- Minimum: single socket, dual core
- Ideal: dual socket, four or more cores per CPU
- Minimum: 4GB
- Ideal: 8GB or more
- Minimum: one network adapter, plus one for management interface
- Ideal: one network adapter for management interface, plus multiple adapters for virtual machines
Local Storage (SATA/SAS)
- Minimum: one 80GB drive
- Ideal: two mirrored drives, plus four RAID 5 drives for virtual machines
- NFS, iSCSI or Fibre Channel for virtual machine storage
- Unlimited number of cores per physical CPU
- Unlimited number of physical CPUs per host
- Maximum vCPUs per virtual machine: eight
- Limitation of 32GB RAM limit per server/host has been removed from the free Hypervisor.
- Operating system support: Microsoft OS (18 versions), Linux (54 versions), Mac OS X 10, Solaris, FreeBSD, etc. (See a complete list of supported versions.)
You can easily install vSphere Hypervisor on your own or with some guided help.
- If you’re looking for a do-it-yourself approach, just download the installer, accept the end-user license agreement and select which local drive you want to install it on.
Creating Virtual Machines
Once you’ve installed vSphere Hypervisor, there are three ways to create virtual machines.
- Use VMware® vCenter™ Converter™ to transfer existing servers into virtual machines or import existing VMware and third-party virtual machine images.
- Create virtual machines from scratch by specifying the number of CPUs, the amount of memory, the disks and network interfaces you want, and then load the operating system from ISO images or a boot disk.
- Import a virtual appliance. There are hundreds to choose from on the VMware Solution Exchange.
Once you’ve installed or imported your virtual machines, you’ll need to configure them. This Getting Started demo will walk you through the process.
- Need support? You can now purchase Per Incident Support for VMware vSphere Hypervisor.
Upgrading to VMware vSphere Editions
Moving up to a paid vSphere Edition lets you further optimize your IT infrastructure. You'll be able to:
- Pool computing and storage resources across multiple physical hosts.
- Have centralized management of multiple hosts through VMware® vCenter Server™.
- Deliver improved service levels and operational efficiency.
- Perform live migration of virtual machines.
- Take advantage of automatic load balancing, business continuity, and backup and restore capabilities for your virtual machines.