Getting Started

Install VMware vSphere® ESXi™ on your own or with guided help.


  • Minimum: single socket, dual core
  • Ideal: dual socket, four or more cores per CPU
  • Minimum: 4GB
  • Ideal: 8GB or more
  • Minimum: one network adapter, plus one for management interface
  • Ideal: one network adapter for management interface, plus multiple adapters for virtual machines
Local Storage (SATA/SAS)
  • Minimum: one 80GB drive
  • Ideal: two mirrored drives, plus four RAID 5 drives for virtual machines
Shared Storage
  • NFS, iSCSI or Fibre Channel for virtual machine storage
  • Unlimited number of cores per physical CPU
  • Unlimited number of physical CPUs per host
  • Maximum vCPUs per virtual machine:
  • Maximum Memory: unlimited
  • Operating System Support: See a complete list of supported versions.

Creating Virtual Machines

Creating Virtual Machines with vSphere Hypervisor (free version)

Creating Virtual Machines with vSphere ESXi (paid edition)

Upgrading to VMware vSphere Editions

Moving up to a paid vSphere Edition lets you further optimize your IT infrastructure. You'll be able to:

  • Pool computing and storage resources across multiple physical hosts
  • Have centralized management of multiple hosts through VMware vCenter Server™
  • Deliver improved service levels and operational efficiency
  • Perform live migration of virtual machines
  • Take advantage of automatic load balancing, business continuity, and backup and restore capabilities for your virtual machines