Tuesday, June 23, 2015

VMware vCenter 6 Step by Step (Part 2) Basic Configurations

In the first post we finished the installation of the vCenter,
VMware vCenter 6 Step by Step (Part 1) Installation
We will continue in this post with the basic configurations and Hosts add and Cluster creation,
First thing we need to do is to log in to our new vCenter using Administrator Account for vSphere.Local
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Here are the first look using Web client
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Now we need to add our Active Directory to be integrated with our vCenter,
Go to: Administration > Single Sign-On > Configurations then Add from the (+) button
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Select Active Directory (Integrated Windows Authentication)
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Now we can assign permissions for Active directory Users,
From the same Administration menu go to Global Permissions and Add from the (+) button
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From the Drop down menu you will find the domain name listed, select the domain name, search for the user you want to grant permission to, click add, then OK
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Now we can log in to our vCenter using our Domain accounts\
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We will start with the very basic configurations by creating vSphere Cluster and adding hosts,
Right Click on vCenter Icon and click Create Datacenter, after creating the Datacenter right Click on it and click New Cluster
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From the new Cluster Wizard we will start by check both Turn On vSphere HA and Turn On vSphere DRS,
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The Dynamic Resource Scheduler (DRS) default automation level selection, I will leave the default value, Fully Automated
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Power Management, Off
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vSphere HA
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Leave Default, Click Next
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Leave Default, Click Next
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The EVC is the Option to be used in case we have two different CPU Model from the same Vendor (Intel or AMD)
If so then you need to check from the VMware Compatibility Guides web site for the Mode that your Both CPU are supporting and chose it as your EVC Cluster Mode,
For more details go through the following:


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Leave Default, Click Next
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Review, Click Finish
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Add your Hosts to the Cluster, and here we go
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