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Adding ESX Server Hosts

Updated: September 11, 2009

Applies To: Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1

The only time you need to add an ESX Server host to VMM is when you add a new ESX Server host to VMware VirtualCenter after adding the VirtualCenter server to VMM. For a procedure, see How to Add an ESX Server Host to VMM (

You do not need to add ESX Server hosts that VirtualCenter was managing when you added the VirtualCenter server to VMM. When you add a VirtualCenter server to VMM, VMM adds existing hosts automatically with an initial status of OK (Limited) until you provide the security information to enable file transfer operations on each host. For more information, see Supported Virtual Machine Actions for ESX Server Hosts.

For detailed information about security requirements and end-to-end procedures for configuring the VMware VirtualCenter server and ESX Server hosts for management by VMM, see Configuring Security for a Managed VMware Environment in VMM (

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