You can monitor and manage services by using the vSphere Web Client. You can change the settings of only a few services.

There are slight differences between the services available for a vCenter Server instance that runs on a Windows system and those available for vCenter Server Appliance on Linux.

Note:

Only the default values of the service properties have undergone all product testing cycles. Avoid the usage of nondefault values without guidance from VMware.

Note:

Starting with vSphere 6.5, all vCenter Server services and some Platform Services Controller services run as child processes of the VMware Service Lifecycle Manager service.

Services that You Can Configure in vCenter Server Appliance

You can use vSphere Web Client to configure the following services in vCenter Server Appliance:

Service

Description

Auto Deploy

Lets you perform stateless ESXi caching. See Auto Deploy Service.

Content Library Service

Manages OVF templates, ISO images, and scripts for vSphere administrators. See Content Library Service.

Transfer Service

Provides support for moving content, such as VM templates, scripts, and ISO images across sites and vCenter Server instances.

Note:

Runs as a child service of the Content Library Service.

For a list of settings you can configure for this service, see Transfer Service Properties.

Ovf Service

Supports the provisioning of OVF based virtual machines.

Note:

Runs as a child service of the Content Library Service.

For a list of settings you can configure for this service, see VMware Open Virtualization Format Service.

ImageBuilder Service

Lets you manage and customize Image Profiles. See Image Builder Service.

VMware Performance Charts Service

Collects and processes statistical performance data for managed entities into reports in image format that it provides to the vSphere Web Client. See VMware Performance Charts Service.

VMware vSphere Authentication Proxy

Provides support for joining unattended ESXi hosts to an Active Directory domain by using an account with delegated privileges, enhancing security for PXE-booted hosts and hosts that are provisioned using Auto Deploy. See VMware vSphere Authentication Proxy.

VMware vSphere ESXi Dump Collector Service

Collects core dumps from remote hosts. See VMware vSphere ESXi Dump Collector.

VMware vSphere Update Manager Extension

Provides centralized, automated patch and version management for ESXi hosts, virtual machines, and virtual appliances. See VMware vSphere Update Manager.

vAPI Endpoint

Provides a single point of access to vAPI services. For a list of general settings that you can configure for this service, see vAPI Endpoint.

Services that you can configure in vCenter Server

You can configure the following services on a vCenter Server instance that runs on a Windows machine:

Service Name

Description

Auto Deploy

Lets you perform stateless ESXi caching. See Auto Deploy Service.

Content Library Service

Manages OVF templates, ISO images, and scripts for vSphere administrators. See Content Library Service.

Transfer Service

Provides support for moving content, such as VM templates, scripts, and ISO images across sites and vCenter Server instances.

Note:

Runs as a child service of the Content Library Service.

For a list of settings you can configure for this service, see Transfer Service Properties.

Ovf Service

Supports the provisioning of OVF based virtual machines.

Note:

Runs as a child service of the Content Library Service.

For a list of settings you can configure for this service, see VMware Open Virtualization Format Service.

ImageBuilder Service

Lets you manage and customize Image Profiles.

VMware Performance Charts Service

Collects and processes statistical performance data for managed entities into reports in image format that it provides to the vSphere Web Client. See VMware Performance Charts Service.

VMware vSphere Authentication Proxy

Provides support for joining unattended ESXi hosts to an Active Directory domain by using an account with delegated privileges, enhancing security for PXE-booted hosts and hosts that are provisioned using Auto Deploy.

VMware vSphere ESXi Dump Collector Service

Collects core dumps from remote hosts. See VMware vSphere ESXi Dump Collector.

vAPI Endpoint

Provides a single point of access to vAPI services. For a list of general settings that you can configure for this service, see vAPI Endpoint.