VMware Infrastructure 3 Documentation
ESX 3.0.3 or ESX 3.0.2 and VirtualCenter 2.0.2 / ESX 3.0.1 and VirtualCenter 2.0.1

Features | Technical Papers | Knowledge Base | VMware Infrastructure Community | Downloads

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.

Subscribe to be notified of Compatibility Guide updates via

Release Notes

ESX Server 3.0.3 Update 1 (HTML)
ESX Server 3.0.3 (HTML)
ESX Server 3.0.2 (HTML)
ESX Server 3.0.1 (HTML)

VirtualCenter 2.0.2 (HTML)
VirtualCenter 2.0.1 (HTML)

VMware Consolidated Backup 1.0.3 (HTML)
VMware Consolidated Backup 1.0.2 (HTML)

Patches & Updates

Visit the VI3 Patches & Updates page for patches and current information. To learn more about how to apply patches and manage your patching process read one of the following:


Read the documentation below to learn about installing, configuring, and using VMware Infrastructure 3 products. All the documents in this section apply to ESX 3.0.1, ESX 3.0.2 or ESX Server 3.0.3 and VirtualCenter 2.0.1 or VirtualCenter 2.0.2. However, the title pages of the documents refer only to ESX Server 3.0.1 and VirtualCenter 2.0.1.

Main Documentation Set

Published on 10/2/06 for the following builds:
     ESX 3.0.1 Build 32039 | ESX 3.0.2 Build 52542
     VirtualCenter 2.0.1 Build 32042 | VirtualCenter 2.0.2 Build 50618

•   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, Updated 2/22/08)
         Configuration Maximums for VMware Infrastructure 3 (PDF, Updated 2/12/10)
         Quick Start Guide (PDF, Updated 7/10/07)
         Installation and Upgrade Guide (PDF, Updated 7/11/07)
         Basic System Administration (PDF, Updated 2/12/10)
         Virtual Infrastructure Web Access Administrator's Guide (PDF)
         Server Configuration Guide (PDF, Updated 08/14/09)
         Resource Management Guide (PDF, Updated 1/16/09)
         SAN Configuration Guide (PDF, Updated 02/01/08)
         Virtual Machine Backup Guide (PDF, Updated 7/11/07)
         Setup for Microsoft Cluster Service (PDF, Updated 2/11/08)

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)