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What is vCenter and vSphere Host Client in VMware Virtualization Concepts ?

In This Article, we'll discuss What is vCenter and vSphere Host Client in VMware Virtualization Concepts?

What is vCenter and vSphere Host Client in VMware Virtualization Concepts?

Recall that data centres have a management layer that oversees the status of the servers. In a physical data centre, this is the management server. A vSphere virtualized data centre also requires a management server to be set up in order to manage all the physical and virtual components of the data centre. In vSphere, the management layer is called vCenter, which is software that is installed on a dedicated server to specifically manage the ESXi server and other components of a virtualized data centre.

 

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To connect the vCenter server to manage the vCenter and ESXi host, you will use the vSphere Client which is covered in more detail in a later section.

vSphere Host Client

When an ESXi is installed, it creates the management layer for the ESXi host, but that layer does not automatically know what to tell the data centre to do. This is because the management server is just hardware and software; it needs to be programmed by real people (administrators) who know what settings to adjust in order to meet data consumption demands. VMware created a user interface called vSphere Host Client to directly manage an ESXi host.

The vSphere Host Client is a graphical user interface program installed on the ESXi host that allows data center administrators to connect to ESXi remotely from any Windows PC. The VMware Host Client allows administrators to perform numerous administrative tasks and monitor the host or virtual machines at the host level. The following image is an example of what an administrator using vSphere Host Client would see:


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