Mar 13 2017

How to install vCenter Server Appliance 6.5

With the release of vSphere 6.5 VMware has provided new UI for the installation and more features are available in vCenter Appliance. Like we can backup vCenter appliance configuration at file level.

This backed up configuration can be restored to new vCenter Appliance if you should recover failed vCenter Appliance.

Also, you can migrate Windows based vCenter to vCenter Appliance using installation wizard of vCenter Appliance.

Also, vCenter Appliance can be easily upgraded with new features.

Step by Step vCenter Server Appliance Deployment


  1. Download vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 ISO and mount in Windows system.
  2. Open the cdrom drive and go to vcsa-ui-installer/Win32 folder.

Locate installer.exe file and execute it.



This will start vCenter Appliance installation wizard.

3. Click on Install to start the deployment of new vCenter Appliance.


This step is called as Stage 1 of vCenter Appliance deployment

4.Click Next


    5. Accept End user License agreement and Click Next


6. Select deployment type.

a. vCenter server with Embedded Platform Service Controller

With this option, all vCenter services and PSC services will be installed on same Appliance server. This is easy option and recommended for small setup.

b. External Platform Services Controller

With this option, you can choose to deploy PSC and vCenter services on different Appliance servers. First you need to deploy PSC server and then you can deploy vCenter Appliance if you choose external PSC option.

If you want to use Enhanced Linked Mode, then you need to have vCenter with external PSC.

For this lab, we are selecting vCenter with an Embedded PSC and then Click Next.


7. Appliance Deployment target, enter required details

Enter target ESXi host or vCenter server Name (any existing) where you want to deploy vCenter Appliance

https port default 443



Click Next


8. Accept SSL certificate warning if you received.



9. Set up appliance Vm – Enter name of appliance VM and password for root user. Then Click Next


10. Select Deployment size

Based on the size of your virtual infrastructure select the appliance size as Tiny, small or large. Based on the selection Appliance VMs resource like RAM, CPU, Disk will be configured.


11. Select datastore – select the datastore where vCenter Appliance VM will be stored.


Select checkbox for Enable Thin Disk mode if wish too.

12. vCenter network settings, enter the network IP address, system name and Click Next when ready.


13. Review all the configuration details and click on Finish.



Wait for the vCenter appliance process to get finished.

You can login to target ESXi host/vCenter and monitor the deployment progress.



14. Once the installation completes successfully Click on Continue to start the configuration of vCSA Appliance.

If you would like to configure vCenter later, you can visit vCenter Appliance configuration URL at later time to complete the configuration.

15. If you choose to continue the configuration, it will start Stage 2 of vCenter Appliance deployment.

Click on Next


15. Select Synchronize time with NTP servers and enter dns name or IP address of NTP servers.

Select Enable for SSH access if want to enable SSH for remote access.


16. SSO configuration – Enter SSO domain by default it can be vsphere.local and should not be same as your Active Directory domain.

Enter Password for SSO Domain Administrator and enter site Name. Click Next to proceed.


17. Select checkbox if you want to Join VMware customer Experience and Click Next.



18. Review all the configuration settings and Click Finish.



19. Click OK on the warning message to continue the configuration



Monitor the progress of vCenter configuration.


20. Once the vCenter Appliance configuration gets completed Close the installation wizard.



Login to vCenter web client by accessing https://<vCenter-IP-or-fqdn>/vsphere-client

Login to web client using Administrator@vsphere.local and its password set during configuration.

After login, you can, add vCenter to Active Directory domain, setup AD as identity source, Add vCenter permission to AD users.


Add vCenter Appliance in Active Directory ( vCSA 6 )

Add Active Directory as Identity Source

Add ESXi Host in vCenter


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