In this tutorial I will guide you through configuring the vCenter 5 Appliance.
Configuring the vCenter 5 Appliance
1. Power on the vCenter 5 Appliance. Once the server has booted it will display “To manage your appliance please browse to https://ip_address:5480”. Browse to this address and you will get the username and password prompt. Default user is root and Default password is vmware. Click Login.
2. Click Accept EULA.
3. Click on the Network Tab and click Address. Set a static IP Address for the vCenter 5 Appliance, followed by subnet mask and default gateway. Click Save Settings.
4. Click on the System Tab and set the System Time Zone. Click Save Settings.
5. Click on the Update Tab and select your update settings. I like to manually control when to install my updates so i’ll just select Automatic check only. Click Save Settings.
6. Click the Authentication Tab and select Active Directory if you wish to integrate to your Windows Active Directory. Click Active Directory Enabled, enter in your domain and a domain admin user and password. Click Save Settings.
7. Select the vCenter Tab and select Database. As you can see in the drop down menu you are only able to use the embedded or oracle option. There is no option for Microsoft SQL Server with vCenter 5 Appliance. I will select embedded for this demo.
8. Click on Test Settings, if the test comes back successfull select Save Settings.
9. Click on the status tab and click on Start vCenter. The vCenter 5 Appliance services are now started.
10. Open your vSphere client and connect to your vCenter 5 Appliance IP address. You are now logged into your vCenter 5 Appliance.
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