How to deploy vCenter 7.0


  • Download ISO file from Vmware website
  • Make entry in DNS for your new vCenter
  • Please  ISO somewhere close to location of your new VC (optional)


  • Mount ISO
  • Run installation from vcsa-ui-installer\win32\installer.exe
  • For new installation, click Install
  • On the Introduction page click NEXT
  • On the next page, accept EULA and click NEXT

vCenter Server deployment target:

  • ESXi hosts or vCenter Server name – provide vCenter FQDN 

NOTE: If your target is ESXi host, deployment will not see Distributed Switches and you would have to build Virtual Switch instead. If your target is vCenter then all networks are visible. 

  • HTTPS port – 443
  • Username – put desire username for example: administrator@vsphere.local
  • Password – desire password
  • Click NEXT and accept the Certificate on the next page
  • If you selected vCenter as a target, not a host, you need to select the destination folder

NOTE: On the next page – Select Compute Resources, you are prompted to select the target host. If you see a blue clock next to the host it means the host is in Lockdown mode. The Lockdown mode needs to be disabled before you can proceed. 

  • Select desire ESXi host and click NEXT

Set up vCenter Server VM

  • VM name – the name for your vCenter virtual machine
  • Set root password – password for the root user
  • Confirm root password – confirm the password
  • Click NEXT
  • Select desire deployment size and click NEXT
  • Select desire Datastore and click NEXT

Configure network settings:

Network – Select management network

IP version – chose IPv4 or IPv6

IP assignment –  static/dynamic

FQDN –  put FQDN

IP address – IP of your new vCenter

Subnet mask or prefix length –  for example, or simply 24 (no slash / )

Default gateway – IP of default gw

DNS server  – IP(s) of your DNS server(s)

  • Click NEXT and confirm your setting on the Ready to complete stage 1 page.
  • If you are happy, click FINISH
  • After successful deployment you should see this message:
  • Click CONTINUE and the wizard for Stage 2 will open
  • Click NEXT
  • Use NTP server for time sync
  • Enable SSH if needed
  • Setup new SSO domain to keep separate instances of VCs using default vsphere.local or join existing SSO domain
  • On the Ready to complete click FINISH, the Warning window will pop up, click OK
  • Deployment of Stage 2 will start:

Your vCenter has been deployed!

You may consider further configuration:

  • Joining VC to AD – reboot reqiured
  • Add authentication source IWA or LDAP/LDAPS or Identity Federation with ADFS
  • Add permissions
  • Add licencesfor vCenter, ESXis, and sloutions like SRM (SRM needs to be connected first)
  • Replace machine certificate with a custom certificate signed by your CA
  • Create host profile(s)
  • Set up back up

If you need explanation or you do have any questions related to deploying vCenter, please do not hesitate to leave the comment.

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