Installing vCenter Appliance 6.5 & Enhancements

December 15, 2016

vCenter appliance 6.5 is the latest & greatest release of vCenter so far I could say. vSphere 6.5 adds an X-Large deployment size, the update manager and a fully supported migration assistant to the appliance. So it’s time to migrate your Windows based vCenters to appliance with vSphere 6.5.


VCSA 6.5 Enhancements

  • Supports up to 2000 ESXi Hosts and 35.000 Virtual Machines

  • Guided Installer (Interactive Installer, instead of OVF Template)

  • Robust deployment (Separate Deployment and Configuration to prevent failed deployments

  • Migration Assistant (Migrate vCenter Server 5.5 or 6.0 for Windows to vCenter Server Appliance)

  • Native High Availability

  • VMware Update Manager

  • Built-In Backup+Restore

  • Improved Appliance Management

  • HTML5-based vSphere Client

  • Photon OS (Replaces SUSE Enterprise 11)


Let’s see how to deploy vCenter appliance 6.5


  1. Download the VMware VCSA 6.5 ISO from MyVMware

  2. Mount the ISO or extract it and depending upon the system (Linux, Windows or Mac) you’re using to start the deployment locate the installer folder under ‘vcsa-ui-installer’

  3. Create A record & PTR for the vCenter

Launch the installer.exe


Follow the assistant


Accept the EULA & select the deployment model for your vCenter


Enter the details of ESXi host or vCenter server where you wish to deploy the VCSA. In my case I’m using standalone host for deployment



Accept the certificate prompt and enter the name of VCSA VM and root password



Now choose the deployment size and storage size


Choose a datastore where to deploy the VM


And then finally configure the networking



After this review the configuration and start the deployment.



Post on VCSA configuration to follow, stay tuned!



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