We have recently purchased the following products from VMware:
vCenter Server 5 Essentials
vSphere 5 Essentials
I have successfully installed vSphere 5 on Essentials on 3 different hosts machines. We are on a workgroup environment. I am now trying to install the vCenter Server Essentials on a Windows 7 64bit Pro PC. Somehow my vCenter server installations were not successfully completed and am still trying to get it installed.
Is there a simple procedure/instructions that I can use to setup vCenter 5 on a Win 7 64 Pro PC on workgroup to manage the VMware hosts that we have in the same network.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
vCenter cannot be installed on windows 7.
These operating systems are supported:
To know the complete requirements for vCenter installation refer this guide VMware KB: Minimum system requirements for installing vCenter Server
Thanks Abhilash for the update on vCenter Server.
After your reply, I setup a Windows Server 2012 Std edition server and tried to install the vCenter Server 5.1. However, I am stuck with the installation halfway through. Attached is the screenshot of the area where I am getting stuck and can't proceed further and finally need to abort the installation.
I have been eagerly waiting the vCenter Server installation for a while and so far not successful. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Could someone please provide some assistance on the vCenter 5.1 installation on a Windows Server 2012 std on a workgroup environment?
I have tested to install the new VMware ESXi 5.1 in a VM on my Macbook pro, next step was to get the vCenter 5.1 working on Windows 2012.
I downloaded the evaluation ISO from technet and when using the Easy Install I got an error trying to install the OS on the VM, as you can see on the screendump I get a licensing error, my first thought was that it was an error with my iso download and I then downloaded it again but the error persisted.
When I try to set up a new VM without the Easy Install I get the license agreement without error and could deploy the VM without any errors. Did I say that I am using the latest fusion 5.0.1
So to continue with the install, when the OS is upp and running I also need to download/install .net 3.5 (this is not by default available in win 2012 so I need the Media or an Internet connection). This as the .Net 3.5 is a requirement when installing vCenter.
Then I run the simple install from the media that will install the vCenter server, Single sign-on and Inventory service together.
When the installation is finished everything seems to be installed but the vCenter service will not start. It complained about a service that it depended on that was not existing.
I investigated a bit and the Protected Storage Service was deprecated in windows 2008 and only in read-mode and I could not find it for Windows 2012. So I wanted to remove the dependent services.
So how to do this, I type sc config vpxd depend= “” to remove all dependencies and then I typed sc start vpxd and the service took a bit to start but eventually it got to a running state.
Then I installed the vSphere Client and tried to log in and when the client opened I added the vSphere host without any issues.
Now when I got this running I will continue to install PowerCLI 5.1 and test it with PowerShell 3.0
what is the output you get when you type the lookupservice URL in the browser?
It might not be what you wanted, but you could try the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) instead.
vCSA does not require a windows server, it is a linux based virtual machine and works after a little bit of configuration.