Basic about VCSA
Industry term for vCenter server appliance is vCSA. VCSA is pre-configured Linux appliance based on SUSE Linux enterprise version 11. A default credentials for VCSA is username/Password: root/vmware.
You can deploy vCenter on ESX4.x/ESXi4.x or later
Installation is easy, needs no additional software e.g. AV
License for Windows OS and VC Database is saved
Tuning of OS is not needed
Other agents which run on OS it’s CAPEX and OPEX is saved
Can be easily integrated with AD
vSphere web client is built into it, so no separate installation needed
Te syslog collector is bundled with the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and requires no extra setup
IBM DB2 and SQL Server are not supported for VCSA
Linked mode not supported
VSA not supported
IPv6 not supported
vCenter heartbeat not supported
No plug-in support
Embedded database is limited to small inventory
Software and Hardware Requirements
vSphere4.x or later
ESX4.x/ESXi4.x or later
Minimum 7 GB and maximum 80 GB
8 GB (not sure why this is default memory picked when it is deployed)
Network is automatically selected and it is VMXNET3. SCSI controller is LSI logic. All these options are automatically selected. VM hardware is base d on version 7.0 to make it compatible with vSphere 4.x
is the minimum needed for 10 hosts & 100 VM’s –very small inventory
is the minimum needed for 100 hosts & 1000 VM’s –small inventory
is the minimum needed for 400 hosts & 4,000 VM’s –medium inventory
for anything above than 400 hosts and 4,000 VM’s –large inventory
Up to small inventory you can use embedded database but anything other than i.e. medium & large inventory you have only one choice which is Oracle.
VCSA can be configured using web interface which runs as 5480 port
https://FQDN:5480 (Remember https)
Likely Questions for exam
What is the hardware version used for VCSA?
What is the memory that gets default configured on VCSA?
What is disk requirement for VCSA?
VCSA embedded database is recommended to which inventory size?
What is the SCSI controller selected for VCSA?
What is the network type selected for VCSA?
How many vCPU are by default configured for VCSA?
Which database is supported for remote installation?
Which features are not supported by VCSA
Which features are supported by VCSA
What is the port number VCSA webserver runs?
What are default credentials for VCSA?