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 later.

Customization of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance is not supported except for adding memory and CPU.