You can now install the vCenter Server appliance for the remote office and configure licensing and security. 

About this task

Procedure

  1. Start the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Installer wizard.
    1. Browse to the vCenter Server Appliance ISO file.
    2. Open the <dvd-drive>:\vcsa-ui-installer\win32\Installer application file.
  2. Complete the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Installer wizard.
    1. Click Install to start the installation.
    2. Click Next on the Introduction page.
    3. On the End User License Agreement page, select the I accept the terms of the license agreement check box and click Next.
    4. On the Select deployment type page, under External Platform Services Controller, verify that the vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller radio button is selected, and click Next.
    5. On the Appliance deployment target page, enter the following settings and click Next.

      Setting

      Value

      ESXi host or vCenter Server name

      nyc01esx01.rainpole.local

      HTTPS port

      443

      User name

      root

      Password

      esxi_root_user_password

    6. In the Certificate Warning dialog box, click Yes to accept the host certificate.
    7. On the Set up appliance VM page, enter the following settings and click Next.

      Setting

      Value

      VM name

      nyc01vc01

      Root password

      nycvc_root_password

      Confirm root password

      nycvc_root_password

    8. On the Select deployment size page, select Small Deployment size and click Next.
    9. On the Select datastore page, select the vsanDatastore datastore, select the Enable Thin Disk Mode check box, and click Next.
    10. On the Configure network settings page, enter the following settings and click Next.

      Setting

      Value

      Network

      VM Network

      IP version

      IPv4

      IP assignment

      static

      System name

      nyc01vc01.rainpole.local

      IP address

      172.18.11.61

      Subnet mask or prefix length

      255.255.255.0

      Default gateway

      172.18.11.253

      DNS servers

      172.18.11.4,172.16.11.4

    11. On the Ready to complete stage 1 page, review the configuration and click Finish to start the deployment.
    12. Once the deployment completes, click Continue to proceed to stage 2 of the installation.
  3. Install - Stage 2: Complete the Set Up vCenter Server Appliance with an Embedded PSC wizard.
    1. Click Next on the Introduction page.
    2. On the Appliance configuration page, enter the following settings and click Next.

      Setting

      Value

      Time Synchronization mode

      Synchronize time with NTP servers

      NTP servers (comma-separated list)

      ntp.rainpole.local

      SSH access

      Enabled

    3. On the SSO configuration page, enter the following settings and click Next.

      SSO domain name

      vsphere.local

      SSO user name

      administrator

      SSO password

      vsphere_admin_password

      Confirm password

      vsphere_admin_password

      Site name

      NYC

    4. ON the Configure CEIP page, click Next.
    5. On the Ready to complete page, review the configuration and click Finish.
    6. Click OK on the Warning dialog box.
    7. Once the set up completes, click Close to shut down the wizard.
  4. Add the vCenter Server appliance to Active Directory.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://nyc01vc01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      Password

      vsphere_admin_password

    3. In the Navigator, click Administration.
    4. In the Administration window, click System Configuration.
    5. In the System Configuration window, click Nodes, then click the nyc01vc01.rainpole.local node that appears below.
    6. Click the Manage tab, then click Settings subtab, then click Active Directory.
    7. Click Join, enter the following settings, and click OK.

      Setting

      Value

      Domain:

      rainpole.local

      Organizational Unit:

      N/A

      User name:

      svc-domain

      Password:

      svc-domain_password

    8. Click on the Reboot the node icon, enter a brief message for a reason, and click OK to restart the vCenter Server.
  5. Once the appliance has completed rebooting, log in to vCenter Server and verify the domain membership.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://nyc01vc01.rainpole.local/vsphere-client.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      administrator@vsphere.local

      Password

      vsphere_admin_password

    3. In the Navigator, click Administration.
    4. In the Administration window, click System Configuration.
    5. In the System Configuration window, click Nodes, then click the nyc01vc01.rainpole.local node that appears below.
    6. Click the Manage tab, then click Settings subtab, then click Active Directory.
    7. Verify that RAINPOLE.LOCAL is listed as the Domain.
  6. Configure the SSO Identity Source.
    1. In the Navigator, click Administration.
    2. In the Administration window, click Configuration and click the Identity Sources tab.
    3. Click the Add Identity Source icon to start the wizard.
    4. On the Select Identity Source Type window, click Next.
    5. On the Configure identity source window, click Next.
    6. On the Ready to Complete window, review the configuration and click Finish.
    7. Click on the rainpole.local entry and click the Set as Default Domain icon.
    8. Click Yes in the Warning box.
  7. Add new licenses for this vCenter Server instance and the ESXi hosts, if needed.
    1. Click the Home icon above the Navigator and choose the Administration menu item.
    2. On the Administration page, click Licenses and click the Licenses tab.
    3. Click the Create New Licenses icon to add license keys.
    4. On the Enter license keys page, enter license keys for vCenter Server, ESXi and vSAN, one per line and click Next.
    5. On the Edit license name page, enter a descriptive name for each license key and click Next.
    6. On the Ready to complete page, review your entries and click Finish.
  8. Assign the newly added licenses to the respective assets.
    1. Click the Assets tab.
    2. Select the vCenter Server instance, and click the Assign License icon.
    3. Select the vCenter Server license that you entered in the previous step, and click OK.
  9. Assign the vCenterAdmins domain group to the vCenter Server Administrator role.
    1. In the Navigator, click Administration.
    2. In the Administration window, click Global Permissions.
    3. In the Global Permissions box, click the Manage tab, then click the Add permission button.
    4. In the Global Permissions Root - Add Permissions window, click the Add button.
    5. Select rainpole.local from the Domain drop down list.
    6. Enter vCenterAdmins in the Search field and press Enter.
    7. Select the vCenterAdmins group, click the Add button, and then click OK.
    8. Ensure Administrator is selected and the Propagate to Children check box is selected under Assigned Role and click OK.