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  • July 23, 2015

How to setup vCenter 6.0 on Windows in nested ESXi on Ravello

Background

This guide will show you how to install the vCenter 6.0 Windows version in your nested ESXi lab on Ravello. This does not cover VCSA 6.0 - that’s coming next. If you haven’t yet installed vSphere we suggest you start with: How to create vSphere 6.0 image on Ravello

As most of you probably know besides implementing a hypervisor merely capable of running regular VMs, we’ve also implemented CPU virtualization extensions called VT-I for Intel or SVM for AMD cpus. These extensions, allow running other hypervisors such as KVM or VMware’s ESXi within the Ravello Cloud environment. f his blog will focus on installing and configuring VMware vCenter server 6.0 in a Ravello’s public cloud which can be extremely useful for testing and/or running ESXi enabled virtual labs. I will show here how to create your own VMware vCenter 6.0 image in the library for easily importing vCenter into any Ravello application. VMware vCenter has 2 different installation options, Deploying the Linux based appliance or installing on Windows

Ravello’s recommendation is to install vCenter 6.0 Windows version.

Installing vCenter server 6.0

  1. Login to your Ravello account and create an new Application (do not use a pre-existing blueprint) and give it a name.
  2. From the library, Add the Windows VM previously uploaded/created.
    1. You can upload an existing windows VM image into your library from DC or upload windows ISO, take an empty Vm from Ravello library and install it
  3. Please note the following requirements:
    1. You must have at least 8 GB RAM.
    2. You must have at least 18 GB free disk space.
    3. It is highly recommended to use 4 vCPUs to increase performance of this VM.
  4. Enable and configure RDP as a published service.within the Application:
    1. Select RDP under services tab for this VM in Ravello
    2. Check it as external
    3. Make sure RDP service is running in Windows
  5. Publish the Application and wait (~5 minutes) until the VM is available.
  6. RDP to the Wndows VM.
  7. Navigate to VMware downloads website and download the vCenter 6.0 for Windows ISO to the Windows VM.
  8. You will need an active myvmware account to login with and download. Accepting the EULA when prompted. This way a matching valid trial license is provided to you.
  9. Download the ISO file. As the file is ~3GB, it takes a few minutes to download.
  10. Mount the ISO file.
  11. Run the installation EXE and follow the steps. The installation takes ~15 minutes to complete.

Verify the installation

  1. RDP to the Windows VM.
  2. Open a web browser and browse to http://localhost
  3. Login to vCenter using the SSO username and password used during the installation (usually the username is administrator@vsphere.local).
  4. If you managed to login successfully, Congratulations!! Installation was successful.

Saving vCenter server to the library

Once the vCenter server is properly installed and configured, you are welcome to finally save it to Ravello’s library for future usage. To save the vCenter server VM to Ravello’s library, read here.

Note: If your application includes multiple ESXi serevrs, please make sure you start them separately, one by one, and not all at the same time.

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