vSphere 6 Foundations: Install and Configure vCenter and ESXi

This is the second course in our eight course vSphere 6 Foundations series. In this course, you'll learn how to plan, download, install, and configure ESXi, vCenter for Windows, and the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA).
Course info
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(216)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 6, 2015
Duration
3h 53m
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
(216)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 6, 2015
Duration
3h 53m
Description

This is the second course in our eight course vSphere 6 Foundations series. Being able to plan the installation of, download, install, and configure ESXi 6, 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, you'll walk through that process, step by step, and learn best practices based on years of experience. Additionally, you'll gain a solid understanding of ESXi and vCenter architecture, vSphere editions, and all the new vSphere 6 features.

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 Foundations: Install and Configure vCenter and ESXi. This is the introduction to this course. My name is David Davis and I'll be your instructor. 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 and 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 in to 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 can 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 login to 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 be 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)
Every VMware administrator needs to know how to install and configure VMware vCenter, and VMware's vCenter Server Appliance, or VCSA, is the easiest and fastest way to do it. Here's what you'll learn in this module. I'll start off with an overview of the vCenter Server Appliance. You'll learn what it is and how it can help you. I'll compare the difference between the VCSA and the vCenter Server for Windows, we'll discuss the VCSA requirements, and then I'll walk you through the process of downloading and installing the vCenter Server Appliance, or VCSA. We'll perform the initial configuration of VCSA, and then join the VCSA to the Windows Active Directory. We've got a lot to cover, so with that let's get started.