Deploying The vCenter Server 6 Appliance

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KB ID 0001146 Dtd 26/01/16

Problem

The vCenter Appliance used to be a simple to deploy from OVA, but now you need to deploy it from another machine, (and it has to be a Windows machine).

Solution

Before you attempt to deploy the appliance¬†‘pre-create’ its host records in your DNS.

dns for vcenter

ptr record for venter

Download the vCenter Appliance .ISO file and mount it on your Windows machine, navigate to the visa directory, and install the VMware-ClientIntegrationPlugin, (accept all the defaults).

mount vcenter iso

Open the vcsa-setup.html file, (use Chrome or Firefox, you will struggle with IE).

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Install > Accept all the defaults, when prompted open the link, accept all the warnings, and enable all the plugin prompts.

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Accept the EULA > Next.

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Supply the details for one of your ESXi servers > Next.

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Set the vCenter appliance name and root password > Next.

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Next, (I’m having one appliance, and everything is being deployed on that).

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Enter your SSO details, (DON’T EVER LOOSE THESE CREDENTIALS!!) > Next.

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Select your deployment size > Next.

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Select the storage, and if you want to thin provision the drive, select ‘Enable Thin Disk Mode’ > Next.

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If you have an¬†Oracle DB you can specify it, I’m just using the integral one > Next.

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Enter all your networking requirements > Next.

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Enter your NTP settings > Next.

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Review the settings > Finish

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Go and have a coffee, it will take a while. When complete click the link to open the vSphere web client.

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Log on with the credentials you created above.

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You may see some licence warnings, but the client should open.

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Join the vCenter Server Appliance to Active Directory

Deployment, > System Configuration  >Nodes  > Manage  > Advanced > Active Directory > Join.

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Supply the domain name and credentials > OK > Nothing will change.

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You will see you now have another ‘computer account’ in your AD.

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Nothing will appear to change, until you reboot the appliance.

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After a reboot you will see the domain listed, and the button will change to ‘Leave’.

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Add Domain Authentication To The vCenter Server Appliance

Administration > Single Sign On > Configuration > Identity Sources > Add.

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Select AD/Windows > Select your domain > OK.

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Select your domain and set as default.

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Administration > Single Sign On > Users and Groups > Groups > Administrators > Add.

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Select you domain and AD Group > Add > OK > OK.

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Now select your vCenter > Permissions > Add.

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Administrator  > Add.

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As above locate your AD group, and add it in > OK > OK.

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Related Articles, References, Credits, or External Links

vSphere ‚Äď Adding Domain Users/Groups to vCenter

Author: PeteLong

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