vSphere -All About

I. vSphere 6.5  Release -What Is New?






Download VMware vSphere 6.5 Technical White Paper

vSphere 6.5- Technical Overview

1. ESXI Virtual Server

2. Vcenter Server
*Improved Appliance Management
*VMware Update Manager
*Native High Availability
*Built-in Backup / Restore
Performance Improvement in both vSphere Web Client  and
fully supported HTML5-based vSphere Client.

a. Migration
*vCenter Server Appliance built in installer Migration Tool.
*Migration Tool has several improvements over the recently released vSphere 6.0 Update 2m release.
Supported on Windows vCenter Server 5.5 and 6.0
( If you’re currently running a Windows vCenter Server 6.0, this is your chance to get to the vCenter Server Appliance using this Migration Tool. )

The Migration tool which allows for more granular selection of migrated data as follows:
*Configuration, events, and tasks
*Configuration, events, tasks, and performance metrics
*VMware Update Manager (VUM) is now part of the vCenter Server Appliance.
*Vcenter Inventory, and alarm data is migrated by default.

This will be huge for customers who have been waiting to migrate to the vCenter Server Appliance without managing a separate Windows server for VUM.

If you’ve already migrated to the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 the upgrade process will migrate your VUM baselines and updates to the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. 

*Improved Appliance Management
Another exclusive feature of the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 is the improved appliance management capabilities. The vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface continues its evolution and exposes additional health and configurations. This simple user interface now shows Network and Database statistics, disk space, and health in addition to CPU and memory statistics which reduces the reliance on using a command line interface for simple monitoring and operational tasks.
*vCenter Server High Availability

*Active, Passive, and Witness nodes which are cloned from the existing vCenter Server.
*Failover within the vCenter HA cluster can occur when an entire node is lost (host failure for example) or when certain key services failures.
*vCenter Server 6.5 has a new native high availability solution that is available exclusively for the vCenter Server Appliance.
Backup and Restore
*Built-in backup and restore for the vCenter Server Appliance.
*Running embedded with the appliance.
*This new out-of-the-box functionality enables customers to backup vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller appliances directly from the VAMI or API, and also backs up both VUM and Auto Deploy.

vSphere Web Client
*Support based on the Adobe Flex platform and requires Adobe Flash.
*HTML5-based vSphere Client:
*Inventory tree is the default view
*Home screen reorganized
*Renamed “Manage” tab to “Configure”
*Removed “Related Objects” tab
*Performance improvements (VM Rollup at 5000 instead of 50 VMs)
*Live refresh for power states, tasks, and more!

vSphere Client
*Supported version of the HTML5-based vSphere Client
*Built in vSphere Client is built with  vCenter Server 6.5 (both Windows and Appliance)
*Clean, consistent UI built on VMware’s new Clarity UI standards
*Built on HTML5 so it is truly a cross-browser and cross-platform application
*No browser plugins to install/manage
*Integrated into vCenter Server for 6.5 and fully supported
*Fully supports Enhanced Linked Mode
*Users of the Fling have been extremely positive about its performance

3. Auto deploy

Auto Deploy 6.5 GUI Configuration. We will now walk through the new Auto Deploy GUI and create a custom ESXi image with deploy rules to boot ESXi hosts.

4. Reference
What’s New in vSphere 6.5 -vCenter Server
b. What’s New in vSphere 6.5- ESXI Host

c.What is New in vSphere 6.5-Technical Overview Guide


II.vSphere 6 Release-What Is New?

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*Increase  ESXi Host Configuration Maximums
*Virtual Hardware Upgrades
*Improved ESXi account and password management
*Auditability of ESXi admin actions.

Increased vSphere 6.0 Maximums

Virtual Machine Compatibility Level with ESXi 6.0
*VNUMA virtual machine with the hot-add memory option without requiring any downtime.
*VDDM 1.1 GDI Acceleration helps reduce memory footprint. For example, Windows Manager compositing engine no longer needs to keep a system memory copy of all surfaces used by GDI/GDI+ ; WDM 11. is supported on Windows 7 and above.
*USB 3.0 x HCI supported; allows USB devices to run at full speed.
*Serial and Parallel Port Enhancements  leverages vHW11 32 serial support.

ESXi Account Management
vSphere 6.0 provided enhanced capabilities for :
*Management of local users and permissions
*Easier compliance to local security policies
*Control of user access and privileges for ESXi



VMware ESXI 6.0 Single Host












Vsphere 6 Enhanced User Interface  – Web Client is more responsive, more intuitive, and more streamlined than ever before.

Vsphere Hypervisor Enhancements:
 Scalability Improvements
VMware ESXi™ 6.0 has dramatically increased the scalability of the platform. With vSphere Hypervisor 6.0, clusters can scale to as many as 64 hosts, up from 32 in previous releases. With 64 hosts in a cluster, vSphere 6.0 can support 8,000 virtual machines in a single cluster. This enables greater consolidation ratios, more efficient use of VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler™ (vSphere DRS), and fewer clusters that must be separately managed.

Each vSphere Hypervisor 6.0 instance can support as many as 480 physical CPUs, 12TB of RAM, and 1,000 virtual machines. By leveraging the newest hardware advances, ESXi 6.0 enables the virtualization of applications that were once thought to be nonvirtualizable.

Here is comparison between 5.5 and 6.0 version.

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ESXi Security Enhancements

Account Management

ESXi 6.0 enables management of local accounts on the ESXi server, using new ESXCLI commands. The ability to add, list, remove, and modify accounts across all hosts in a cluster can be centrally managed using a vCenter Server system. Previously, the account and permission management functionality for ESXi hosts was available only with direct host connections. Setting, removing, and listing local permissions on ESXi servers can also be centrally managed.

Account Lockout
There are two new settings available in ESXi Host Advanced System Settings for the management of
local account failed login attempts and account lockout duration. These parameters affect SSH and
vSphere Web
Services connections but not DCUI and console shell access.
Password Complexity Rules
In previous versions of ESXi, password complexity changes had to be made by hand-editing the
/etc/pam.d/ passwd file on each ESXi host. In vSphere 6.0, this has been moved to an entry in Host
Advanced System Settings, enabling centrally managed setting changes for all hosts in a cluster.

 Improved Auditability of ESXi Administrator Actions

Prior to vSphere 6.0, actions at the vCenter Server level by a named user appeared in ESXi logs with the “vpxuser” username—for example, [user=vpxuser].

In vSphere 6.0, all actions at the vCenter Server level against an ESXi server appear in the ESXi logs with the vCenter Server username—for example, [user=vpxuser:DOMAIN\User].

This provides a better audit trail of actions that were run on a vCenter Server instance that conducted corresponding tasks on the ESXi hosts.

Flexible Lockdown Modes

Prior to vSphere 6.0, there was one lockdown mode. Feedback from customers indicated that this lockdown mode was inflexible in some use cases. With vSphere 6.0, the introduction of two lockdown modes aims to improve that.

The first mode is “normal lockdown mode.” The DCUI access is not stopped, and users on the “DCUI.Access” list can access DCUI.

The second mode is “strict lockdown mode.” In this mode, DCUI is stopped.
There is also a new functionality called “Exception Users.” These are local accounts or Microsoft
Active Directory accounts with permissions defined locally on the host where these users have host
access. These Exception Users are not recommended for general user accounts but are recommended for
use by third-party applications—“Service Accounts,” for example—that need host access when either
normal or strict lockdown mode is enabled. Permissions on these accounts should be set to the bare
minimum required for the application to do its task and with an account that needs only read-only
permissions to the ESXi host.

Smart Card Authentication to DCUI
This functionality is for U.S. federal customers only. It enables DCUI login access using a Common
Access Card
(CAC) and Personal Identity Verification (PIV). An ESXi host must be part of an Active Directory




Expanded Support – Expanded support for the latest x86 chip sets, devices, drivers, and guest operating systems. For a complete list of guest operating systems supported, see the VMware Compatibility Guid

 Amazing Graphics – NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ delivers the full benefits of NVIDIA hardware-accelerated graphics to virtualized solutions.

 Instant Clone* – Technology, built in vSphere 6.0, that lays that foundation to rapidly clone and deploy virtual machines, as much as 10x faster than what is currently possible today.

 Transform Storage for your Virtual Machines – vSphere Virtual Volumes* enables your external storage arrays to become VM-aware. Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM) allows common management across storage tiers and dynamic storage class of service automation. Together they enable exact combinations of data services (such as clones and snapshots) to be instantiated more efficiently on a per VM basis.



Network IO Control – New support for per-VM Distributed vSwitch bandwidth reservations to guarantee isolation and enforce limits on bandwidth.


 Multicast Snooping – Supports IGMP snooping for IPv4 packet and MLD snooping for IPv6 packets in VDS. Improves performance and scale with multicast traffic.

 Multiple TCP/IP stack for vMotion – Allows vMotion traffic a dedicated networking stack. Simplifies IP address management with a dedicated default gateway for vMotion traffic.

vMotion Enhancements – Perform non-disruptive live migration of workloads across distributed switches and vCenter Servers and over distances of up to 100ms RTT. The astonishing 10x increase in RTT offered in long-distance vMotion now makes it possible for data centers physically located in New York and London to migrate live workloads between one another.


Replication-Assisted vMotion – Enables customers, with active-active replication set up between two sites, to perform a more efficient vMotion resulting in huge time and resource savings – as much as 95 percent more efficient depending on the size of the data.

 Fault Tolerance (up to 4-vCPUs) – Expanded support for softwarebased fault tolerance for workloads with up to 4 virtual CPU

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Content Library – Centralized repository that provides simple and effective management for content including virtual machine templates, ISO images and scripts. With vSphere Content Library, it is now possible to store and manage content from a central location and share through a publish/subscribe model.

Enhanced User Interface – Web Client is more responsive, more intuitive, and more streamlined than ever before.


Cross-vCenter Clone and Migration – Copy and move virtual machines between hosts on different vCenter Servers in a single action.


Vcenter Server Enhancements Vcenter Server Architecture Changes 

Vcenter Server 6.0 simplifies planning and deployment by offering two deployment models.

The first, embedded, deploys the new Platform Services Controller (PSC) and the vCenter Server system on the same machine.

The second, external, deploys the PSC and the vCenter Server instance on separate machines.

All vCenter Server services—such as VMware vCenter™ Inventory Service, VMware vSphere Web Client, auto deploy, and so on—are installed along with vCenter Server. There are no longer separate installers for these components, simplifying the architecture by combining functions onto a single machine. VMware vSphere Update Manager™ remains as a standalone Microsoft Windows installation.


Vsphere 6 Release -What Is New?

vSphere 6.0 Web Client: Still Flash, But Vastly Better User Experience


Vsphere 6 Upgrade Path and Options.


Before you begin, make sure that you read the vSphere 6 upgrade guide, the vSphere 6 release notes, the Hardware and Guest OS Compatibility Guide and the Product Interoperability Matrix from VMware before you start the upgrade process. Also, make sure your environment meets the software and hardware requirements as described in the upgrade guide.

Since the vSphere 6 introduces the VMware Platform Services Controller, you should have a look at the vCenter Server upgrade path example as described in the upgrade guide to fully understand the changes in your environment after the upgrade for vSphere 6. For example: I am running a simple installation of the vCenter Server (Inventory Service, Web Client, Single Sign-On) on a Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machine with Update Manager, Auto Deploy, Dump Collector, Syslog and a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express. So according to the upgrade guide, my new vCenter Server infrastructure.

The upgrade of your environment to VMware vSphere 6.0 is performed in a phased manner. The components that are upgraded in earlier phases are fully compatible with components whose upgrades have not yet occurred. – See more at: http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/upgrade-center/upgrade.html#sthash.zcolKAMA.dpuf


VSphere 6.0
Explore the features of VMware vSphere®, the industry-leading server virtualization platform that lets you virtualize applications with confidence.
vCenter Server Upgrades
Seamlessly upgrade from from vCenter Server and vCenter Server 5.x versions to version 6.0 with these walkthroughs.
  • 1
    vCenter Server 5.5 to 6.0 Upgrade on Windows with Embedded Platform Services Controller
  • 2
    vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 to 6.0 Upgrade with Embedded Platform Services Controller
  • 3
    vCenter Server 5.5 SSO-HA Upgrade to vCenter Server 6 PSC
  • 4
    vCenter Server 5.5 to 6.0 Upgrade with External SSO
    Vsphere 6 Suite Features and Limitation
  • vsphere6upgradevCenter-6-scalability
    vVols(Virtual Volumes)
    Long Distance vMotion, Cross vSwitch and vCenter vMotion
    vMotion of MSCS VMs using pRDMs
    vMotion now can be routed (L3)
    Fault Tolerance of VMs with upto 4vCPU (Network Constraints min 1GbE/CPU still apply)
    Content Library (Replicate templates, ISO etc across multiple vCenters)
    NFS 4.1 support
    Instant Clone (aka VMFork)
    vSphere HA Component Protection
    Storage DRS and SRM support
    Network IO Control per VM reservations
    Storage IOPS reservations
    Platform Services Controller architecture for vCenter – for SSO , licensing and integrated Certificate Authority
    Linked Mode support for vCenter Server Appliance
    Max Config:
    64 hosts per cluster
    8000 VMs per cluster
    480 CPUs per host
    12TB of memory
    1000 VMs per host
    128 vCPUs per VM
    4TB RAM per VM
    vSphere Replication
    Compression of replication traffic configurable per VM
    Isolation of vSphere Replication host traffic
    vSphere Data Protection now includes all vSphere Data Protection Advanced functionality
    Up to 8TB of deduped data per VDP Appliance
    Up to 800 VMs per VDP Appliance
    Application level backup and restore of SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint
    Replication to other VDP Appliances and EMC Avamar
    Data Domain support
    Planning for the Upgrade:If you are planning for an upgrade, the first thing you have to do is ensure that there is product interoperability with all the third party tools and plugins that you use everyday. If you are confident that its going to be OK, this is how to plan for it. Ensure you plan and test this on a non-production environment. Stress test the new environment with application VMs and other tests that you generally perform on a green fields environment. Write out your plan. My plan (for my lab is as below)Plan out your SSO deployment model and how to upgrade to the new PSC model. (Always deploy PSC in a HA mode with multiple VMs. It has inbuilt replication and so you don’t have to setup anything for it ).
    Snapshot your SSO Server and then Install the new PSC (Platform Services Console) and ensure that SSO and licensing of the existing environment is migrated over. Once everything works, don’t forget to delete that snapshot.
    Snapshot the vCenter Server (including the SQL Server and the vCenter DB) and upgrade the components of the Management Platform (vCenter, VUM etc). Delete Snapshot again.
    Ensure all the licensing is intact and that you can login with the required permissions. This is paramount to test this as you don’t want to upgrade and then realise that it needs newer permissions etc.
    Upgrade your hosts one by one using VUM update.
    Test out each of the new features that you want to use in your environment.
    Document everything I mean everything this way you can run through all the tests you’ve done and repeat any with less than satisfactory results.
    Test all the failed tests after all the components have been upgraded. If it still fails the test, if you have VMware Support for your non-production licenses then log a case with VMware Support.
    Once resolved, re-run your tests until all of them are successful.

Great Video on Vsphere 6 Upgrade Options.

How To Upgrade To Vsphere 6 From A Command Line

Vsphere 6 Upgrade Path and Options.


Vsphere 6 Upgrade Methods



VMware Vsphere 6.0- All About Vsphere 6. This page is dedicate for ESXI, Vcenter, Vcenter Update Manager and Other Vsphere 6 Products.







Vsphere 6.0 was released 03/12/2015

Check it out —> http://www.Vmwmare.com










Vsphere 6 Lab Tutorial – Awesome Video. 

How to build your awesome virtualization home lab with VMware vSphere 6.0 (ESXi & vCSA)


ESXI 6.0 Single Host Installation 

Step 1. Select ESX-6.0 Standard Installer.





Step 2.  ESXI 6 Installer Loading






Step 3. ESXI 6 Installer Loading Modules..







Step 4.  ESXI 6.0 Installer HCL Welcome Page.-Click Continue.







Step 5. ESXI 6.0 Installer EULA.-Click F11 To Accept and Continue








Step 6. Select VMFS partition -Local- Press Enter to Continue.







Step 7. Select Keyboard Layout- Default US.-Press Enter to Continue.









Step 8. Enter a root password- and Press Enter to Continue. 








Step 9. Installing ESXI 6.0.0 ..






Step 10-ESXI 6.0 Installation Complete.






Step 11.-ESXI Single Host Installation









 Vsphere Client Download from newly ESXI 6.0 Build.

Step 1. Go to the ESXI host Address. i.e via web browser  —->

http://<ESXI FQDN or IP Addresss>







Step 2. Click on Download vSphere Client for Windows.






Step 3. Run Vsphere Client.exe after complete download from web browser.








Step 4. Click Next To Continue Vsphere Client 6.0









Step 7. Click Finish to Complete Vsphere Client 6.0 Installation.







Step 8. Log into Newly ESXI 6.0 Via Vsphere Client 6.0










This page will illustrate All about Vsphere Version 5.1- ESXI, Vcenter and Vcenter Update Manager Installation and Configuration. .


1. How to Configure Vnetwork Standard Switch on ESXI.










*For more information on Virtual Networking and Virtual Switch- Reference VMware Virtual Infrastructure Section Virtual Network and Switches.

ESXI Default Standard Virtual Switch Configuration










Great VMware Learning -Configuring  vNetwork Standard Switch Video

Standard Switch:Vswitch0 Configuration Steps



Setting Up vSphere Networking with vSphere Standard Switches

1 Installing ESXI Guide-

1.1 Target Audience/Purpose/Scope:

This document is targeted installation of VMware ESXI 5.x. The purpose and scope illustrate VMware vSphere ESXI 5.0 Installation and Configuration on Vmware Workstation 10.

*Typical you would do the same with server/blade hardware. This document will not cover Blade or Server Hardware Installation.

1.2 Prerequisite requirements

VMware Workstation 10x On Win7/8 Workstation or Bare metal Server/Blade
Min CPU, RAM and Disk requirements
CPU x 2 RAM 4 G, and Disk 10G
VMware ESXI 5.0 and up ISOVmwknewVM2ESXI

*For ESXI Installation illustration, will leverage VMware Workstation 10

VMware ESXI 5.0 and up ISO.

1 ESXI Installation

1.1 Open Vmware Workstation–> New Virtual Machine.


1.1.1 New Virtual Workstation

ESXI Installation

VMware Workstation 10 and ESXI Installation

1.1.2 Mount ESXI 5.X ISO to CD under Installer Disc/Installer disc (DownLoad from http://www. Vmware.com)


1.1.3 Choice the default configuration and Finish to start ESXI Installation.

ESXI Installation Basic

ESXI Installation Basic

1.1.4 We will provide illustration of the a graphical installation steps for Vmware ESXI 5..1:


1.2 Select ESXI-5.1.0 xxxx-standard Installer- option to proceed with ESXI installation

ESXI Installation Bascis

ESXI Installation Basics

1.3 Loading ESXI Installer.

ESXI Installation Basic

ESXI Installation Basic

1.4 Select Enter to continue with ESXI Installation.

ESXI Installation Basics

ESXI Installation Basics

1.5 Press F11 to accept VMware End User License Agreement.

ESXI Installation Basics

ESXI Installation Basics

1.6 ESXI Installer will scan for Installation location.

ESX Installation Basics

ESX Installation Basics

1.7 Press Enter to choice the default location of the ESXI Installation Location: Default Local, Custom: Remote(none).

ESX Installation Basics

ESX Installation Basics

1.8 Select keyboard Layout: Default US, and press enter to continue with installation.

ESX Installation Basics

ESX Installation Basics

1.9. Prompt to input the Root password.

ESX Installation Basics

ESX Installation Basics

2.0. System will scan and prompt

ESX Installation Basics

ESX Installation Basics

2.1 Confirm Installation by press F11(Install).

ESX Installation Basics

ESX Installation Basics

2.2 Installation Status with percentage completion displayed.

ESX Installation Basics

ESX Installation Basics

2.3 ESXI has been successfully installed . Press Enter to reboot to complete installation

ESX Installation Basics

ESX Installation Basics

2.4 Rebooting Server Prompt to complete ESXI Installation.

ESX Installation Basics

ESX Installation Basics

2.5 ESXI Loading .. to boot to newly ESXI Installation.

ESXI Installation Basic

ESXI Installation Basic

2.6. ESXI Installation will automatically set to DHCP.

ESX Installation Basics

ESX Installation Basics

3.0 Set ESXI to Static IP address.

*Prerequisite reserve a static IP address from local Bind or AD DNS server.

3.1 Press F2 to log into newly ESXI Host . User ID Root and Password (set during installation- section 1.9 ESXI Installation, set root password)

ESX Installation Basics

ESX Installation Basics

3.2 Select Configuration Management Network Option to set ESXI IP to Static Addressing. –

ESX Installation Basics

ESX Installation Basics

3.3 Select IP Configuration Option to set ESXI IP to Static Addressing

EESXI Installation Basics

ESXI Installation Basics

3.4 Select Set Static IP address and network configuration:

ESXI Installation Basics

ESXI Installation Basics

3.5 Press Enter to continue newly IP address changes.

ESXI Installation Basics

ESXI Installation Basics

3.6 You will get take back to IP Configuration Screen and set the new IP address been set.

ESXI Installation Basics

ESXI Installation Basics

3.7. Press ESC to Exit screen to complete changes.

ESXI Installation Basics

ESXI Installation Basics

3.8 Select Y to apply changes and restart management network.

ESX Installation Basics

ESX Installation Basics

3.9 Press ESC to log off ESXI Host. You should see the Static IP address illustrate at ESXI Main Screen.

ESXI Installation Basics

ESXI Installation Basics

In next ESX Installation postings , we will incorporate adding Data store and Creating New VM host on stand alone ESXI Host.

4. References
4.1 Vsphere ESXI .5.1
4.2 ESXI 5.X Installation Guide

Coming Soon!!!

ESXI Upgrade/Migration Paths – Single and Enterprise Approach. 

ESXI Single Host Upgrade Great Tutorial Video-

*How to Install Vcenter.
*How to Configuration-ESXI, and Vcenter,

*How To Security-ESXI , and Vcenter






I.  Title: Installing  and Configuration of  VMware Vcenter 5.5.

  1. Scope of Document :Installation of  Vmware Vcenter Server, Update Manager, and Inventory Services, SSO and Web Client.


2. Step by Step Vcenter 5.5 Installation and Configuration.  

II. Title: Deploy and Configure Vcenter Server Appliance 5.5-

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  1. Scope of Document The scope of the document illustrate deploy, install and configure Vmware Vcenter Server Appliance
  2. Prerequisite Requirement

VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance- vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.x:

  • At least 70 GB
  • A maximum of 125 GB
vCenter Server Appliance Hardware Tomcat Query Service (QS) Policy Based Storage Management (SPS)
Small inventory (1-100 hosts or 1-1000 virtual machines) 512 MB 3 GB 1 GB
Medium inventory (100-400 hosts or 1000-4000 virtual machines) 512 MB 6 GB 2 GB
Large inventory (more than 400 hosts or 4000 virtual machines) 1 GB 12 GB 4 GB

 Steps by Step- Deploying Vcenter 5.5 by OVA


Title :Interactive Installer Existing 5.1 Upgrading to ESXI to 5.5 

Scope: ESXI Upgrade from 5.1 to 5.5 in preserving all configuration and settings from previous ESXI 5.1 Host Build Installation.

Prerequisites requirements:
*Previous ESXI 5.1 Host Installation and Configuration.

Interactive Installer Existing 5.1 to Upgrading VSphere  ESXI to 5.5  Step by Step Guide.

Upgrade or migrate interactively using an ESXi installer ISO image on CD/DVD or USB flash drive

Upgrade to VMware ESXI 5.5 Video From VMware.
You can run the ESXi 5.5 installer from a CD/DVD or USB flash drive to do an interactive upgrade or migration. This method is appropriate for deployments with a small number of hosts. The installer works the same way for a fresh installation, but if you select a target disk that already contains an ESX/ESXi 4.x, ESXi 5.0.x, or ESXi 5.1 installation, the installer upgrades the host to ESXi 5.5 and gives you the option to migrate some existing host settings and configuration files and preserve the existing VMFS datastore.

Vmware Vsphere vCenter  5.5 Install Guide On Windows 2012 R2.


1.1      Target Audience/Purpose/Scope:

This document is targeted installation of  Vmwae Vsphere 5.5 vCenter Server.

 The purpose and scope in implementing vCenter 5.5 Server to leverage

  • Storage VMotion,
  • VMware High Availability (VMHA),
  • VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS).

1.2      Scope of the document:

Cover only Vcenter Server Core Installation.

1.3      Prerequisite requirements

  1. Download VMware-VIMSetup-all-5.5.0-1378901-20131001 from VMware download
  2. Windows 2012 R2 OS
  3. Min CPU, RAM and Disk requirements
  4. CPU x 2, RAM 2G to 4G, and Disk 50 G
  5. vcenter Host DNS -FQDN and AD Membership Registered to both AD and DNS. i.e

VMware Vsphere vCenter 5.5 Install Guide On Windows 2012 R2-Click Here Download

Download the PDF file .

1.1      Add ESXI Host To Vcenter. Vsphere Web and Fat Client.

 Scope: this section will illustrate procedures  adding ESXI Host to the Vcenter in both Web vsphere Client and Fat Client..


VMware Vsphere Adding ESXI Host To Vcenter-Web and Fat vSphere Client. Click Here To Download.




VMware Update Manager 5.5 Standalone Installation

*The section will illustrate on how to install stand-alone VMware Update Manager because resource constraints having everyone on Vcenter host or Vcenter is an Appliance.


Installation steps for vSphere Update Manager 5.5

  1. Mount the vSphere 5.5 installation media. The installation wizard appears.


  1. In the left pane, under VMware vCenter Support Tools, click vSphere Update Manager and then click Install.Note: If any of the prerequisites are not met, they are listed in the right pane under Prerequisites.


  1. Select the appropriate language from the dropdown and click OK.


  1. In the welcome screen, click Next.


  1. Review the End User License Agreement. If you agree, select the I accept the terms in the license agreement option and click Next.


  1. Optionally, select the Download updates from default sources immediately after installation option and click Next.

Note: This option automatically checks for downloading updates. If you want to review the default download sources or configure vSphere Update Manager to use a shared repository, deselect this option.
vum9*check download updae from default source immediately after installation.

  1. Enter the vCenter Server URL and a username and password and then click Next.


Note: Ensure that the username entered has a minimum of Register extension privilege to be able to register vSphere Update Manager with vCenter Server.


  1. Select the database solution for vSphere Update Manager and then click Next.You can use one of these options for the database:
    • Install a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express instance.
    • Use an existing supported database.To use an existing supported database, select the Data Source Name (DSN) from the dropdown.Note: For information about specific database versions and service pack configurations supported with vCenter Server 5.5, see the VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes.
  2. Optionally, from the dropdown, select either the IP address or the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of vSphere Update Manager and then click Next.


Note: Ensure that vCenter Server and the ESXi/ESX hosts can resolve the vSphere Update Manager.

  1. In the dialog that appears, check if the alternative TCP port numbers for the SOAP, Web, and SSL ports of vCenter Server appear and then click Next.Note: These field are automatically populated with the appropriate URL and port numbers if the service is installed in the current system. The default ports are 8084, 9084, and 9087 respectively.
  2. Optionally, select the Yes, I have Internet connection and I want to configure proxy settings now option and click Next.


  1. Provide the proxy server address and the proxy server port and then click Next.
  2. Optionally, select the Authenticate proxy using the credentials below option if your proxy server requires authentication and then click Next.
  3. Optionally, provide an alternative installation location and then click Next.Notes:
    • The path must conform to NTFS naming restrictions.  For more information, see the Microsoft TechNet article Naming Files, Paths, and Namespaces.vum13
    • The installation requires 120 GB of disk space to be available. For more information, see the Update Manager Hardware Requirements section in the Installing and Administering VMware vSphere Update Manager Guide.
    • If the current system does not have 120 GB of disk space available, a warning is displayed when you click Next. Click OK to acknowledge the warning.
  4. In the Ready to Install screen, click Install to start the installation.


  1. When the installation completes, click Finish.


Post installation of vSphere Update Manager 5.5

VMware Update Manager Tab-Should appeared Already on Vcenter-  You should see Update Manager Tab on the Vcenter.


Also confirm if Plug in is enabled. Menu —–>Plug-ins

vcetnerpluginvum VMware vSphere Update Manager ExtensionVMware, Inc. Enabled VMware vSphere Update  Manager extension

After installing vSphere Update Manager 5.5:



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