This post is part of a series on deploying Highly Available vCenter and Platform Services Controllers.
Part 5: vCenter HA: Deploy vCenter
Part 7: vCenter HA: License vCenter
Part 11: vCenter HA: Configure vCenter HA
Part 12+: Advanced Tasks (Coming soon)
Now that we have deployed and configured our highly available Platform Services Controllers, we can go ahead and deploy vCenter.
Make sure you have assigned a static IP and DNS as you did for the Platform Services Controllers.
We are going to be doing vCenter HA so you want to make sure that you have three datastores dedicated to vCenter. ***Note: vCenter HA does not work with Datastore Clusters.
Go ahead and mount the ISO as you did before. Load the UI Installer directory and launch Installer.exe.
Check the Accept box.
Select the radio button for vCenter Server (Requires External Platform Services Controller)
Enter the hostname name for your ESXi 6.5 host.
Enter the username/password.
Enter a name for the appliance.
Enter a root password for the appliance.
Select the deployment size.
You can leave the storage to default unless you plan on keeping a lot of data for analytics.
Select the first vCenter datastore. ***Note: I didn’t do this in the test lab but it is done in production.
Enter the DNS and IP information.
Installation is now complete. You can go ahead and take a snapshot if you want to easily just back to the initial configuration.
Enter your NTP severs.
Use the drop down to enable SSH.
Enter the load balanced FQDN for the Platform Services Controllers.
Enter the SSO domain.
Enter the default administrator password.
If everything was successful, you will see this screen. At this point, if you took any snapshots and you don’t feel the need to roll back, go ahead and delete them.
You can take new ones of all three appliances before you continue if you want.
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