VSA Manager is a plug-in for the vSphere Web Client that you use to create and manage a VSA cluster. VSA Manager also installs the VSA cluster service on the vCenter Server machine or on a server of your choice.

Before you begin

  • You must be a local administrator or a domain user with local administrative privileges to be able to install VSA Manager on the Windows computer. In addition, a VSA Manager installation on vCenter Server requires that you are assigned an administrator role with all privileges for vCenter Server. For information on how to assign roles and permissions, see the vSphere Security publication.

  • Download the VSA Manager Installer.

About this task

You can install VSA Manager only on a 64-bit Windows Server machine.

Procedure

  1. On the vCenter Server machine, start the VMware-vsamanager-all-version_number-build_number.exe file.
  2. Take appropriate action on the Welcome and End-User Patent Agreement pages.
  3. Select I accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next.

    The vCenter Server Information page appears and VSA Manager installer automatically fills the vCenter Server IP address or host name, and the HTTPS port of the vCenter Server machine.

  4. On the VMware vCenter Server Information page, verify that the vCenter Server IP address or host name is that of the local machine and click Next.
    Caution:

    Do not modify the vCenter Server ports because that might lead to VSA upgrade failures.

  5. In the VCS User Information page, enter the user name and password and click Next.
  6. On the License Information page, type an appropriate license key and click Next.

    If you do not enter a key, VMware vSphere Storage Appliance runs in evaluation mode.

  7. Click Install on the Ready to Install page.

    Wait for the wizard to complete the installation.

  8. Click Finish.

Results

VSA Manager plug-in is installed and registered with vCenter Server. The next time you connect to vCenter Server, you can access the VSA Manager page to create and manage the VSA cluster.

What to do next

To be able to access the VSA Manager page, make sure to install the latest version of Adobe Flash on the client system used to connect to vCenter Server.

If you use the vSphere Web Client to connect to vCenter Server, enable VSA Access for the vSphere Web Client.