Thursday, November 21, 2013

Install vCenter Server 5.5 on Windows Server 2008 R2

Vcenter Server is available as an Appliance and can also be installed as usual on Windows Server Operating System. This post demonstrate installing vCenter Server 5.5 on Windows Server 2008 R2.

  1. Make sure the Windows Virtual Machine or the physical machine is part of Domain and please remember vCenter Server cannot be installed on a machine which is a Domain Controller.
  2. Mount the vCenter Server installer ISO and launch the installer.
  3. I am installing all the components on the same machine, hence selecting "Simple Install". i.e., Single Sign On, Web Client, Inventory Services and vCenter Server.
  4. Accept the EULA and the installer automatically checks the pre-requisites for Single Sing On.
  5. Set the Administrator Password for Single Sign On.
  6. Give a name for this site, in future if you are adding new Datacenter, SSO can later be added to this site in a multisite or HA mode.
  7. Proceed with the default options and click on "Install".
  8. After the successful install of SSO, the installer takes you back to the same screen and prompts to install the next component in sequence which is Web-Client and then the Inventory Services.
  9. Now comes the turn of the last component, vCenter Server.
  10. Enter the License Key or can be updated later.
  11. Database Option: I am using the MS SQL 2008 Express which is bundled with the vCenter Server installer. People who are using the separate supported Database select the "Use an existing supported Database option" and point it to the 64-bit DSN
  12. Proceed with the default options and default ports and click on Install. If you are changing the default port for any reason make sure that from here you use the changed ports wherever required.
  13. After the installation completes, a message pops up informing all the 4 components have been installed.

  14. Now you may connect to vCenter Server using Web-Client pointing to the vCenter IP/FQDN:9443.