VCP 5 – Study Blueprint Section 1.1 Install and configure vCenter Server
Identify available vCenter Server editions
- Three Editions exist – vSphere pricing guide page 8 – http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vsphere_pricing.pdf
- vCenter Server edition for essentials kits
- vCenter Server foundation
- vCenter Server standard
Deploy the vCenter Appliance
- Link for VMware document Page 205 – http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-50-installation-setup-guide.pdf
- Alternative to vCenter Server on Windows
- Default user name root and password vmware
- MS SQL is not supported
- vCenter Server linked Mode is not supported
- IPV6 is not supported
- Limited to a maximum of 5 ESXi hosts and 50 VMs
- Appliance can be deployed on ESx4.x or ESXi 4.x or later
- Requires at least 7GB and is limited to a max size of 80GB
- Go to the vSPhere 5 download page and download the vmdk and ovf files for the appliance.
- In vSphere Client deploy OVF template.
- Select thin provisioned format
- From the Whats New 5.0 training:
- import the appliance to an ESXi host, Configure the network and time zone settings then use the web interface to configure the appliance.
- additional restriction – the Appliance also does not support VMware vcenter Server Heartbeat
- Configure network and time zone settings from the vSphere console
- Use the web interface to accepts the end-user license agreement, enter the database connection information and start vCenter Server.
- The Database connection information is performed by:
- Click on the database tab.
- In database type menu select embedded. Click test settings. After the test is complete, a message should appear stating that the operation was successful and the Scema version shoudl be 0.0.0.
- Click save settings then a message stating the operation was successful should be displayed. Verify the Schema version is VirtualCenter Database 5.0.
- After this click to start vCenter then log out and close web browser.
Install vCenter Server into a virtual machine
- Link for VMware document Page 204 – http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-50-installation-setup-guide.pdf
- Advantages are:
- Don’t need a dedicated server for vCenter, it can run on an ESXi host with other VMs.
- Can provide High Availability using vSpher HA
- VM can be migrated from one host to another for maintenance.
- Can create snapshots of the virtual machine.
- Link for Installing vCenter from VMware document Page 202 – http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-50-installation-setup-guide.pdf
Size the vCenter Server database
- The vCenter database size is determined on the statistics level, number of ESXi hosts, and number of VMs. In vSphere client on the Administration / vCenter server settings /statistics page a tool is available to determine database size.
Install additional vCenter Server components
- When installing vCenter server additional components are available on the same installation media.
- vSphere Client
- vSphere Web Client
- Update Manager Server
- ESXi Dump Collector
- vSphere syslog collector
- vSphere auto deploy
- vSphere Authentication proxy
Install/Remove vSphere Client plug-ins
- Installation of vSphere plug-ins requires the use of an installation package. An example of this is the inclusion of vDR plug-in. Other plug-ins become available when the component is connected to vCenter Server and an option exists to download and install the plug-in though the plug-in manager. An example of this is Update Manager plug-in.
- To remove plug-ins the machine that is running the vSphere client will have to have the plug-in uininstalled using the programs and features option from control panel.
Enable/Disable vSphere Client plug-ins
- In vSphere client the plug-in manager allows for the management of plug-ins. This interface allows for the download of some plug-ins but mainly deals with the ability to enable and disable plug-ins that are already installed on the machine that you are running the vSphere client on.
License vCenter Server
- The licensing of vcenter server is done through vSphere client Administration \ Licensing page. vCenter Server requires 1 instance to run past the evaluation period.
Determine availability requirements for a vCenter Server in a given vSphere implementation
- Use KB Article 1024051 – http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=1024051&sliceId=1&docTypeID=DT_KB_1_1&dialogID=387038154&stateId=1%200%20387042591
- Use vCenter Heartbeat – Deep and comprehensive protection.
- Use HA/FDM – General purpose protection.
Determine use case for vSphere Client and Web Client
- vSphere Client gives full functionality
- vSphere Client requires a Windows OS to run
- Web Client only has a subset of functionality
- Web Client is crosstform