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HOWTO: VMware Horizon View 6 – vCenter Server Installation

This is a document in a series, started by HOWTO: VMware Horizon View 6 – Overview.

In this document, we’ll install the basic vCenter server required for use by Horizon Suite 6. Some general prerequisite notes are:

· We’ll need the vCenter Server v5.5 U1 ISO to perform the installations

· We’ll be utilizing the default administrator@vsphere.local accounts, at least initially. As we go forward, we’ll configure AD groups and roles

· We’ll be utilizing locally installed SQL Express instances for any SQL requirements

· We’ll be utilizing Windows 2012 R2, which will require the installation of .NET 3.5 as a pre-requisite. See: HOWTO: Add .NET 3.5 to Windows 2012 or 2012 R2

· We will be accepting all defaults, for ports, file locations, etc.

With that in mind, let’s begin.

1) Start the vCenter Server installation:


2) Run the vCenter Single Sign-on Installer.

a) Accept the licence agreements, and accept the pre-requisites.


Click NEXT.

b) We’re going to create this as a standalone vCenter Single Sign-on. Bigger more complex environments may wish to use a common single sign-on environment.


Click NEXT.

c) Enter the Administrator@vsphere.local password. Don’t forget to add this to your password documentation.


Click NEXT.

d) Configure the site – we’ll use the default “Default-First-Site”.


Click NEXT.

e) Accept the default port:


Click NEXT.

f) Accept the default destination folder.


Click NEXT.

g) The final screen, will present the installation options to review.



Click FINISH when the installation is complete.

3) Run the vSphere Web Client installer:

a) Accept the licence agreements, and the default Destination Folder.


Click NEXT.

b) Accept the default ports.


Click NEXT.

c) Enter the Adminstrator@vsphere.local password.


Click NEXT.

d) Accept the SSL prompt:


Click YES.

e) You’ll be asked to install the certificate.



f) On the Ready to Install screen – click INSTALL.


g) Click FINISH to complete the installation.

4) Launch the vCenter Inventoory Service installer

a) Accept the licence agreements, and the default Destination Folder.


Click NEXT

b) The local FQDN should be automatically and correctly populated.


Click NEXT.

c) Accept the default ports.


Click NEXT

d) Configure the JVM Memory – almost certainly you’ll be “Small”.


Click NEXT.

e) Enter the Adminstrator@vsphere.local password.


Click NEXT

f) Accept the SSL prompt:


Click YES.

g) On the Ready to Install screen, click INSTALL.



5) Launch the vCenter Server installer:

a) If you did not install .NET 3.5 as per the pre-requisites, you’ll see the following message:


Ensure you go and install .NET 3.5 via the Add-Features.

b) The first screen after the licence agreements, will ask for a licence key:


You’re able to skip this at this point, so click NEXT. We can add licences later if this PoC stays around.

c) Accept the licence agreements, and the default Destination Folder.

d) On the Database Options screen, you’ll need to make some choices.


As this is both small scale, and a PoC, we’ll use an SQL 2008 Express instance. This might work just fine long term for a small environment with a few hosts. Click NEXT.

e) The vCenter Server Service will ask how it will run.


Most sites opt to use a named service account. If you uncheck the USE WINDOWS LOCAL SYSTEM ACCOUNT option, you’ll find that you cannot change the Account Name – this is why we always run the installations logged in as the user who will be the service account. Note, however, this service account doesn’t yet have any rights to SSO or vCenter Inventory, so you may have to go back a step to fix/configure that, if you want to go forward with a named service account. It should be fine to utilize the Local System Account. Click NEXT.

f) Next, we have to choose if we’re using Linked Mode or not.


A proper enterprise deployment would likely consider a Linked Mode deployment. However, there are simplicities that come from having a standalone environment. I’ll be using a standalone vCenter. Click NEXT.

g) On the Configure Ports screen, accept the defaults:


Click NEXT.

h) On the JVM Memory screen, we’ll be selecting SMALL:


Click NEXT.

i) Enter the SSO password for the administrator@vsphere.local account.


Click NEXT

j) Accept the SSL warning.


Click YES.

h) Configure the SSO administrator or group:


We’ll be configuring and confirming all AD group authentication after the fact, so we’ll accept the default. Click NEXT.

i) On the vCenter Inventory Service Information screen, accept the defaults:


Click NEXT.

j) Choose your Destination Folder:


Click NEXT.

k) When the Ready to Install the Program screen appears:



Click FINISH when it is complete.

6) Launch the VMware vSphere Client installer. As this is still vSphere v5.5, we’re going to require the C# client for things like VUM and SRM if we go that far. We’re all familiar with this install, it’s “Next, Next, Finish.”

7) Launch the vSphere Update Manager installer

a) Accept the licence agreements

b) On the Support Information screen, leave the default checkbox for DOWNLOAD UPDATES:


Click NEXT.

c) On the vCenter Server Information screen, remember that we have not yet configured SSO for AD and/or a service account. So you will need to configure this using the administrator@vsphere.local account for the moment. Enter the password for this account:


Click NEXT.

d) VUM requires a database of its own. The default will install a separate instance, which is fine for our needs:


You would almost certainly want to share a database instance with vCenter and/or other infrastructure. Note that VUM still requires a 32bit DSN, which has some hoops to jump through to be created on a 64bit OS. Click NEXT.

e) VUM wants to know how it will be identified on the network. From the drop down choose the FQDN and leave the firewall ports default.


Click NEXT

f) Choose the destination folders:


Click NEXT

g) VUM by default, suggests 120GB free on the VUM drive:


Keep this in mind, as you’ll likely be expanding the VUM disk at some point. Click OK.

h) Click INSTALL to install:


Click FINISH when it is complete.

The next step will be to configure the vCenter server. Steps such as creating a datacenter, a cluster, adding hosts, etc. Also any modifications required for AD roles and assignments.

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