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Downloading and deploying the vCenter Server Appliance 5.x (2007619)

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vCenter Server Appliance 5.x is a module for vCenter Server, and so it is downloaded from the vCenter Server 5.x download page. This article provides the steps to download and deploy vCenter Server Appliance 5.x.


To download the vCenter Server Appliance 5.x:
  1. Go to the VMware Download Center.
  2. Under Datacenter & Cloud Infrastructure, click VMware vSphere.
  3. Find the section for the license type you purchased, such as Essentials.
  4. Within that section, next to VMware vCenter Server 5.x and modules, click Download.
  5. If you agree to the EULA, click Yes.
  6. Download these files by clicking the appropriate blue file type on the right. :

    Note: The vCenter Server Appliance can be deployed by downloading either the .ova file or the .ovf and VMDK system and data disk files

    • VMware vCenter Server 5.x Appliance - OVF File
    • VMware vCenter Server 5.x Appliance - System Disk
    • VMware vCenter Server 5.x Appliance - Data Disk
    • VMware vCenter Server 5.x Appliance - OVA File
To deploy the vCenter Server Appliance 5.x:

  1. Launch the vSphere Client or vSphere Web Client.
  2. Go to File > Deploy OVF Template.
  3. Browse to the location of the vCenter Server Appliance downloaded .ova or the .ovf file and click Open.
  4. In the OVF Template Details page, click Next.
  5. In Name and Location, enter the name of your vCenter Server Appliance and click Next.
  6. Select a datastore and click Next.
  7. Select a disk format and click Next.
  8. Click Finish.

Your vCenter Server Appliance 5.x is now deployed. For more information, see:

Note: The default user name is root and the default password is vmware.

Additional Information



See Also

Update History

<pre>02/08/2012 - Clarified download instructions, updated purpose and title, added additional information links 10/17/2012 - Added VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Appliance - OVA File 29/08/2013 - Added 5.5 reference </pre>

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