Welcome to VMware vSphere6
Introduction to VMware vSphere
vSphere is the VMware's flagship virtualization platform. It comprise of three components.
- The "Web-Client" used at a client device to manage the system.
- The "ESXi" host a hypervisor who's sole purpose is running virtual machines.
- The "vCenter" a management system for controlling physical hosts and creating virtual machines. vCenter includes other optional management services that assist in the overall control of the platform.
The term "Datacenter" is used throughout VMware's technology. It's generally regarded as logical grouping of physical and/or virtual resources. The datacenter object can be created in vCenter, and is one of the first steps carried out - prior to adding the ESX hosts into the scope of the datacenter.
vSphere can act as platform for support "server virtualization" or "consolidation" in its own right, or it can be used as the base platform for other virtualization-powered solutions such as Virtual Desktop Initiatives (VDI), Private and Public Cloud projects using tools like VMware vCloud Director or VMware vRealise Automation. It can also act as the foundation for operational required technologies such as automated site recovery and availability with technologies such as VMware's Site Recovery Manager.
VMware have already announced the proposed date for when support for vSphere 6.5 it will be discontinued that is Oct, 2021. For details about when various products reach the milestones for "end of life" consult VMware's Lifecycle Product Matrix:
The official landing page for documentation around vSphere is located here:
The documentation is in a html and pdf. TIP: Recently VMware has moved all its 'administration guides" online in a HTML format called "VMware Docs Home" - https://docs.vmware.com/. It is still possible to download an "offline" PDF copy as single .ZIP file if needed under a node called "Archive Packages". These links down a single .ZIP file containing all the PDFS:
You can download a zip file of all vSphere documentation as a zip file using this link: