vSphere 6.0: Installing vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA)

In previous post of this series, we’ve learnt about installing vCenter Server 6.0 with External Platform Services Controller (PSC) step by step in Windows environment. If you missed previous posts regarding vCenter Server 6.0 installation, you can find them here.

  1. vCenter Server Architecture
  2. Installing vCenter Server with Embedded PSC
  3. Installing vCenter Server with External PSC

In this post, we’ll learn how to install vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). VCSA 6.0 appliance is an alternative to windows based vCenter Server. VCSA 6.0 is most robust and as much scalable as windows based vCenter Server.

The VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) is a security hardened SUSE Enterprise 11 operating system backed with the vCenter server function. With vSphere 6.0 the appliance now has the same mins/max as the Windows based vCenter Server. So, it’s up to data center administrator which platform he wants to manage. Following table shows the min/max of VCSA and windows based vCenter Server.

For more guidance, you can take VMware vSphere 6.0 Part 2 – vCenter, Alarms and Templates Course, and is highly recommended.

Before installing VCSA 6.0, we’ll have to install VMware Client Integration 6.0 Plugin, which is the part of vcsa folder. The installation is simple, once installed proceed to the next step:

Step 1: Now the plugin is installed, open the vcsa-setup.html in the root of the ISO. This will launch the vCSA installer splash screen:

Step 2: Click on Install

Step 3: Accept the EULA and click Next.

Step 4: Enter the FQDN or IP address and root credentials of the ESXi host for the VCSA to be deployed on. Click Next

Step 5: Enter name for your vCenter Appliance, root password and click Next.

Step 6: As we’re working in lab environment, so we’ll choose Embedded Platform Services Controller. Select Install vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller and click Next.

vcsa deployment type

Step 7: Select Create a new SSO Domain and click Next.

Step 8: Choose your appliance size from drop down list and click Next.

Step 9: Choose your datastore and click Next.

Note: Make sure to select Enable Thin Mode Disk Mode, It will space for you.

Step 10: Select Use an embedded database (vPostgres) and click Next.

embedded vPostgress

Step 11: Select the standard switch network you want to use, enter the IP address, FQDN, subnet mask, gateway, and DNS server and click Next.

Step 12: Review the Summary page, and if everything is fine then click Finish

After click Finish, VCSA installation process will start the installation. When installation is completed, click Close.

Step 13: Click on the link which will show in next step to launch vSphere Web Client.

Enter your credentials which we’ve created in step 7, and you’ll be logged in VCSA. For complete guidance regarding vCenter Server installation and configuration, you can follow VMware vSphere 6.0 Part 2 – vCenter, Alarms and Templates , or you can take Learning vSphere 6 Course, and is highly recommended.

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