Introduction to VMware vSphere provides information about the features and functionality of VMware® vSphere. It covers ESX, ESXi, and vCenter Server.

This information is intended for anyone who needs to familiarize themselves with the components and capabilities of VMware vSphere. This information is for experienced Windows or Linux system administrators who are familiar with virtual machine technology and datacenter operations.

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The VMware vSphere documentation consists of the combined VMware vCenter Server and ESX/ESXi documentation set.

The figures in this manual use the abbreviations listed in Abbreviations.

Abbreviations

Abbreviation

Description

database

vCenter Server database

datastore

Storage for the managed host

dsk#

Storage disk for the managed host

hostn

vCenter Server managed hosts

SAN

Storage area network type datastore shared between managed hosts

tmplt

Template

user#

User with access permissions

VC

vCenter Server

VM#

Virtual machines on a managed host

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