You can install vCenter Server on a physical system or on a virtual machine running on an ESXi host. You can also download the VMware vCenter Server Appliance, a preconfigured Linux-based virtual machine optimized for running vCenter Server.
Preparing vCenter Server Databases vCenter Server and vSphere Update Manager require databases to store and organize server data.
Prerequisites for Installing vCenter Single Sign-On, Inventory Service, and vCenter Server Before installing vCenter Single Sign-On, Inventory Service, and vCenter Server, review the prerequisites.
How vCenter Single Sign-On Affects vCenter Server Installation Starting with version 5.1, vSphere includes a vCenter Single Sign-On component as part of the vCenter Server management infrastructure. This change affects vCenter Server installation.
vCenter Single Sign-On Deployment Modes vCenter Server provides several ways to deploy vCenter Single Sign-On to best serve your vSphere environment.
vCenter Single Sign-On and High Availability vSphere provides several ways to ensure availability of your vSphere deployment with vCenter Single Sign-On.
vCenter Single Sign-On Components vCenter Single Sign-On includes the Security Token Service (STS), an administration server, and vCenter Lookup Service, as well as the VMware Directory Service (vmdir).
Setting the vCenter Server Administrator User The way you set the vCenter Server administrator user depends on your vCenter Single Sign On deployment.
Authenticating to the vCenter Server Environment In vCenter Server versions 5.1 and later, users authenticate through vCenter Single Sign-On.
How vCenter Single Sign-On Affects Log In Behavior vCenter Single Sign-On log in behavior depends on the domain the user belongs to and the identity sources that you have added to vCenter Single Sign-On.
Identity Sources for vCenter Server with vCenter Single Sign-On Identity sources allow you to attach one or more domains to vCenter Single Sign-On. A domain is a repository for users and groups that the vCenter Single Sign-On server can use for user authentication.
Synchronizing Clocks on the vSphere Network Before you install vCenter Single Sign-On, install the vSphere Web Client, or deploy the vCenter Server Appliance, make sure that all machines on the vSphere network have their clocks synchronized.
Using a User Account for Running vCenter Server You can use the Microsoft Windows built-in system account or a user account to run vCenter Server. With a user account, you can enable Windows authentication for SQL Server, and it provides more security.
Installing vCenter Server on IPv6 Machines vCenter Server 5.5 supports connection between vCenter Server and vCenter Server components by IP address only if the IP address is IPV4-compliant. To connect to vCenter Server system in an IPv6 environment you must use the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or host name of the vCenter Server.
JDBC URL Formats for the vCenter Server Database The vCenter Server installer generates and validates the JDBC URL for the vCenter Server database. If the installer fails to connect to the database using the generated JDBC URL, the installer will prompt you to specify the JDBC URL.
Running the vCenter Server Installer from a Network Drive You can run the vCenter Server installer from a network drive, but you cannot install the software on a network drive.
Required Information for Installing or Upgrading vCenter Single Sign-On, Inventory Service, vCenter Server, and the vSphere Web Client Prepare for the vCenter Server installation by recording the values that vCenter Server and related components require.
Microsoft SQL Database Set to Unsupported Compatibility Mode Causes vCenter Server Installation or Upgrade to Fail vCenter Server installation with a Microsoft SQL database fails when the database is set to compatibility mode with an unsupported version.