This vCenter Server Installation and Setup is updated with each release of the product or when necessary.

This table provides the update history of the vCenter Server Installation and Setup guide.

Revision Description
14 APR 2021 VMware has rebranded the My VMware portal as VMware Customer Connect. We updated the vCenter Server Installation and Setup documentation to reflect this name change.
02 APR 2021
  • Updated the list of supported browser versions for the vSphere Client in vSphere Client Software Requirements.
  • Internet Explorer was removed as a supported web browser for use with the vSphere Client.
8 SEP 2020 Added the requirement that, when you converge a vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller to a vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller, you must refresh the certificates for the ESXi hosts in your environment. Failing to do this results in connection errors when other products attempt to connect to vCenter Server. See Converge to an Embedded Platform Services Controller Node Using the vSphere Client and Converge vCenter Server with an External Platform Services Controller to a vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller.
10 AUG 2020 At VMware, we value inclusion. To foster this principle within our customer, partner, and internal community, we are replacing some of the terminology in our content. We have updated this guide to remove instances of non-inclusive language.
10 AUG 2020 Added the Microsoft SQL database permissions msdb.dbo.syssessions and msdb.dbo.sysjobactivity. See Database Permission Requirements for vCenter Server.
05 JUN 2020 New information on performing an image-based restore of vCenter Server environments using an external Platform Services Controller or vCenter Enahnced Link Mode were added. See Restore a vCenter Server Environment with Multiple External Platform Services Controller Instances and Restore a vCenter Enhanced Linked Mode Environment.
23 APR 2020 Added the prerequisite that, when deploying a new vCenter ServervCenter Server as part of an Enhanced Linked Mode deployment, you must create an image-based backup of the existing vCenter Server nodes in your environment. You can use the backup as a precaution in case there is a failure during the deployment process. See Prerequisites for Deploying the vCenter Server Appliance or Platform Services Controller Appliance.
10 MAR 2020 Minor changes.
22 JAN 2020 Added a note about using the SCP protocol to configure a file-based backup to Considerations and Limitations for File-Based Backup and Restore.
02 DEC 2019
05 NOV 2019 Added a reference to "Deploy an OVF or OVA Template" to GUI Deployment of the vCenter Server Appliance and Platform Services Controller Appliance and Stage 1 - Deploy a New Appliance.
29 OCT 2019 Updated Repoint vCenter Server with Embedded Platform Services Controller to Another vCenter Server with Embedded Platform Services Controller in a Different Domain to clarify that embedded repointing is supported from vSphere 6.7 Update 1 and later.
17 SEPT 2019
23 JUL2019 Added a graphic to Repoint a Single Embedded Node to an Existing Domain without a Replication Partner.
28 JUNE 2019
10 MAY 2019 Corrected pre-check mode command syntax in Repoint an Embedded Node to a New Domain.
23 APR 2019
11 APR 2019 Initial release.