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Learning How to Install VMware vCenter Server 6.0 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller over Windows

 

Prior of installing VMware vCenter Server 6.0, we suggest reviewing the VMware vSphere 6.0 Release Notes and Records, Product Interoperability Matrices, and other Hands-on-Labs.

VMware vCenter Server 6.0

VMware vCenter Server 6.0 has many prerequisites and supports many distinguish operating systems and databases. In this walkthrough, we are going to use Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft SQL 2014 Server. At present 64-bit ODBC System Data Source Name has earlier been established to our database using the SQL Native Client.

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Enclose the VMware vCenter Server 6.0 installation media (.iso) downloaded from My VMware to the VM/host. Select and explore by double click on the drive or right-click and choose [Install Or Run Program From Your current Media] to begin the installation process.

VMware vCenter Server 6.0 - VM/host

The VMware vCenter Server 6.0 installer offers a simple, guided install. In the VMware vCenter Server installation choices, select [vCenter Server for Windows] and click over the  [Install].

VMware vCenter Server installation

The installer will be launched and guide you over the entire installation process. Now, Click on [Next].

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Re-analyze and accept the given terms of the license agreement to continue. Then, Click on [Next] button.

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VMware vCenter Server 6.0 needs a Platform Services Controller (PSC) which includes shared services like vCenter Single Sign-On, Licensing and Certificate Management.

Two deployable models are present, namely embedded and external. An embedded PSC is implemented on the same VM/host as vCenter Server and an external PSC is implemented on an isolated separate VM/host. Go through the product documentation to have more information at vmware.com/go/docs. Choose the single option present for the Embedded Deployment. Then, click on [Next] button.

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Give the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) of the given VM/Host in the System Name field. Now, Click on [Next] button. Kindly note: assure that the system hostname has been given with both an ‘A’ and ‘PTR’ DNS record to permit for both forward and reverse hostname resolution.

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This is a new installation in which we are going to create a new vCenter Single Sign-On domain. Give a Domain Name for vCenter Single Sign-On (eg. vsphere.local). Allot and confirm a secure password for the vCenter Single Sign-On administrator account. Then, Assign a site name for this respective instance of vCenter Single Sign-On and then click on [Next] button. Please note: vCenter Single Sign-On Domain is not concerned to your Microsoft Active Directory and is only going to be used for vCenter Single Sign-On.

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Automatically, by default, VMware vCenter Server 6.0 runs over the Windows Local System Account. Also, you may offer an user service account and credentials with the “log on as a service” privilege over to the VM/Host. Mention either the Windows Local System Account or an alternative service account and then click over the [Next] button.

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Choose the 64-bit ODBC System Data Source Name (DSN) for the database you have made. In this example, we choose a DSN for a Microsoft SQL Server 2014 database which was earlier created. Please note: The embedded database over the Windows is restricted and limited up to 20 hosts and 200 virtual machines. DSN aliases are not backed and supported.

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Undertake to configure the default ports for VMware vCenter Server 6.0. Few ports are not configurable and should be made available before installation. These consists of TCP 88, 389, 636, 2012, 2014, 2020 7080, 11711, and 11712. Consult the product documentation to get more information at vmware.com/go/docs. Then, click over the [Next] button.

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Choose the preferred storage path for the installation and data. Automatically, by default, product binaries are setup and installed to C:\Program Files\VMware\ and then the data is stored in C:\ProgramData\VMware\. Now, Click on [Next] button to continue.

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Now get ready to install VMware vCenter Server 6.0 along with an Embedded Platform Services Controller. Review and analyze the settings summary and then, click on [Install] button.

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The installer will start to deploy the components to the VM/host. Monitor and control the installation progress.

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The installer will start the installed services on the VM/host. Keep a track to monitor the initialization progress.

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The setup configuration of VMware vCenter Server 6.0 along with an Embedded Platform Services Controller has finished. Now, click on [Launch vSphere Web Client] to login and configure the system. Please note: VMware vCenter Server 6.0 can be installed in 60-day evaluation mode.

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Over the VMware vSphere Web Client, offer the vCenter Single Sign-On administrator account generated during the installation. Now, Click over the [Login] button.

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Check the version editions of VMware Web Client and vCenter Server by choosing Help and [About VMware vSphere].

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Ensure to confirm Version 6.0 has been setup and installed. You might continue with applying your VMware vCenter Server license from My VMware in Administration and configuring the environment for organizational business.

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This concludes this procedure on installing VMware vCenter Server 6.0 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller on Windows.

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