VMware component relationships on Windows or Linux server without vCenter

The components in a VMware system installed on a Windows or Linux host server have the following relationships:

Table 1. VMware component relationships on Windows or Linux without vCenter
Component Relationships
Windows or Linux Server Runs the VMware application
VMware application
  • Runs on a Windows or Linux host machine
  • Has registered VM instances
  • Virtualizes virtual machines
VM Instances (including images and templates)
  • Registers on the VMware application
  • Instantiates individual virtual machines
Virtual machines
  • Instantiated by VM instances
  • Virtualized by VMware application