Today we talk about the VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 (VCSA). To write this article, I was able to rely on my personal lab which is presented here.
So, to beggin…
What is vCenter Server Appliance ?
In a professional environment, it is very difficult to administer a platform without having a global, centralized view. VCenter Server will allow you to have a centralized view of all ESXi server farms and thus be able to administer them from a single interface.
In addition to this simplicity of administration, vCenter Server will bring features that are not available when using a standalone server. Among these features (and depending on the licensing levels of the host servers) we will be able to find:
– Fault Tolerance
– High Availability
– Storage DRS
– Storage vMotion
Also, using vCenter will allow us to integrate other features directly into the vSphere Web Client console, such as vSphere Data Protection, vSphere Replication, vRealize, and so on.
Since version 6.0, VMware has upgraded its appliance to a Windows installation. This is a way to push administrators to install the VMware system more and more.
How to install vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Update 3 ?
Before to beggin, go to download the latest release of VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Update 3a Appliance
Extract / mount and execute vcsa-setup.html
All is OK to start installation !
Pick the name of server, login and password to deploy the ovf …
Enter the name of the vCenter and the root password
Select the type of deployment to PSC
Enter the password of SSO (this password will be the email@example.com password account)
Select the type of deployment
Select the storage of vCenter VM
In the small/medium company you can use the PostgreSQL database.
Enter the network parameters
This is the end, you can see the summary of installation
END ! You can connect to vSphere Web Client by https://vcenterdomainname/vsphere-client/
If you go to the console VM on your ESX server, you can see the GUI interface to “Customize system”
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