Installation vcenter appliance 6.0 - License

Good afternoon,

I will proceed with a vcenter server appliance 6.0 installation.

I want to validate with you, regarding the issue of license, if the esxi where I will install the appliance, has a valid license, that license is only for the esxi? or for the vcenter appliance do I require a new license? or just with the license of esxi is enough?

Because I understand that if you do not have a license, it expires in 60 days.
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAsked:
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
that license is only for the esxi?

correct...esx has it's own license

or for the vcenter appliance do I require a new license?

correct...vCenter has it's own license

the enabled features of each depend on the license key you have (standard, enterprise, etc)

Because I understand that if you do not have a license, it expires in 60 days.

correct
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAuthor Commented:
In account, then I need two licenses, one license for esxi and another for the appliance, right?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
In account, then I need two licenses, one license for esxi and another for the appliance, right?

Correct, vCenter Server (Windows or Appliance) needs a license, but it will run in evaluation mode for 60 days!
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RoohAllah GodazgarIT ConsultantCommented:
This is normal that for each commercial services, you should have a separate license.
VMware requires different licenses for its different services; ESXi, vCenter, vSAN & etc.
You can manage your licenses through vCenter under "Administration" section. Although if you add a licensed host to your vCenter, it's license will add to this section automatically.
After successful installation of vCenter, when you're logged in, you will see a bar at the top of your screen that redirects you to license management section. The rest is piece of cake!
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Good afternoon,

Currently I have to install a new VCSA version 6.0 upgrade 2. I already downloaded and iso the indicated version, but I have some doubt and I hope you can clarify it.

I connect to the client's machine via Team Viewer, it has a Windows 7 operating system, and from there I am connected by the vsphere client to the ESXi.

I was watching several videos on YouTube about how to do the installation and I could see that the VCSA 6.0 iso deployment is running on a server with Windows server 2012 and another video that I saw in Windows server 2008.

M question is the following I would have to connect to the server with windows server operating system and load the iso from there? Or can I deploy the iso from the client computer with windows 7?

In the same way I saw that during the installation, you are asked for the data of the esxi where you want to host the VCSA and the datastore.

Can someone clarify the doubt please? Thank you very much in advance.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can deploy from any Windows PC, provided it has access to the ESXi server. (it can connect to it!).

When you install, VCSA it will ask to connect to an ESXi host, and you specify a datastore.

Please see my EE Article, it takes you through the installation process, step by step, tutorial with screenshots...

HOW TO: Deploy and Install the VMWARE vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 (VCSA 6.0)
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Good afternoon,

I'm doing an installation of VCSA 6.0 and I get to the part where I have to enter the data of the ip address of the VCSA, where it indicates that I put the FQDN, should I enter the name of the domain? the ip? or that excatamente I have doubt in that specific field. I share the installation printer so you can help me, thanks in advance.
Instalaci-n-VCSA-v6.0.docx
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Always use FQDNs not IP Addresses,

Your VMware vSphere setup and design, is only as good as your network and DNS design!

Make sure you have reliable and working DNS
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAuthor Commented:
I am taking as reference the article where the installation of the VCSA appears
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, I've read your article, FQDN

example

vcsa.domain.com

but make sure that

vcsa.domain.com

exists in DNS against the correct IP Address
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAuthor Commented:
The name of my vcenter is: vcenter0350

My domain SSO: vsphere.local

My FQDN would be vcenter0359.vsphere.local? or I'm wrong?
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAuthor Commented:
the domain of the client is amer.star
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you domain is amer.star for you client....

the  FQDN of VCSA should be

 vcenter0350.amer.star

if client and servers are in the same domain
sso is correct as  vsphere.local
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Good afternoon,

It tells me the following error, should check the DNS server and create the record in the DNS zone

I remain attentive to your comments...
Prueba.docx
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I did comment, you *MUST* have working DNS.

You *MUST* be able to resolve vcenter0350.amer.star, by forward and reverse DNS.

Do you not have any DNS ?

If you do not have this record installation will FAIL!
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Good afternoon Andrew,

You know that I have the VCSA corrupted, I mean the previous one, but I can enter via sshe, there is some command that can be used to validate the FQDN, I am ignoring but there are several, I will proceed to turn on the old appliance vm to validate that information. In the same way if you know a way to validate the FQDN I am attentive to any suggestion.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Ping and trace route

Followed by IP address and hostname should return up address or fqdn
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Good morning Andrew, we could install the VCSA, with respect to the FQDN, we entered was the address i, since they had that record created in the DNS server, and we did not have access to the domain controller to modify it.

At the end of the installation, the VCSA vm was deployed, it is up, the operating system lifted without problem, however we can not access the Vsphere Web Client link, pinging the VCSA ip, it does not respond .

Regarding the VCSA that was previously, we proceeded to turn it off, remove the network card and remove it from the inventory, however the new VCSA server that we have above still does not respond to ping. To the new team I eliminated the network card and added it again and we did not manage to respond to ping.

Among the options we have we can:

Delete the old vm from the VCSA?

Or it may happen that before installing the new VCSA, I change the name of the old server to vm_old, but of course the files stored in the datastore continue with the original name since I can not do a storage vmotion to change the name by complete, in the datastore is the folder with the name Vcenter03560 (old vm) and Vcenter03560_1 (New Vm), that could affect that my new server does not respond to Ping?

Or is the ESXi still detecting the ID of the old vm?

We have two ESXi, or should I install the new VCSA, in another different ESXi?

In the same way I will continue investigating about it.

I remain attentive to your comments. Greetings.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
delete ALL the VCSA, and start again.

make sure before you even start you have all the FQDN registered.
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAuthor Commented:
In mind Andrew,

Could it also be happening that the ESxi is detecting the UUID of the old VM and not the UUID of the new VM?

Or you could also put the UUID of the old vm to the new VCSA.

I remain attentive to your comments...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I'm not sure what this has to do with deleting all VCSA and starting again!
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Good afternoon Andrew,

we proceeded to eliminate all the VCSA, but before we validated in the old server the FQDN it indicates the ip of the server followed by localhost.localdom.

I will proceed with the new installation, when I get the point of placing the network data, my FQDN should be vcenter03560.localhost or would only place localhost?
Printer screen annex so you can validate the information that I am referring to.

Best regards.
Prueba-1.docx
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
your FQDN needs to be what ever domain name you are using ?

do you have a Domain Name System ?

what is your domain ?

e.g. what Forward Lookup Zone do you have ?
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAuthor Commented:
If we have a DNS server, but the client does not have access.

the domain is amer.star

I will not know if you have a reverse zone
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you do not have access to create the DNS records required you will need to discuss with your Network/DNS Administrator, or somebody that can add these records to the DNS server, in your Forward Lookup zone.

There is nothing more that you can do, you can TRY and use IP Addresses but this is foolhardy and not recommended!

Your entire vSphere installation is heavily dependent upon DNS, and working DNS, and the stability of Your entire vSphere installation is based on how good your network, DNS, and network infrastructure is.
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Good morning Andrew,

Thanks for the support, we destroyed all the VCSAs, installed them again, additionally we validated the registration in the DNS server and everything was satisfactory, since the vcenter is operative.

Thank you very much for the help.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
no problems
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R@f@r P@NC3RVirtualization SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Good afternoon Andrew,

I have another concern, regarding the new installation that you make in the vcsa client, I am referring to the issue of the license, the vcenter tells me that I require a new license, since the license that was in force was associated with the vcsa appliance that was He destroyed.

Can the client use the license of that vcsa that was destroyed and place it on the new vcsa? or should you acquire a new license for this vcenter ?.

Regards...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can use the old license, a new license is not required.

You are only use 1 x vCenter Server.
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