VCP5 – Identify available vCenter Server editions

According to http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vsphere_pricing.pdf there are 3 vCenter Server editions: Essentials, Foundation, and Standard.

Excerpt from the doc:

vCenter Server Editions
VMware vCenter Server provides unified management for VMware vSphere environments and is a required component of a complete VMware vSphere deployment. One instance of vCenter Server is required to centrally manage virtual machines and their hosts and to enable all VMware vSphere features.
VMware vCenter Server is available in the following packages:

  • VMware vCenter Server for Essentials kits – Integrated management for VMware vSphere Essentials kits
  • VMware vCenter Server Foundation – Centralized management for up to three VMware vSphere hosts
  • VMware vCenter Server Standard – Highly scalable management with rapid provisioning, monitoring, orchestration and control of all virtual machines in a VMware vSphere environment

All editions of vCenter Server include the following components:

  • Management server –Acts as universal hub for provisioning, monitoring and configuring virtualized environments
  • Database server – Stores persistent configuration data and performance information
  • Search engine – Allows administrators to search the entire object inventory of multiple VMware vCenter Servers from one place
  • VMware vSphere Client – Provides administrators with a feature-rich console for accessing one or more VMware vCenter Servers simultaneously
  • VMware vCenter APIs and .NET Extension – Allows integration between vCenter Server and other tools, with support for customized plug-ins to the VMware vSphere Client

VMware vCenter Server Standard also includes the following additional features:

  • vCenter Orchestrator – Streamlines and automates key IT processes
  • vCenter Server Linked Mode – Enables a common inventory view across multiple instances of vCenter Server

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