You can install and set up ESXi on your physical hardware so that it acts as a platform for virtual machines. What to read next ESXi RequirementsTo install or upgrade ESXi, your system must meet specific hardware and software requirements. Preparing for Installing ESXiBefore you install ESXi, determine the installation option that is suitable for your environment and prepare for the installation process. Installing ESXiYou can install ESXi interactively, with a scripted installation, or with vSphere Auto Deploy. Setting Up ESXiThese topics provide information about using the direct console user interface and configuring defaults for ESXi. After You Install and Set Up ESXiAfter you install and set up ESXi, you can use manage hosts by various interfaces, license the hosts, and back up your configuration.