How to Install VMware vCenter 5.1 Server

To manage VMware ESXi 5.1, you have to connect to VMware vCenter server.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites for vCenter Server:

  • Install Vmware vCenter SSO (Single Sign On)
  • Install Vmware Inventory Service

Operating System:

  • Windows Server 2003 SP2 64-bit (Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 64-bit (Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter)
  • Windows Server 2008 SP1 64-bit (Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter)

Database:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008 Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP4 32-bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP4 64-bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP2+ 32-bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP2+ 64-bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 32-bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 64-bit

more at http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=software&testConfig=17

Tutorial

Run the installer

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Click next..

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Accept the licence agreement

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Enter the licence key if you have one. or click next and try the evaluation mode.

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To store the vCenter objects data, MySQL database is needed. in this case SQL Server 2008 Express is installed. keep in mind that SQL Server 2008 Express supports only a small scale deployment (5 hosts and upto 50 VMs).

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In this case system account is chosen

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Create a standalone VMware vCenter Server Instance is selected since this is the first vCenter server in your network

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In this scenario default ports were selected. If you want you can change accordingly

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Select the JVM memory size accordingly

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Provide vCenter Single Sign On user name and password

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Register the Administrators user group with vCenter Single Sign On

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Provide Vmware Inventory service url

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Decide the location. kept the default in this case

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Press Install

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Congrats Installation is completed

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As the next step Install VMware vSphere Client and connect to the vCenter Server

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