Installation of vCenter Server 6.0 on Windows Server 2012 R2

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This post will provide you information about installation of  vCenter Server 6.0 on Windows Server 2012 R2 step by step. We can install vCenter Server on a virtual machine or physical machine running with Windows Server or can deploy the vCenter Server Appliance it’s a preconfigured Linux-based virtual machine is used for running vCenter Server. From vSphere 6.0 on wards, they had introduces vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller.

vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller All services bundled with the Platform Services Controller are deployed on the same virtual machine or physical server as vCenter Server.
vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller The services bundled with the Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server are deployed on different virtual machines or physical servers.

First we have to deploy the Platform Services Controller on one virtual machine or physical server and then deploy vCenter Server on another virtual machine or physical server.

 

Here, In this post I am going to install vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Service controller on Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter. Before going to install, we make sure that vCenter Server 6.0 must be meet the minimum hardware requirements.

Minimum Hardware Requirements for  vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller:
 VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Number of CPUs  Memory
Platform Services Controller 2 CPUs 2 GB RAM
vCenter Server with an Embedded or External Platform Services Controller for a Tiny Environment (up to 10 Hosts, 100 Virtual Machines) 2 CPUs 8 GB RAM
vCenter Server with an Embedded or External Platform Services Controller for a Small Environment (up to 100 Hosts, 1000 Virtual Machines) 4 CPUs 16 GB RAM
vCenter Server with an Embedded or External Platform Services Controller for a Medium Environment (up to 400 Hosts, 4,000 Virtual Machines) 8 CPUs 24 GB RAM
vCenter Server with an Embedded or External Platform Services Controller for a Large Environment (up to 1,000 Hosts, 10,000 Virtual Machines) 16 CPUs 32 GB RAM

 

vCenter Server Minimum Storage Requirements Depending On the Deployment Model:

When you install vCenter Server, your system must meet minimum storage requirements. The storage requirements per folder depend on the deployment model that you decide to install. During installation, you can select a folder other than the default C:\Program Files\VMware folder to install vCenter Server and the Platform Services Controller. You can also select a folder other than the default C:\ProgramData\VMware\vCenterServer\ in which to store data.

VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Program Files Program Data System folder (to cache the MSI installer)
vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller  6 GB 8 GB  3 GB
vCenter Server with an External Platform Services Controller  6 GB 8 GB  3 GB
External Platform Services Controller  1 GB 2 GB  1 GB

 

Supported host Operating Systems for VMware vCenter Server installation:
Windows Operating System VMware vCenter Server 6.0
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 64-bit                 Yes
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 64-bit                 Yes
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 64-bit                 Yes
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 1 64-bit                 Yes
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 64-bit                 Yes
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit                 Yes
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Service Pack 2 64-bit                  NO
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 64-bit                  NO
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 64-bit                  NO
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 64-bit                  NO
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 32-bit                  NO

 

vCenter Server for Windows Database Requirements:

vCenter Server requires a database to store and organize server data. Each vCenter Server instance must have its own database. For environments with up to 20 hosts and 200 virtual machines, you can use the bundled PostgreSQL database that the vCenter Server installer can install and set up for you during the vCenter Server installation. A larger installation requires a supported external database for the size of the environment. But, here I am using the bundled PostgreSQL Database during installation of vCenter Server 6.0 as it is lab environment. If required more information of the Database please go through the below link for your reference.

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/sim/interop_matrix.php#db&2=431

database

vSphere Web Client Software Requirements:

Make sure that your browser supports the vSphere Web Client. The vSphere Web Client 6.0 requires Adobe Flash Player 16 or later. The following supported guest operating systems and browser versions for the vSphere Web Client.

Operating system Browser
Windows Microsoft Internet Explorer 10.0.19 and later.

Mozilla Firefox 34 and later.

Google Chrome 39 and later.

Mac OS Mozilla Firefox 34 and later.

Google Chrome 39 and later.

 

First download the vCenter Server 6.0 Setup from VMware www.vmware.com and mount the ISO Image to CD/DVD, then launch the VMware vCenter Installer from setup. Select vCenter Server for Windows and click Install to begin the installation.

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Windows Installer preparing to install is in progress2

Click Next to install VMware vCenter Server 6.0.0
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I accept the terms of the license agreement and click Next5

Select vCenter Server and Embedded Platform Services Controller and click Next6

Enter the system name as a FQDN and click Next7

Enter vCenter Single Sign On password, Confirm password, Site name and click Next8

Select Use Windows Local Systems Account and click Next9

Select Use an embedded database (vPostgres)  and click Next10

Verify the configure network settings and ports for this deployment and click Next11

Select Destination Directory and click Next12

Review all the settings and click Install13

Installation is in progress14

Setup completed and click Launch vSphere Web Client15

click Continue to this website (not recommended)

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Enter vCenter Single Sign On User name administrator@vsphere.local and password and click Login17

click Allow this website to open a program on your computer18

We had login to vSphere Web Client successfully and verify all the options18-1

vCenter Server is successfully installed then click Finish19

After install vCenter Server for Windows, then select vSphere Client and click Install20

Select the language English(United States) and click OK22

VMware vSphere Client 6.0 Setup is preparing install shield wizard23

To continue the installations click Next24

Select I accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next25

Select Destination Folder and click Next26

Click Install to begin the installation27

Installing VMware vSphere Client 6.0 is in progress28

Click Finish to exit the wizard 29

Open VMware vSphere Client and enter IP address or Name, User name, Password and click Login30

click Ignore to continue using the SSL certificate31

We encountered the error like Cannot complete login due to an incorrect user name or password why because default domain administrator user is not added in the vCenter Server 6.0. we have to add domain administrator user manually in VMware vSphere Web Client.32

Open the vSphere Web Client through web browser and enter vCenter Single Sign On user administrator@vsphere.local and password, click Login33

click Allow this website to open a program on your computer34

After Login vSphere Web Client and click Administration35

click Configuration and select Identity Sources, then click Add36

Select Active Directory (Integrated Windows Authentication) and click OK37

Verify the domain (virtualinfograce.com) is added to Identity Sources successfully38

click Global Permissions and select Manage, then click Add the domain administrator (virtualinfograc\administrator)39

Select Administrator role and click Add User40

Select Domain is virtualinfograce.com, select Administrator, then click Add and click OK41

Verify the domain administrator and role assigned, then click OK42

Open vSphere Client enter the IP address or Name and check the box Use Windows session credentials43

Click Ignore to continue using the current SSL certificate44

Now, we are successfully login to the vCenter Server 6.0 with domain administrator with out any issues.45

Thats it, Now, you can add all the ESXi Hosts to this vCenter Server and manage the virtual infrastructure. I hope this is informative for you. Thanks for reading my post……! If you feel worth please share it in social media.

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