Sunday, December 4, 2011

Installing VMware vCenter 5.0 on a Windows Server 2008 R2

While installing VMware vCenter 5.0 on a Windows Server 2008 R2 isn’t very exciting, I had to document one of my installs earlier last week so while it doesn’t differ too much from 4.x, I thought I’d take the screenshots I took and write a blog post in case anyone wants to see what it looks like.

Download and double click on the autorun file:

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Once the VMware vCenter Installer launches, proceed with selecting vCenter Server and click on install:

Note that I ran this install on a Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit w/SP1 server and it was not necessary for me to manually install the Prerequisites:

1. Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1
2. Windows Installer 4.5

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The installer for vCenter 5.0 will now launch:

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Agree to the EULA:

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Type in the appropriate values for the fields:

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As with vCenter 4.x, you’ll have the option of using a local SQL install or a full blown remote SQL server:

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You can choose to use a local or domain service account or the SYSTEM Account to run the service:

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Note that if you don’t have a DNS entry for your host or if the server is unable to contact a DNS to verify that a record has been created for its name, you’ll receive the following warning:

The Fully Qualified Domain Name cannot be resolved. If you continue the installation, some features might not work correctly. For detailed requirements, see the vSphere Installation Setup guide.

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Proceed with the install:

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Notice that if you chose to use a local SQL instance as your database, the installer will launch the SQL Server 2008 R2 installer:

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Once the installation of the local instance of SQL completes, the installer will proceed with the vCenter components:

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… and we’re done.

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