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Running vCenter Server in a virtual machine (10087)
Note: While running vCenter Server in a virtual machine under Workstation, Player, or Fusion is possible, VMware does not recommend this configuration.
Deploying vCenter Server in a virtual machine has these advantages:
- Rather than dedicating a physical server to the vCenter Server application, you can install vCenter Server in a virtual machine registered to an ESXi/ESX host in the environment.
- You can provide high availability for the vCenter Server system by using VMware HA.
- You can migrate the virtual machine containing the vCenter Server system from one host to another, enabling maintenance and other activities.
- Provides the ability to use snapshots for virtual machine-level backup utilities (such as VMware Data Recovery) and for restore points before installing update packages.
- In a standalone server, install ESXi/ESX.
- On any machine that has network access to your ESXi/ESX host, install the vSphere Client.
- Using the vSphere Client, access the ESXi/ESX host directly to create the virtual machine for hosting vCenter Server.
- In the virtual machine, install vCenter Server.
For more information on the advantages of deploying the vCenter Server system in a virtual machine, see the Install vCenter Server in a Virtual Machine section of the VMware ESXi/ESX and vCenter Server Installation Guide.
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