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How to Deploy VMware vCenter Server 7 Part-1

Deploy VMware vCenter Server, in this 2 part series 1 deploy vCenter and 2 Setup vCenter Server 7. The vCenter Server is a preconfigured Linux virtual machine. Which is optimized for running VMware vCenter Server and the associated services on Linux. When we deploy a Platform Services Controller, we can create a VMware vCenter Single Sign-On domain or join an existing domain.

How to Setup VMware vCenter Server 7 Part-2

VMware vCenter Server 7 System Requirement

vCenter Server 7 Prerequisites

Before proceeding with the installation of the VMware vCenter Server 7. We need to configure the A record in your DNS Server Manager that points to the new vCenter Server.

1- Open your DNS Server Manager, expand your DNS server, right click on your local domain and select create a new Host A record.

dns manager server 2019

I am planning to install VMware vCenter Server 7 on ESXi 7 Host, so I need to create Host A record for ESXi 7 host and VCSA (VMware vCenter Server 7)

2- Type your ESXi 7 Hostname and IP address, checkbox Create associated pointer (PTR) record and then click Add host.

dns manager host a record

3- After creating host a record for ESXi 7 Host, now we need to create a new host A record for VMware vCenter Server 7, Type your vCenter name, IP address, checkbox Create associated pointer (PTR) record and then click Add host.

dns manager host a record

4- Review your DNS name and IP address under your local domain name.

dns manager server 2019

5- Reverse lookup zones also updated.

dns manager server 2019

6- Check your Host A record by pinging ESXi-01.xpertstec.local

command prompt

7- Check your Host A record by pinging vcenter.xpertsts.local

command prompt

Install VMware vCenter Server 7

For deploying the VMware vCenter Server 7, first, we need to download VMware vSphere 7.ISO format, Download VMware vSphere 7. Mount your vSphere ISO and select the appropriate installer based on the OS from which the installation is executed.

Stage 1 – Deploy vCenter Server 7
Stage 2 – Set up vCenter Server 7

Install – Stage 1: Deploy vCenter Server

8- I am installing on ESXi 7 using Windows Server, Browse vCenter Server 7 ISO, open the vcsa-ui-installer directory, win32 directory and double click on installer.exe to run the setup.

windows explorer vcsa

9- From the vCenter Server 7 installer wizard, click Install to start with the installation of a new VMware vCenter Server 7.

vcenter server 7 installer

10- Install – Stage 1: Deploy vCenter Server introduction option, then click on Next.

deploy vcenter server introductions

11- End user license, select I Accept the terms of the license agreement and then click on Next.

vmware end user license agreement

12- Specify the target ESXi 7 host where you want to install the vCenter server, type the username, password and then click on Next.

vcenter server 7 deployment target

13- Click Yes to accept the SSL certificate from the selected host.

esxi 7 certificate warning

14- Type the VM name for the vCenter Server 7 and type the password in the Set root password field and then click next to continue.

deploy vcenter 7 set up server vm

15- In my Lab environment, I select the tiny Deployment size and the default Storage size and then click Next.

deploy vcenter 7 select deployment size

16- Select your datastore to use, select enable thin disk mode and then click next.

deploy vcenter 7 select datastore

17- Configure your vCenter server network settings and then click next.

deploy vcenter 7 configure network settings

18- Review the settings of vCenter deployment details and then click the finish button to start the installation.

install vcenter 7 deployment details

19- The vCenter server 7 is deploying in the specified target system.

deploying the vcenter server 7

20- When Stage 1 has been completed successfully, next step I will continue the Stage 2 installation.

successfully deployed the vcenter server 7

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Written by Jamil Parvez

Jamil Pervez works as a Network Administrator, based in Kuwait with a Primary focus on Microsoft technologies. Microsoft Certified MCSE, MCTP, MCITP, CCNP, CCIP, CCVP with 18 years experience in administering Windows Servers, Exchange, VMWare, Veeam B&R, Veritas BackupExec.

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