vcenter installation

Can I install vcenter on any windows box ? or need to be done on windows 2008 server R2?
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For version 4.1 or higher, it needs to be on a 64bit Windows OS version. But, yes, most any Win OS will be fine.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 2003 Server - 64 bit only.

No Windows XP or Windows 7 - Not Supported.
Depending on the version, XP *is* supported. See pg. 3 of the Interop Matrix:

But, your best bet is to stick with a 'server' OS if possible.

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I would just use a vm running win 7 thats setup to wake up / poweron if the host reboots
its not a broblem to use vcenter client on a vm as long as it can talk to the hosts
VMware has an interactive Compat Guide (a bit tricky to use) that will also show you what's compatible with which version of vCenter:


Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
not for vSphere vCenter 5.0!

Windows XP should not be recommended.

(I don't do old legacy anymore!) Now 5.0 U1 has been released.
As I mentioned above "depending on the version" since it wasn't explicitly mentioned...
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