The VMware vCenter Server Appliance is a preconfigured Linux-based virtual machine that is optimized for running vCenter Server and associated services.

For VMware vCenter Server Appliance installation, see the vSphere Installation and Setup publication.

The following features are not supported by the VMware vCenter Server Appliance.

Linked Mode

Microsot SQL Server as a supported local or remote database

DB2 as a supported remote database

The vCenter Sever Appliance is supported only on ESX/ESXi 4.0 and 4.1 andESXi 5.0.

Log in to the VMware vCenter Server Appliance Web console to access VMware vCenter Server Appliance configuration settings.

Configure database settings, such as database type and log in, for the VMware vCenter Server Appliance.

Configure network settings for the VMware vCenter Server Appliance to specify static IP and proxy settings.

Start vCenter Server from the VMware vCenter Server Appliance.

Stop vCenter Server from the VMware vCenter Server Appliance. A restart of vCenter Server is required for some setting changes to take effect.

Some VMware vCenter Server Appliance configuration changes require a restart of ESXi services to take effect.

You can change the vCenter Server administrator password in the VMware vCenter Server Appliance.

You can enable or disable the ability to log in to the VMware vCenter Server Appliance using SSH.

Set the inventory size of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance based on the number of hosts and virtual machines that you plan to have in the VMware vCenter Server Appliance inventory.

You can use ESXi Dump Collector to configure and dump a host's kernel core to a network server on the datacenter when the system fails. ESXi Dump Collector is installed and enabled by default on the VMware vCenter Server Appliance.

If you are using the VMware vCenter Server appliance for Auto Deploy, you can change the server port and maximum repository size for Auto Deploy.

Enable storing VMware vCenter Server Appliance log and core files on NFS to store VMware vCenter Server Appliance files on an NFS datastore.

The VMware vCenter Server Appliance acts as a syslog server, receiving system logs from hosts provisioned with Auto Deploy. You can change the system and SSL ports on the VMware vCenter Server Appliance to which hosts provisioned with Auto Deploy send log files.

You can configure authentication settings, such as enabling an NIS or Active Directory server, on the VMware vCenter Server Appliance.