I finally got a chance to sit down and play with ESX 5.5 and Nimble 2.0 array – instead of installing yet another Windows VM and SQL server for vCenter, I decided to try out the Linux vCenter VA. It was actually quite fast and easy. Total deployment time for vCenter was 10 minutes (including time to download the VA!). I simply did the following:
-install ESX5.5 + vSphere 5.5 client (you’ll need an ESX host to place your vCenter VA, and you’ll need the VI Client to import the OVF)
-import Linux vCenter VA via vSphere Client connected to ESXi 5.5 host
Only odd thing I ran into was the inability to login to vCenter server via web client. It couldn’t authenticate the root login. It turned out I had to manually enter a password for the single sign-on administrator account. To do that, remember to stop vCenter Server service (vpxd) and then click on “Save Settings” in the SSO tab with the newly entered password.