vsphere 5.0 maximums

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maximum virtual machines per host:

512

maximum concurrent hosts in an HA failover:

32

maximum resource pool per host:

1600

max hosts per cluster:

32

max failover as percentage of cluster:

100%

max resource pool tree depth:

8

max children per resource pool:

1024

max virtual machine swap file size:

1TB

max virtual iSCSI targets per virtual machine:

60

max floppy controller per virtual machine:

1

max serial ports per virtual machine:

4

max concurrent remote connections to a virtual machine:

40

max RAM per virtual machine:

1TB

max parallel ports per virtual machine:

3

max IDE controller per virtual machine:

1

max IDE devices per virtual machine:

4

max virtual NICs per virtual machine:

10

max xHCI USB controller per virtual machine:

20

max USB controller per virtual machine:

1

max USB devices per virtual machine:

20

max video memory per virtual machine:

128 MB

max floppy devices per virtual machine:

2

max virtual iSCSI targets per virtual iSCSI adapter:

15

max virtual disks per virtual machine:

60

max virtual CPUs per virtual machine (virtual SMP):

32

max USB 3.0 devices per virtual machine:

1

max virtual iSCSI adapters per virtual machine:

4

max virtual machine disk size:

2TB minus 512b

max VMDirectPath PCI/PCIe devices per virtual machine:

6 (if two are Teradici)

Virtual SCSI targets per virtual machine:

60

ESXi Host Maximums

...compute maximums...

Logical CPUs per host:

160

Virtual machines per host:

512

Virtual CPUs per host:

2048

Virtual CPUs per core:

25

Fault Tolerance Maximums

...

(FT) Virtual disks:

16

(FT) Virtual CPUs per virtual machine:

1

(FT) RAM per FT VM:

64GB

(FT) Virtual Machines per Host:

4

RAM per Host:

2TB

Number of swap files:

1

Storage Maximums:

...

Virtual Disks per Host:

2048

iSCSI Physical Layer:

...

(iSCSI) LUNs per server:

256

(iSCSI) Qlogic 1Gb iSCSI HBA initiator ports per server:

4

(iSCSI) Broadcom 1Gb iSCSI HBA initiator ports per server:

4

(iSCSI) Broadcom 10Gb iSCSI HBA initiator ports per server:

4

(iSCSI) NICs that can be associated or port bound with the software iSCSI stack per server:

8

(iSCSI) Number of total paths on a server:

1024

(iSCSI) Number of paths to a LUN (software iSCSI and hardware iSCSI):

8

(iSCSI) Qlogic iSCSI: dynamic targets per adapter port:

64

(iSCSI) Qlogic iSCSI: static targets per adapter port:

62

(iSCSI) Broadcom 1Gb iSCSI HBA targets per adapter port:

64

(iSCSI) Broadcom 10Gb iSCSI HBA targets per adapter port:

128

(iSCSI) Software iSCSI targets:

265

(NAS) NFS mounts per host:

256

(Fiber Channel) LUNs per host:

256

(FC) LUN ID:

255

(FC) Number of paths to a LUN:

32

Number of total paths on a server:

1024

Number of HBAs of any type:

8

HBA ports:

16

Targets per HBA:

265

(FCoE) Software FCoE adapters:

4

(VMFS) Volumes per host:

256

(VMFS) Hosts per volume:

64

(VMFS) Powered‐on virtual machines per VMFS volume:

2048

(VMFS3) Volume size:

64TB

(VMFS3) Raw device mapping size (virtual compatibility):

2TB minus 512bytes

(VMFS3) Raw Device Mapping size (physical compatibility):

2TB minus 512bytes

(VMFS3) Block Size:

8MB

(VMFS3) File size (1MB block size):

256GB

(VMFS3) File size (2MB block size):

512GB

(VMFS3) File size (4MB block size):

1TB

(VMFS3) File size (8MB block size):

2TB minus 512 bytes

(VMFS3) Files per volume:

Approximately 30,720

(VMFS5) Volume Size:

64TB

(VMFS5) Raw Device Mapping size (virtual compatibility):

2TB minus 512bytes

(VMFS5) Raw Device Mapping size (physical compatibility):

64TB

(VMFS5) Block size:

1MB

(VMFS5) File size:

2TB minus 512 bytes

(VMFS5) Files per volume:

Approximately 130,690

SUBJECT:

(Concurrent Operations)

(Concurrent Operations) Concurrent vMotion operations per datastore:

128

(Concurrent Operations) Concurrent Storage vMotion operations per datastore:

8

(Concurrent Operations) Concurrent Storage vMotion operations per host:

2

(Concurrent Operations) Concurrent non‐vMotion provisioning operations per host:

8

NETWORKING MAXIMUMS

...

(Physical NICs)e1000 1Gb Ethernet ports (Intel PCI‐x):

32

(Physical NICs) e1000e 1Gb Ethernet ports (Intel PCI‐e):

24

(Physical NICs) igb 1Gb Ethernet ports (Intel):

16

(Physical NICs) tg3 1Gb Ethernet ports (Broadcom):

32

(Physical NICs) bnx2 1Gb Ethernet ports (Broadcom):

16

(Physical NICs) forcedeth 1Gb Ethernet ports (NVIDIA):

2

(Physical NICs) nx_nic 10Gb Ethernet ports (NetXen):

8

(Physical NICs) ixgbe 10Gb Ethernet ports (Intel):

8

(Physical NICs) bnx2x 10Gb Ethernet ports (Broadcom):

8

(Physical NICs) be2net 10Gb Ethernet ports (Emulex):

8

(Physical NICs) Combination of 10Gb and 1Gb Ethernet ports:

Six 10Gb and Four 1Gb ports

(Physical NICs) Infiniband ports (refer to VMware Community Support):

NA

VMDirectPath limits

...

VMDirectPath PCI/PCIe devices per host:

8

VMDirectPath PCI/PCIe devices per virtual machine:

4

vSphere Standard and Distributed Switch

MAXIMUMS

Total virtual network switch ports per host (VDS and VSS ports):

4096

Maximum active ports per host (VDS and VSS):

1016

Virtual network switch creation ports per standard switch:

4088

Port groups per standard switch:

256

Distributed virtual network switch ports per vCenter:

30,000

Static port groups per vCenter:

5,000

Ephemeral port groups per vCenter:

256

Hosts per VDS:

350

Distributed switches per vCenter:

32

Concurrent Operations

...

Concurrent vMotion operations per host (1Gb/s network):

4

Concurrent vMotion operations per host (10Gb/s network):

8

Cluster and Resource Pool Maximums

Cluster (all clusters including HA and DRS)

Hosts per cluster:

32

Virtual machines per cluster:

3,000

Virtual machines per host:

512

Maximum concurrent host HA failover:

32

Resource pools per cluster:

1600

(Resource Pool) Resource pool tree depth:

8 (Additional 4 resource pools are used by system internals)

(Resource Pool) Children per resource pool:

1024

(Resource Pool) Resource pools per host:

1600

If the host keeps disconnecting from the vCenter Server:

When more than one configuration options (such as number of virtual machines, number of LUNs, and number of VDS ports) are used at their maximum limit, some of the processes running on the host might run out of memory.

vCloud Director Maximums

...

(vCloud Director) Virtual machine count:

20,000

(vCloud Director) Powered‐On virtual machine count:

10,000

(vCloud Director) Organizations:

10,000

(vCloud Director) Virtual machines per vApp:

64

(vCloud Director) vApps per organization:

500

(vCloud Director) Number of networks:

7,500

(vCloud Director) Hosts:

2,000

(vCloud Director) vCenter Servers:

25

(vCloud Director) Virtual Data Centers:

10,000

(vCloud Director) Datastores:

1,024

(vCloud Director) Catalogs:

1,000

(vCloud Director) Media:

1,000

(vCloud Director) Users:

10,000

vCenter Server Maximums

...

(vCenter Server) Hosts per vCenter Server:

1,000

(vCenter Server) Powered‐on virtual machines per vCenter Server:

10,000

(vCenter Server) Registered virtual machines per vCenter Server:

15,000

(vCenter Server) Linked vCenter Servers:

10

(vCenter Server) Hosts in linked vCenter Servers:

3,000

(vCenter Server) Powered‐on virtual machines in linked vCenter Servers:

30,000

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