Overview-

vCenter server is installed on Windows Server or could be an appliance. VMware vCenter is software for managing vSphere environment.
VMware has released the vSphere 6.5 version with newer version of vCenter for management.

vCenter comes in two versions:
1.) Software to be deployed on a Windows Server (physical or virtual).
2.) Virtual appliance that is based on Linux (vCenter Server Appliance: VCSA).

Hardware Requirement-
Windows vCenter Server with embedded PSC requires the following hardware.

  • Tiny (up to 10 hosts, 100 VMs) – 2 CPUs, 10 GB RAM.
  • Small (up to 100 hosts, 1000 VMs) – 4 CPUs, 16 GB RAM.
  • Medium (up to 400 hosts, 4000 VMs) – 8 CPUs, 24 GB RAM.
  • Large (up to 1000 hosts, 10,000 VMs) – 16 CPUs, 32 GB RAM.
  • X-Large (up to 2000 hosts, 35,000 VMs) – 24 CPUs, 48 GB RAM – new to v6.5.

 

Installation Method-

 

Download the latest VMware vCenter Server and Modules for Windows ISO from VMware.

i . Mount the ISO and launch autorun.exe with option Run as administrator. Once VMware vCenter Installer opens, make sure vCenter Server for Windows is selected, then click Install.

Installation method

ii. Click Next.

Click Next

iii. Tick on, I accept the terms of the license agreement, Next.

accept the terms

iv. Our deployment is an embedded deployment model.

deployment is an embedded deployment

v. Put the FQDN (fully-qualified domain name) in System Name, click Next.

Put the FQDN

vi. Create a new Single Sign-On domain, If you are creating Single Sign-on domain without current Active Directory. Configure administrator account, a password for Single Sign-On and a vCenter site name, click Next.

Create a new Single Sign-On domain

vii. Select vCenter services as the local system account or may enter credentials of a service account, created earlier and click Next.

Select vCenter services

viii. Select an embedded Postgre database or select DSN for an external database, click Next.

Select an embedded Postgre database

ix. For basic users, accept the default port configuration and click Next.

For basic users

x. Choose the directory to install vCenter services and click Next.

Choose the directory to install vCenter services

xi. Tick or untick the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program as suitable and click Next.

VMware Customer Experience

xii. Before proceeding, finally verify the configuration on review page and click Install to begin the installation process.

finally verify the configuration

xiii. Click Finish once installation is completed.

Click Finish