To install vCenter Server on a Windows virtual machine or physical server, your system must meet specific hardware and software requirements.
  • Synchronize the clocks of the virtual machines on which you plan to install vCenter Server and the Platform Services Controller. See Synchronizing Clocks on the vSphere Network.

  • Verify that the DNS name of the virtual machine or physical server matches the actual full computer name.

  • Verify that the host name of the virtual machine or physical server that you are installing or upgrading vCenter Server on complies with RFC 1123 guidelines.

  • Verify that the system on which you are installing vCenter Server is not an Active Directory domain controller.

  • If your vCenter Server service is running in a user account other than the Local System account, verify that the user account in which the vCenter Server service is running has the following permissions:

    • Member of the Administrators group

    • Log on as a service

    • Act as part of the operating system (if the user is a domain user)

  • If the system that you use for your vCenter Server installation belongs to a workgroup rather than a domain, not all functionality is available to vCenter Server. If assigned to a workgroup, the vCenter Server system is not able to discover all domains and systems available on the network when using some features. Your host machine must be connected to a domain if you want to add Active Directory identity sources after the installation.

  • Verify that the LOCAL SERVICE account has read permission on the folder in which vCenter Server is installed and on the HKLM registry.

  • Verify that the connection between the virtual machine or physical server and the domain controller is working.