VCP 5 – Study Blueprint Section 1.1 Install and configure vCenter Server

Identify available vCenter Server editions

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

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

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