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VMware vSphere Essentials by Christian Stankowic, Kunal Kumar

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vCenter Server architecture

In order to understand how vCenter Server works, it is important to understand its architecture.

The vCenter Server architecture is made up of the following components:

  • vSphere Web Client and vSphere Client: As discussed in the previous chapter, VMware offers both vSphere Web Client and vSphere legacy client to manage ESXi hosts and virtual machines. The vSphere legacy client can be used to connect directly to an ESXi host or to vCenter Server, but vSphere Web Client is used to connect only to the vCenter Server, not individual ESXi hosts.
    • The recommendation from VMware is to use VMware vCenter Server to manage ESXi hosts and virtual machines, and therefore use vSphere Web Client, as all the new features are available ...

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