vCenter 5 Appliance Installation

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In this tutorial I will guide you through installing the vCenter 5 Appliance. The vCenter 5 Appliance is a separate download consisting of an ovf file and 2 vmdk disks. You can download the appliance from www.vmware.com

Installing the vCenter 5 Appliance

1. First up you must have installed an ESXi 5 Server. Download and install the vSphere 5 client from the ESXi 5 host web page. Launch the client and connect directly with the ESXi 5 host.


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2. Click on File and select Deploy OVF Template.


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3. Browse to the folder where you have downloaded the vCenter 5 Appliance and select the OVF file. Click Next.


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4. This screen shows a Summary of the vCenter 5 Appliance information. Click Next.


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5. Give the Virtual Machine a Name, the default is VMware vCenter Server Appliance. Click Next.


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6. Select the datastore where you would like to install the vCenter 5 Appliance to. Remember on the summary screen in step 4, 5.6GB is required for Thin Provision and 82GB is required for thick provision. Click Next.


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7. In my demo I can not select any thick provisioning options as I only had 10GB of available space on my san. Therefore thin provision is my only option. Click Next.


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8. Check that all your settings are correct and click Finish.


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9. The Virtual Appliance begins to deploy.


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10. vCenter 5 Appliance has completed successfully. Click Close.


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11. As you can see the vCenter 5 Appliance runs the Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise 11(64-bit) Operating System.


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Disclaimer:
All the tutorials included on this site are performed in a lab environment to simulate a real world production scenario. As everything is done to provide the most accurate steps to date, we take no responsibility if you implement any of these steps in a production environment.

  • John Q Public

    Thanks!