Download the installer for ESXi. You can obtain the software either from an OEM or from the VMware download portal at


Create a VMware Customer Connect account at


  1. Log in to VMware Customer Connect.
  2. Navigate to Products and Accounts > All Products.
  3. Find VMware vSphere and click Download Product.
  4. Select a VMware vSphere version from the Select Version drop-down menu.
  5. Select a version of VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) and click GO TO DOWNLOADS.
  6. Download an ESXi ISO image.

    For an evaluation copy of ESXi, go to

    For product patches to ESXi, see VMware knowledge base article 1021623 or go to

  7. Confirm the checksums.