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VMware vSphere Essentials by Christian Stankowic, Kunal Kumar

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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 ...

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