You install the vCenter Certificate Automation Tool on each machine on which a vCenter core component resides. To do the initial planning, you can install the tool on a single machine.

Before you begin

About this task

Install the tool on each physical or virtual machine on which a service is running whose certificate update is planned. You can install the tool in several configurations. See Certificate Automation Tool Deployment Options.

Note:

Different versions of the tool are supported with different versions of vSphere.

  • Version 1.0 of the tool is supported with vSphere 5.1

  • Version 1.0.1 of the tool is supported with vSphere 5.1 Update 1

  • Version 5.5 of the tool is supported with vSphere 5.5

Procedure

  1. Download the vCenter Certificate Automation Tool.

    The download is located in the Drivers and Tools section of the VMware vSphere download page.

  2. For initial planning, copy the downloaded ZIP file to one machine and generate the Update Planner list.
  3. Depending on your deployment, you might copy the downloaded ZIP file to each machine on which a vCenter core component resides.
  4. Unzip the file into any directory, preserving the directory structure.

What to do next

You can predefine your preferred default values, see Predefine Default Values for vCenter Certificate Automation Tool, or respond to the prompts when you run the tool.

If a newer version of the tool becomes available, you can download and unzip that version of the tool to a different directory and delete the old version of the tool.