Warning: This hacking is not supported by VMware !!!
1/ extract iso image of vCenter (e.g. in 7zip) to any folder in destination machine
2/ download application for editing msi file and install
e.g. Insted from http://www.instedit.com/download.html
3/ run this application and open file ...\vpx\VMware vCenter Server.msi
4/ in Tables click on item "LaunchCondition"
5/ on the right find row with text:
"Installed Or (VersionNT>=501 And VersionNT < 600) Or (VersionNT = 600 And MsiNTProductType <> 1) Or (VersionNT = 601 And MsiNTProductType = 3)"
and modify it to:
"Installed Or (VersionNT>=501) Or (VersionNT = 600 And MsiNTProductType <> 1) Or (VersionNT = 601 And MsiNTProductType = 3)"
after that save and close
6/ download 64-bit verison of Microsoft AD LDS (new name for ADAM) from:
7/ run ..\autorun.exe to install vCenter
Thanks for doing the heavy lifting on the Win7 install
It worked for me.
However, to install the AD LDS I needed the batch file found in:
Also, I had to add Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Command Line Utilities, found below, to create my DSN