VMware vCenter Appliance 5.5 - Tour

So you have ESXi up and running. What is next? Get the vCenter appliance running. I downloaded the OVA and imported in just a few minutes.

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After getting the appliance all booted go the https://:5480

Setup vCenter Options

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I selected custom so I could go through all the options.

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Oracle is also an option.

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Fill in if external. Embedded you just need to choose a password for the Administrator.

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Setup your Active Directory authentication. You can do this later if you don’t have the right information now. One thing I learned is the hostname of the appliance MUST be set to a FQDN for this to work.

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NTP rocks!

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Sign in. the default username and password for the appliance is root and vmware

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Now you have a ESXi all ready and added. Start being Virtually awesome.

Written on October 1, 2013