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.

Table 1. System Requirements for the GUI and CLI Installers
Operating System Supported Versions Minimum Hardware Configuration for Optimal Performance
  • Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
  • Windows 2012 x64 bit
  • Windows 2012 R2 x64 bit
  • Windows 2016 x64 bit
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
Note: The CLI installer requires 64-bit OS.
  • macOS v10.9, 10,10, 10.11
  • macOS Sierra
8 GB RAM, 1 CPU having 4 cores with 2.4 GHz, 150 GB hard disk, 1 NIC
Note: 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.
Note: Visual C++ redistributable libraries need to be installed to run the CLI installer on versions of Windows older than Windows 10. The Microsoft installers for these libraries are located in the vcsa-cli-installer/win32/vcredist directory.
Note: Deploying the vCenter Server Appliance with the GUI requires a minimum resolution of 1024x768 to properly display. Lower resolutions can truncate the UI elements.