As a way for me to remember what I have learned I will be publishing my notes as blog posts by retyping them instead of copying and pasting. I’ve done my best to explain things with my own words.
These notes are for VCP5-DCV, VCP510. The resources I have used to educate myself for Objective 1.1 are:
Other resources outside textbooks or reading is actually utilizing an installation of vSphere 5.1. Those are where all of my screenshots come from. My last step in my studies is to take a practice exam from Transcender.
Items in italics are part of Objective 1.1 Install and Configure vCenter Server.
Identify available vCenter Server Editions
Deploy the vCenter Appliance
- It is a preconfigured Linux-based virtual machine.
- The default credentials are username:root with a password of vmware.
- Supports IBM DB2 embedded database.
- Microsoft SQL server is not supported.
- Doesn’t supported linked mode.
- Doesn’t support IPv6.
- Must be deployed on hosts running ESX 4.x or ESXi version 4.x or later.
- Requires 7GB of disk space.
- Limited to a maximum of 80GB disk space.
Please visit one of my previous post with screenshots and instructions for deploying vCenter Appliance.
Install vCenter Server into a Virtual Machine
- Requires a 64-bit OS.
- Requires 64-bit DSN to connect to its database.
- Needs Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1 Framework.
- Requires Microsoft Windows Installer 4.5.
- Databases supported:
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express.
- Microsoft SQL Server 2005
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008
- IBM DB2
Maintenance of the vCenter database includes:
- Monitoring growth of the log file.
- Back up the database regularly.
- Backup the database before any upgrades to vCenter.
Size the vCenter Server database
- vCenter Server has a tool to calculate the size of the database but cannot do it unless vCenter Server is installed.
- It is possible to use Microsoft SQL and/or Oracle for database sizing.
- There are spreadsheets available to assist in sizing a database.
Install additional vCenter Server components
Installation Manager installs:
- vCenter Server
- vSphere Client
- Update Manager
- Web Client
Install/Remove vSphere Client Plug-ins
- Install and enable through the vSphere Update Manager.
- First install it on vCenter Server using the installation media.
- Then install the plug-in.
- To enable the plugin, open vSphere Client, click Manage Plug-ins and select it from the list to download and install.
Enable/Disable vSphere Client Plug-ins
- Select the plug-in from vSphere client, right-click and select Disable.
License vCenter Server
You have a 60-day trial with all the features enabled when first installing.
Add a license to vCenter:
- Click Home then Licensing
- Click Manage vSphere Licenses
- Enter licenses (one per line)
- Click Next to review
- Click Next and verify that Show Unlicensed Assets is selected
- Assign license to Assets
- Click Next and verify licenses are assigned
- Click Next and confirm
Determine availability requirements for a vCenter Server in a given vSphere implementation
- Loss of vCenter only has effect on ability to control environment from vCenter.Can still log into individual ESXi servers.
- Loss of vCenter means loss of DRS functionality as vCenter performs those calculatoins
Determine use case for vSphere Client and Web Client
- vSphere Client should be the tool of choice. Has a GUI interface that can manage everything in a vSphere environment.
- Web Client is a browser based tool. The Web Client uses Adobe Flex.