I am trying to install VCenter 6 Server on Server 2012 R2. The server is fully patched, but I get the error:
VMware VirtualCenter failed firstboot
An error occurred while starting service 'vpxd'
Please refer to vSphere documentation to troubleshoot or Please contact VMware Support.
I have tried everything:
Verified SQL Permissions
Log on a service rights assigned to service account and it is a local admin
Windows installer service is running
DSN is all correct and the test is successful
1. Verify that the vCenter Server can resolve the FQDN of the Active Directory server using the nslookup command in a Windows command prompt.
2. Ensure that the Active Directory server is running and accessible from the vCenter Server machine.
I've had this problem, from my experience you'll need 3 to 5 attempts for it to install, just make a snapshot before installation and revert to it every time the install fails.
1. VERY IMPORTANT - a FQDN DNS name must be made for vcenter server, and it must work before the installation even begins. Your PDC better be up and running too.
2. When you name your 'vSphere' do not use 'local' at the end. For example, your default name should be "email@example.com", not "yourcompany.local". For some reason latest vCenters did not like "local".
I hope this helps.