VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5: Installation & Configuration
Following the general release of VMware vSphere 6.5 last month (see my What’s New in VMware vSphere 6.5 post), I’ll be covering a number of technical run-throughs already in discussion throughout the virtual infrastructure community.
We’ll be starting with a fresh installation of the new and highly improved vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA), followed by a migration from the Windows-based vCenter Server 6.0; the latter task made all the easier thanks to the vSphere Migration Assistant. More on this to come. Lastly, I’ll be looking at a fresh installation of the Windows-based product, however, the experience throughout all of these installation/migration scenarios has been vastly improved.
So, first up then, let’s take a quick look at a fresh installation of the new vCenter Server Appliance, the installation and configuration of which can take just 20 minutes.
Looking at the console of the vCSA, and we are presented with a very familiar grey and blue (instead of grey and yellow) interface. Appliance URLs are visible here, as well as basic management/configuration tasks.
The new vCenter Server Appliance can now be accessed via the default URLs and, depending on your choice of interface (either the new vSphere Client or older vSphere Web Client), there are now two URLs to remember.
- vSphere Web Client – http://<vcenter_fqdn>/vsphere-client)
- vSphere Client – http://<vcenter_fqdn>/ui.
Both clients will be running in parallel until further notice, but do remember that the new vSphere Client is yet offer full functionality; VMware state they are working on this area with priority, and I’ll be interested to see how quickly the day-to-day management functionality is added.