vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Installation Process step by step

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In previous post, I hope you got the idea about the installation of vCenter Server 6.0 on Windows Server 2012 R2. Now, In this post you will learn how to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 step by step. The vCenter Server Appliance is a preconfigured Linux virtual machine, which is optimized for running vCenter Server and the associated services on Linux. During the deployment of the appliance, you select whether you want to deploy vCenter Server Appliance with an external Platform Services Controller or vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Services Controller.

We make sure for deployment of vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 should have the below minimum requirements and configurations for a successful implementation.

Minimum Hardware Requirements for vCenter Server Appliance and Platform Services Controller Appliance: 
 VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Number of CPUs  Memory
Platform Services Controller Appliance 2 CPUs 2 GB RAM
vCenter Server  Appliance with an Embedded or External Platform Services Controller for a Tiny Environment (up to 10 Hosts, 100 Virtual Machines) 2 CPUs 8 GB RAM
vCenter Server Appliance with an Embedded or External Platform Services Controller for a Small Environment (up to 100 Hosts, 1000 Virtual Machines) 4 CPUs 16 GB RAM
vCenter Server Appliance  with an Embedded or External Platform Services Controller for a Medium Environment (up to 400 Hosts, 4,000 Virtual Machines) 8 CPUs 24 GB RAM
vCenter Server  Appliance with an Embedded or External Platform Services Controller for a Large Environment (up to 1,000 Hosts, 10,000 Virtual Machines) 16 CPUs 32 GB RAM

 

vCenter Server Minimum Storage Requirements Depending On the Deployment Model:
vCenter Server Appliance with an Embedded Platform Services Controller vCenter Server Appliance with an External Platform Services Controller External Platform Services Controller Appliance
Tiny environment (up to 10 hosts, 100 virtual machines) 120 GB 86GB 30 GB
Small environment (up to 100 hosts, 1,000 virtual machines) 150 GB 108 GB 30 GB
Medium environment (up to 400 hosts, 4,000 virtual machine) 300 GB 220 GB 30 GB
Large environment (up to 1,000 hosts, 10,000 virtual machines) 450 GB 280 GB 30 GB
Software Included in the vCenter Server Appliance:

The vCenter Server Appliance is a preconfigured Linux-based virtual machine optimized for running vCenter Server and associated services.

The vCenter Server Appliance package contains the following software:

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Update 3 for VMware, 64-bit edition
PostgreSQL
vCenter Server 6.0 and vCenter Server 6.0 components.

 

vCenter Server Appliance Software Requirements:

The VMware vCenter Server Appliance can be deployed on ESXi hosts 5.0 or later, or on vCenter Server instances 5.0 or later. We can deploy the vCenter Server Appliance only by using the Client Integration Plug-In, which is an HTML installer for Windows that you use to connect to the target server and deploy the vCenter Server Appliance on the server.

vCenter Server Appliance Database Requirements:

vCenter Server Appliance requires a database to store and organize server data. Each vCenter Server Appliance must have its own database. We can use the bundled PostgreSQL database that is included in the vCenter Server Appliance, which supports up to 1,000 hosts and 10,000 virtual machines. But, here I am using the bundled PostgreSQL Database during deployment of vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 as it is lab environment. If required more information of the Database please go through the below link for your reference.

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/sim/interop_matrix.php#db&2=431

database

vSphere Web Client Software Requirements:

Make sure that your browser supports the vSphere Web Client. The vSphere Web Client 6.0 requires Adobe Flash Player 16 or later. The following supported guest operating systems and browser versions for the vSphere Web Client.

Operating system Browser
Windows Microsoft Internet Explorer 10.0.19 and later.

Mozilla Firefox 34 and later.

Google Chrome 39 and later.

Mac OS Mozilla Firefox 34 and later.

Google Chrome 39 and later.

 

Download the vCenter Server Appliance installer, and mount ISO image to CD/DVD and open the vCenter Server Appliance Setup, then click vcsa-setup1

click Allow this website to open an app on your computer3

Its showing error please install Client Integration Plugin 6.04

Open the vCenter Server Appliance setup and click vcsa folder5

click VMware-Client-integration-Plugin-6.0.0 to install6

Preparing VMware Client Integration Plugin 6.0 for installation7

To continue installation, click Next8

Select I accept the terms in the License Agreement and click Next9

Select Destination Folder and click Next10

Click Install to begin the installation11

Installing the Plug-in is in progress12

Click Finish to exit the wizard13

Again, click vcsa setup to start installation14

click Allow this website to open an app on your computer15

Again, click Allow this website using the Client Integration Plug-in16

Click Install to begin installation of vCenter Server Appliance 6.017

Select I accept the terms of the License Agreement and click Next18

Enter ESXi Host or vCenter Server FQDN or IP Address, User name , Password and click Next19

To accept and continue, press Yes20

Enter vCenter Server Appliance name, root password and confirm OS password, click Next21

Select Install vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller and click Next22

Select Create a new SSO domain and enter vCenter SSO domain password, confirm password, SSO Domain name and SSO Site name, then click Next23

Select Tiny (Up to 10 hosts, 100 VMs) and click Next24

Select storage having free space more than 120 GB and select Enable Thin Disk Mode and click Next25

Select Use an embedded (PostgreSQL) and click Next26

Choose a network, IP address family, Network type, Network address, System name( FQDN or IP address), Subnet mask, Network gateway and  Network DNS Servers  details27

Configure time sync and select Enable ssh, click Next28

Review all settings before starting the installation29

Started Downloading and deploying appliance is in progress30

Connect ESXi host through vSphere client and check the vCenter Server appliance deploying status31

Deploying vCenter Server Appliance is in progress32

vCenter Server Appliance successfully deployed, now we can login to vSphere Web Client, click URL35

Click Continue to this website (not recommended)36

click Allow this website to open a program on your computer37

Enter vCenter Single Sign On User name administrator@vpshere.local and password, click Login38

click Allow this website to open a program on your computer39

We had login to vSphere Web Client successfully and verify all the options40

Connect ESXi host through vSphere client  and select vCenter Server Appliance , right click Open console42

Verify the vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller details43

Open vSphere Client enter the IP address or Name, SSO User name and passowrd, click Login53

Now, we are successfully login to the vCenter Server 6.0 with out any issues54

Now, you can add all the ESXi Hosts to this vCenter Server and manage the virtual infrastructure. I hope this is informative for you. Thanks for reading my post……! If you feel worth please share it in social media

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