Learn how to add an ESXi host to a vCenter Server.
- [Instructor] In order to facilitate easier maintenance operations and not have to switch back and forth between windows, I'm going to add my physical ESXi host into vCenter Server. The first thing I need to do is create a new cluster, as I do not want to include it as part of my VSAN cluster. And I'm going to call this, very creative, Physical Cluster. There's no point in turning on DRS, HA, EVC, or VSAN at this point, as there's only one member of the cluster.
Then I want to add host to this cluster. And enter in the IP address of my physical server. And username will be root. Password will be the one we used during install. It's going to give me a thumbprint warning. Click on Yes. And then it's going to show the virtual machines that I had running on that server. Click on Next. We're going to continue to use the Evaluation License.
We do not want to enable lockdown mode. And then Finish. If I look under Recent Tasks, we can follow it to completion. And now you can see that we have the physical ESXi host and all of the VMs that are running on there. These three VMs here represent these three servers here. So if I want to access the console of any of those three VMs, I can do that from here. I can click on the console here.
And the first time I do this it's going to give me two options. One is to use the Web Console, and the other option is to use the VMware Remote Console. While the Web Console does work, I personally prefer the VMware Remote Console. But the first thing that I need to is install it. Click on the link there and you'll notice that it's downloading the file. Once it's downloaded, click on it to run and install it.
And then finish. Now I can select the Remote Console, and Continue. You'll have to authorize it. Trust this certificate and Connect. And now I have direct console access to my ESXi host. You can't see the whole screen now. Notice my mouse, I'm trying to move the mouse but it's not showing up anymore. In order to release the mouse I have to press Control + Alt. And now it shows up.
The screen is a little bit too big to fit on the screen, so I have to scroll up and down to see the whole thing. In order to be able to type in there I have to click in the window again. I can press F2 to log in. And now I once again have access to the DCUI, in case I need to make any changes directly to the ESXi host that I can't make through the web client. Once you're done, Control + Alt to release it, and then I can just close this window.
Now in the future, anytime that I click on this tab it's going to automatically assume that I want to do the same thing I did before. I can also now access ControlCenter from here as well as the vCenter Server itself.
- Virtual machine benefits
- Building a lab environment with a mini PC
- Working with ESXi and vCenter Server
- Installing a control center VM
- Using the HTML5 client and the web client
- Adding an ESXi host and use Remote Console
- Configuring vSAN and storage profiles
- Adding NFS datastore
- Deploying a virtual machine from OVA
- Performing a cloning operation
- Using templates
- Performing a vMotion migration
- Working with snapshots