VSA Manager is a plug-in for vSphere Client that you use to create and manage a VSA cluster. VSA Manager also installs the VSA cluster service on the vCenter Server machine.

You can install VSA Manager only on a 64-bit Windows Server machine that runs vCenter Server 5.0.

Download the VSA Manager Installer.


On the vCenter Server machine, start the VMware-vsamanager-en-version_number-build_number.exe file.


Take appropriate action on the Welcome and End-User Patent Agreement pages.


Select I accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next.

The vCenter Server Information page appears and VSA Manager installer automatically fills the vCenter Server IP address or host name, the Administrator user name, and the HTTPS port of the vCenter Server machine.


On the VMware vCenter Server Information page, verify that the vCenter Server IP address or host name is that of the local machine and click Next.


Do not modify the vCenter Server ports because that might lead to upgrade failures.


On the License Information page, type a vCenter Server license key and click Next.

The vCenter Server license key must include vSphere Storage Appliance as a feature. Otherwise, vSphere Storage Appliance runs in evaluation mode.


Click Install on the Ready to Install page.

Wait for the wizard to complete the installation.


(Optional) To open the installation log, select the Show the Windows Installer log check box.


Click Finish.

VSA Manager plug-in is installed and registered with vCenter Server. The VSA cluster service is also installed, but is only used in a VSA cluster with two VSA cluster members. The next time you connect to the vCenter Server and select a datacenter from the vCenter Server inventory, the VSA Manager tab appears.


The VSA Manager tab might take some time to appear. If it does not appear, select Plug-ins > Manage Plug-ins, right-click VSA Manager, and select Enable to enable the VSA Manager tab.

If the VSA Manager tab contents do not load and require that Adobe Flash Player is installed, download and install Adobe Flash Player on the system, and restart the vSphere Client.

You can use the VSA Manager tab to create the VSA cluster by using the VSA Installer wizard.