VMware Infrastructure 3 Documentation
ESX 3.0 and VirtualCenter 2.0

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In the past, the ESX product name had been ESX Server. This name has changed to ESX. However, the software, documentation titles, and documentation text continue to refer to ESX as ESX Server.

Deutsch and 日本語 sites offer localized documentation for Release Notes and the main documentation set as available.

Compatibility Guides

The Hardware Compatibility Lists are now available on the Web-based Compatibility Guide at: http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility. This new format is a single point of access for all VMware compatibility guides. The previous PDF versions will no longer be updated. The Web-based Compatibility Guide provides the option to search the guides, and save the search results in PDF format.

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Release Notes

ESX Server 3.0 and VirtualCenter 2.0 (HTML)
VMware Consolidated Backup 1.0 (HTML)

Patches & Updates

Visit the VI3 Patches & Updates page for current information and read Patch Management for ESX Server 3 to learn about updating ESX Server.


Read the documentation below to learn about installing, configuring, and using VMware Infrastructure 3 products.

Main Documentation Set

Published on 6/15/06 for ESX 3.0 Build 27701 and VirtualCenter 2.0 Build 27704

•   Learn about our main documentation set:

         Documentation Roadmap (PDF)

•   Search all the books in the set for the information you need:

         VMware Infrastructure 3 Online Library (HTML)

•   Read individual books in the set:

         Introduction to VMware Infrastructure (PDF)
         Quick Start Guide (PDF)
         Installation and Upgrade Guide (PDF)
         Basic System Administration (PDF, Updated 2/13/09 )
         Virtual Infrastructure Web Access Administrator's Guide (PDF, Updated 7/11/07)
         Server Configuration Guide (PDF, Updated 7/10/07)
         Resource Management Guide (PDF, Updated 2/13/09 )
         SAN Configuration Guide (PDF, Updated 6/21/07)
         Virtual Machine Backup Guide (PDF)
         Setup for Microsoft Cluster Service (PDF)

Related Resources

         VirtualCenter Database Sizing Calculator for Microsoft SQL Server (Excel)
         VirtualCenter Database Sizing Calculator for Oracle (Excel)
         SAN System Design and Deployment Guide (PDF)
         Legacy Host Licensing with vCenter Server 4.x (PDF)
         Guest Operating System Installation Guide (HTML | PDF)

For Developers

         VMware SDK & API Developer Resources page (HTML)