When you install vCenter Server, other components are also installed.

The following components are installed when you install vCenter Server:

VMware vCenter Server

Windows service to manage ESXi and legacy ESX hosts.

Microsoft .NET 3.5 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. If it is not installed on your system, the vCenter Server installer installs it.

Microsoft Windows Installer version 4.5

If you plan to use the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express database that is bundled with vCenter Server, Microsoft Windows Installer version 4.5 (MSI 4.5) is required on your system. You can also install MSI 4.5 directly from the vCenter Server autorun.exe installer.

VMware vCenter Orchestrator

vCenter Server module that provides a set of tools to manage your virtual IT environment. 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 Administering vCenter Orchestrator.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 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 to an ESXi or legacy ESX host directly, or indirectly through a vCenter Server.

vSphere Web Client

Server application that provides a browser-based alternative to the vSphere Client. You can use the vSphere Web Client to manage an ESXi host by Web browser through a vCenter Server.

vSphere Update Manager

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

vSphere ESXi Dump Collector

vCenter Server support tool. You can configure ESXi to dump the vmkernel memory to a network server, rather than to a disk, when the system has encountered a critical failure. The Dump Collector collects such memory dumps over the network.

vSphere Syslog Collector

vCenter Server support tool that provides a unified architecture for system logging and enables network logging and combining of logs from multiple hosts.

vSphere Auto Deploy

vCenter Server support tool that provisions and customizes physical hosts by loading the ESXi image directly into memory. Using Auto Deploy you can provision and reprovision hundreds of ESXi hosts very efficiently with vCenter Server.

vSphere Authentication Proxy

vCenter Server support tool that enables ESXi hosts to join a domain without using Active Directory credentials. This tool enhances security for PXE-booted hosts and hosts that are provisioned using Auto Deploy, by removing the need to store Active Directory credentials in the host configuration.