vCenter Server 6.5 requirements

New vSphere release and new hardware and software requirements. Below you can find requirements for both vCenter server 6.5 appliance and vCenter server 6.5 on Windows.

vCenter Server 6.5 for Windows requirements:

Hardware:

Link to VMware documentation 

Storage:

Default Folder

vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller

vCenter Server with an External Platform Services Controller

External Platform Services Controller

Program Files

6 GB

6 GB

1 GB

ProgramData

8 GB

8 GB

2 GB

System folder (to cache the MSI installer)

3 GB

3 GB

1 GB

Software:

See http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2091273.

Database:

You can use embedded PostgreSQL DB for environments up to 20 hosts and 200 VMs. If you have bigger environment you should use external DB. To find full list of supported DB, see http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/sim/interop_matrix.php

 

vCenter Server 6.5 appliance

Hardware

Tiny environment (up to 10 hosts or 100 virtual machines)

2

10 GB

Small environment (up to 100 hosts or 1,000 virtual machines)

4

16 GB

Medium environment (up to 400 hosts or 4,000 virtual machine)

8

24 GB

Large environment (up to 1,000 hosts or 10,000 virtual machines)

16

32 GB

X-Large environment (up to 2,000 hosts or 35,000 virtual machines)

24

48 GB

Storage:

Tiny environment (up to 10 hosts or 100 virtual machines)

250 GB

775 GB

1650 GB

Small environment (up to 100 hosts or 1,000 virtual machines)

290 GB

820 GB

1700 GB

Medium environment (up to 400 hosts or 4,000 virtual machine)

425 GB

925 GB

1805 GB

Large environment (up to 1,000 hosts or 10,000 virtual machines)

640 GB

990 GB

1870 GB

X-Large environment (up to 2,000 hosts or 35,000 virtual machines)

980 GB

1030 GB

1910 GB

Software

The VMware vCenter Server Appliance and Platform Services Controller appliance can be deployed on ESXi hosts 5.5 or later, or on vCenter Server instances 5.5 or later.

vSphere Web Client software requirements:

 

Operating system

Browser

Windows

Microsoft Internet Explorer v. 10.0.19 to 11.0.9600.

Mozilla Firefox v. 34 to 49.

Google Chrome v. 39 to 53.

Mac OS

Mozilla Firefox v. 34 to 49.

Google Chrome v. 39 to 53.

 

Appendix

 

Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).