vSphere HomeLab – Step-by-Step Guide – vCenter Appliance 5.5 Installation

The second update to the vSphere Home lab series is finally here. This part 2 goes through the installation and configuration of the vCenter Appliance 5.5. Look out for part 3 in the series which will be on the installation of two ESXi 5.5 hosts for the lab. As always if you have any questions, drop me an e-mail or a comment.


VMware vCenter Server is a centralized management application for your vSphere environment. vCenter Server lets you manage multiple ESXi Hosts and Virtual Machines centrally. vCenter Server (dependent on licensing) unlocks a range of enterprise features for scalability, availability and management e.g. vMotion, High Availability, Fault Tolerance, Update Manager, Distributed Resource Manager, Storage Clusters etc. In this guide we will look at the steps for a successful vCenter 5.5 installation.


  1. Download the vCenter appliance 5.5 .from VMware
  2. Import .ova into VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion
  3. Configure – Hostname, IP Address, Gateway, DNS on Virtual Appliance
  4. Access – vCenter appliance 5.5 configuration page using google chrome
  5. Configure – vCenter appliance using the First Time Set-up Wizard
  6. Test Installation – Access vCenter using the C# Windows vSphere Client
  7. Test Installation – Access vCenter using the vSphere Web Client
  8. Test Installation – Access vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) using the vSphere Web Client

Link to the vSphere 5.5 Home Lab Page – Click Here

Direct Link to Part 2 of the series mentioned here – Click Here