Room for improvement:
The deployment options description of the vCenter Server Appliance is rather meagre. According to the "vSphere Installation and Setup" guide - "Installing vCenter Server" chapter - "Download and Deploy the VMware vCenter Server Appliance" paragraph:
The vSphere Web Client connects to vSphere through the vCenter Server, but cannot connect directly to an ESXi instance. If your vSphere environment does not already have vCenter Server installed, use the vSphere Client to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance to an ESXi instance. Alternatively, you can use the OVF Tool, which is available, with documentation, from VMware Communities at https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/automationtools/ovf.
In either case, if you want to use a static IP address (which should be the most obvious choice), you have two options to setup the vCenter Server Appliance networking configuration:
- Log in to the vCenter Server Appliance command-line interface selecting the Login option in the vCenter Server Appliance welcome screen. Then use the vami_config_net tool, located at
/opt/vmware/share/vami/vami_config_netto setup the IP configuration and host name.
- Log in to the vCenter Server Appliance web GUI at
https://<VCSA_FQDN_or_IP_Addr>:5480/, tick the Accept license agreement option box in the vCenter Server Setup wizard and click Next. Then cancel the wizard and use the Network tab to configure the Network Address Settings. When finished, go back to the vCenter Server tab and click the Launch button in the Utilities panel to restart the Setup wizard and complete the appliance configuration.
Once your vSphere environment includes a vCenter Server instance, you can use the vSphere Web Client to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance to an ESXi instance through the vCenter Server.
In this case, leveraging the OVF Deployment Options via the Deploy OVF Template wizard in vCenter Server, using the Properties screen in the vSphere Client or the Customize template screen in the vSphere Web Client, you can setup both the appliance IP configuration and host name automatically.Source:
VMware vSphere 5.5 Documentation Center.