VMware component relationships on ESXi Server with vCenter

The components in a system managed by vCenter have the following relationships:

Table 1. VMware component relationships on ESXi Server with vCenter
Component Relationships
vCenter Manages one or more ESXi Servers
ESXi Server
  • Managed by vCenter
  • Gets resources from the Resource Pool
  • Has registered VMware instances
  • Virtualizes virtual machines
Resource Pool Defines resources for the ESXi Server

See ESXi resource pools for more information.

VM Instances (including images and templates)
  • Registers on the ESXi Server
  • Instantiated by individual virtual machines
Virtual machines
  • Instantiates VM instances (images and templates)
  • Virtualized by ESXi Server