VMware vSphere: Install and configure Virtual Centre Server 4.0

VMware vCenter Server provides centralized platform to manage virtual infrastructure i.e. ESX Hosts, Virtual Machines, storage and other resources. VMware vCenter Server, formerly VMware vCenter, centrally manages VMware ESX4.0 aka vSphere environments allowing VMware administrator manage and administer the virtual environment.

vCentre Server Systems Requirement:


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clip_image001[1] Microsoft .NET 3.0 SP1

clip_image001[2] Microsoft Visual J#

clip_image001[3] vSphere Client 4.0

clip_image001[4] vSphere Host Update Utility 4.0

clip_image001[5] Microsoft SQL Express 2005

I would recommend to have more disk space for vCentre then minimum requirement as update manager required more space then mentioned above. Bundle products such as Essential and Essential Plus will install prerequisite itself without user intervention. For large scale deployment, use database calculator to find out disk space requirement.

Installation of vCentre Server 4.0:

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Mount VMware-VIMSetup-all-4.0.0-208156.iso in CDROM. Right click on cdrom and install applications shown here in virtual centre server.


Virtual Centre Configuration:

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Add VC License key in vCenter Server Settings. Administration>vCenter Server Settings>Licensing>Enter Key


If you have ESX3.5 License server you can Type address of vCentre here.


Select ESX 4.0 Host>Configuration>Licensed Features>Edit>Type License Key


Add vSwitch and NICs for different VLANs as follows.


Add Roles and Users. Click View>Administration>Roles>Add Roles>Type Name of Roles>Select Privileges>ok




To Create User Permission. Select ESX host or Virtual machine>click permission>Right click>Add Permission>type domain\username>add>check propagate>ok.

Point vSphere client to home and select desired config tabs.


Update Plug ins.


Further Study:

Technical Resource Centre

VMware vSphere Documentations