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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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Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 2003 Server - 64 bit only.

No Windows XP or Windows 7 - Not Supported.
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Depending on the version, XP *is* supported. See pg. 3 of the Interop Matrix:
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_compatibility_matrix.pdf

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
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VMware has an interactive Compat Guide (a bit tricky to use) that will also show you what's compatible with which version of vCenter:
http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=software&testConfig=17

~coolsport00

vCenterOScompat
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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.
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As I mentioned above "depending on the version" since it wasn't explicitly mentioned...
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