vCenter Architecture Changes in vSphere 6.0 and Deploying VCSA 6.0 – Part 2

In my last blog vCenter Architecture Changes in vSphere 6.0 and Deploying vCenter 6 – Part 1  We have discussed about Architectural changes in vSphere 6.0. Also we have discussed vCenter Deployment Modes (vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server with an External Platform Services Controller). We have discussed how to install Windows-based vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller.

In this vCenter Architecture Changes in vSphere 6.0 and Deploying VCSA 6 – Part 2 will discuss how to deploy VCSA 6.0 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller.

VCSA 6.0 deployment :-

1. Download the VCSA installer from VMware website and Copy/Mount the ISO image to any Windows PC to start the deployment.

vc102. Before starting VCSA deployment we need to Install VMware client integration plug-in.

vc13. Best part is that VMware-Client Integration Plugin is part of VCSA installer, Browse the VCSA folder and Double Click VMware-ClientIntegrationPlugin-6.0.0 to start the installation.

vc24. It is pretty simple Windows Installation process. Just follow the screen to complete the VMware-Client Integration Plugin Installation.vc35. On the ‘Welcome to the Installation wizard for the VMware Client Integration Plug-in 6.0.0’ window click ‘Next’

vc46. On the ‘End-User License Agreement’ window ‘Accept the License Agreement’ and Click ‘Next’

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7. On the ‘Destination Folder’ Window change the folder if required or click ‘Next’vc6

8. On the ‘Ready to Install the Plug-in’ window click ‘Install’ to start the Installation.

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9. it will take 1-2 minutes to finish the installation.

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10. Here we go ‘Installation Completed’ Click ‘Finish’ to close the window.

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11. Once we have Finished VMware Client Integration Plug-in installation, We can start VCSA deployment by Double-Clicking ‘vcsa-setup.html’ file.

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13. ‘Accept the License Agreement’ and Click ‘Next’

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14. On the ‘Connect to the target Server’ window, Enter the ESXi host Name or IP address on which want to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance. Enter root password of the ESXi host and Click ‘Next’

Note:- Make Sure ‘lock down mode is Disabled’ on the ESXi host and NTP is configured and there is time synchronization between ESXi host and the NTP server.

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15. On the ‘Certificate Warning’ Window click ‘YES’ to accept and continue with deployment.

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16. On the ‘Setup Virtual Machine’ window Enter the VM name and root password for the Appliance and Click ‘Next’

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17. On the ‘Select deployment type’ window select ‘ Install vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller’ under Embedded Platform Services Controller and click ‘Next’

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18. On the ‘Set up Single Sign-On’ window select ‘Create a new SSO domain’, Enter SSO Administrator password, SSO Domain Name and SSO site name and Click ‘Next’

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19. On the ‘Select Appliance Size’ window select the appliance size as per size of the Infrastructure going to be managed by the vCenter Server, for the demo purpose i am choosing here ‘Tiny (Up to 10 hosts,             100 VMs)’. You can see that this will deploy a tiny VM configured with 2 vCPUs and 8 GB of Memory and requires 120 GB of disk size.

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20.  On the ‘Select datastore’ window select the datastore to store the vCenter Server (we can Enable Thin Disk Mode by checking the Enable This Disk Mode check box, but for production recommendation is to           deploy ‘Thick Disk Mode’) and click ‘Next’

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21. On the ‘Configure Database’ window select the desired database type and click ‘Next’

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

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22. On the ‘Network Settings’ Window Enter the vCenter Server appliance IP address, Subnet Mask, Gateway, DNS Server, and NTP server settings and Click ‘Next’

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23. On the ‘Ready to Complete’ window Review the settings and Click ‘Finish’ to start the deployment

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24. It will take several minutes to finish the deployment.

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25.  Here we go Installation of vCenter Server is successfully completed and ready for use. We can access vSphere Web Client using https://<IP address>/vsphere-client and login as SSO Administrator                credentials.

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26. That’s it. We can connect to vCenter Server and start using and configuring.

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That’s it 🙂 We have discussed in this part 2 how to deploy VCSA 6.0 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller. In the next part vCenter Architecture Changes in vSphere 6.0 and Deploying VCSA 6.0 – Part 3, Will discuss how to deploy VCSA 6.0 with an External Platform Services Controller. Until then please stay tuned and Keep Spreading the knowledge 🙂

 

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