Install VMware ESXi and deploy vCenter Server Appliance on the PowerEdge R640 host that will be the management server.
Although you can perform the installation locally or remotely, this section describes how to perform the installation remotely through the iDRAC web interface. In this example, we assign static IP addresses to the management interfaces of the ESXi hosts. We do not recommend DHCP for IP allocation of management hosts.
To install ESXi and vCenter Server Appliance on the management server, follow these procedures:
- Review the prerequisites.
- Mount the ESXi image.
- Install ESXi.
- Configure the ESXi management network.
- Deploy vCenter Server Appliance.
You need the following to complete the procedures in this section:
- iDRAC IP addresses or FQDN
- iDRAC credentials
- iDRAC Enterprise license applied on all nodes
- Dell EMC customized ESXi 6.5 image
VMware vSphere ESXi 6.5.x on Dell EMC PowerEdge Systems Image Customization Information on the Dell Support site provides instructions for downloading the image. Note the image location on your system for use when mounting virtual media. This location must be available while you install ESXi on all the servers.
- Host names and VLAN management ID
- Credentials for vSphere
- Static IP addresses for each of the management servers
- (Optional) Records for hostnames to be added to the DNS server
Mount the ESXi image
Mount the customized ESXi 6.5 image as follows:
- Using a web browser, go to the iDRAC web interface at https://<iDRAC_Address>.
- Log in with the appropriate credentials. The default credentials for iDRAC are as follows:
- Next to the Virtual Console Preview, click Launch to open the remote console.
Enable pop-up support for each iDRAC in your chosen browser.
- Under Virtual Media, select Connect Virtual Media.
- After the virtual media is connected, mount the customized ESXi 6.5 ISO image:
- Select Virtual Media again, and then select Map CD/DVD.
- Click Browse and locate the customized ESXi 6.5 ISO image, select the image, and then click Open.
- On the Virtual Media – Map CD/DVD screen, click Map Device.
- From the Virtual Console menu bar, select Next Boot > Virtual CD/DVD/ISO.
- Click OK to continue, and verify that the location of the ISO image you have mapped will be available throughout the full installation process.
- From the Virtual Console menu bar, select Power > Power on System or, if the system is already on, select Power > Power Cycle System (cold boot).
After the power on self-test, the Boot Menu appears, as shown in Figure 13, which confirms that the virtual media is mounted.
Figure 13. Boot Menu
Install VMware ESXi
Install VMware ESXi as follows:
- In the iDRAC Virtual Console, on the Welcome to VMware ESXi 6.5.0 Installation screen, press Enter.
- Review the terms of the license agreement, and press F11 to accept the agreement and continue.
- When prompted, select a disk to install, use your cursor keys to select the SATADOM device, as shown in Figure 14, and then press Enter to continue.
Figure 14. Selecting the installation disk
An ESXi Found message, shown in Figure 15, indicates that the disk has previously been used for ESXi. If this message appears, use the cursor keys to select Install, press the spacebar, and then press Enter to perform a fresh installation.
Figure 15. ESXi Found message
- Choose the keyboard layout for your environment, and then press Enter to continue.
- At Enter a root password, type the password that you want to use for the root account, type the password again at the Confirm prompt, and then press Enter.
- At Confirm Install, press F11 to install ESXi 6.5.
- When the installation is completed, from the Virtual Console menu bar, select Virtual Media > Disconnect Virtual Media.
- When prompted, click Yes to confirm you want to close the session.
- At Installation Complete, press Enter to restart the server.
After the ESXi installation is complete and the server restarts, configure the ESXi management network as follows:
- In the iDRAC Virtual Console, press F2 to log in to the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI).
- At Authentication Required, type the credentials that you created during setup and press Enter.
- At System Customization, select Configure Management Network.
- Under Configure Management Network, select Network Adapters.
- Ensure that vmnic0 and any other NIC ports that are already connected show a status of Connected, as shown in Figure 16, and then press Esc to exit the menu.
Figure 16. Status of network adapters
Note: If a port is not connected, check the cabling and status of the port on the switch and correct any issues. Press Esc to return to the previous screen.
- Select VLAN (optional) from the menu, and press Enter.
- On the VLAN (optional) screen, type the VLAN ID for the management network and press Enter.
- Select IPv4 Configuration and press Enter.
- On the IPv4 Configuration screen, select Set static IPv4 address and network configuration, and then press the spacebar.
- Type the information for IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway, and press Enter to confirm.
Obtain the information from the Management Host Information section of the site survey,
- Select DNS Configuration and press Enter.
- On the DNS Configuration screen, type the IP address of the DNS servers and the fully qualified domain name of the host.
Obtain the information from the Customer Network Services section of the site survey.
- If the environment has multiple domains, or if it uses subdomains and short names, add the suffixes under Custom DNS Suffixes.
- At Configure Management Network: Confirm, press Esc to return to the main menu and press Y to confirm changes and restart the management network.
- Select Test Management Network.
The Test Management Network screen displays the items that will be tested.
- Press Enter to continue.
When iDRAC completes the test, it displays results such as those shown in Figure 17.
Figure 17. Management network test results
Deploy vCenter Server Appliance
This section describes how to deploy vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Services Controller. If you want to deploy the VM with an external Platform Services Controller, see the appropriate documentation from VMware.
You need the following to deploy vCenter Server Appliance:
- vCenter Server Appliance ISO image, which has been downloaded to a location that will be available throughout the installation process
- IP address for vCenter Server Appliance
- Hostname and record created on DNS server, if required
Deploying the VM
Deploy vCenter Server Appliance as follows:
- Open the vCenter Server Appliance installation ISO.
In this example, we are using a Windows workstation. Depending on your workstation operating system, you might have to use an external utility to mount the ISO image.
- From the root of the ISO image, navigate to \vcsa-ui-installer\win32\.
- Double-click installer.exe.
- On the main menu of the installer, click Install.
- Review the introduction, and then click Next to continue.
- Review the End User License Agreement (EULA), select I accept the terms of the license agreement, and then click Next.
- Select vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller and click Next.
- Type the requested information, as shown in Figure 18, for the first management host that has a configured vSAN.
Figure 18. Management host details
- Confirm the details and then click Next.
- Verify the certificate thumbprint and click Yes.
- At Set up appliance VM, type a name and password for the VM, confirm the password, and then click Next.
- At Select deployment size, select sizes and click Next.
The deployment sizing screen includes a chart to help you select a deployment size.
- Select the datastore where vCenter Server Appliance will be located and click Next.
- On the Configure network settings page, type the requested information and click Next.
- Review the deployment settings and click Finish.
The installer displays a Deployment complete message and prompts you to continue to stage 2, appliance setup.
- Click Continue.
- Review the introduction and click Next.
- Select the time synchronization mode, type the NTP server information, and click Next.
- Type the requested single sign-on (SSO) information, including the SSO domain name and site name, and click Next.
- Review the information about the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program, choose whether to participate, and then click Next.
- Review the summary information and, if it is correct, click Finish.
- Review the warning about stopping the installation, and click OK.
- When the installer completes the setup, make note of the URLs that are provided, and then click Close to exit the installer.