You can add hosts under a data center object, folder object, or cluster object. If a host contains virtual machines, those virtual machines are added to the inventory together with the host.

You can also add hosts to a DRS cluster, for details see vSphere Resource Management.

Verify that a data center, folder, or cluster exists in the inventory.

Obtain the user name and password of the root user account for the host.

Verify that hosts behind a firewall are able to communicate with the vCenter Server system and all other hosts through port 902 or other custom-configured port.

Verify that all NFS mounts on the host are active.

Required privileges:

Host.Inventory.Add host to cluster

Resource.Assign virtual machine to resource pool

System.View on the virtual machines folder where you want to place the virtual machines of the host.

1

In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to a data center, cluster, or folder within a data center.

2

Right-click the data center, cluster, or folder and select Add Host.

3

Type the IP address or the name of the host and click Next.

4

Type administrator credentials and click Next.

5

Review the host summary and click Next.

6

License the host through one of the following methods.

Assign an already existing license.

Assign a new license.

a

Click Create New Licenses. The Add Host wizard minimizes in Work in Progress and the New Licenses wizard appears.

b

Type of copy and paste the new license key from My VMware and click Next.

c

Enter a new name for the license and click Next.

d

Review the new license and click Finish.

7

In the Add Host wizard click Next.

8

(Optional) Select a lookdown mode option to disable the remote access for the administrator account after vCenter Server takes control of this host.

9

(Optional) If you add the host to a data center or a folder, select a location for the virtual machines that reside on the host and click Next.

10

Review the summary and click Finish.

A new task for adding the host appears in the Recent Tasks pane. It might take a few minutes for the task to complete.