VMware vCenter configuration

NetApp HCI makes use of VMware vCenter Server to manage and monitor the VMware ESXi hypervisor installed on each compute node. The NetApp Deployment Engine provides you with the choice of either deploying a new vCenter Server or using an existing vCenter Server that you have already configured.

On the vCenter Configuration page, live validation of the vCenter Server version and network information you enter is enabled by default. If you need more control over the fields on this page, you can disable this feature. If you disable live validation and enter invalid network information or join an existing vCenter Server deployment running an unsupported software version, it may cause issues with the NetApp HCI system deployment.

Be aware of the following caveats when you use the NetApp Deployment Engine to install a new vCenter Server: