So we covered the vCenter Server installation on Windows. Now let’s see how the installation of vCenter Server appliance defers.
- Deploying vSphere 6.0 – ESXi Installation – Part 1
- Deploying vSphere 6.0 – vCenter Server Installation – Part 2
- Deploying vSphere 6.0 – vCenter Server Appliance Installation – Part 3
- Deploying vSphere 6.0 – Platform Services Controller – Part 4
So what’s new with the vCenter Server Appliance? Well, aside from the main features that were introduced in vCenter 6 in general, there’s nothing really extra that we could add to the vCenter Server Appliance. The only limitation of VCSA that I can see for the moment, is the lack of support for external SQL database. However you can use external Oracle database if you wish. What is also nice about VCSA, is that it can now scale to quite large environments and it can also be scaled out in sections by separating PSC and the Management Node.
vCenter Server Appliance Installation Steps
The installation of VCSA is a little different from the previous deployments. We still deploy an “appliance” on to the ESXi host, but we do it a little differently. If you’ve downloaded the beta software, you’ll notice that the VCSA package is an ISO and not an OVA. In the past, we used the OVA to important the appliance and then provision it. Now, the steps have changed a bit. When you first download the appliance, you’ll need to mount the ISO and install the client integration plugin that can be found in the vcsa directory on the ISO.
Next, we’ll need to define the appliance name, that’s the name of the virtual machine itself and also the password for the root account
For Deployment Type, this is where VCSA deployment and vCenter Server deployment are similar in that they can both scale out and have dedicated roles. For this post, let’s chose the default and install all the roles on the same appliance
Select the SSO deployment type
Select the correct datastore
Chose the type of database deployment you’d like to use for VCSA. Since this is a lab, we’re going for embedded deployment, but as mentioned earlier, you do have the option of using external Oracle database
For this last section, we’ll need to configure the network settings which are straight forward. Once done, click on Next
At this point, we can click on Finish and the deployment of VCSA will begin
Once it completes, it should look something like this
That’s it! The vCenter Server Appliance is now deployed and we should be able to connect to it