VCSA 6.7 Embedded Mode Installation

vSphere 6.7 is the lastet version of VMware suite of server virtualization products that includes ESXi 6.7 and vCenter 6.7, and comes with many new features. You can install vCenter Server on a Windows virtual machine or physical server, or deploy it as vCenter Server Appliance. The two core components of vCenter are the Platform Service Controller (PSC) and the Virtual Center Server (vCenter Server). While both of these components can be installed separately, each on its own server, they can also be installed on the same box.

You can deploy the vCenter Server as an appliance or install it on a physical or virtual Windows Server machine.

In this post will see how to deploy the vCenter Server 6.7 Appliance along with the PSC on the same server. This type of installation is referred to as embedded installation, and is typically the best choice for small organizations.


vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller


You might be interested by deploying vCenter 6.7 in Linked Mode. If so, check out below link.

VCSA 6.7 Linked Mode Installation

Let’s get started.

VCSA 6.7 Installation Prerequisites

  • A downloaded and mounted vCenter Server Appliance Installer.
  • An active NTP server for time synchronization.
  • An operative compute and storage resource for the appliance deployment.
  • A DNS server with properly configured zone, containing forward and reverse DNS records of the vCenter appliance.

VCSA 6.7 Embedded Installation Steps

Go to MyVMware portal, search for vCenter Server 6.7 and make sure you download the ISO file named VMware vCenter Server Appliance. VMware vCenter Server and modules for Windows being the binaries for the Windows installation.

Once downloaded, mount the ISO file to your Windows machine and open its content. You can also extract it using your favorite compression tool.

Double click the installer located in vcsa-ui-installer\win32 folder and start the wizard.

As this is a fresh installation, click on Install.

The vCenter installation is a two stages process, which are deployment then configuration. Click Next to start deploying the appliance.

Accept the license agreement and click on Next.

Select your deployment type. We’ll go ahead with an embedded deployment here where both PSC and vCenter will run on the same machine.

Provide the host on which the VCSA will be deployed.

Because the ESXi host is using a self-signed and non trusted certificate, we have this warning. Click on Yes.

Provide the VM name and the password you want to use for your VCSA appliance, then click on Next.

Select a deployment size. For small size environments, a tiny deployment will do it.

Select on which datastore you want to deploy your VCSA. Again, If you have a small environment, you might want to “Enable Thin Disk Mode” to save storage space.

Configure the network settings for the VCSA. Make sure the proper DNS entries (forward and reverse) for your VCSA are created on your DNS server.

Review your settings and click on Finish to launch the installation.

The installer will take a few minutes to deploy the VCSA appliance. Once done, click on Continue to start stage 2 of process.

The green tick is displayed to confirm that stage 1 of the installation has been successfully completed. Click on Next to proceed with stage 2 to set up the VCSA appliance.

On the Appliance configuration step, you can configure an NTP server and enable SSH access to the appliance. Note that SSH is needed to enable vCenter Server High Availabilty (HA).

As this is a fresh installation, no SSO domain has been created yet. Go ahead and create and SSO domain and provide the administrator password.

You can choose to join the VMware Experience Improvement Program to provide VMware with information about your environment that might help them improve their products.

Review your configuration settings then click Finish to complete stage 2 deployment process.

Click OK to confirm that you want to proceed.

The installation and configuration might take a few minutes to complete.

Once done, you will get a confirmation prompt informing that the the appliance is setup is successfully. You can click on the Getting Started link to access the VCSA client.

By clicking on the VCSA client link, you will have vCenter console displayed. You can use both vCenter clients. The HTML5 based client or the legacy flash based one. The ladder one will be deprecated so better to get yourself used with the vSpehere Client (HTML5) console.

You can now login to vCenter and start managing your virtual infrastructure and adding resources by creating datacenters and cluster, adding hosts and storage resources, creating VMs, …etc.

That’s it. As you you have surely noticed, VMware made it very easy to deploy VCSA in embedded mode once all prerequisites are met. Thanks for reading!


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