When you install vCenter Server, 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 ESXi 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 set of tools to manage your virtual IT environment. The vCenter Server performs a silent installation of vCenter Orchestrator. vCenter Orchestrator module is not supported on IPv6-only operating systems. If you install vCenter Server in a mixed environment (both IPv4 and IPv6 enabled), the vCenter Orchestrator module can 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 choose to use 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 ESXi host or indirectly to an ESXi host through a vCenter Server.

vCenter Converter for vCenter Server

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

vCenter Guided Consolidation

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 hosts and virtual machines.