vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3

vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 -Part 3

In last post, I will cover installation of vCenter Server on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014. To recap - we installed SQL Server 2014, we created vCenter Server Database and we created ODBC connectivity.

vCenter Server components installation

vCenter Single Sign-On

  1. Insert ISO into your server and start the installer. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 1
  2. Select Custom Install and start with vCenter Single Sign-On installation. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 2
  3. Click Install and then Next. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 3
  4. Accept EULA and click Next. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 4
  5. On the next screen, you will see vCenter Single Sign-On Prerequisites Check where you see all details and click Next. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 5
  6. On the next screen, you will see three options to select from:
  • Standalone vCenter Single Sign-On server
  • High availability
  • Multisite
  1. Select In this tutorial I will select first option Standalone vCenter Single Sign-On server. If you want to read more about other options follow this KB's:
  2. Provide SSO password and click Next. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 6
  3. Provide Site name. I selected default one. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 7
  4. I didn't change SSO port. If you want to change it you can do it here. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 8
  5. Provide path where do you want to have vCenter Server binaries installed. I selected dedicated disk to avoid filling it up with Operating System files. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 9
  6. Click next. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 10
  7. On the last screen, we will see the summary of SSO installation. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 11
  8. Wait for the installer to finish.

VMware vSphere Web Client

  1. Click the install button and follow installer. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 12
  2. Select language to install. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 13
  3. Click next and continue to next screen. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 14
  4. Accept EULA and click next. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 15
  5. Install Web Client into default directory. If you will select different directory than default one you will receive HTTP Error 404. There is VMware KB which describes issue in depth: kb.vmware.com/kb/2044953.
  6. Configure ports if needed. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 16
  7. Provide Single Sign-On credentials and click Next. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 17
  8. Accept SSL SHA1 fingerprint and click Next. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 18
  9. Install certificates. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 19
  10. Click install and wait for it to finish. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 20

vCenter Inventory Service

  1. Start installer and select language to install. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 21
  2. Click Next and proceed with the installation. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 22
  3. Accept EULA and click Next. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 23
  4. Change destination of binaries to be installed. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 24
  5. Enter the domain name of vCenter Inventory Service local system. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 25
  6. Provide ports for vCenter Inventory Service. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 26
  7. Select inventory size to adjust JVM Memory settings. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 27
  8. Insert Single Sign On credentials and click Next. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 28
  9. Accept SSL SHA1 fingerprint and click Yes. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 29
  10. Click Install and wait for it to finish. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 30
  11. Click Finish.

vCenter Server

  1. Select install and wait for Installer to appear. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 31
  2. Select language to install and click OK. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 32
  3. Click Next and proceed to next screen. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 33
  4. Accept EULA and click Next. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 34
  5. Provide vCenter Server key or skip it to be installed in evaluation mode. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 35
  6. Select vCenter Server Database which was installed earlier. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 36
  7. Click Next. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 37
  8. We selected during Database creation to use Full recovery model and this is why we received this warning screen. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 38
  9. Provide local administrator credentials and click next. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 39
  10. If you want to install vCenter Server in linked mode select it here. Otherwise, select  Create a standalone VMware vCenter Server instance. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 40
  11. Change ports configuration if needed. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 41
  12. Select right size of your environment to correctly setup Java JVM for vCenter Server. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 42
  13. Enter SSO credentials and click Next. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 43
  14. Accept SSL SHA1 fingerprint and click Yes. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 44
  15. Register vCenter Single Sign-On administrator. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 45
  16. Enter vCenter Inventory Service URL (if changed before) and click Next. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 46
  17. Change the location of vCenter Server binaries to a different drive than Operating System. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 47
  18. Accept or not participation in CEIP and click Next. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 48
  19. After successful installation, I changed all VMware services to use ap-vcenter credentials.
  20. If you plan to use application user as I did, don't forget to add your application user to local administrator group or grant this user administrator rights on vCenter Server.
  21. Open vSphere Web Client or vSphere Client and connect to vCenter Server we just installed. vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 – Part 3 - 49

This concludes the installation of vCenter Server 5.5 with Microsoft SQL Server 2014 on Windows Server 2012 R2.