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Installing vCenter Server Appliance vCSA 6.0

May 17, 2015

vSphere 5.5 offered the vCSA as an .ovf file, which was imported into a running ESXi host.  Installing the vCSA is a little different in vSphere 6.0.  First, you begin by downloading an .iso file, yep .iso, not .ovf.  The name of the .iso file as of this writing is VMware-VCSA-all-6.0.0-2562643.iso of course that will change once a new build is released.  After downloading the 2.86 GiB .iso file, you will need to mount it to a Windows host.  I used a Windows 7 virtual machine that was running in my lab environment, Slysoft Virtual Clone Drive is a great piece of freeware that you can use to mount .iso files to your Windows host.  Once the .iso file is mounted open the vcsa folder and install the VMware Client Integration Plugin VMware-ClientIntegrationPlugin-6.0.0.  The installation is quick.  Next, launch/double-click the vcsa-setup from the mounted .iso.  Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 8.29.00 AM

Note: The Windows host must be able to communicate with the management interface of the ESXi host you plan on installing the vCenter Server Appliance.

The VMware vCenter Server Appliance Deployment installer will guide you through the installation.

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 8.18.06 AM

Note: When you enter the System Name under Network Settings the installer expects that it is resolvable by DNS, if you have not configured DNS use an IP Address for the name.  If you enter a FQDN that is not resolvable the installation will fail.

Once you have installed the vCenter Server Appliance you can visit the same URL you’ve become accustomed to https://x.x.x.x/vsphere-client/ the :9443 is no longer required 🙂  Don’t forget the default user name is administrator

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