The vSphere Resource Management Guide describes resource management for VMware®ESX®, ESXi, and vCenter® Server environments.

This guide focuses on the following topics.

Resource allocation and resource management concepts

Virtual machine attributes and admission control

Resource pools and how to manage them

Clusters, VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), VMware Distributed Power Management (DPM), and how to work with them

Advanced resource management options

Performance considerations

The vSphere Resource Management Guide covers ESX®, ESXi, and vCenter® Server.

This manual is for system administrators who want to understand how the system manages resources and how they can customize the default behavior. It’s also essential for anyone who wants to understand and use resource pools, clusters, DRS, or VMware DPM.

This manual assumes you have a working knowledge of VMware  ESX and VMware  ESXi and of vCenter  Server.

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

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