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[Guide] How to Install VMware vCenter Server 6.0 on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 step by step

In this post I’m going to walk you though the installation of VMware vCenter Server 6.0.
VMware vCenter Server is the management server or central point for accessing ESX hosts and VMware clusters, accessing VMs, Storage, vSwitch and other components. There are two version of VMware vCenter server – an installable version which runs on the Microsoft Windows and virtual appliance edition. In this post I am going to cover installable version of vCenter Server 6.0.

You can configure vCenter Server from the vSphere Web Client, including settings such as licensing,statistics collection, logging, and other settings.
vCenter Server requires a 64-bit operating system such as Windows 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. 
So don’t forget to check the software and hardware requirements before you proceed.. I have already installed Windows Server 2012 R2 for vCenter Server and downloaded VMware vCenter Server 6.0 ISO.
 
Mount the vSphere 6.0  installation media. The installation wizard appears. In the left pane select “vCenter Server for Windows”  and click on Install.
 
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In the welcome screen window, Click next to proceed,

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Accept VMware License agreement and click Next.
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There are two deployment types in VMware vCenter, i.e. Embedded Architecture and Centralized Architecture. Embedded Architecture is recommended for deployments with 8 or fewer management nodes. Centralized Architecture is recommended for deployments with 9 or more management nodes. In my case I am going to use Embedded Architecture.
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Enter the hostname that you would like to use to manage the local system. The hostname will be encoded in the system’s  SSL certificate and components will contact each other via this address.

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For Single Sign on Configuration enter your domain name & password as shown below. You will need below user name & password while configuring vCenter Single Sign On, so keep note of password.
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In my case I am going to use Windows Local System Account.
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Keep the vCenter ports as it is. If you get any port conflict error open IIS & check whether exiting website is going the port which is required by vCenter server.
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Click on Install to start the installation process.
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Click on Finnish to Complete vCenter installation.
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Now vCenter server 6.0 has been installed, now next step is to access vCenter server. If required install flash player 11.9 or higher to access vCenter server . If flash is not installed on your PC you will below error message i.e. “The VMware vSphere host client includes built-in browser and does not use browsers already installed on your system. The built-in browser requires Adobe Flash Play 11.9 or higher”

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Now Download Flash Player & installed it on your machine.
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/
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Once you install Flash Player open your browser & access vCenter Server URL e.g. https://localhost/vsphere-client in my case my vCenter URL is as below,
Enter your vCenter server username & password which you set while installing vCenter Server.
VMware vSphere Web Client is used to manage vCenter Server & to perform all vCenter server tasks. If you to manage single ESXi host you have to use vSphere Host Client.

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How to Change the hostname and DNS servers of an ESXi 6.0 host?

Open VMware vSphere host client, Select Host->Manage –>Networking->TCP/IP COnfiguration->DNS
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[Guide] How to Install vSphere Update Manager 6.0 on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 step by step

Now I am going to Install VMware vCenter update manager Server for Windows. VMware update manager Server is a windows application that enables centralized, automated patch and version management for ESXi hosts, virtual machines and Virtual appliances.
With the help of vSphere Update Manager, you can perform the following tasks:
Upgrade and patch ESXi hosts.
Install and update third-party software on hosts.
Upgrade virtual machine hardware, VMware Tools, and virtual appliances.
To install vSphere update manager Server, Mount the vSphere 5.5 installation media. The installation wizard appears. In the left pane Select “vSphere update manager Server ” and click Install.
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Select the appropriate language and click OK.

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In the welcome screen, Click Next to continue.
 
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Accept VMware License agreement to continue.
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Select “Download updates from default sources immediately after installation” click Next.
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Enter the vCenter Server IP/Name and a username and password and then click.
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Select the database solution for vSphere Update Manager and then click Next.
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Select either the IP address or the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of vSphere Update Manager and then click Next.

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Click on Install.
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Click Finish to complete the installation.

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With vSphere update manager 6.0, you have to install vSphere Update Manager client for administering VMware vSphere Update Manager. To install vSphere Update Manager client, select vSphere Update Manager client from left pane and click on Install.

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Select appropriate language and click OK.

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Click Next in the Welcome Screen,

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Accept VMware End User License Agreement, and click Next.

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Click on Install to start VUM client installation,
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Once vSphere Update Manager client installed, open vSphere Update Manager client and enter IP address/Name of vCenter server, Username and password to manage vSphere Update Manager 6.0

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[Guide] How to Configure VMware vCenter 6.0 Single Sign On

What is vCenter Single Sign On  -
A service that is part of the vCenter Server management infrastructure. The vCenter Single Sign On authentication service makes the VMware cloud infrastructure platform more secure by allowing the various vSphere software components to communicate with each other through a secure token exchange mechanism, instead of requiring each component to
authenticate a user separately with a directory service like Active Directory. To implement vCenter Single Sign-On follow below steps,

In my environment I have installed vCenter Server 6.0. Now I need to plug my vCenter Server 6.0 to my Active Directory server. So first you need to open your vSphere Web Client URL i.e.
https://vCenter Server IP/vsphere-client
Enter your SSO Admin user login credentials, for vCenter Server 6 user will be the“administrator@vsphere.local

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Once you login to the Sphere web client portal go to Home->Administration->Single Sign-On->Configuration->identity source page, Click on “+” sing to add new identity source.
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Select identity source as “Active Directory (Integrated Windows Authentication”. It will automatically populate your domain name i.e. in my case corp.vmwareandme.com. Click “ok”

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Here you can see the your added Active Directory server as your new Identity Source.

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Next add the new identity source to the default domains by clicking “Add to default domains” in the top bar as shown below.

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Now login to vCenter Server 6.0 via vSphere Web client. i.e. https://vCenter Server IP/vsphere-client
Go to vCenter –>vCenter Servers->Manage->Permissions & click on “+”  to assign Permissions.

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Select Assigned Role as “Administrator” & click on Add.

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Select your domain & user to whom you want to provide permission. Click OK.
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Now you can see the newly added user name.
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Now try to access vCenter Web Client using your new user.
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[Guide] Install ESXi 6.0 on VMware Workstation 11

In this article we will learn how to install ESXi 6.0 on VMware Workstation 11. With this new release of VMware workstation 11 VMware comes with lots of new features, such as,
  • New Operating System  support including the latest versions of Windows , Ubuntu, Fedora, RHEL and OpenSUSE
  • VMware Hardware Version 11 including improved CPU support and upgraded USB 3.0 controller
  • Graphics memory configuration per virtual machine
  • Windows 8 Unity mode improvements
  • Create and boot virtual machine with EFI
  • Experimental performance tuning for VM suspend and resume
The system requirements for VMware Workstation 11 are same as Workstation 10, with the following differences:
  • All 32-Bit Host Operating Systems are no longer supported for VMware Workstation 11. 
  • Windows XP 64-Bit, Windows Vista 64-Bit, Windows Server 2003 64-Bit and Windows Server 2008 64-Bit (not including R2) are no longer supported as host operating system.Lets start with the ESXi 6.0 installation in VMware Workstation 11. Installation is straight forward & easy.
      Open VMware Workstation 11, Click on File->New Virtual Machine to create new ESXi 6.0 virtual machine. Select Virtual Machine configuration type as Custom (Advanced)
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      Select Installed Disk Image file (iso) and provide path of the downloaded ESXi 6.0 ISO image and click Next.
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    Select Guest Operating System as VMware ESXi and Version as VMware ESXi 6 and Click Next
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    Select Firmware type as BIOS.
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    Select Number of processors as 2 & Number of core per processor as 2 & click Next.
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    Specify the amount of memory allocated to the ESXi 6 VM as 4GB & click next.
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    Specify Disk Capacity and click Next.
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    Verify the Virtual machine configuration, if required customize it & Click on Finish.
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    Once ESXI 6.0 Virtual Machine turned on you will get below screen. Press Enter to continue with ESXi 6.0 setup.
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    Click Enter to continue setup.
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Accept VMware End User License Agreement to proceed.
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Select a Disk to Install VMware ESXi 6.0 & Enter.
 
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Enter a root password for ESXi 6.0.
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Press F11 to Install ESXI 6.0
 
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Once Installation completed press Enter button to reboot ESXi 6.0 VM.
 
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