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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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3.3. Installing vCenter Server

Depending upon the size of the environment to be managed, installing vCenter Server can be simple. In small environments, the vCenter Server installer can install and configure all the necessary components. For larger environments, installing vCenter Server in a scalable and resilient fashion is a bit more involved and requires a few different steps. For example, supporting more than 200 ESX/ESXi hosts or more than 3,000 virtual machines requires installing multiple vCenter Server instances in a Linked Mode group, a scenario that I'll discuss later in this chapter. Additionally, you know that the majority of vCenter Server deployments need a separate database server installed and configured to support vCenter Server. ...

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