VMware vCenter Server 5 Standard

VMware vCenter Server 5 Standard


VMware, Inc.

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You will be able to place an order for this product again in 12 months after the initial order.
The license you will receive with this offering is valid 12 months starting with the 1st of the month the offering was ordered.

This product will no longer be offered in March 2019

Fully featured version, available for download. This product allows for personal use on a single machine, not for use on shared workstations. You must be a student, faculty or staff member of an academic institution to qualify for this offer.

You will be able to place an order for this product again one year after the initial order.

Manage, Automate and Optimize your vSphere Infrastructure

VMware vCenter Server is the simplest, most efficient way to manage VMware vSphere – whether you have ten VMs or tens of thousands of VMs. It provides unified management of all the hosts and VMs in your datacenter from a single console with an aggregate performance monitoring of clusters, hosts and VMs. VMware vCenter Server gives administrators deep insight into the status and configuration of clusters, hosts, VMs, storage, the guest OS and other critical components of a virtual infrastructure – all from one place.

With VMware vCenter Server, virtualization environments are easier to manage: a single administrator can manage 100 or more workloads, more than doubling typical productivity in managing physical infrastructure.

VMware vCenter Server Standard provides large scale management of VMware vSphere deployments for rapid provisioning, monitoring, orchestration, and control of virtual machines. Purchased separately, it is required for managing VMware vSphere server hosts and enabling many of the features.

This product includes:

  • VMware vCenter Server 5.5 and modules
VMware vCenter Server 5.5 and modules Installer for VMware vCenter Server, VMware vSphere Client and Web Client, VMware vSphere Update Manager, VMware vSphere Update Manager Download Service, VMware vCenter Orchestrator, vSphere ESXi Dump Collector, vSphere Syslog Collector, vSphere Auto Deploy and VMware vSphere Authentication Proxy. NOTE: VMware vCenter requires 64-bit capable servers for installation and execution.
  • VMware vCenter Server 5.5 Appliance - OVF File
OVF file for the VMware vCenter Server Appliance. Use the VMware vSphere Client to import this .ovf file and the related .vmdk files to your setup. NOTE: Please make sure to save this file locally with the .ovf extension
  • VMware Data Recovery (CD ISO)
Deploy VMware Data Recovery virtual appliance, file level restore clients plus management components.

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VMware vCenter Server 5 Standard

vCenter Server Hardware Requirement
CPU Two 64-bit CPUs or one 64-bit Dual Core Processor
Processor 2.0GHz or faster Intel 64 or AMD 64 processor. The Itanium (IA64) processor is not supported. Processor Requirements might be higher if the database runs on the same machine.

4GB RAM. Memory requirements might be higher if the database runs on the same machine.

vCenter Server includes several Java services: VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices (Tomcat), Inventory Service, and Profile-Driven Storage Service. When you install vCenter Server, you select the size of your vCenter Server inventory to allocate memory for these services. The inventory size determines the maximum JVM heap settings for the services. You can adjust this setting after installation if the number of hosts in your environment changes.

Disk Storage 4GB. Disk requirements might be higher if the vCenter Server database runs on the same machine. In vCenter Server 5.0, the default size for vCenter Server logs is 450MB larger than in vCenter Server 4.x. Make sure the disk space allotted to the log folder is sufficient for this increase.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express disk Up to 2GB free disk space to decompress the installation archive. Approximately 1.5GB of these files are deleted after the installation is complete.
Networking Gigabit connection recommended.

vCenter Server Software Requirements

Make sure that your operating system supports vCenter Server. vCenter Server requires a 64-bit operating system, and the 64-bit system DSN is required for vCenter Server to connect to its database.

For a list of supported operating systems, see the VMware Compatibility Guide at http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility.

vCenter Server requires the Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1 Framework. If it is not installed on your system, the vCenter Server installer installs it. The .NET 3.5 SP1 installation might require Internet connectivity to download more files.

NOTE: If your vCenter Server host machine uses a non-English operating system, install both the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Language Pack through Windows Update. Windows Update automatically selects the correct localized version for your operating system. The .NET Framework installed through the vCenter Server installer includes only the English version.

If you plan to use the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express database that is bundled with vCenter Server, Microsoft Windows Installer version 4.5 (MSI 4.5) is required on your system. You can download MSI 4.5 from the Microsoft Web site. You can also install MSI 4.5 directly from the vCenter Server autorun.exe installer.

The VMware vCenter Server Appliance can be deployed only on hosts that are running ESX version 4.x or ESXi version 4.x or later.

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