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Minimum requirements for the VMware vCenter Server 5.x Appliance

Purpose

If you are using the VMware vCenter Server Appliance, beginning with vSphere 5.0 you can download vCenter Server as a virtual machine appliance. With the VMware vCenter Server Appliance, the necessary components are contained in a pre-configured virtual machine. This article outlines the minimum requirements and configurations for a successful implementation.

Note: For more information, see the vSphere Installation and Setup Guide. The documentation contains definitive information. If there is a discrepancy between the documentation and this article, assume that the documentation is correct.

Resolution

The VMware vCenter Server Appliance can be deployed only on hosts that are running ESX/ESXi 4.x or later.
 
This table outlines the VMware vCenter Server Appliance requirements:
 
ComponentRequirement
Disk storage on the host machine
  • At least 7 GB
  • A maximum of 80 GB
Memory in the vCenter Server Appliance
  • Very small inventory (10 or fewer hosts, 100 or fewer virtual machines) – at least 4 GB
  • Small inventory (10-100 hosts or 100-1000 virtual machines) – at least 8 GB
  • Medium inventory (100-400 hosts or 1000-4000 virtual machines) – at least 13 GB
  • Large inventory (more than 400 hosts or 4000 virtual machines) – at least 17 GB
  • VMware vCenter Server Appaliance 5.1 
    Medium inventory (100-400 hosts or 1000-4000 virtual machines) – at least 16 GB
  • VMware vCenter Server Appaliance 5.1 
    Large inventory (more than 400 hosts or 4000 virtual machines) – at least 24 GB
 
This table outlines the recommended JVM Heap settings for VMware vCenter Server Appliance vCenter Server Appliance Hardware:
 

vCenter Server Appliance Hardware

Tomcat

Query Service (QS)

Policy Based Storage Management (SPS)

Small inventory (1-100 hosts or 1-1000 virtual machines)

1 GB

2 GB

512 MB

Medium inventory (100-400 hosts or 1000-4000 virtual machines)

2 GB

4 GB

1 GB

Large inventory (more than 400 hosts or 4000 virtual machines)

3 GB

6 GB

2 GB

VMware vCenter Server Appaliance 5.1 
Large inventory (more than 400 hosts or 4000 virtual machines)

3 GB

12 GB

2 GB





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