Deploying vCenter Server Appliance on VMware Workstation 9

There is no difference between deploying VMware vCenter Server Appliance and on vSphere platform. Below quick How To.
  • Download VMware vCenter Server Appliance ovf file, system and data VMDK from VMware site to a single folder. My VMware account is needed.
  • From VMware Workstation main panel go to menu File –> Open brows to ovf file nad open it.
  • Specify vCSA folder location and name click OK to continue. Import of VM might take around 5 minutes, depends on computer speed.

  • Edit virtual machine settings and change VM RAM size to 2GB (default is 8GB) and 1 vCPU (default is 2vCPU) for LAB, if you provision vCSA in PROD environment, use recomended settings.
  • Power VM on
  • after 60 seconds vCA configuration screen appear

  • First, configure Network
    • if you don’t use IPv6 answer No on a first question
    • depends on netowrk configuration enable or disable DHCP
    • If DHCP was disabled provide IPv4 address
    • netmask
    • gateway
    • DNS server
  • Confirm to save configuration
  • From a web browser type http://provide credentials on a login screen, default credentials for vCSA are root (login name) and vmware (password)
  • From a main window Accept ALUA license
  • Click on Database button, specify DB type, provide connection information and perform Test settings and Save settings from action menu

  • Start vCenter server, click on Status button and Start vCenter button from Actions menu. Depend on computer speed start vCenter server might take couple of minutes.

Additionally you can configure Active Directory integration, syslog server collector, DUMP collector, Auto Deploy etc.

  • Test vCenter Server Appliance functionality using VMware vSphere WEB client – open webbrowser and type https://:9443/vsphere-client/#
  • Log in using default credentials root (login) and vmware (password)

NOTE: use supported browsers: Internet Explorer and Firefox – Google Chrome is not supported.

Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).