Install vSphere 7.0

How to Install VMware vSphere 7.0

In this article I will show you how to install VMware vSphere 7.0. If you are looking for instructions about how to install the older version vSphere 6.7, you can find them here.

To begin with, you need an installation iso for vSphere 7.0, which you can download from your My.VMware account. I downloaded VMware-VMvisor-Installer-7.0.0-15843807.x86_64.iso (vSphere 7.0 build 15843807). I will install vSphere into a virtual machine (don’t do this in production, this is a configuration unsupported by VMware, but often seen in home labs), so I will just mount the iso file into the CD drive and power on the VM.

Install VMware vSphere 7.0

As soon as the VM boots, you will see a “Loading ESXi installer” screen:

Install vSphere 7.0 - Loading ESXi installer
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vRealize Orchestrator 8.1

How to Install VMware vRealize Orchestrator 8.1

In this article I will demonstrate how to install VMware vRealize Orchestrator 8.1 step by step. This is the latest vRO version to date, released only days ago. You can read more details about the changes in vRO 8.1 in one of my previous articles: VMware vRealize Orchestrator 8.1.

First step is to download the required OVA file: O11N_VA-8.1.0.9326-15995344_OVF10.ova. Make sure DNS resolution for your future vRO appliance works, both forward and reverse (hostname and IP address). You can then proceed to deploy the appliance from your vCenter Server (minimum vCenter Server version is 6.0, although that is already an unsupported version by VMware, and I hope you are at least on version 6.5, if not on 7.0).

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Install VCSA 6.7

How to Install VCSA 6.7 (VMware vCenter Server Appliance)

In this article I will show you how to install VCSA 6.7 (VMware vCenter Server Appliance).

To start, you need an installation kit of vCenter Server Appliance 6.7. For this article, I will use the VCSA 6.7 Update 1 version – VMware-VCSA-all-6.7.0-10244745.iso (the latest available at the time I wrote this article).

Note: If you look for VCSA upgrade instructions, check this article: How to Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5 to 6.7 – Stage 1.

Install VCSA 6.7 (VMware vCenter Server Appliance) – Stage 1

To launch the installer I will use a Windows virtual machine (alternatively you can use a Mac or a Linux system). Unzip the archive and navigate to VMware-VCSA-all-6.7.0-10244745\vcsa-ui-installer\win32 folder. Launch installer.exe and begin to install VCSA 6.7.

Install VCSA 6.7 - installer.exe

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Install vSphere 6.7

How to Install VMware vSphere 6.7

In this article I will show you how to install VMware vSphere 6.7. If you are looking for instructions about how to install vSphere 6.5, you can find them here.

To start, you need an installation iso for vSphere 6.7, which you can download from your My.VMware account. From here, I downloaded VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0-8169922.x86_64.iso (vSphere 6.7 build 8169922). I will install vSphere into a virtual machine (beware, this is a configuration unsupported by VMware, but often seen in home labs), so I will just mount the iso file into the CD drive and power on the VM.

Install VMware vSphere 6.7

As soon as the VM boots, you will see a “Loading ESXi installer screen”:

Install vSphere 6.7 - Loading ESXi installer

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New Release – VMware PowerCLI 10.0.0

PowerCLI 6.5.4 is dead, welcome PowerCLI 10.0.0 🙂  VMware released few days ago the latest version, marked with a huge jump in numbering, moving straight from 6 to 10. This version marks also the promote of the former Fling PowerCLI Core into the main PowerCLI product. Now we have same product running multiplatform: Windows, Linux, and MacOS. This makes things simpler. How do you install PowerCLI on Windows? That’s “Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI”. How about Linux? “That’s “Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI”. MacOS? You got this, it’s the same.

PowerCLI 10.0.0 consists of the following modules:

  • VMware.DeployAutomation
  • VMware.ImageBuilder
  • VMware.PowerCLI
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Cis.Core
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Cloud
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Common
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Core
  • VMware.VimAutomation.HA
  • VMware.VimAutomation.HorizonView
  • VMware.VimAutomation.License
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Nsxt
  • VMware.VimAutomation.PCloud
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Srm
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Storage
  • VMware.VimAutomation.StorageUtility
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Vds
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Vmc
  • VMware.VimAutomation.vROps
  • VMware.VumAutomation

Not all these modules are supported on PowerShell Core, generating an error when trying to launch on Linux, but I will detail this in a future article. [Update 05 March 2018: The article is here: PowerCLI 10.0.0 Linux Error in VMware.VimAutomation.Srm Module. The mentioned error: “Import-Module : VMware.VimAutomation.Srm module is not currently supported on the Core edition of PowerShell”.]

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Install vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

How to Install vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 1.1

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager is a relatively new tool in VMware’s portfolio. You can use it to install, configure and upgrade vRealize environments consisting in vRealize Automation, vRealize Business for Cloud, vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Operations. In this article I will show how to install vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 1.1.

You will need access to both a vCenter Server and an ESXi host 6.0 or 6.5. For running the virtual machine you will have to allocate minimum 2 vCPU and 16GB of RAM. The smallest used disk is around 3GB, and it can grow up to 135GB.

You can download vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 1.1 from My.VMware portal (you need to use your credentials to authenticate). You will end up with a 1.7GB OVA file (VMware-vLCM-Appliance-1.1.0.7-7359844_OVF10.ova), released on 12 December 2017.

Install vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager - My VMware
Install vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager – My VMware

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Install Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Developer Edition

How to Install Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Developer Edition

“This is a cloud/virtualization blog, why would you publish an article on how to install Microsoft SQL Server?” That’s a valid question. I am in no way an expert in SQL Server, but I know my way around it. If you follow my blog, you may know I’m a big fan of vRealize Automation. I am working on a vRealize Automation install in my home lab, and this is how this post was born. A Windows domain is mandatory, so I wrote How to Install Active Directory on Windows Server 2012 R2. SQL Server is another prerequisite for vRA, so here I am documenting how to install Microsoft SQL Server 2017.

When thinking at SQL Server, there are few editions to choose from. If you run production workload, you can choose between Enterprise, Standard and Express editions (each which different price and set of features). If you run a test and development environment, you can choose between Express and Developer editions, both free. Express has few limitations, may be enough for a lab environment, but I decided to go with Developer Edition (full-featured free edition). Developer Edition used to be a paid (and cheaper) version, but since March 2016 Microsoft decided to offer it for free. That’s a nice move Microsoft, I hope you will extend the program to Windows Server as well 🙂

I will now document how to do a basic install of Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Developer Edition, to be used in a home lab environment. I will also add to the mix SQL Server Management Studio.

As a first step, you need to prepare a virtual machine where you will install SQL Server. There are plenty of supported operating systems, ranging from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2016. In my case, I chose a Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition virtual machine with all the normal goodies (latest hardware version, latest VMware Tools, vmxnet3 network adapter, paravirtual SCSI adapter). I installed Microsoft security patches (including the latest ones for Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities).

You then need to download Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Developer Edition and SQL Server Management Studio 17.4.

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vCenter Converter Standalone 6.2

New Release – VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.2

vCenter Converter Standalone is a handy tool used to convert Windows or Linux computers to different types of VMware virtual machines. You can convert physical or virtual machines, and even AWS or Azure instances. VMware released few days ago vCenter Converter Standalone 6.2, a version which supports VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1.

vCenter Converter Standalone New Features

  • Support for vSphere 6.5 Update 1 endpoints.
  • Support for new guest operating systems: Windows Server 2016 and Ubuntu 16.
  • New configuration option for Linux migrations. You can provide a path for the temporary files of vmware-sysinfo to be extracted and executed.
  • New configuration option to change the default destination provisioning disk type from thick to thin.

You can opt to install the Convertor on a variety of operating systems, ranging from Windows Vista SP2 to Windows 10 and from Windows Server 2008 SP2 to the latest Windows Server 2016.

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Install Active Directory

How to Install Active Directory on Windows Server 2012 R2

There may be cases when you need to install Active Directory in your home lab. As an example, I can specify the installation of VMware vRealize Automation, for which you require a domain. In this article I will show how to install Active Directory on Windows Server 2012 R2. I chose Windows Server 2012 R2 over the newest Windows Server 2016 because in my experience 2016 requires more hardware resources compared with 2012, hardware resources which are scarce in a lab environment.

As a prerequisite for this installation, you need to prepare in advance a Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition virtual machine preferable with all the normal goodies (latest hardware version, latest VMware Tools, vmxnet3 network adapter, paravirtual SCSI adapter). Install the latest security patches. You do not need the installation kit for Windows Server 2012 R2.

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PowerCLI 6.5.4

New Release – VMware PowerCLI 6.5.4

Although VMware released PowerCLI 6.5.3 a little over a month ago, here comes a pleasant surprise: few days ago VMware made available the shiny new version PowerCLI 6.5.4! The new version brings us improvements in two areas:

  • new module for VMware Cloud on AWS
  • new cmdlets for storage module

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