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How to Deploy VMware VCSA 6.0 on ESXi Directly ?

Prior to the VMware vSphere 6.0 , You will be directly getting the vCenter Appliance’s OVA file from VMware. Using OVA file, you can directly import  as a VM in the vCenter server or ESXi host using vSphere client. It can also be done by using the “Deploy the OVF template” option by right clicking  on the Datacenter or the ESXi host from the vSphere web-client. But in vSphere 6.0 onwards, you will be getting full VCSA 6.0 ISO which contains all the necessary files to deploy the vCenter appliance from the Laptop or Desktop. Let’s see that how we can deploy the vCenter Server 6.0 on ESXi  from the Laptop.

The actual OVA file is present without the extension of .ova. (Refer Article 402).

1. Download the VMware vCenter Appliance 6.0 .

Download VCSA 6.0 from VMware
Download VCSA 6.0 from VMware

 

2. Use the power ISO to mount the ISO file on the virtual CD drive or extract the file.

After Extracting the ISO
After Extracting the ISO

 

3. Open the vcsa-setup.html file. Click on “Install”

vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Deploy
vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Deploy

 

If you want to upgrade the existing the appliance, click on “upgrade”. The upgrade is possible only for  vCenter Serveer appliance 5.1 U3 & vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 versions.

VCSA - Upgrade
VCSA – Upgrade

 

5.Let me proceed with new VCSA 6.0 deployment.

Accept the VCSA 6.0 License Agreement.
Accept the VCSA 6.0 License Agreement.

 

6.Enter the target ESXi server IP address  where you would like to deploy this appliance. You need to provide the ESXi’s root credentials.

Enter the ESXi host details
Enter the ESXi host details

 

7.Enter the Appliance Name and set the root user credentials.

Enter the VCSA Name
Enter the VCSA Name

 

8.Select the deployment type.

Select the Deployment Type
Select the Deployment Type

 

9. create the new SSO domain if you do not have existing one.

Create New SSO Domain
Create New SSO Domain

 

10.Select the appliance size based on your  requirement.

Appliance Size
Appliance Size

 

11.Select the database type.

vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Deploy 10

 

 

12. Enter the Appliance IP address and other network settings .

Network Settings for Appliance
Network Settings for Appliance

 

13. Here is the summary of the deployment. Click finish to kick of the deployment.

Summary of the deployment
Summary of the deployment

 

It shows the deployment progress like below .

Status of the VCSA deployment
Status of the VCSA deployment

 

14. Once the deployment is completed , click “close”

Deployment is completed
Deployment is completed

 

You can access the vSphere web-client using the appliance URL (https://192.168.2.19/vsphere-client)

vSphere Web-Client URL
vSphere Web-Client URL

 

Home page of the vSphere web-client

Home page
Home page

 

If you connect to the ESXi using vSphere client , you can see the VCSA 6.0 VM like below.

vCSA 6.0 VM view
vCSA 6.0 VM view

Hope this article is informative to you .

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