How to Install and Configure VMware vCenter 6.5 Server Appliance (VCSA)

VMware vCenter 6.5 Appliance

In this video tutorial, I walk you through the installation and configuration of VMware vCenter 6.5 Appliance (VCSA).

VMware vCenter 6.5 topics covered in this video:

1. Installation of the vCenter 6.5 appliance
2. vCenter Server appliance management options
3. Adding an Active Directory identity source for authentication
4. Adding folders with vSphere web client and with PowerCLI
5. Adding Datacenters with vSphere web client and with PowerCLI
6. Adding two ESXi 6.5 hosts with vSphere web client and with PowerCLI
7. Setting our vMotion and Storage networks on ESXi 6.5 hosts
8. Mounting NFS Storage to our ESXi 6.5 hosts
9. Creating a Cluster
10. Adding ESXi 6.5 hosts to the cluster
11. Setting vSwap datastore location
12. Creating a Resource Pool
13. Creating a new Windows 2012 R2 Virtual Machine and installing VM tools

This tutorial is designed to get you up and running from scratch. In my lab, I have already built two VMware ESXi 6.5 hosts that I reference in this video. If you are unfamiliar with the installation of VMware ESXi 6.5 you can follow my installation and configuration of VMware ESXi 6.5 by clicking on this link

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How to install and configure VMware vCenter 6.5 Appliance






  1. Fantastic video! Is it an okay practice to install the vcenter appliance on an esxi host that has production VMs on it? or would you recommend a stand alone host? I am limited by the amount of host licenses I have.

    • Hi Gustavo, yes it’s ok to install the vcenter appliance on the esxi host along with production VMs, especially if you have a host license limit. I would just say, make sure you have a backup of the vcenter which does not reside on the same hardware.

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