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 ESXi Host Installation and Configuration


To install an ESXi host you will need to verify that the hardware meets minimum requirements. The server platform also must be supported and listed in VMware Compatibility List (link). You most likely will be able to install ESXi on non-supported hardware, however, it should be done only for non-production environments, as VMware will not provide support for this installation.

The server running ESXi 6.7 requires at least 2 x CPU cores, 4GB of RAM, a Gigabit network adapter and if local disk is to be used for boot at least 5.2 GB of disk space must be available (or 4 GB for USB or SD boot). NX/SD bit for the CPU and hardware virtualization support in BIOS must be enabled.

Download ESXi installation file from VMware website (the filename is in VMware-VMvisor-Installler-<version>-<build>.x86_64.iso format).

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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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