Updated 9/12/16 – vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Reference Poster download link updated, see the PDF at the bottom of the post which can be printed at full size (24 in x 36 in).

As we talk to customers on a daily basis, there are many questions about the vCenter Server Appliance. We wanted to provide a quick reference to help answer questions and guide them. Introducing the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Reference Poster. The poster structure is to help guide not only new, but also existing deployments.

vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Reference Poster

Note: Download link to full size version available at the bottom of the page


The poster has twelve sections, most of which are interactive by way of clickable links. Here are a few sections that I want to highlight.

Firewall Requirements: the bottom section provides a grouping of ports needed between:

  • PSC to PSC
  • PSC to vCenter Server
  • vCenter Server to vCenter Server

Migration from Deprecated to Recommended Topology: The left side of this section displays deprecated topologies. A deprecated topology is supported in vSphere 6.0 but will not be in the next vSphere release. The high level steps are provided to get you from deprecated to recommended topology.

Command Line Interface: A few commands on both the appliance and bash shells to get you started.  

Knowledge Base (KB) Articles: Featuring twenty of the most commonly referenced KB articles relating to vSphere 6.0. The KB titles are each interactive clickable links, while the header takes you directly to the main KB site.

Additional Resources

The vCenter Server Appliance Reference Poster is just one of many reference resources. I also would recommend using the vCenter Server Appliance Reference Poster in conjunction with:

In case you want the poster hanging on your office wall, the pdf size is 51in x 35in. (super sized). Stay tuned for more coming soon, but in the mean time you can find all VMware posters here. If you have any questions or want to pass along feedback we can reached on twitter via @Emad_Younis and @eck79.


vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Reference Poster

Updated 7/19/16 – fixed typos, new poster has been added to the download link. If you downloaded the initial poster the following corrections have been made:

  • vCenter Server Product page link has been updated
  • Logs section: workflow – VMware vCenter Workflow Manager
  • Logs section: vmw – VMware System and Hardware Health Manager

About the Author

Emad Younis

Emad Younis is a Staff Technical Marketing Architect and VCIX 6.5-DCV working in the Cloud Platform Business Unit, part of the R&D organization at VMware. He currently focuses on the vCenter Server Appliance, vCenter Server Migrations, and VMware Cloud on AWS. His responsibilities include generating content, evangelism, collecting product feedback, and presenting at events. Emad can be found blogging on or on Twitter via @emad_younis.