vCenter 5 – as an appliance – installing and configuring

Installating vCenter 5 appliance

1) Import OVF file, and start VM. If using VMware Workstation (obviously for purposes of demonstration) you need to import the appliance with the OVF tools command line option:

C:\>“C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware OVF Tool\ovftool.exe” “J:\isos\VMware\ESXi 5.0\vCenter Server Appliance\VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-5.0.0.3324-472350_OVF10.ovf” C:\VMs

Opening OVF source: J:\isos\VMware\ESXi 5.0\vCenter Server Appliance\VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance5.0.0.3324-472350_OVF10.ovf
Warning: No manifest file
Opening VMX target: C:\VMs
Writing VMX file: C:\VMs\VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-5.0.0.3324-472350_OVF10\VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-5.0.0.3324-472350_OVF10.vmx
Disk progress: 100%
Disk Transfer Completed
Completed successfully

2) Configure Networking

3) Note the web address

4) Configure Timezone

Configuring vCenter 5 is as easy as this

1) Login

2) Accept License

3) Configure the Database (embedded)

4) Start the services

5) Integrate with AD, if required

6) Set the password.

The only problem I’ve found with the virtual appliance is that the filesystem blocks are not aligned on underlying storage:

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2 Responses to vCenter 5 – as an appliance – installing and configuring

  1. ‘The only problem I’ve found with the virtual appliance is that the filesystem blocks are not aligned on underlying storage’

    What exactly does this mean? and does it affect the usage of vCSA?

    nice blog btw 🙂

    • Chris Wells says:

      because linux aligns on the virtual cylinder size, being 63 sectors, is not a whole number, and will result in multiple reads.

      eg a single block read from linux may result in a double block read at the VMFS layer.

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