Friday, October 8, 2010

Installing VMware vCenter 4.1

While the installation for VMware vCenter 4.1 isn’t a whole lot different than vCenter 4.0 or even Virtual Center 2.5, I figure I’ll write a post describing the process since I documented one of my installs.

Some key items that we should be aware about are:

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Here’s the link to the installation guide: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r41/vsp_41_esx_vc_installation_guide.pdf

Launch the installation and ensure that you right-click and choose Run as administrator.

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Read the EULA.

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Agree to the EULA.

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Type in the information for the required fields.

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If you created the ODBC connection correctly, you’ll be able to see it in the list.

http://terenceluk.blogspot.com/2010/09/reminder-vcenter-41-uses-64-bit-dsn.html

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I was a bit annoyed to see that I had to log in as the service account in order to set the services to run as the service account. As shown in the screenshot below, I had logged in with my own account did not have an option to change it.

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Select the directory you want the binaries to be installed into or leave it set to the default.

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Choose standalone or linked mode.

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Change the ports if required.

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Select the proper settings for your environment.

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Kick off the install.

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The install will proceed from this point on.

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Pretty straight forward.

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