You can run the vCenter Server Appliance GUI or CLI installer from a network client machine that is running on a Windows, Linux, or Mac operating system of a supported version.

To ensure optimal performance of the GUI and CLI installers, use a client machine that meets the minimum hardware requirements.

System Requirements for the GUI and CLI Installers

Operating System

Supported Versions

Minimum Hardware Configuration for Optimal Performance



4 GB RAM, 2 CPU having 4 cores with 2.3 GHz, 32 GB hard disk, 1 NIC


SUSE 12, Ubuntu 14.04

4 GB RAM, 1 CPU having 2 cores with 2.3 GHz, 16 GB hard disk, 1 NIC


The CLI installer requires 64-bit OS.



8 GB RAM, 1 CPU having 4 cores with 2.4 GHz, 150 GB hard disk, 1 NIC


For client machines that run on Mac 10.11, concurrent GUI deployments of multiple appliances are unsupported. You must deploy the appliances in a sequence.