The vCenter Server system is a physical machine or virtual machine with access to a supported database. The vCenter Server system and the vSphere Client machines must meet specific requirements.

CPU – 2 CPUs

Processor – 2.0GHz or faster Intel or AMD processor. Processor requirements might be higher if the database runs on the same machine.

Memory – 3GB RAM. Memory requirements might be higher if the database runs on the same machine.

vCenter Server includes a service called VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices. This service requires 128MB to 1.5GB of additional memory. The VirtualCenter Management Webservices process allocates the required memory at startup.

Disk storage – 2GB. Disk requirements might be higher if the database runs on the same machine.

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express disk requirements – 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.

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