There is nothing better than vCenter Server when it comes to managing our virtualized VMware infrastructure, in this post you will learn how to deploy a VCSA 6.0 instance (VM) into one of your vSphere ESXi host.


  1. VCSA ISO, we will be using VMware-VCSA-all-6.0.0-3040890.iso
  2. vSphere ESXi host.
  3. Windows Machine, this in order to mount the iso and start the deployment.
    1. It can be a VM, what matters is that the Windows machine can reach the ESXi host through the network.

Frist of all, we need to mount our ISO in our Windows Machine, open it up and double click on vcsa-setup

In order to continue with the installation, it is necessary to have installed Client Integration Plugin 6.0, it can be found under vcsa folder inside the mounted ISO, install it and open the vcsa-setup once again.

Allow running the application when your browser asks for it.

Click on the Install button

Accept the terms of license agreement


Next step, you will need to specify the ESXi server where the VCSA’s VM is going to be. Provide FQDN or IP, username and password. Click on Yes when you get the Certificate Warning pop up,


Let’s give this appliance a name, VCSA sounds good for me, also do not forget to set the OS password, this will be for root’s authentication.

We’ll use the Embedded Platform Services Controller, this will keep both VCSA and Embedded platform services Controller in the same VM.

SSO domain is part of the Embedded Platform Services Controller, we’ll configure vCenter SSO User: Administrator, giving it an SSO password, SSO domain name, and the SSO site name.

Since this is just for demonstration purposes a Tiny appliance size will be just fine,

Select the datastore, I highly suggest you use a local datastore, trust me, you don’t want to have you vCenter living in an iSCSI/FC/NFS datastore and what could happen if the hardware that provides you the datastore goes offline.

Hint: Enabling Think Disk Mode will help you to save some space!

We don’t have an external database for this test so we’ll be busing the embedded database, PostgreSQL.

We are almost done, just provide the proper network settings, my recommendation is that you use Static IP, it will make your life easier.

And there it is, the summary, quite a journey right? Once everything has been set up as we want then we can go now and proceed with the installation.

Installation Completed Woohooo!

Hope you enjoyed this guide,