vCenter 6.0 Installation

Today we are discussing about vCenter 6.0 installation.

First we will discuss about prerequisites to install a vCenter server.

Sizing Hardware for vCenter Server for Windows based installation

  • Two 64-bit CPUs or a single dual-core 64-bit CPU
  • 8 GB of RAM or more
  • 17 GB of free disk space
  • A network adapter (1 Gbps strongly recommended)
  • A supported version of Windows Server OS family ( I am using Windows 2012 R2 Server)

This is the minimum requirements, according to your environment with many esxi hosts and VMs must scale the vCenter server system accordingly.

  • External Database server ( SQL Server Optional)
  • External Platform Services Controller (Optional)
  • If you are using external SQL database, Need to create service account.

Here I am using nested lab, My vCenter server having 4 CPU, 8 GB RAM and 100 GB HDD (SSD).

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Once you have Windows Server, Database, ODBC and VIM setup iso, Plan for installation

  • Attach VIM setup ISO to your Server (through ILO or DVD)

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  • Open cd drive and double click “autorun” file.
  • Select vCenter Server for Windows and click “Install”.

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  • Click “Next” here..

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  • Accept the EULA and click “Next”

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  • Select deployment mode here.
  • I am going with Embedded Deployment (PSC and vCenter on the same server)
  • Select appropriate deployment mode and click “Next”

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  • Add the System Name and click “Next”

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  • Here you have to configure vCenter SSO domain, or Join to a existing SSO domain.
  • By default SSO domain will be “vsphere.local”
  • SSO user will be “administrator@vsphere.local”
  • Enter the SSO password and site name and click “Next”

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  • Select the database here
  • There are two options, embedded database or external database, I am using external database SQL 2014 express.
  • I already added my database “vgyanvc” to my ODBC.
  • Select the DSN Name from drop down menu and click “Next”

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  • Enter the vCenter service account user name and password and click “Next”

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  • Select default ports and select “Next”

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  • Select default Destination Directory and click “Next”

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  • Verify all the configuration items and click “Install”

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  • It will take 20 to 30 Min to complete.

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  • Once installation completed, Click “Finish”

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  • Select “Exit” on vCenter installer.

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Now we completed our vCenter server 6.0 installation!!!

Next:- What is vSphere Client, vSphere Web Client, How to configure it.

Written by Sujith Surendran

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