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vCenter Server 6.0 requirements for installation (2107948)

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This article provides vCenter Server 6.0 requirements for installation.

Note: This article assumes that you have read the vSphere 6.0 Installation and Setup documentation. The documentation contains definitive information. If there is a discrepancy between the documentation and this article, assume that the documentation is correct. Ensure that you have read the known issues in the VMware vSphere 6.0 Release Notes


Deployment models and Platform Services Controllers

With vSphere 6.0, we have introduced deployment models and Platform Services Controllers. There are two deployment models:

  • Embedded Deployment Model:
    • vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller
  • External Deployment Model:
    • External Platform Services Controller.
    • vCenter Server with external Platform Services controller.

For more information about when to use the external or embedded deployment models, see vCenter Server Deployment Models section in the vSphere Upgrade Guide.

For further vCenter Server 6.0 installation information, see:

vCenter Server for Windows Requirements

To install vCenter Server on a Windows virtual machine or physical server, your system must meet specific hardware and software requirements. For more information, see these prerequisites:

vCenter Server Appliance Requirements

The appliance upgrade process has changed significantly from the previous release. You can now download an ISO file that contains the appliance. The ISO contains an installer that deploys the appliance to a host running ESXi 5.1.x or later. The tool runs in a browser on a Microsoft Windows Platform. The tool requires the client integration plugin to function and therefore must meet the requirements. For more information about installing the Client Integration Plug-in Software on your windows platform, see Install the Client Integration Plug-In section in the vSphere Upgrade guide. For information about the appliance upgrade tool, see Upgrade the vCenter Server Appliance section in the vSphere Upgrade  guide.

Prior to installing vSphere 6.0, ensure you have these requirements:

vSphere Web Client Software Requirements

Ensure that your browser supports the vSphere Web Client.

The vSphere Web Client 6.0 requires Adobe Flash Player 16 or later. The latest Adobe Flash Player version for Linux systems is 11.2. Therefore, the vSphere Web Client cannot run on Linux platforms.
VMware has tested and supports these guest operating systems and browser versions for the vSphere Web Client. For best performance, use Google Chrome. For more information, see vSphere Web Client Software Requirements section in the vSphere Installation and Setup guide.


Client Integration Plug-In Software Requirements

If you plan to install the Client Integration Plug-in separately from the vSphere Web Client so that you can connect to an ESXi host and deploy or upgrade the vCenter Server Appliance, make sure that your browser supports the Client Integration Plug-in.

To use the Client Integration Plug-in, verify that you have one of the supported Web browsers. To view the supported Web Browser, see the Client Integration Plug-In Software Requirements section in the vSphere Installation and Setup Guide.

vSphere Client Requirements

You can install the vSphere Client to manage single ESXi host. The Windows system on which you install the vSphere Client must meet specific hardware and software requirements.

Additional Information


If you want to see step-by-step upgrade instructions with annotations, see the Product Walkthroughs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are Oracle databases supported as an external database for vCenter Server Appliance?
A: Oracle 11g and 12c are supported as external databases in vCenter Server Appliance 6.0

Q: Will Oracle databases continue to be supported beyond vSphere 6.0 for vCenter Server Appliance?
A: Oracle 11g and 12c as an external database for vCenter Server Appliance is deprecated in the 6.0 release. VMware will provide general support as per lifecycle support policy.

Q: What is the plan to support Microsoft SQL databases with vCenter Server Appliance 6.0?
A: There is no plan to support Mircosoft SQL database as an external database. Embedded vPostgres database supports scale limits of 1,000 hosts and 10,000 virtual machines.

Q: Can I deploy vCenter Server Appliance using OVFTOOL?
A: Starting with vSphere 6.0, the user interface based installer is the only supported method to install and upgrade vCenter Server Appliance.

Q: What is considered too large for an embedded deployment model?
A: An embedded deployment model can only include a single instance of vCenter Server.  If your requirements exceed the limits of a single instance of vCenter Server, you should consider using an external model.

What is considered too small for an external deployment model?
A: If you only require a single instance of vCenter Server and you do not expect the environment to grow, you should consider an embedded model.


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