As part of the VMware VCP5-DCV certification, under Objective 1.1 – Install and Configure vCenter Server, you are required to deploy vCenter Server Appliance. This component is a pre-configured Linux-based virtual machine which you download the VM files from vmware.com and upload them through the vSphere Client. The vCenter Server Appliance downloads as an OVF file which it’s dependents are two vmdk files – the System and Data disk. That makes three total files for deployment.
I will go over the deployment of vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 in this post.
Keep this information in mind when deploying vCenter Server Appliance:
- It is a pre-configured Linux-based VM.
- Requires 7GB of disk space.
- Limited to a maximum size 0f 80GB disk space.
- Supports IBM DB2 as the embedded database.
vCenter Server Appliance does not support:
- Microsoft SQL Server
- Linked Mode
To install vCenter Server Appliance you must first download the files from vmware.com’s download section. You will find the files under VMware vSphere | VMware vCenter Server 5.1 | Go To Downloads.
Once the files are downloaded, in the vSphere Client click on File > Deploy OVF Template
Select the .OVF file you just downloaded from VMware’s site as the source. It will automatically search for the vmdk files as part of the deployment. If the vmdk files are not found you will receive an error.
The next window will display the details of the OVF file you are uploading.
In the next window, give the new VM a name. This name will be displayed in your vSphere Client.
Select the disk format for the vCenter Server VM. Either Thick or Thin provision.
Review the settings and click Finish.
Once you click Finish, all the files will be uploaded.
Once vCenter Server Appliance is fully uploaded you can fire up that sucker!
vCenter Server Appliance will boot up into the main screen with directions on how to complete the installation of vCenter.
Log into the vCenter Server Appliance with the default username of root and the password of vmware.
Accept the EULA.
In this example I am going to use the Default Settings and click Next.
Review the configuration and click on Start.
vCenter Server Appliance is now ready to be used.
At this point you can now launch your vSphere Client and point the IP address to your newly installed vCenter Server. Keep the limitations of vCenter Server Appliance in mind which were listed at the top of this post.
If you’re studying for the VCP5-DCV exam you may be interested in reading the VMware VCP5 Official Cert Guide.