VMware vSphere Hypervisor is a free bare-metal hypervisor that virtualizes servers so you can consolidate your applications on less hardware.



VMware vSphere Hypervisor Overview

VMware vSphere Hypervisor, a free and easy-to-use production-ready hypervisor helps you consolidate your servers so you can start saving today.

What vSphere Hypervisor Does

Built-in Management Tool

Create and provision your virtual machines easily and within minutes.

Storage Usage Efficiency

Overallocate your storage resources beyond the actual capacity of the physical storage.

Advanced Memory Management

Overcommit memory resources and perform page sharing and compression to optimize performance of memory resources.

Hardened Drivers for High Reliability

Ensure optimal performance for vSphere Hypervisor through partnerships with independent hardware vendors.



vSphere Hypervisor - Installation & Configuration

Install and Configure a vSphere Host

Get More with vSphere Kits

All-in-one-solution bundles include VMware vSphere and VMware vCenter Server licenses.

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vSphere Hypervisor Support Center

Self-service resources help you install, configure and troubleshoot vSphere Hypervisor. 

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vSphere Blog

Check out the official VMware vSphere blog for technical tips, best practices, answers to frequently asked questions and links to helpful resources. 

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Training & Certification

Take advantage of industry-leading training and certification to help you meet your objectives.

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Install VMware vSphere Hypervisor on your own or with guided help. Then create your own virtual machines.



  • Technical minimum: single socket with two cores.
  • Recommended minimum: dual socket with four or more cores per CPU


  • Technical minimum: 4 GB
  • Recommended minimum: 8 GB or more


  • Technical minimum: single 1 GbE network adapter
  • Recommended minimum: dual 1 GbE network adapters

Local Storage (SATA/SAS)

  • Technical minimum: Single 4 GB drive
  • Recommended minimum: redundant drives  

Shared Storage

  • NFS, iSCSI or Fibre Channel for virtual machine storage  


  • umber of cores per physical CPU: No limit
  • Number of physical CPUs per host: No limit
  • Number of logical CPUs per host: 480
  • Maximum vCPUs per virtual machine: 8 
  • Operating system support: Industry leader of supported operating systems. See a complete list of supported versions. Note: Refer to the release notes and configuration maximums guide for latest specifications.
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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, 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 or vSphere with Operations Management Editions

Moving up to a paid vSphere or vSphere with Operations Management 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 advanced backup and restore capabilities for your virtual machines.   
  • Obtain critical performance monitoring and capacity management capabilities through vSphere with Operations Management.