Installing vCenter for ESXi 6.0

Posted: February 22, 2017 in VMWare

In this post i’ll install vCenter on Windows Server 2016 with SQL database located on separate server.

vCenter Server is an application that is used as a centralized management tool for ESXi hosts and  VMs. vCenter Server performs tasks on the individual ESXi hosts that have been added as members of a vCenter

vCenter server must have at least 8 GB of RAM

Configuring SQL server

I’ll use Windows authentication,so first step would be to create login and map it to Windows user account (standard domain user)

In SQL management studio Expand Security-Right click Login-New Login

 

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Check Windows authentication-Search

 

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Location-domain name-enter domain user name (esxi_user in my case)

 

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Creating database

vCenter needs database for storing it’s data.Right click database-New database

 

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Specify new login as database owner

 

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Set this login as owner of msdb database but only during vCenter installation,after installation finishes,restore sa account as msdb owner

 

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Setting vCenter server

vCenter server needs to have access to SQL server database during installation

 

Download and install SQL native client from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=50402 (sqlncli.msi)

 

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Control Panel-Administrative tools-ODBC Data Sources (64-bit)

 

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Select System DSN-Add-SQL Server Native Client-Finish

 

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After clicking Finish,Create a New Data Source wizard opens-set name,from drop-down list choose SQL server and click Next

 

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Check Integrated Windows authentication and click Next

 

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Click Change the default database to: and from drop-down list select database for vCenter and click Next

 

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Click Test data source and if everything is fine,click OK

 

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Installing vCenter (NET Framework 3.5 is required)

 

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The Platform Services Controller (PSC) enables  log in and administer vCenter,so it must be installed

 

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Set System name

 

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Set password for SSO administrator

 

 

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Service account must be specified if we want to use Windows authentication

 

 

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We must add System account Log on as service right,on Domain controller create/edit GPO

Windows Settings-Security Settings-Local Policies-User Right Assignment-Log on as a service-Add account

 

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on vCenter server run gpudate /force and click next,error should disappear-click Next

Select DSN Name (created in previous steps)

 

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After installation we can see that setup created a bunch of tables for databases

 

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