VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6 – Install

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The vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) is no longer deployed as an .OVA or .OVF instead the new version 6 uses a guided installer within a browser session.

Please note these are installation instructions for the beta release and may change when GA.

1. Download the VMware-VCSA-all-6.0.0-2175370.iso file from VMware

2. Mount the iso and install the Client Intergration Plugin (located in \vcsa\VMware-ClientIntegrationPlugin-6.0.0.exe)

3. Once installed run the index.html

4. Click Install

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5 Accept the EULA.

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6.  Specify the ESXi host that you want to install the VCSA on.

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7.  Enter the Appliance name and the root password.

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8.  Now select the installation method for the Platform Services Controller.  I am going to install the embedded version.

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9.  Select Configure Single Sign-On, enter a Password, Domain Name and Site Name.  There is also an option to join an external SSO domain if you already have a Platform Service Controller.

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10.  Now select the appropriate appliance size for your environment, you can use this simple chart detailing your options.

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11.  Select the appropriate storage datastore.

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12.  Now select to install the embedded vPostgres database alternatively you could you an external Oracle database.

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For information the embedded vPostgres is good enough for environments with up to 1000 ESXi Hosts and 10,000 VM’s

13.  Enter you network settings.

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14.  You are about ready for the deployment quick check of the summary and you are good to go.

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15.  Click on Finish and relax 🙂

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16.  Now the install is complete.

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17. Now click on the URL and login using your single sign-on details you entered during the install.

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