VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Guided Installer Walkthrough

The vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) does now have a guided installer. It is no longe available as .ova or .ovf. The deployment of vCSA is now done by mounting an ISO and configure vCSA with a browser.

  1. Mount the VMware VCSA Installer ISO File
  2. Install the Client Integration Plugin (\vcsa\VMware-ClientIntegrationPlugin-6.0.0.exe)
  3. Run vcsa-setup.html to start the Installer
  4. Press Install
  5. Specify the ESXi host on which you want to deploy the VCSA.
  6. Specify Appliance name (This is only a label) and the root password
  7. For small deployments select Install vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller. You can also install both components on different virtual machines.
  8. Select Configure Single Sign-On, enter a password, Domain name and Site name. The domain name should have at least one point. You can also specify an external SSO domain if you have an existing platform services controller.
  9. Select appliance deployment size. At this point you should be able to estimate how large the platform will be.
    # Hosts # VMs VCSA vCPU VCSA Memory
    Tiny 10 100 2 8 GB
    Small 100 1000 4 16 GB
    Medium 400 4000 8 24 GB
    Large 1000 10000 16 32 GB


  10.  Select the storage location for the appliance
  11. Select Use an embedded database (vPostgres). This is the default option and will supports up to 1000 ESXi Hosts and 10.000 Virtual Machines.
  12. Specify network settings. If you do now have proper DNS resolution you have to specify an IP address as system name. 10-vcsa-network_settings
  13. Finish the VCSA deployment wizard 11-vcsa-complete_setup12-vcsa-deployment
  1. Great but what if we want to deploy it in a workstation lab? :shock:

  2. Hi all,

    I installed the Plugin6.0 but the vm webpage message shows:

    1. please install client plugin provided in the vCenter image(requires closing browser.

    2. When prompted, allow access to client intergration plugin.

    Detecting client plugin… Timed out.

    The plugin is installed but yet dosent see it causing timeout.

    I’m using both Chrome, Firefox and I.E

    I had this going before, dont know what changed.
    This is a 2008serverR2

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