Installing vCenter Appliance 6.5 & Enhancements

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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