How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

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In today’s guide, we will install VMware vCenter 7 Server Appliance on the ESXi host. vCenter Server is an advanced server management solution designed to provide a centralized platform for controlling VMware vSphere environments, allowing you to confidently automate and deliver virtual infrastructure across hybrid clouds. In the previous article, we discussed the process of installing vSphere ESXi 7 on physical servers in the data center.

You can pass vSphere 7 instructions Document to understand the new features that come with this excellent virtualization solution that has been trusted by many large and small businesses. vCenter 7 can be deployed on ESXi hosts running version 6.5, 6.7, or 7. It can be used to manage ESXi 6.5, ESXi 6.7 and ESXi 7.0,

Before you start

Before starting the installation, make sure you have a DNS server available and configure the A record and PTR record of the vCenter hostname you want to use. See the following example:

192.168.10.20 vcenter.example.com # DNS record setting

In my setup, I use Active Directory domain name server. This is my DNS A record creation. Don’t forget to also create PTR records.

vCenter instance data storage creation

We will need to set up a data store on the ESXi host where the vCenter instance will be stored. If you haven’t created it yet.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

I will choose the VMFS data storage type.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Give the data store a name and choose a disk to create the data store.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Select the partition format for data storage.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Confirm the settings and click Finish.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Agree to erase data and create data storage.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Confirm whether the created data store is available in the data store list.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on the ESXi host

After completing all the basic requirements, it is time to install vCenter 7 Server.But first you need to download the vCenter ISO image from VMware downloads page.

After downloading the file, click on it to install it.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

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How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

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How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Click on Installer File to start the installation of vCenter 7.0 Server Appliance.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

select”installation“Option is in the next window. If you want to perform an upgrade from an older version of vCenter, select “Upgrade”

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

You will enter Phase 1, where the process of deploying the vCenter instance to VMware Infrastructure is completed. Click Next to start the first phase.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Accept the terms of the license agreement to continue.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Enter the IP address or vCenter Server name of the ESXi host where the instance will be deployed.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

If you are using a self-signed SSL certificate, please accept the certificate warning.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Name your vCenter instance and set a root password.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Choose the deployment size based on the infrastructure requirements you manage.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Select the data store of vCenter Server.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Select the network and set the IP address, gateway and DNS server for vCenter Server. The provided FQDN should be the same as that set in the DNS server, and should match the IP address configured in the DNS server.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Click “Next” after completion, and the actual deployment of Phase 1 should start.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Before proceeding to the next step, please make sure you get the stage 1 successful installation message.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

If you are satisfied with the deployment results, click “Continue” to start phase 2.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Start to install vCenter Server. Verify the settings and modify where possible, then click “Next”.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

If another vCenter Server is already deployed, create a new domain or join an existing SSO domain.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

You can choose to join the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP).

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Start the second phase of configuration.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Wait for the second stage configuration to complete, and note down the vCenter Server management URL.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

The instance and all services will start automatically after completion. You should be able to log in to the vCenter Server Appliance console and check the service status.This is at the port 5480.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

The vCenter Console for vSphere management is on https port 443.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

Log in using the SSO username and password you provided earlier in the phase 2 configuration.

How to install vCenter 7 Server Appliance on ESXi host

In the next tutorial, we will introduce creating data centers, clusters, distributed switches, and port groups in vCenter. Keep in touch for updates.

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