VMware Infrastructure 3 Documentation
VMware ESX 3.5 and vCenter Server 2.5
VMware ESX 3.5 Update 1 and vCenter Server 2.5 Update 1

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VMware Infrastructure 3 version 3.5 offers three server versions — ESX, ESXi Embedded, and ESXi Installable. The documents listed on this page cover ESX and vCenter Server. There are separate Web pages for the ESXi Embedded / vCenter Server and ESXi Installable/vCenter Server combinations.

The documents in this documentation set use the term ESX Server when presenting concepts, behaviors, and tasks that apply to all ESX types. When a behavior, concept, or task applies only to ESX and not to ESXi, the documents use the term ESX Server 3.

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

Product Name Changes in Documentation

VMware recently changed some of its product names. However, the software, documentation titles, and documentation text continue to refer to the affected products by their old names. For your reference, here is a list of new and old product names.

 New Product Name  Old Product Name
ESXi Installable ESX Server 3i Installable
vCenter Server VirtualCenter
VMware vCenter Update Manager VMware Update Manager
VMware vCenter Converter VMware Converter Enterprise for VirtualCenter 2.5

Hardware, Software, and Guest Operating System Compatibility Information

Hardware, Host Operating System, and Guest Operating System Compatibility Guides
VMware Product Interoperability Matrix
VMware vSphere Compatibility Matrixes (deprecated as of 10/26/2011)

Release Notes

ESX Server 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5 (HTML)
ESX Server 3.5 Update 1 and VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 1 (HTML)

VMware Consolidated Backup 1.1 (HTML)

VMware Update Manager (HTML)
VMware Update Manager 1.0 Update 1(HTML)

VMware Converter Enterprise for VirtualCenter 2.5 (HTML)
VMware Converter Enterprise Update 1 for VirtualCenter 2.5 (HTML)

Patches & Updates

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


Read the documentation below to learn about installing, configuring, and using VMware Infrastructure 3 products, including the add-on modules available for vCenter Server. All the documents in this section apply to ESX 3.5 or ESX 3.5 Update 1 and vCenter Server 2.5 or vCenter Server 2.5 Update 1. However, the title pages of the documents refer only to ESX Server 3.5 and vCenter Server 2.5.

Main Documentation Set

Published on 12/03/07 for ESX 3.5 Build 64607 and vCenter Server 2.5 Build 64201

•   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)
         VMware Infrastructure 3 Primer (PDF, Updated 1/3/2008)
         Configuration Maximums for VMware Infrastructure 3 (PDF, Updated 6/18/2008)
         Quick Start Guide (PDF, Updated 8/14/2009)
         ESX Server 3 Installation Guide (PDF, Updated 05/14/2010)
         Upgrade Guide (PDF, Updated 05/14/2010)
         Basic System Administration (PDF, Updated 05/14/2010)
         Virtual Infrastructure Web Access Administrator's Guide (PDF, Updated 06/12/2009 )
         ESX Server 3 Configuration Guide (PDF, Updated 05/14/2010)
         Resource Management Guide (PDF, Updated 06/12/2009 )
         Fibre Channel SAN Configuration Guide (PDF, Updated 05/14/2010)
         iSCSI SAN Configuration Guide (PDF, Updated 2/01/2008)
         Virtual Machine Backup Guide (PDF, Updated 2/21/2008)

VMware vCenter Update Manager

         Administration Guide (PDF, Updated 7/09/2009)
         VMware Update Manager Sizing Estimator (XLS)

VMware vCenter Converter Enterprise

         Administration Guide (PDF)

Related Resources

         VirtualCenter Database Sizing Calculator for Microsoft SQL Server (Excel)
         VirtualCenter Database Sizing Calculator for Oracle (Excel)
         Setup for Microsoft Cluster Service (PDF, Updated 8/14/2009 )
         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)