Install vCenter Server in a Virtual Machine
You can install vCenter Server in a Microsoft Windows virtual machine, which runs on an ESX host.
Deploying the vCenter Server system in the virtual machine has the following advantages:
- Rather than dedicating a separate server to the vCenter Server system, you can place it in a virtual machine running on the same ESX host where your other virtual machines run.
- You can provide high availability for the vCenter Server system by using VMware HA.
- You can migrate the virtual machine containing the vCenter Server system from one host to another, enabling maintenance and other activities.
- You can create snapshots of the vCenter Server virtual machine and use them for backups, archiving, and so on