When you install vCenter Server, some additional components are also installed. In some cases, you can control which components are installed.

The vCenter Server installer installs the following components:

VMware vCenter Server

Windows service to manage ESX hosts.

Microsoft.NET 3.0 SP1 Framework

Software used by the Database Upgrade wizard and the vSphere Client. Also used by vCenter Server if you are using the bundled database.

VMware vCenter Orchestrator

vCenter Server module that provides a comprehensive set of tools to efficiently manage your virtual IT environment. The vCenter Server performs a silent installation of vCenter Orchestrator. If you install vCenter Server on an IPv6 operating system, the vCenter Orchestrator module is not supported. If you install vCenter Server in a mixed environment (both IPv4 and IPv6 enabled), the vCenter Orchestrator module can only be configured using IPv4. See the vCenter Orchestrator Administration Guide.

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express (optional)

Free, bundled version of the Microsoft SQL Server database for smaller scale applications. If you enter a path to an existing database, the installer does not install the bundled database.

The vCenter Server autorun.exe application includes links to install the following optional components:

vSphere Client

Client application used to connect directly to an ESX host or indirectly to an ESX host through a vCenter Server.

vCenter Converter Enterprise for vCenter Server

vCenter Server module that enables you to convert your physical machines to virtual machines.

vCenter Guided Consolidation Service

vCenter Server module that discovers physical systems and analyzes them for preparation to be converted into virtual machines.

vCenter Update Manager

vCenter Server module that provides security monitoring and patching support for ESX hosts and virtual machines.