vCenter Server 6.7 Installation and Configuration

vCenter Appliance (vCSA) Deployment

vCSA is a virtual machine and can be deployed on ESXi hosts running version 5.5 or later. Depending on size of the vSphere deployment and whether you plan to install vCenter appliance into existing environment or starting new one, you have an option to install vCSA with embedded or external Platform Services Controller. This article provides information about how these components work together (link).

Let’s start with a simple option of deploying vCenter with embedded PSC. vCSA distribution media is ISO file named in the following format: VMware-VCSA-all-<version>-<build-number>.iso. To start installation mount this file on a workstation running Windows, Linux or MAC OS. The root of the folder contains readme.txt file explaining different installation options.

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vSphere 6.7 Editions, Licensing, Architecture and Solutions

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vSphere 6.7 Editions and Licensing

VMware vSphere 6.7 licensing is based on physical CPU count of the hosts. Every edition requires Support and Subscription contract purchase.

License key has edition and quantity information encoded in it. These keys are not tied to a specific hardware and can be assigned to multiple hosts, as long as the number of CPUs are within licensed limit.

vSphere customers with current contracts are entitled for version upgrades. vSphere is also allowed to be downgraded to the previous versions.

In vSphere 6.7 there are three editions available:

  • Standard
  • Enterprise Plus
  • Platinum
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