When you install vCenter Server on a virtual machine or physical server running Microsoft Windows, your system must meet specific hardware requirements.

You can install vCenter Server and the Platform Services Controller on the same virtual machine or physical server or on different virtual machines or physical servers. When you install vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller, you install vCenter Server and the Platform Services Controller on the same virtual machine or physical server. When you install the vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller, first install the Platform Services Controller that contains all of the required services on one virtual machine or physical server, and then install vCenter Server and the vCenter Server components on another virtual machine or physical server.

Note

Installing vCenter Server on a network drive or USB flash drive is not supported.

Minimum Recommended Hardware Requirements for Installing vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller on Windows

Platform Services Controller

vCenter Server with an Embedded or External Platform Services Controller for a Tiny Environment (up to 10 Hosts, 100 Virtual Machines)

vCenter Server with an Embedded or External Platform Services Controller for a Small Environment (up to 100 Hosts, 1000 Virtual Machines)

vCenter Server with an Embedded or External Platform Services Controller for a Medium Environment (up to 400 Hosts, 4,000 Virtual Machines)

vCenter Server with an Embedded or External Platform Services Controller for a Large Environment (up to 1,000 Hosts, 10,000 Virtual Machines)

Number of CPUs

2

2

4

8

16

Memory

2 GB RAM

8 GB RAM

16 GB RAM

24 GB RAM

32 GB RAM

For the hardware requirements of your database, see the database documentation. The database requirements are in addition to the vCenter Server requirements if the database and vCenter Server run on the same machine.