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Dear Experts:
Iam planning to install vsphere 5.0,( procured vsphere essentials plus) please provide me the step by step how-docs for the below:
Vcenter server Appliance (to be installed on shared storage) i would prefer to install the database server for the Vcenter server in different VM and Vcenter appliance in separate server.

Please provide step by step how-to for this implementation.

Thanks in advance.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Deploy the vCenter Server Linux Virtual Appliance

    Launch your vSphere Client and navigate to File | Deploy OVF Template.
    Browse to the location of the vCenter Appliance .ovf file, then click on Open.
    On the following screen click on Next.
    Then click on Next again on the OVF Template Details page.
    Under Name and Location, give your vCenter Appliance a name then click Next.
    Choose a datastore then click Next.
    Select a disk format on the next page then click on Next to continue.
    Click on Finish to start deploying.

Source
http://vmwire.com/2011/07/15/vsphere-vcenter-server-linux-virtual-appliance-quick-start-guide/

Check this URL for further information
http://vmwire.com/2011/07/15/vsphere-vcenter-server-linux-virtual-appliance-quick-start-guide/

Includes embedded DB2 database that is suitable for evaluation or for environments with less than 5 ESXi hosts or 50 virtual.

If you want to use an External Database, you would have to use Oracle database for large environments.
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Thanks for the reply,
1. Is DB2 is opensource if so then if i can setup new VM with ubuntu server and install the DB2, can this be pointed the the Vcenter server for the database please suggest.

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Only support for Oracle as the external database
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also remember the following about the Applicance

    No Update Manager
    No Linked-Mode
    No support for the VSA (vSphere Storage Appliance)
    Only support for Oracle as the external database
    Embedded database, DB2, only supports 5 hosts and 50 VMs
    No support for vCenter Heartbeat
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Thank you very much, As we do not have windows server operating system iam forced to go with appliance .
For now going for the appliance and latter once we procure windows server than after installing windows can i migrate the vcenter appliance to the windows , please suggest

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You need to make a choice now if you are going to use the vCenter Appliance or vCenter Server for Windows. vCenter Appliance supports 5 hosts and 50 VMs.

Migration later will be difficult.
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Sir, thanks for the reply. 5 hosts and 50 vms is enough for us and this is okay for us but     No Update Manager is the problem in this case how to install the updates is there any methods please help.
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If you need to use Update Manager you will need to use vCenter Server for Windows, otherwise you will need to install Host Updates and VM Updates manually, for VM updates via WSUS.

Host updates can be applied using viupdatehost.pl from the vCLI.
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