Step 2. Install VMware vSphere onto your Windows Server
Insert your vSphere DVD that you created after downloading the ISO from VMware.com
If autorun is not enabled, you will need to browse to your DVD drive, and double click “autorun.exe”
The below window will appear, click “vCenter Server”, then click “Install” on the right side of the window.
Once the installation wizard appears, click the “Next” button to continue with the install.
Now you will be prompted for your customer information. Enter your details and click “Next”. Note, I have left my license key field empty as I am using the 60 evaluation license. If you do not enter a key, don’t worry, you will be able to add licenses to your installation afterwards.
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Next up, you need to chose how you wish to store your vCenter database. As I am only creating a very small installation, I will be using the embedded database. If you are going to be deploying on larger production implementation, I suggest using the existing supported database types. Please refer to the VMware documentation for details.
This installation will be creating a vCenter service on the Windows server. You will now be prompted for details about how the user account will be set up for this service. I have used the “SYSTEM” account.
Next you will be given the choice to change the installation location of vCenter. Leave this as default and click “Next”
Now, you will be asked what type of instance you wish to deploy. As this is a small scale deployment, I will be using “Standalone” mode
The next two pages of options are used to configure ports used for different services. Please leave them as default. Click “Next” to Continue
You will now be given the option to chose the size of your vCenter implementation. Notice that depending on each size of implementation, will determine how much memory each option will require. I have selected the smallest which is also the default.
Click “Next” to continue
We’re almost there. You may be interested in ticking the option to increase the number of ephemeral ports. This would only be useful if you are going to be deploying a huge number of virtual machines. I left this off as default.
Now you can click the “Install” button
The installation process can take some time depending on your database configuration and on the available resources on your Windows server. Go grab a coffee if you’re itching to get out of your seat. If you have a low powered Windows server, maybe go out for lunch, or even a holiday to the Caribbean. It should definitely be finished by the time you get back.
Once done, click the “finish” button.
There is only one last piece of software that needs to be installed on your Windows system, which is the vSphere Client. Please note that this does not HAVE TO be installed on the vSphere server. It can be installed on any Windows client or workstation.
Go back to the autorun window from the VMware DVD. Instead of clicking vCenter Server, click vSphere Client and click the install button on the right. Accept all the defaults for this installation. Nothing needs configuring here.