If you do not have an ESXi installation CD/DVD, you can create one.

You can also create an installer ISO image that includes a custom installation script. See Create an Installer ISO Image with a Custom Installation or Upgrade Script.


  1. Download the ESXi installer from the VMware Web site at https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/downloads.
    ESXi is listed under Datacenter & Cloud Infrastructure.
  2. Confirm that the md5sum is correct.
    See the VMware Web site topic Using MD5 Checksums at http://www.vmware.com/download/md5.html.
  3. Burn the ISO image to a CD or DVD.