Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Installing VMware vSphere 5.0 vCenter Server Complete

Quick walkthrough guide to install all the VMware Product Installers for VMware vSphere 5.0 vCenter on Windows 2008 R2

*Most of the installs that follow are run from the autorun menu of the VMware-VIMSetup-all-5.0.0... media.


1: vCenter Server

Pre-requisites
*Not necessary for vCenter server to be domain joined
1-1: Features → Install '.NET Framework 3.5.1' via Server Manager → Features → Add Features
*Be sure to only install .NET Framework 3.5.1 and not the WCF Activation component also (which forces IIS to be installed.)

Install
1-2: Install vCenter Server from VMware vCenter Installer and follow the prompts to install (next → next → next type install)

2: vSphere Client

Pre-requisites
2-1: (already installed in 1-1) Install Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1
2-2: Install Microsoft VJ# 2.0SE from VMware vCenter Installer and follow the prompts to install (next → next → next type install)

Install
2-3: Install vSphere Client from VMware vCenter Installer and follow the prompts to install (next → next → next type install)

3: VMware vSphere Web Client (Server)

Pre-requisites
3-1: Install Adobe Flash Player (required for vSphere Web Client Administration Tool)
3-2: (recommended) Add localhost, FQDN, and IPAddresses of vCenter server to Internet Explorer trusted sites

Install
3-3: Install VMware vSphere Web Client (Server) from VMware vCenter Installer and follow the prompts to install (next → next → next type install)
3-4: When the install is complete the following internet browser page will load https://localhost:9443/admin-app and from here register the vCenter Server


Post-Install
Can now login to the vSphere web client on https://localhost:9443/vsphere-client


4: VMware vSphere Update Manager

Install
4-1: Install VMware vSphere Update Manager from VMware vCenter Installer and follow the prompts to install (next → next → next type install)

*vSphere 5 Update Manager will install a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express instance, no need to create a 32-bit DSN as used to be the case with vSphere 4 Update Manager install (hurray!)

And we are done!

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