vCenter Server Installation and Setup describes how to install and configure VMware vCenter Server®, and deploy the VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™.

vSphere Installation and Setup is intended for experienced administrators who want to install and configure vCenter Server, and deploy and configure the vCenter Server Appliance.

This information is written for experienced Windows or Linux system administrators who are familiar with virtual machine technology and data center operations. The information about using the Image Builder and VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ is written for administrators who have experience with Microsoft PowerShell and VMware vSphere® PowerCLI™.

vSphere Web Client and vSphere Client

Instructions in this guide reflect the vSphere Client (an HTML5-based GUI). You can also use the instructions to perform most of the tasks by using the vSphere Web Client (a Flex-based GUI).


In vSphere 6.7, most of the vSphere Web Client functionality is implemented in the vSphere Client. For an up-to-date list of the unsupported functionality, see Functionality Updates for the vSphere Client.

VMware Technical Publications Glossary

VMware Technical Publications provides a glossary of terms that might be unfamiliar to you. For definitions of terms as they are used in VMware technical documentation, go to