vCenter Server Virtual Appliance Part 2 – Installation

In this installment of the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance guide, we’ll cover getting the appliance into your virtual environment.

Since this is a virtual appliance, the setup is much easier than the Windows vCenter Server. A Windows Server and SQL database will not need to be provisioned and configured as most of this work has been done for us by VMware.

Getting Started

In order to get started with the vCenter Server Appliance, there are a few things that will need to be downloaded and/or installed. Those items are:

  1. The vCenter Server Appliance through your MyVMware portal site
  2. The vSphere C# Client
  3. A supported Web Browser. The supported web browsers for Windows are
    Internet Explorer 8 and Up
    Firefox – Current version
    Chrome – Current version

Importing the vCenter Appliance

VMware provides the vCenter Server Appliance as an OVA file that contains the .vmx, .vmdk and other files that the virtual machine needs to operate. In order to use this in any environment, it will need to be imported.

The following steps are needed to import the appliance:

  1. Open the vSphere C# Client
  2. Log into a host in your environment that will be managed by this vCenter instance
  3. Go to File -> Deploy OVF Template
    deploy ovf
  4. Select the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance file that was downloaded from and click Next.
    Note: The file extension of the appliance can be OVF or OVA. OVA includes everything needed to deploy the appliance in one file.
    deploy ovf 2
  5. Enter a name for the virtual appliance. This will be the name that shows up in the vCenter Inventory.
  6. Select the datastore that the appliance will be stored on. For new installs, this may be local storage.
    deploy ovf 3
  7. If you want to preallocate space for the appliance, the Disk Format screen will allow the format to be changed to Thick or Thin Provisioning.
  8. Map the Appliance network adapter to the correct virtual network. In new environments, this will probably be VM Network.
    deploy ovf 4
  9. Review the summary of deployment settings. Click finish to begin the import. If you want the appliance to power-on once the import completes, check the “Power on after deployment” checkbox at the bottom of the screen.
    deploy ovf 5
  10. Once the import begins, you will see a small progress window. The appliance is now being imported into your ESXi host
    Deploy ovf 6

Depending on your network connection to your host, this could take a few minutes. It also makes a good place to take a break. Part 3 will cover the basic setup of the appliance such as setting the timezone, network settings, and preparing to run the setup wizard.

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