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VMware vSphere 5.5 Essentials

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VMware vSphere 5.5 Essentials

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (20 chapters)
VMware vSphere Essentials
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Comparison of vCenter Server and vCenter Server Appliance

In order to manage your virtualized data center, you are provided with some alternatives to install vCenter Server:

  • Installation on a supported Windows-based operating system

  • Deployment as a Linux-based virtual appliance (vCSA)

Both variants are quite similar as they both offer a wide range of management functionality, including:

  • Deployment and management of virtual machines, templates, and OVF appliances

  • Management of multiple ESXi hosts

  • Centralized network and storage provisioning

  • Statistics and performance data collection

  • Advanced cluster features including DRS, high availability, and fault tolerance

Beginning with vSphere 6.0, vCenter Server and the appliance alternative have the same limitations and features. Previous versions were intended for smaller setups, as they missed support for multiple linked (Linked Mode) or clustered (vCenter Heartbeat) vCenter Server instances.