VMware VCP 4.1 Study Guide & Lab Part 4

vCentre Installation & Configuration

vCentre gives us the ability to combine single ESXi hosts and form clusters enabling us to perform all the cool things such as vMotion, High Availability, Fault Tolerance and Distributed Resource Scheduler.

To install vCentre go into your V: Drive and locate your vCentre installation and follow the on screen prompts.

vCentre uses Active Directory authentication and as part of the installation it installs ADAM (Active Directory Application Mode) which uses the local administrators username and password (if you kept the defaults).

So when we launch vCentre on VM01 we can just tick the box to use Windows Credentials.

Now that we are in vCentre the first thing we are going to do is create a Datacentre, this is the top level in VMware.

In the top left hand corner you will see your Physical Computers name, in my case it’s VM01, right click this and choose New Datacentre and then give it a name.

Next we are going to add a Cluster to our Datacentre, right click the Datacentre and choose New Cluster and give it a name.

Last of all we add our host to the Cluster, so we right click the Cluster and choose Add Host, enter t Host DNS entry (I don’t recommend IP as vMotion relies on DNS). The username and password to access your ESXi Host and click next

VMware VCP 4.1 Study Guide & Lab-add-host.pngAccept the defaults on the Resource Pool, click next click Finish.

Repeat the process to add in Host esxi02.

We are now going to turn on VMware HA and VMware DRS. To do this right click your Cluster Name and choose Edit Settings.

Then on Cluster Features select ‘Turn On VMware HA’ and ‘Turn On VMware DRS’. Click OK

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