1. Now your vCenter Inventory Service has completed, your back at the initial autorun installer launchpad click "vCenter Server".
2. The vCenter Server installer will start, Click Next.
3. Read the license agreement, accept and click Next.
4. Enter your license (if you don't it will run in a 60 full eval). Click Next.
5. If deploying a small scale deployment (5 hosts and upto 50 VMs) you can choose to use SQL Server 2008 Express.
If using an full SQL server installation (either local or remote), create a 64-bit DSN and choose to use an existing database.
5. Enter the credentials for your ODBC connection.
6. Choose to run the vCenter service under the "SYSTEM" account or recommended user-specified account.
This can be a standard active directory account with local administrator rights on the vCenter server.
The account will be grated "Log on as a service" right on the server.
7. As this will be the first vCenter installation choose "Create a standalone VMware vCenter Server Instance".
You would create linked mode vCenter servers if you have muliple vCenter servers, most likley if you were deploying a vCenter at two different datacenters for use with Site Recovery Manager.
8. Verify the ports to use for vCenter server, change if required (I recommend keeping the defaults unless you have a very specific reason).
9. Select your deployment inventory size to correctly size the JVM memory for vCenter server web services.
10. Enter your vCenter Single Sign On administrator credentials ([email protected]) to register the vCenter Server with vCenter SSO.
Also enter the lookup service URL (e.g. https://vcenter1.vmadmin.local:7444/lookupservice/sdk)
11. Register the Administrators user group with vCenter Single Sign On (make sure the user group box is ticked). This way anyone that is a local administrator on this server can access it (inc domain admins).
12. Ensure the correct vCenter Inventory Service address is entered. Here we are installing this on the same server as vCenter server.
13. Change your installation location if required. Click Next.
14. Click Install and get yourself a coffee!
15. The installation of vCenter server will complete, Click Finish.
Next up is to install the vSphere Client so we can connect to the vCenter Server..
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