How to install the VMware vCenter Virtual Appliance

The VMware vCenter Virtual Appliance is a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) VM, preconfigured so you don’t have to install a single thing extra…well, apart from the VM itself!

The vCenter Virtual Appliance (VCSA) can be downloaded as part of the VMware vCenter Server 5.0 and modules download.

These are the 3 files you need:

  1. VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Appliance – OVF File
  2. VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Appliance – System Disk
  3. VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Appliance – Data Disk
Once you’ve downloaded the 3 files, deploy the VM using the following instructions:
  1. Launch your vSphere Client and select File > Deploy OVF Template:
  2. Browse to the .ovf file and click Next:
  3. Rename your VM if necessary – I prefer shorter names – then click Next:
  4. Choose a Resource Pool then Disk Format, afterwards click  Next:
  5. Choose a Destination Network and click Next:
  6. Review your settings and click Finish:
  7. The files will now be copied to the host:
  8. As I’m in a lab environment, I’m going to reduce the memory to 4GB by editing the VCSA VM properties:

Next I’ll show you how to configure the VMware vCenter Virtual Appliance.