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Sorry basic question. Vsphere knowledge is limited.
Normally, I use vpshere client to connect to our existing Vcenter server.

Got a test where someone is coming along with a clean install ESXi host.

Questions are:-

1. Can I just RDP in to this machine to get access to Vsphere? Or is it more complicated than this?

2. Once on, I need to import VMs from USB drive. Can I just plug in?
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You can use the vSphere Client, the same software install, and application you use to connect to vCenter Server, but use the IP Address, root username and password for the ESXi server.

See my EE Articles

Part 1: HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 2: HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client

As for your VMs, you cannot connect a USB drive to the ESXi server, it's not supported, so your VMs will need to be upload, or imported from a workstation.

see my articles

an example how how an ISO is uploaded, use the same process to upload VMs

Part 4: HOW TO: Upload an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client, and checking its MD5 checksum signature is correct.

or, if they are OVFs

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE
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Ok. So Im going to have one ESXi server and one Windows 2008 server which should be networked.

I guess plan would be to install vsphere client on the windows 2008 server so I can access ESXi (do I need  a vcenter server also?). Then I can copy the VMs from USB onto windows 2008 server and import them?
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NO requirement for vCenter Server, for a single ESXi server, it's only used for management, and OTT for a single ESXi server.

Yes, that will work fine.
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