VMware vSphere 4.0
VMware ESXi 4.0 Installable and VMware vCenter Server 4.0

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VMware vSphere 4.0 offers three server versions — ESXi Installable, ESXi Embedded, and ESX. The documents on this page cover ESXi Installable and vCenter Server. There are separate documentation pages for the ESXi Embedded / vCenter Server and ESX / vCenter Server combinations.

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New Features and Release Notes

             What's New in VMware vSphere 4.0
             VMware vSphere 4.0 Release Notes — ESXi Edition

Hardware and Software Compatibility Information

             Hardware, Host Operating System, and Guest Operating System Compatibility Guides
             VMware Product Interoperability Matrix
             Configuration Maximums for VMware vSphere 4.0 (Updated 9/23/2009)
             VMware vSphere Compatibility Matrixes (deprecated as of 10/26/2011)

System Administrator Documentation

Read the documentation below to learn about installing, configuring, and using vSphere products.

   Main Documentation Set

    Published on 5/21/09 for the following builds:
ESXi 4.0 Installable Build 164009 and later
       vCenter Server 4.0 Build 162902
and later

     •    View a Documentation Roadmap to learn about using the main documentation set

     •    Search an HTML library of all books in the main documentation set for the information you need

     •    Download PDF versions of all books in the main documentation det

     •    Read individual books in the set:

              Introduction to VMware vSphere
              Getting Started with ESXi Installable(Updated 09/30/2011)
              ESXi Installable and vCenter Server Setup Guide (Updated 09/30/2011)
              Upgrade Guide (Updated 02/10/2011)
              Basic System Administration (Updated 02/10/2011)
              ESXi Configuration Guide (Updated 4/27/2012)
              Resource Management Guide (Updated 02/10/2011)
              Availability Guide (Updated 02/10/2011)
              Fibre Channel SAN Configuration Guide (Updated 10/08/2010)
              iSCSI SAN Configuration Guide (Updated 4/16/2010)

   Additional Resources

              Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service (Updated 1/08/2010)
              vSphere Command-Line Interface Installation and Reference Guide
              Legacy Host Licensing with vCenter Server 4.x
              VMware vCenter Server 4.x Database Sizing Calculator for Microsoft SQL Server(.xls)
              VMware vCenter Server 4.x Database Sizing Calculator for Oracle(.xls)
              SAN System Design and Deployment Guide
              Guest Operating System Installation Guide  (HTML)

Optional vSphere Products and Modules

              VMware vCenter Update Manager Documentation page
              VMware vCenter Converter Documentation page
              VMware vCenter Orchestrator Documentation page
              VMware Consolidated Backup Documentation page

For Automators and Customizers

              vSphere Automation & Customization Resources page

For Developers

              vSphere SDK & API Developer Resources page