VMware vSphere 6 - vCenter Server Installation

Posted by Aruna Lakmal on 7:31:00 AM with No comments
I'm writing this article to show you the complete installation of the vCenter Server 6. It's a pretty straight forward and I'm using the Windows based Server (2008 R2) to install my vCenter server which is my favorite. I have installed the Platform Service Controller in a different server and I'm pointing my vCenter server to the installed PSC. You can find my previous PSC installation post here .

Check the vCenter server System requirement according your deployment method from the vSphere 6 Documentation Center .

Note: If you are planing to use a Windows 2016 64 bit server you can install only the vCenter server 6.5. Check the Operating System Compatibility from here .

Once you setup the Server for the vCenter server, mount your vCenter 6.x ISO and run the installer as usual and click on "Install" to start the installation


Click "Next" on the Welcome Screen


Accept the Terms and Condition and click "Next" to continue 


Select your Deployment method in the next step. Here I'm using the "External Deployment" as my deployment model. I have installed my Platform Service Controller before and I'm installing only the vCenter server. Select the Deployment Type accordingly and click "Next"


Enter the System Name of your system, It will automatically pick your FQDN as your system. Your DNS records (A and PTR) should be setup properly for this. Click "Next"


At the next step your Platform Service Controller FQDN or IP Address and SSO password should be required to proceed to the next step. Once done Click "Next"


Note : You need to provide the System Name of the PSC once you provided or the System picked up during the PSC installation. Otherwise it will throw a SSL certificate error as below 


Once you successfully provided the Platform Service Controller for the vCenter you need to accept the SSL certificate to start the Communication. Click "OK" to accept the SSL certificate


Provide the Service account (Or you can use the local System Account for this) for the vCenter installation and click "Next" to proceed


Next step is to point the Database for your installation, You can use the in built PostgreSQL database if you have less than 20 Hosts and 200 Virtual Machines, otherwise use a separate database for your installation along with the DB connection details, Click "Next" to proceed to the next step.


You can change the ports at the next step if required. Click "Next" to the next step


You can specify the installation directory and the vCenter data directory at the next step, Click "Next" for the next step 


You can see the summary of the configuration the next step and click "Install" to begin the installation 


Installation will proceed and click "Finish" at the final step. 




Now your vCenter is ready to use, you can launch the web console or use C# vSphere Client to connect to the vCenter.