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  • 1.  VMWare vCenter Installation on Windows 7 (WorkGroup)

    Posted Nov 12, 2013 04:14 PM

    Hello Guys

    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.

    Regards

    JJv



  • 2.  RE: VMWare vCenter Installation on Windows 7 (WorkGroup)

    Posted Nov 12, 2013 04:29 PM

    Hi Jjv,

    vCenter cannot be installed on windows 7.

    These operating systems are supported:

    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter SP2 64bit
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter R2 64bit
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter SP2 64bit
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter R2 SP1 64bit
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter R2 64bit
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter SP1 64bit

    To know the complete requirements for vCenter installation refer this guide VMware KB: Minimum system requirements for installing vCenter Server



  • 3.  RE: VMWare vCenter Installation on Windows 7 (WorkGroup)

    Posted Nov 12, 2013 07:54 PM

    Thanks Abhilash for the update on vCenter Server.



  • 4.  RE: VMWare vCenter Installation on Windows 7 (WorkGroup)

    Posted Nov 13, 2013 08:17 PM

    Hello Abhilash

    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.

    Regards

    JJv



  • 5.  RE: VMWare vCenter Installation on Windows 7 (WorkGroup)

    Posted Nov 19, 2013 01:46 PM

    Hello

    Could someone please provide some assistance on the vCenter 5.1 installation on a Windows Server 2012 std on a workgroup environment?



  • 6.  RE: VMWare vCenter Installation on Windows 7 (WorkGroup)

    Posted Nov 20, 2013 05:09 PM

    Installing vSphere vCenter 5.1 on Windows 2012

    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



  • 7.  RE: VMWare vCenter Installation on Windows 7 (WorkGroup)

    Posted Nov 21, 2013 10:46 AM

    what is the output you get when you type the lookupservice URL in the browser?

    Regards
    Girish



  • 8.  RE: VMWare vCenter Installation on Windows 7 (WorkGroup)

    Posted Nov 21, 2013 12:34 PM

    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.

    see http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2007619