VMware vCenter Server

The VMware vCenter Server provides a central management point for hypervisors and VMs with VMware vSphere 6.x or later.

AMP Central has a dedicated VMware vCenter Server for the management domain to support core, Dell EMC optional and ecosystem management applications. The workload domain has different configuration maximums for integrated and stand-alone AMP Central configurations in the RCM for the supported environment. An Enterprise Plus license is required to enable VMware vSphere, and VMware vCenter features necessary to deploy and configure the VxBlock System.

The following table lists the VMware vCenter Server maximums for VMware vSphere:
AMP Central Maximum VMware vCenter Server instances (VMware vSphere 6.x) Maximum VMware vCenter Server instances (VMware vSphere 7.0)
Integrated 4 15
Standalone 8 15

One or more resource limitations may restrict the AMP Central build from reaching the stated number of VMware vCenter Server instances.

VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) manages the virtual infrastructure. One VMware vCSA provides AMP local management and additional instances to manage one or more VxBlock Systems.

For VMware vSphere 6.5, the VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) is integrated within the VMware vCSA to assist with host patch management.

VMware vCSA provides:

  • Clone VMs
  • Create templates
  • Migrate VMs through VMware vSphere vMotion and VMware Storage vMotion
  • Initial configuration of VMware Distributed Resource Services (DRS) and VMware vSphere HA clusters
  • Monitor hosts and send alerts.

System administrators can create and apply alarms to all managed objects, including:

  • Datacenter, cluster, and host health, inventory, and performance
  • Datastore health and capacity
  • VM usage, performance, and health
  • Virtual network usage and health

Go to https://configmax.vmware.com/home to view VMware vSphere ESXi limitations.

NOTE: VMware vSphere 6.7 deployments with TPM module 1.2 have the host attestation alarm definition disabled at the factory to suppress error messages that are triggered by an unconfigured TPM module being installed.

VMware Single Sign On (SSO) service integrates multiple identity sources including AD, open LDAP, and local accounts for authentication.