How to install vCenter Server and Update Manager 5.0 on Windows 7 64-bit

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    I published solution "How to install vCenter Server 4.1 on Windows 7 64-bit" some time ago,

    you can find it here: http://communities.vmware.com/message/1626499?tstart=0

     

     

    Now I come with guide "How to install vCenter Server and/ or Update Manager 5.0 on Windows 7 64-bit",

    because this OS again is not supported for this applications. Unfortunately.

    It isn't supported but it works. Fortunately.

     

     

     

    Preamble warning: this hacking is not supported by VMware !

     

     

     

    1/ extract iso image of vCenter Server (e.g. in 7zip) to any folder in destination machine

    2/ download application for editing msi file e.g. Insted from http://www.instedit.com/download.html and install it

    3/ run Insted and open file ...\vCenter-Server\VMware vCenter Server.msi

    4/ in Tables click on item "LaunchCondition"

    5/ on the right find row with text:

    Installed Or ((MsiNTProductType = 3) And (VersionNT > 502 Or (VersionNT = 502 And ServicePackLevel >= 2)))

    and modify it to:

     

     

    Installed Or ((MsiNTProductType = 1) And (VersionNT > 502 Or (VersionNT > 502 And ServicePackLevel >= 0)))

     

     

    after that save and close

    6/ in Insted open file ...\UpdateManager\VMware vSphere Update Manager.msi

    7/ in Tables click on item "LaunchCondition"

    8/ on the right find row with text:

    (MsiNTProductType = 3) And (VersionNT > 502 Or (VersionNT = 502 And ServicePackLevel >= 2))

    and modify it to:

     

     

    (MsiNTProductType = 1) And (VersionNT > 502 Or (VersionNT > 502 And ServicePackLevel >= 0))

     

     

    after that save and close

    9/ download 64-bit version of Microsoft AD LDS (new name for ADAM) from:

    http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=14683

    and install it

    10/ run ..\autorun.exe to install vCenter Server and Update Manager ...

     

     

     

    Note:

    - tested only on Windows 7 Professional SP1 English

    - Power Settings in Windows 7 setup on High Performance

    - if OS Windows 7 is member of domain, one thing is important: person doing all that installations must be signed as domain administrator not as local administrator

    - I have UAC disabled

    - I believe that it will work on Windows Vista 64-bit too

    - this procedure was successfully tested for upgrade from vCenter Server 4.1 U1 too

     

     

     

    Optimalizations (optional):

    - disable IP6 if is not need (and service IP Helper)

    - disable unnecessary services as Desktop Window Manager Session Manager, Security Center, Superfetch,

    Themes, Windows Audio, Windows Audio Endpoint Builder, Windows Defender, Windows Search

     

     

     

    If backup is realized at the VMware level, you should enable Auto Shrink for database VIM_VCDB in SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Express.

     

     

     

    Good luck.