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VMware Infrastructure Configuration Maximums

VMware Infrastructure Configuration Maximums

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If you have comments about this documentation, submit your feedback to:docfeedback@vmware.com © 2006-2007 VMware, Inc. All rights reserved. Protected by one or more of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,397,242, 6,496,847, 6,704,925,6,711,672, 6,725,289, 6,735,601, 6,785,886, 6,789,156, 6,795,966, 6,880,022, 6,944,699, 6,961,806, 6,961,941, 7,069,413,7,082,598, 7,089,377, 7,111,086, 7,111,145, 7,117,481, 7,149, 843, 7,155,558, 7,222,221, 7,260,815, 7,260,820, 7,269,683,7,275,136, 7,277,998, 7,277,999, 7,278,030, 7,281,102; and 7,290,253 patents pending. VMware, the VMware “boxes” logo anddesign, Virtual SMP and VMotion are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.
VMware Topics
Configuration Maximums
VMwareInfrastructure 3
Revision Date (yyyymmdd): 20071220
When
 
you
 
are
 
selecting
 
and
 
configuring
 
your
 
virtual
 
and
 
physical
 
equipment,
 
you
 
must
 
stay
 
at
 
or
 
 below
 
the
 
maximums
 
supported
 
 by
 
VMware
®
 
Infrastructure
 
3.
 
The
 
following
 
tables
 
provide
 
information
 
about
 
supported
 
configuration
 
maximums
 
for
 
virtual
 
machines,
 
ESX
 
Server
 
hosts,
 
and
 
VirtualCenter
 
for
 
the
 
ESX
 
Server
 
3.0.1
 
and
 
VirtualCenter
 
2.0.1
 
releases.
page 4The
 
limits
 
presented
 
in
 
this
 
document
 
can
 
 be
 
affected
 
 by
 
other
 
factors,
 
such
 
as
 
hardware
 
dependencies.
 
For
 
more
 
information
 
about
 
supported
 
hardware,
 
see
 
the
 
appropriate
 
ESX
 
Server
 
3.x
 
Hardware
 
Compatibility
 
Guide.
Virtual Machine Maximums
The
 
following
 
table
 
contains
 
configuration
 
maximums
 
related
 
to
 
virtual
 
machines.
Table1.
Virtual Machine Maximums
ItemMaximum
SCSI
 
controllers
 
per
 
virtual
 
machine 4Devices
 
per
 
SCSI
 
controller 15Devices
 
per
 
virtual
 
machine
 
(Windows) 60Devices
 
per
 
virtual
 
machine
 
(Linux) 60Size
 
of
 
SCSI
 
disk 2TBNumber
 
of
 
virtual
 
CPUs
 
per
 
virtual
 
machine 4Size
 
of
 
RAM
 
per
 
virtual
 
machine 16384MBNumber
 
of
 
NICs
 
per
 
virtual
 
machine 4Number
 
of
 
IDE
 
devices
 
per
 
virtual
 
machine 4Number
 
of
 
floppy
 
devices
 
per
 
virtual
 
machine 2Number
 
of
 
parallel
 
ports
 
per
 
virtual
 
machine 2
 
 
Configuration Maximums2VMware, Inc.
 ESX Server Host Maximums
The
 
following
 
tables
 
contain
 
configuration
 
maximums
 
related
 
to
 
ESX
 
Server
 
hosts.
Storage Maximums
The
 
following
 
table
 
contains
 
configuration
 
maximums
 
related
 
to
 
ESX
 
Server
 
host
 
storage.
Number
 
of
 
serial
 
ports
 
per
 
virtual
 
machine 2
 
Size
 
of
 
a
 
virtual
 
machine
 
swap
 
file 16384MBNumber
 
of
 
virtual
 
PCI
 
devices:
 
NICs,
 
SCSI
 
controllers,
 
audio
 
devices
 
(VMware
 
Server
 
only),
 
and
 
video
 
cards
 
(exactly
 
one
 
is
 
present
 
in
 
every
 
virtual
 
machine).6Number
 
of
 
remote
 
consoles
 
to
 
a
 
virtual
 
machine 10
Table1.
Virtual Machine Maximums (Continued)
ItemMaximum
Table 2.
Storage Maximums
ItemMaximum
Block
 
size
 
(MB) 8Raw
 
Device
 
Mapping
 
size
 
(TB) 2Recommended
 
number
 
of
 
hosts
 
that
 
can
 
share
 
a
 
VMFS
 
volume
 
while
 
running
 
virtual
 
machines
 
against
 
that
 
volume.32Number
 
of
 
hosts
 
per
 
virtual
 
cluster 32Number
 
of
 
volumes
 
configured
 
per
 
server 256Number
 
of
 
extents
 
per
 
volume
 
32
VMFS-2
Extent
 
size 2TB
1
 
Volume
 
size 64TBFile
 
size
 
(block
 
size
 
=
 
1MB) 456GBFile
 
size
 
(block
 
size
 
=
 
8MB) 2TBFile
 
size
 
(block
 
size
 
=
 
64MB) 27TBFile
 
size
 
(block
 
size
 
=
 
256MB) 64TBNumber
 
of
 
files
 
per
 
volume 256
 
+
 
(64
 
x
 
number
 
of
 
extents)
VMFS-3
Volume
 
size
 
(block
 
size
 
=
 
1MB) ~16TB
4GBVolume
 
size
 
(block
 
size
 
=
 
2MB) ~32TB
8GBVolume
 
size
 
(block
 
size
 
=
 
4MB) ~64TB
16GBVolume
 
size
 
(block
 
size
 
=
 
8MB) 64TBFile
 
size
 
(block
 
size
 
=
 
1MB) 256GBFile
 
size
 
(block
 
size
 
=
 
8MB) 2TBNumber
 
of
 
files
 
per
 
directory unlimited
 
VMware, Inc.3Configuration Maximums
 
Compute Maximums
The
 
following
 
table
 
contains
 
configuration
 
maximums
 
related
 
to
 
ESX
 
Server
 
host
 
compute
 
resources.
Memory Maximums
The
 
following
 
table
 
contains
 
configuration
 
maximums
 
related
 
to
 
ESX
 
Server
 
host
 
memory.
 
Number
 
of
 
directories
 
per
 
volume unlimitedNumber
 
of
 
files
 
per
 
volume unlimited
Fibre Channel
LUNs
 
per
 
server 256LUN
 
size 2TBSCSI
 
controllers
 
per
 
server 16Devices
 
per
 
SCSI
 
controller 16Number
 
of
 
paths
 
to
 
a
 
LUN 32Number
 
of
 
total
 
paths 1024LUNs
 
concurrently
 
opened
 
 by
 
all
 
virtual
 
machines 256LUN
 
ID 255
NAS
Default
 
number
 
of
 
NAS
 
datastores 8Number
 
of
 
NAS
 
datastores 32
 
(requires
 
changes
 
to
 
advanced
 
settings)NAS
 
datastores
 
concurrently
 
opened
 
 by
 
all
 
virtual
 
machines 32
Hardware and Software iSCSI initiators
LUNs
 
per
 
server 256Hardware
 
iSCSI
 
initiators
 
per
 
server 2Targets 641. Minimum
 
=
 
100MBs
Table 2.
Storage Maximums (Continued)
ItemMaximum
Table2.
Compute Maximums
ItemMaximum
Number
 
of
 
virtual
 
CPUs
 
per
 
server 128Number
 
of
 
cores
 
per
 
server 32Number
 
of
 
(hyperthreaded)
 
logical
 
processors
 
per
 
server 32Number
 
of
 
virtual
 
CPUs
 
per
 
core 8
Table3.
Memory Maximums
ItemMaximum
Size
 
of
 
RAM
 
per
 
server 64GBRAM
 
allocated
 
to
 
service
 
console 800MB
 

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