How to – Install VCSA 6.7 (Virtual Center Server Appliance)

Step by Step Procedure to Install VCSA 6.7

vCenter Installation Type: –

  1. Windows Based Virtual Center
  2. VCSA (Virtual Center Server Appliance)

In this blog we are covering installation of VCSA which is appliance based Virtual Center. There are lot of benefits using VCSA. One of them are saving Operating System license cost and SQL Database license cost. Other benefit is that it provides native High Availability for Virtual Center. We will cover VCSA benefits in another post.

Installation Mode: –

  1. Embedded Platform Controller Services (PSC)
  2. External Platform Controller Services

Prerequisites: –

  • ISO Image for VCSA 6.7
  • Base machine from where you will execute the installer.
  • ESXi Host on which appliance will be deployed as vCenter.

Hardware Requirements for a vCSA 6.7 with an Embedded or External Platform Services Controller

System requirement for VCSA 6.7 Embedded Mode

System Requirements for the base machine for GUI and CLI Installer: –

System Requirement for GUI and CLI Installer

Steps by Step procedure to Install VCSA: –

  • Download VMware 6.7 ISO Image from VMware Portal.
  • Mount ISO image to any of windows machine from where you need to execute installer.

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  • Go to VMware VCSAvcsa-ui-installer- win32 Folder.
  • Click on Installer file.

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  • There are two stages in VCSA Installation.
    • Stage 1 – Deploy Appliance
    • Stage 2 – Configuration Appliance
  • We will proceed with Stage 1 then Stage 2 in sequence.
  • There are four options in installation screen under stage 1.
    • Install
    • Upgrade
    • Migrate
    • Restore
  • Click on Install option as we are going to install new vCenter.

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  • Introduction screen will appear, Click Next.

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  • Accept the license agreement, Click Next.

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  • Select deployment type. Here we are going to choose Embedded platform Services Controller and External Platform Services Controller.
  • Then Choose Embedded Platform Services Controller, Click Next.

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  • Specify the appliance deployment target.
    • Esxi host or vCenter Server name
    • Type Host name or IP address to
    • Default it will show HTTPS port 443
    • Type Username and password
  • Click on Next.

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  • Click on yes to accept the Certificate.

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  • Give the name of vCenter Appliance.
  • Set User Name and Password for VCSA.
  • Click on Next.

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  • Select deployment size according to your requirement.
  • Click on Next.

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  • Select datastore.

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  • Configure Network Settings.
    • Choose Network
    • IP Version
    • IP assignment
    • FQDN
    • IP address
    • Subnet mask or prefix length
    • Default gateway
    • DNS servers
  • Click on Next.

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  • Now it is ready to start the deployment of appliance in stage 1.
  • Click on Finish.

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  • Deployment of vCenter Server appliance is in progress.

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  • Deployment has been completed. Click Continue to move to next stage.

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  • Stage 2:- Setup vCenter Server Appliance with an Embedded PSC.

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  • Click on Next.

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  • Here it will show two option to configure SSO configuration.
    • Create a new SSO domain
    • Join an existing SSO domain
  • Select option to Create a new SSO domain, and provide below information.
    • SSO user name
    • SSO password
    • Confirm password
  • Click on Next.

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  • Click on Join the Vmware’s Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP).
  • Click on Next.

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  • Stage 2 is Ready to Complete.
  • Click on Finish.

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  • Click on OK

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  • Setup is in progress.

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  • Click on close.

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Installation and configuration of VCSA has been completed.

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