VMware vSphere Initial Setup

IT Supervisor at WACT
Our initial setup was outsourced, possibly it wasn't that complicated. Because it was outsourced, the consultant made it easy for us. After the initial setup, the subsequent ones were relatively easy for us. We trained in the VMware settings for the hardware. Depending on the part of the initial setup, we had older models of servers than we had new models. For the initial setup for the older models, we employed a consultant that did it for us. We implemented the newer models ourselves last year. We consulted with HP to do the initial setup for us which was relatively cheap. We did the integration of the old and the new servers. Running the new server models with our VMware vSpehere license, we used our own local resources to do that work. View full review »
Senior Systems Analyst at Manufacturing Organization
The environment has changed hands several times over the years. Currently, I work to architect any new deployments but I was not involved in the initial bringing in of GSX, when the company first adopted virtualization, roughly 10 years ago. I have turned the environment over two or three times since I've been here. Now we have new staff in my group who are constantly evolving and changing with the adoption of new architecture and business cases for the Hypevisor and other products in the suite that complement it. View full review »
Brandon Morris
System Administrator at City of Sioux Falls
I was involved with the initial vSphere setup. For the most part, the setup is fairly straightforward. The last time, when we set up the vSphere 6 environment, we went into fully redundant HA platform, services controllers, so I think we chose to make the solution a little bit more complicated than it needed to be. But with 6.5 and 6.7 there are some enhancements and they want all that stuff embedded and the process is a lot simpler and it's a lot easier to get everything going. View full review »
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David Grimes
VP of Product Engineering at Navisite
I'm not directly involved in the day-to-day operations of our vSphere environments, but we stand up private vSphere-based clouds on a fairly regular basis. We manage those on a go forward basis in terms of patching, upgrading, etc. Deploying vSpheres is pretty easy. The biggest feature that has made that easier, as compared to three or four years ago, is the vCenter Server Appliance. Its ability to deploy the management plane as a virtual client and bootstrap an ESX environment. That's a big step forward. View full review »
Michael Huset
Senior Systems Administrator at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In my previous job, I was a Senior Systems Administrator for a credit union. We were running VMware 3.0, 12 years ago, and having that experience - and being bleeding edge at that time - helped me really be a catalyst in getting over to virtualization. That knowledge that I had in the past has always helped me, because I've seen VMware grow and do the things that it has done. Having that knowledge was helpful in setting it up from fresh, again: making the redundancies, knowing some of the pitfalls you have when first setting it up, and seeing a lot of the capital that you can lose if you don't understand what you're doing at that time. I set it up myself. I can get technical support, but I can't have on-prem or anyone else. View full review »
Preston Lasebikan
Lead Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It was pretty easy upgrading any of the older hosts from 6.5 to 6.7. Everything was pretty straightforward. View full review »
Eric Garrison
Customer Engineer at ATTO Technology
The initial setup was very straightforward, very easy. For me, it's been about eight years using VMware, so it's very fluid, very easy for me to do. I've never really had any kind of a problem. View full review »
Network Administrator with 5,001-10,000 employees
I was not involved with the initial setup but I've been involved the last couple years or so with setting up some new ESXi hosts and I've gone through some practice in our test environment to upgrade to 6.7. Overall, it's okay. There are some good resources out on the web or through VMUG that you can go through. View full review »
Infrastructure with 5,001-10,000 employees
We use the appliances, so the setups are pretty straightforward. Anytime I have to install new test stuff, I never really have much of a problem with it anymore. Obviously, in the past, there were the issues with SSL certificates, but a lot of that has been worked out and the systems are pretty straightforward now. Upgrades, sometimes, are hit and miss. It depends upon the complexity of the environment. The more side products you are throwing into vSphere, the stickier it can get. I've had upgrades that have failed, but what's really great about using the appliances is that, when the upgrade failed, I just shrugged my shoulders, turned that new box off, turned the old box back on, and kept moving along for a while, until we figured out the issue. View full review »
Senior Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
I've been involved from the beginning until the end. In the early days, before ESX, we worked with what was called GSX, or Ground Storm X. It wasn't easy, but once you got it configured it worked and it did what it was supposed to do. We didn't have any major issues. It was all self-installed. A lot of it was a matter of reading the directions, following them, and going to "next". View full review »
Head - Server and Storage at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It was very straightforward setup. The way we had done it is it came pre-installed with as part of the hardware stack that we purchased so the new servers that we purchased we bundled that ESXi software on top of it from the hardware vendor itself. So from that perspective, the implementation strategy was to have it as an OEM100 by the hardware vendor itself and then the way we designed it from our side is we designed it into two different data centers. One for production, one for test and development. So just have a logical separation there in terms of the hardware that was used for production and what was used for distribution. Overall timelines are approximately two to three weeks time-frame. After the hardware was developed, they came in and installed the base software and considered it based on our requirements. View full review »
Raden Evangelista
Systems Engineerineering Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
I started the setup from scratch. The hardware was already there, and it is just a matter of getting software in. It is straightforward to set up. I have built many infrastructure environments. View full review »
Robert Cox
Systems Engineer at Vestmark inc
It took some time to really research vSphere as a whole, as far as what the best setup would be for our company, for both the present and the future growth of the company, and to correctly size it. There was a lot of research beforehand that needed to be done to get to the appropriate solution. Once that work was done, the actual install and implementation of it were very smooth, for the most part. View full review »
Ayodeji Ariyo
Senior Network Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The NSX part of the setup was fairly complex: Setting up the networks and setting up the VPCs was a little bit challenging, but there was good support from both sides, from the VMware side and AWS side, to get things up and running the proper way, and that helped a lot. View full review »
Christie Brinker
Chief Technology Officer at Keeforce
Getting vSphere set up for the first time is pretty straightforward. The installation process is not that painful. It really guides you through it so it makes it a lot easier, especially if it's your first time doing it. View full review »
Tony Reeves
Network Administrator
I was not initially involved in the vSphere setup at my current company; that predated my joining the company. But I've brought up the secondary environment and integrated vSAN at that company, and setup was straightforward. It's pretty easy to get everything set up and get things done. I've done that many times in production, and torn down and rebuilt the Home Lab many times. It's pretty straightforward. View full review »
Ganesh Sekarbabu
Windows Virtualization Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
When 5.5 went to 6, we found it a bit difficult because they changed the model. Now, we are okay. We have gotten used to it, because it is a new platform. Initially, it was difficult, but now we are okay. View full review »
IT Analyst at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
If you figure out how to do it, it's quite easy. There are so many options on the market, and if you switch from a SAN to an S environment, you have to look for white papers and guidelines from Windows. It is also hyper-converged. Yet, if you can follow the guidelines, it's easy. View full review »
Rob Pease
IT Director at Jewish Family Service
The initial setup was straightforward. I built the whole thing myself, without knowing anything about VMware to begin with, just learning it as I went. View full review »
Allan Trambouze
Senior Consultant at Cofomo
The initial setup is very straightforward. There isn't any complexity unless you have very old servers, then you won't be able to install the latest version of VMware 6.7 because of TPM. View full review »
Sajag Chaturvedi
IT Infrastructure Architect at a retailer
With the initial setup, server workloads were running on an open source. When we had planned to go with VMware, we faced a bit of complexity. It was just a one time thing. After that, everything went smoothly. So, there were some complexities that we did face. View full review »
Stephen Parker
Systems Engineer at BYU Idaho
I was an initial installer and I was actually a beta customer as well. The setup was very straightforward. Compared to the previous versions, it's much easier. You can upgrade from a Mac or a PC or via a web interface. View full review »
Sean Crawford
Information Systems Analyst at Sandag
I was involved with this design, the procurement, the deployment, and the management. In terms of complexity, it was very complex for the licensing aspect. That's because in 6.7 it's changed, compared to what I procured years ago with 6.5 and 5.5. It has gotten a little bit more complex, but it's easier once you do it. View full review »
Trevor Napier
System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I've done setups of different versions of vSphere. The latest one was more complex than 6.5, which had an external platform services controller. Now with 6.7, you have an embedded platform services controller, much like 6.5, but you also get the enhanced link mode capability. That was a big shift for me. View full review »
IT Infrastructure Architect at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I was one of the original architects deploying vSphere in our organization. At first, it seemed complex, but as we got a little more familiar with the product it became very straightforward on how to add resources and configure workloads to run on vSphere. View full review »
Stephen Krujelskis
Senior System Administrator at a university with 501-1,000 employees
I was not involved in the initial setup. View full review »
Mikael Korsgaard Jensen
Sr. Operations Engineer at Kamstrup
I was involved in the setup of vSphere. The setup was, in my opinion, very simple. It was very easy to get started. View full review »
Director at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
I was involved in the initial setup, back in 2005. Back then it was fairly complex but that's because we were early adopters of it. View full review »
Blake Grover
System Admin with 1,001-5,000 employees
I was involved in the initial setup. It was pretty straightforward, pretty simple to set up. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Senior Engineer - Backup & Replication at ThinkON
It was simple and straightforward as we have upgraded as versions have come out. 6.5 will be our last upgrade as it will be a hardware refresh next. View full review »
Walmik Wankhede
Manager IT at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
The concept is new. We found it a little complex at the start but the operational part was normal. View full review »
CIO at a library with 201-500 employees
I waited until version 5 because, prior to that, I thought it was too difficult to set up. With that version, the setup was fairly easy. And it has gotten a lot easier since. View full review »
Luis Gomez
Server Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The setup was pretty straightforward. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees
We had outside help from a partner, but the initial setup was pretty straightforward. View full review »
Tom Pine
Lead Administrator at Comcast
I find the initial setup easy, but it has been becoming more difficult and technical. View full review »
delete at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
The initial setup could be a little convoluted. You've got the PSC or you've got something else, plus you've got to the vSphere, and then you want to do Server Linked Mode. You have different environments, you have different storages. Some support the plugin, some don't. That's a pain. View full review »
Muhammad Tanvir Ashraf
System and Network Administrator at Gulf Precast Concrete Co. LLC
The deployment of this solution was completed before I joined the company, although I don't think that it was complex. In terms of maintenance, it depends on the task that you are doing. Normally, it doesn't take too much time. There are two of us that handle the maintenance. View full review »
Luis Arencibia
IT Operations Services Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
I did not do the initial setup. View full review »
Ricky Santos
System Administrator at ON Semiconductor Phils. Inc.
I used the profiling feature. View full review »
Network Administrator at a mining and metals company with 201-500 employees
I was not involved in the initial setup. View full review »
Network Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
It is easy to set up. Once you get it running, it doesn't break down. It just runs. The deployment took a week to complete. I do not fault the solution, as it was our personal systematic issues that had to be dealt with internally. View full review »
Ajay Dand
Founder Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The initial setup is straightforward, and not complex at all. View full review »
System Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The setup is not difficult but there a lot of details that may or may not be documented clearly in the installation guides. What made it difficult for us was that we had to keep asking questions that should have been documented but were not. View full review »
Stephen Murcott
System Administrator at j5 Software South Africa
Principal Consultant at a tech consulting company with 1-10 employees
The setup was easy. The deployment did not take much time, as long as it was properly planned. The planning must be from an experienced side and user-acceptance front. It should not take more than two months of time. View full review »
Vice President with 1-10 employees
It was complex, and not straightforward. The deployment took six hours initially to setup. Then, we migrated our virtual-physical servers to virtual machines and now coming projects were also built on virtual machines. View full review »
Svein Johansen
Professional ICT at a non-tech company with 11-50 employees
The setup is pretty easy. View full review »
Hazem Mohamed
Deputy Manager IT at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
The setup was very easy. There were guidelines, and we simply followed the steps. The deployment took around three days. View full review »
Sandy Aitken
VP Cloud Business at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Setting up this solution is not a problem. View full review »
IT Manager at a construction company with 51-200 employees
The initial setup is pretty straightforward. I have been setting it up for 10 years. View full review »
Carlos Rodriguez
Pre-sales engineer
The setup was easy to install and deploy. It took one or two days for deployment. View full review »
Head of Technological Architecture at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The setup was a bit complex at first. Now, it is more simple. The implementation was fast. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about VMware vSphere. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
426,043 professionals have used our research since 2012.