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May 5, 2018 - 4 minute read - Comments

Deploying vCenter 6.7 appliance

My current homelab environment revolves around vSphere 6.5. I am using ESXi 6.5 as the hypervisor and vCenter 6.5 for centralized management. Recently vSphere 6.7 was released and it is available as free download for 60days evaluation. I am going to try to migrate my homelab from 6.5 to 6.7 and the first thing I will do is the vCenter.

My current vCenter 6.5 is being hosted under Windows 2012 R2. vCenter 6.7 has the option as a standalone appliance or to be installed under Windows server. I will be testing the appliance version as this will free up a Windows server for licensing issues.

Step-by-step Guide on Deploying vCenter 6.7 appliance

1 - Once the ISO is downloaded from the vmware website, mount the ISO to the virtual machine. I already have a running instance of Windows Server 2012 R2 from my old Vcenter 6.5 install, I will use this VM in deploying the vCenter 6.7 appliance.

2 - Edit the VM settings and expand the CD/DVD Drive.

3 - Click on Browse and navigate to where the ISO is saved and click OK.

4 - Go back to the Windows Server 2012 R2 VM, and it will detect the ISO file mounted. Navigate and launch D:\vcsa-ui-installer\win32\installer.exe

5 - The vCenter Server Appliance Installer will start. Select the first item - Install.

6 - The first part is deploying the appliance. Click Next.

7 - Accept the End user license aggreement and then click Next.

8 - On this screen, enter the vCenter server or ESXi host on which you will deploy the appliance. I entered the IP address of my ESXi host as I will be retiring my old vCenter 6.5 install anyway. Enter also the root credentials to access the ESXi host / vCenter.

9 - Accept the certificate warning. This is the certificate from the ESXi host / vCenter server you entered in the previous step.

10 - Specify the name you wish to use for the appliance. I left it on the default name. Enter also the root password to be used by the appliance.

11 - Select the deployment size. Since this is a home lab environment with less than 10 hosts and less than 100 VMs, I selected the Tiny option. Use the table as a guideline on which option to choose.

12 - Select the datastore where the VM will be saved and click Next.

13 - On this screen, enter the IP address, subnet mask, gateway, DNS servers and FQDN (optional). Since I am running my own DNS server, I entered the FQDN of the vCenter appliance. You can also change the HTTP and HTTPS ports or just leave it to the defaults.

14 - Verify all the information are correct. If there are any mistakes, press the BACK button and make the necessary changes. Once all the information are correct, press FINISH.

15 - Wait for the install to finish. At this point it is connecting to the vCenter / ESXi host and creating the appliance.

16 - Almost done.

17 - Install completed!

18 - Open up a web browser and navigate a secure connection to the IP/FQDN of the vCenter appliance and use port 5480. Example - https://vcenter.ryanrudolf.com:5480

19 - Verify the network configuration - IP address, subnet mask, gateway, DNS servers and system name. Once everything is correct, press Next.

20 - Select the option to Create a New SSO Domain or Join Existing SSO Domain. For my home lab environment, I select Create a New SSO Domain. Specify the administrator and password to be used for login.

21 - Optional - Put a check mark on the Join VMWare Customer Experience Improvement Program and press Next.

22 - Review the items, if there are no mistakes press FINISH.

23 - Wait for the configuration to finish.

24 - Complete!

25 - You can now access the vCenter 6.7 appliance on the IP address provided during the deployment!

vCenter 6.7 HTML Client

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