vSphere 6.0 – Install VCSA vCenter 6.0

In this blog , I will guide you through the installation and configuration of  VCSA vCenter 6.0.

VCSA can use either a local PostgreSQL database that is built in to the appliance, which is recommended, or an external database. Unlike Windows support for PostgreSQL, vCenter Server Appliance supports up to 1,000 hosts or 10,000 virtual machines at full vCenter Server scale. Supported external databases include Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Database 12c. External database support is being deprecated in this release; this is the last release that supports the use of an external database with vCenter Server Appliance.

When deploying vCenter Server Appliance, the target host must be ESXi 5.0 or later. In addition, pre checks such as connectivity to an external database, NTP server, DNS server, and so on, are performed on the client deploying the appliance rather than against the target host and destination port group. This does not ensure that all required connectivity is available from the ESXi host and the destination port group of vCenter Server Appliance. Users must ensure that the ESXi host and port group have the required connectivity.

Install vCenter 6 Appliance

  • Open the VSCA ISO and open the vcsa folder

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  • Install the Vmware Client Integration Plugin

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  • After it is installed, go back to the ISO folder and click on vsca-setup.htmlvcsa-3
  • Click on Yes if prompt

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  • Click on Allow if prompt

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  • Accept the license agreement and Click on Install

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  • Enter the FQDN or IP address of the ESXi server which you want the PSC deployed on. Enter the associated credentials. Click next and wait for the verification to complete.

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  • You may get a warning about an untrusted SSL certificate. Accept it.

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  • On your DNS server configure A and PTR records for the vCenter’s address. This is very important!
  • Enter the vCenter Appliance name and password

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  • Select your platform and click on Next. Since its my home lab i selected EPSC.

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  • Enter a SSO password, Domain, and site name and click on Next

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  • Select the Appliance size.In my case I selected Tiny, since this is a small home lab.

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  • Select Datastore and click on Next

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  • Select your database.SQL is NOT an option, due to the lack of a supported ODBC binary for Linux. I’ll use the built-in Database. and click on Next

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  • Enter the network information.This is very self explanatory. In a production environment I would suggest syncing to a trusted NTP source and not the ESXi host. Although you should have ESXi configured to sync with a trusted source as well.

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  • Review all of the settings to ensure they are correct. Click Next, and tit takes some for the installation to complete.

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  • Wait till the deployment is complete

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  • Open a browser and enter the FQDN of the vCenter Server and click on Log in to vSphere Web Client

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You are done with the installation!!!

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