This is an interesting post Leo Raikhman wrote about the ESX / VC installation best practices:
I get asked this all the time: what is best practice installation procedure?
I don’t know that there is such a thing - every environment is slightly different but here’s my general outline for ESX 3.5 + VirtualCenter 2.5 attached to Fibre SANs.
Installing VirtualCenter 2.5:
- Install SQL 2005 + SQL Native Client
- Patch SQL 2005 to SP2 + associated updates
- Enable SQL clustering if relevant.
- Create SQL DB with SQL-authenticated user as db_owner for the msdb and newly created databases (for VMware VirtualCenter and VMware Update Manager)
- Create an ODBC connection with above information on targeted VC server
- Install VirtualCenter
- Add VirtualCenter server IP to Exchange Relay Access rulesets
- Configure VirtualCenter SMTP settings, alarm definitions and Message of the Day
- Copy/install sysprep/deployment tools files
- Create required customizations
- Create a datacenter object
- Create a cluster object
- Configure HA + advanced HA with VM HA monitoring
- Configure DRS + separation rules
- Install Update Manager - sync ESX host updates with VMware downstream servers
- Configure VirtualCenter certificates as per this article from the excellent VM/ETC
Read the full post here.
Posted by Gabriel Maciel