Audience

vSphere Installation and Setup is intended for experienced administrators who want to install and configure vCenter Server, deploy and configure the vCenter Server Appliance, and install and configure ESXi.

This information is written for experienced Windows or Linux system administrators who are familiar with virtual machine technology and data center operations. The information about using the Image Builder and VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ is written for administrators who have experience with Microsoft PowerShell and VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™.

vSphere Web Client and vSphere Client

Task instructions in this guide are based on the vSphere Web Client. You can also perform most of the tasks in this guide by using the new vSphere Client. The new vSphere Client user interface terminology, topology, and workflow are closely aligned with the same aspects and elements of the vSphere Web Client user interface. You can apply the vSphere Web Client instructions to the new vSphere Client unless otherwise instructed.

Note: Not all functionality in the vSphere Web Client has been implemented for the vSphere Client in the vSphere 6.5 release. For an up-to-date list of unsupported functionality, see Functionality Updates for the vSphere Client Guide at http://www.vmware.com/info?id=1413.

VMware Technical Publications Glossary

VMware Technical Publications provides a glossary of terms that might be unfamiliar to you. For definitions of terms as they are used in VMware technical documentation, go to http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs.