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Chapter 3: Installing and Configuring vC... > Introducing vCenter Server

Introducing vCenter Server

As the size of a virtual infrastructure grows, the ability to manage the infrastructure from a central location becomes significantly more important. vCenter Server is a Windows-based application that serves as a centralized management tool for ESXi hosts and their respective VMs. vCenter Server acts as a proxy that performs tasks on the individual ESXi hosts that have been added as members of a vCenter Server installation. As I discussed in Chapter 1, “Introducing VMware vSphere 5,” VMware includes vCenter Server licensing in every kit and every edition of vSphere, underscoring the importance of vCenter Server. Although VMware does offer a couple of different editions of vCenter Server (vCenter Server Essentials, vCenter Server Foundation, and vCenter Server Standard), I'll focus only on vCenter Server Standard in this book.


  

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