I want to build a Vsphere 5.5 datacenter in my home lab, which ISO do I download

I am a VCP and 3 years ago I built a home lab Vsphere 5 datacenter. I just upgraded my cert to 5.5 and I want to wipe out my old lab and rebuild a new one using an ESXI 5.5 host. Which ISO do I download. I am looking at Esxi 5.5 image. Esxi 5.5 driver rollup and several others. Which do I download to start? I am assuming  it will be like last time. I will build my Esxi host and download the vsphere client on my laptop, then point to the IP of the Esxi host. I am sure I will get the hang of it once I am back in, but need to review . All advice is welcome
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I just did this recently. I first used the ESXi 5.5up2 install ISO image and later redid the install using the corresponding DELL-supplied version (I have a Dell R210).

The general advice is, if you have a system where a vendor-supplied version of ESXi is available, use that in preference to the stock ISO from VMware.

If you point your web browser at the ESXi host, it will offer a download link for the corresponding vSphere client and you'll get some warnings that some functionality is only available with the vSphere Web client.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you are VCP 5.5, why not build a 6.0 lab!

The filename you want is always called...VMware-VMvisor-Installer

e.g. this is the file name for ESXi 5.5 Update 2d ISO image (Includes VMware Tools)


URL - https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=ESXI55U2&productId=353&rPId=7709

6.0 is called

ESXi ISO image (Includes VMware Tools)


URL - https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=ESXI600&productId=491&rPId=7501

You can also use AutoLab...see my EE Article

HOW TO: Set up a lab environment for vSAN using VMware Workstation

You can also use AutoLab with ESXi, to created a nested Cluster.

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Thor2923Author Commented:
both answers were acceptable but I went with the first option
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