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

Microsoft 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 and 5.1.

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.

An instance of vCenter Single Sign On runs on the vCenter Server Appliance. By default, vCenter Server uses this embedded Single Sign On instance. You can configure the Single Sign On database settings and change the deployment type from embedded to external.

An instance of vCenter Single Sign On runs on the vCenter Server Appliance. By default, vCenter Server uses the embedded Single Sign On instance, but you can change this configuration by pointing to an external instance of Single Sign On running on another system. Multiple instances of vCenter Server can point to the same instance of Single Sign On.

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.

You can configure authentication settings on the VMware vCenter Server Appliance.