vCenter-Server-Part3

In third and last part of vCenter Server 5.5 installation I will cover vCenter Server installation with all bits and pieces around it.

vCenter Server 5.5 step by step installation

Version 5.5 consists following components:

  • vCenter Single Sign On
  • vSphere Web Client
  • vCenter Inventory Service
  • vCenter Server

In version 5.5 VMware there are two ways for vCenter Server installation. First one is called Simple Install where all components are kept on one server and you can’t change directories where vCenter components are installed.

By the way this is current recommendation from VMworld sessions to install everything in one box – more about this later.

vCenter Server 5.5 Simple Install

Of course if you plan to spread components across server than you should choose Custom Install. Also if you want to change default directories custom install is right choice for you.

vCenter Single Sign-On

Single Sign-On is greatly improved in comparison to SSO in vSphere 5.1. There is no SQL Database needed any more – everything is based on flat files. More details about new features in vSphere 5.5 is available here http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vsphere/VMware-vSphere-Platform-Whats-New.pdf

In order to install SSO click Install and follow installer.

  1. Click Next
    vCenter Single Sign-On Installation 2
  2. Accept License Agreement
    vCenter Single Sign-On Installation 3
  3. Setup is checking for prerequisites
    vCenter Single Sign-On Installation 4
  4. vCenter Server deployment mode. Choose one option – in my case it is first vCenter Server so I choose vCenter Single Sign-On for your first vCenter Server
    vCenter Single Sign-On Installation 5
  5. Provide SSO password – write it down. Without it you will have problems to login.
    vCenter Single Sign-On Installation 6
  6. Provide Site name
    vCenter Single Sign-On Installation 7
  7. Provide port on which SSO should run. Default SSO port is 7444 – if you change it, write it down. You will need it in order to register other parts of vCenter.
    vCenter Single Sign-On Installation 8
  8. Confirm or change desired directory. I changed it to different drive.
    vCenter Single Sign-On Installation 9
  9. Installation summary
    vCenter Single Sign-On Installation 10
  10. SSO installed
    vCenter Single Sign-On Installation 11

vSphere Web Client

VMware vSphere Web Client Logo

Next part of vCenter Server installation is vSphere Web Client. Web Client is a tool available pretty much for every modern Web Browser. It is based on flash and it allows to manage your whole infrastructure.

In version 5.5 vSphere Client there is clearly stated that all new features are available only via vSphere Web Client.
vSphere Client 5.5

Message is clear – VMware will get rid of classic vSphere Client pretty soon so I suggest to familiarize with Web Client and forget about classic Client.

Let us install vSphere Web Client.

  1. Installer start, click next.
    VMware vSphere Web Client 1
  2. Accept License Agreement
    VMware vSphere Web Client 2
  3. Accept or change ports. Remember – default ports for vSphere Client 5.5 are:
    • http – 9090
    • https – 9443

    VMware vSphere Web Client 3

  4. Provide administrator SSO credentials and accept SSO certificate.
    VMware vSphere Web Client 5
  5. Installation is successful
    VMware vSphere Web Client 6

Let us install vCenter Inventory Service.

vCenter Inventory Service

vCenter Inventory Service Logo

vCenter Inventory Service was release in version 5.1. Basically what it does it gather information about your infrastructure and provides this information to clients. It is used only in vSphere Web Client as some sort of proxy. You don’t need to collect this information every time you login to vCenter Server. It is much more efficient than constant query which is used in classic vSphere Client.

  1. Start installation by choosing vCenter Inventory Service and accept License Agreement
    vCenter Inventory Service 1
  2. Choose directory – in my case I selected E drive.
    vCenter Inventory Service 2
  3. Provide FQDN
    vCenter Inventory Service 3
  4. Choose appropriate ports – if you change them to different ones write them down. It will save you time later on.
    vCenter Inventory Service 4
  5. Choose size of your inventory. It is needed to correct settings for JVM.
    vCenter Inventory Service 5
  6. Provide SSO credentials, click next and accept SSO Certificate.
    vCenter Inventory Service 6
  7. Click install and wait for installer to finish.
    vCenter Inventory Service 7
  8. Close installer and let us proceed with vCenter Server installation.
    vCenter Inventory Service 8

vCenter Server

vCenter Server Logo

From installer select vCenter Server and let us go ahead with installation.

  1. Click next
    vCenter Server 5.5 1
  2. Accept License Agreement and click Next
    vCenter Server 5.5 2
  3. Provide vCenter serial number or just select next and vCenter will be installed in evaluation mode.
    vCenter Server 5.5 3
  4. Select SQL Express installation or in my case click Use an existing supported database. If you configured your DSN correctly than your vCenter Database should appear there.
    vCenter Server 5.5 4
  5. If you choose to use SQL authentication provide created user name and password. I use Windows authentication which is already configured.
    vCenter Server 5.5 5
  6. Provide local administrator password. We will choose later to use Active Directory account.
    vCenter Server 5.5 6
  7. Select Standalone vCenter Instance or vCenter Linked Mode. I am deploying my first vCenter Server so I choose first option.
    vCenter Server 5.5 7
  8. Review / change ports if needed.
    vCenter Server 5.5 8
  9. Choose size of your inventory.
    vCenter Server 5.5 9
  10. Register your vCenter Server in SSO and accept its certificate.
    vCenter Server 5.5 10
  11. Provide administrator account in your vCenter Server.
    vCenter Server 5.5 11
  12. If you changed vCenter Inventory Service URL enter it here. If you went with defaults that click next.
    vCenter Server 5.5 12
  13. Select where you want to install vCenter Server. Click Next and finally install it.
    vCenter Server 5.5 13

When installation is completed I changed following things:

  • In SQL Server Manager I created new security login for ap-vcenter@marusiak.local with db_owner rights for vCenterDB.
  • ap-vcenter@marusiak.local was added to local administrator group

After all changes I was able to start vCenter Server as ap-vcenter@marusiak.local.

vCenter Server 5.5 14

I hope you enjoyed this series of post and installation will work like in my environment. If you have any questions just post comment.

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I am innovative and experienced VMware and Windows Server Engineer with over 10 years in the IT industry specializing in VMware virtualization and Microsoft Server environment.

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