vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Install and Configure vCenter and ESXi

This is the second course in our eight course vSphere 6.5 Foundations series. This course will teach you how to plan, download, install, and configure ESXi, vCenter for Windows, and the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA).
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(14)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Dec 15, 2017
Duration
3h 13m
Table of contents
Introduction
Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions for a Given Use Case
Install and Configure vCenter Server
Install and Configure ESXi
Install and Configure VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)
Description
Course info
Rating
(14)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Dec 15, 2017
Duration
3h 13m
Description

Being able to plan the installation of, download, install, and configure ESXi 6.5, vCenter for Windows, and the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) are some of the most critical skills that any VMware vSphere admin can obtain. In this course, vSphere 6.5 Foundations: Install and Configure vCenter and ESXi, you'll first walk through that process, step by step. Next, you'll explore best practices based on years of experience. Finally, you'll gain a solid understanding of ESXi and vCenter architecture, vSphere editions, and all the new vSphere 6.5 features. By the end of the course, you'll know everything you need to know for installing and configuring vCenter and ESXi for the vSphere Foundations exam

About the author
About the author

David has authored over 50 courses for Pluralsight.com around enterprise data center technologies such as cloud computing, virtualization, and (especially) VMware vSphere.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction
Hello and welcome. You're watching vSphere 6. 5 Foundations: Install and Configure vCenter and ESXi. This is the introductory module for this course. My name is David Davis, and I'll be your instructor for this vSphere 6. 5 Foundations course series. You can find me on Twitter at @DavidMDavis, or reach out to me on my blog at DavidMDavis. com. For anyone new to VMware ESXi and vCenter, the task of installation can be initially very daunting and confusing. That's because VMware ESXi doesn't install inside the Windows operating system like an application, nor does it always install on any server that can run Windows. The task of installing VMware vCenter has also become quite confusing, because there's two different flavors of vCenter, and VMware vCenter has become a very complex product. For all of these reasons, it's important that you watch this VMware vCenter and ESXi Installation and Configuration course. I'll walk you through the process of downloading and installing VMware ESXi and vCenter version 6, performing the installation, and configuration, and then successfully connecting to those using both the VMware vCenter client for Windows, as well as the VMware vSphere Web Client. We've got a lot to cover, so with that, let's get started.

Install and Configure ESXi
Once you know what VMware vSphere and ESXi are, and how they can help you, one of the first things that I'm sure you'll want to do is learn how to install VMware ESXi. In this module, I'll walk you through the process of installing and configuring VMware ESXi. We'll kick it off by covering VMware ESXi installation requirements, as well as scenarios related to installation requirements, and how to ensure that you have validated your ESXi configuration. From there, we'll move into how to perform a scripted installation of ESXi. If that's a more advanced lesson than you're ready for at this time, I encourage you to just jump on into the interactive installation lesson. You could always come back and watch that scripted installation lesson later, once you've gained the fundamental knowledge of how to do an interactive installation, and how to configure ESXi. From there I'll show you how to log into an ESXi host, and install the vSphere Client for Windows. I'll cover how to configure the network time protocol, or NTP, on an ESXi host, DNS and routing network configurations, how to configure SSH and Shell Access on an ESXi host, how to configure logs from your host to be sent to a centralized Syslog server, and finally, how to license your ESXi host to ensure that they're ready to put into production. We've got a lot to cover in this module on Installing and Configuring VMware ESXi, so with that, let's get started.

Install and Configure VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA)
If you're going to run VMware vSphere, you need centralized management, and that centralized management is VMware vCenter. Now VMware has said that their vCenter server for Windows will be discontinued in the next major release of vSphere, and they highly recommend that everyone move to the vCenter Server Appliance, or vCSA. If you're doing a fresh installation, that's the option that you want to use, the vCSA, and if you have vCenter Server for Windows, they have a great new migration tool to help you make the jump to the vCenter Server Appliance. We've got a lot to cover in this module on installing and configuring the VMware vCenter Server Appliance, so with that, let's get started. In this module, I'll start off by giving you an overview of the vCenter Server Appliance, or the vCSA. I'll do a little comparison between the vCSA and the vCenter Server for Windows, although I'll tell you up front there's not much of a comparison. From there, I'll help you to identify and ensure that you meet the vCSA server requirements before we download and install the vCenter Server Appliance. We'll perform the initial configuration of the vCenter Server Appliance, we'll join the vCSA to the Windows Active Directory, and then I'll show you something new, the backup and restore that's built into the vCenter Server Appliance with version 6. 5. Finally, we'll discuss the migration, and I'll show you the migration tool that's now included with vSphere 6. 5 and the vCenter Server Appliance. So with that, let's jump into the VMware vCenter Server Appliance.