vSphere 6.0: Installing vCenter Server Step-by-Step

In previous post of this series, we’ve learnt about vCenter Server Architecture, such as its components, services, and Platform Services Controller (PSC). If you’ve missed previous posts of this series, you can find them here.

  1. Introduction to vSphere 6.0
  2. Introduction to Virtual Infrastructure
  3. vSphere 6.0 Lab Setup
  4. vSphere Client 6.0
  5. Install and Configure ESXi 6.0
  6. Configure IP Address and Hostname of ESXi 6.0
  7. Configure NTP Client using vSphere Web Client 
  8. Understanding Virtual Machine Files
  9. Virtual Machine Virtual Hardware
  10. Virtual Disk Types
  11. Creating a Virtual Machine
  12. Installing Guest OS and VMware Tools in a VM
  13. vCenter Server Architecture

In this post, we’ll learn installing vCenter Server step-by-step in windows environment. When vCenter Server is installed, following services are also installed with it.

  • vCenter Server
  • vSphere Web Client (enables to connect to vCenter Server instance using web browser)
  • VMware Inventory Service (stores vCenter Server application and inventory data)
  • vSphere Auto Deploy (support tool that can provision many physical hosts with ESXi software)
  • vSphere ESXi Dump Collector (configure ESXi to dump the VMkernel memory to a network server, rather than to a disk)
  • vSphere Syslog Collector (support tool that provides a unified architecture for system and network logging)

vSphere Web Client directly communicates with vCenter Server, and vSphere Client is used to directly communicate with ESXi hosts. vCenter Server provides access to the ESXi hosts via an agent called vpxa.

Minimum Hardware Requirements for vCenter Server

Before installing and configuring vCenter Server, we should consider minimum hardware requirements. Following are the minimum hardware requirements. We’re installing vCenter Server in home-lab environment, so we’ll install it as embedded PSC with 2CPUs and 4GB RAM.

minimum hardware requirements vcenter server

Let’s start the process:

Step 1: Download the vCenter Server ISO from VMware site. After downloading, mount it on CD/DVD drive

Step 2: Open the mounted path and double click the Autorun.exe to start the process.

install vcenter server

Step 3: Select vCenter Server for Windows and click Install to begin the installation.

Step 4: Windows Installer preparing to install in process, click Next to install vCenter Server 6.0.0

install vcenter server

Step 5: Accept the License Agreement and click Next

EULA vcenter server

Step 6: Select Embedded Deployment and click Next

embedded deployment

Step 7: Enter the System Name as FQDN and click Next

system network name

Step 8: Select Create New vCenter Single Sign-On domain, enter vCenter Single Sign-On password, Confirm password, Site name, and click Next

single sign-on configuration

Step 9: Select Use Windows Local System Account and click Next

windows local system account

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

database settings vpostgres

Step 11: Verify Configure Ports and click Next

configure network settings

Step 12: Leave Destination Dictionary default and click Next

storage location

Step 13: Review your settings and click Install

review your settings

Step 14: vCenter Server installation process will start now, and will take some time to install.

Step 15: Installation process is completed, click Finish or Launch vSphere Web Client

vCenter Server installation is completed when you click Finish button. When you’ll click on Launch vSphere Web Client, it will launch vSphere Web Client. For complete guidance regarding vCenter Server installation and configuration, you can follow VMware vSphere 6.0 Part 2 – vCenter, Alarms and Templates course. In next post, we’ll see how vSphere Web Client works and used for managing and controlling vCenter Server.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post, if you have any query or suggestion, please feel free to write in comments. Thanks a lot.


Comments (2)

  1. Sidra Shabbir

    Thanks for sharing! Here’s a step-by-step video you can also share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apsZbusjQfo&t=417s

    1. Nisar Ahmad (Post author)

      Thank Sidra for sharing a useful link


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