Quick Start Guide

This section guides you through the end-to-end process of installing vFabric Platform, or more specifically, installing two vFabric components on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) virtual machine in the context of vFabric Platform. In particular, the procedure describes how to perform the following tasks:

The procedure shows you how to complete the entire installation process as quickly as possible, with minimal explanation of what each step means. For more details, see Installing vFabric Platform.



  1. Create an ODBC data source that connects to either the vCenter database, or an external database.

    1. On the Windows computer on which you are running vCenter Server, invoke the ODBC Data Source Administrator window using Start > Programs > Administrative Tools > Data Source (ODBC).

    2. Click the System DSN tab.

    3. Click the Add... button.

    4. Select the SQL Server Native Client driver, then click Finish.

    5. Enter a name and description of the data source, then select the SQL Server you want this data source to connect to from the drop-down list. The SQL server can be either the one used by the vCenter Server or a separate one, whichever works best for your environment. Click Next.

    6. Specify that you want SQL server to verify the authenticity using a login ID and password entered by the user, then enter the Login ID and password of the SQL Server user.

      Do not specify integrated Windows authentication.

    7. Continue clicking Next, and then Finish, taking all default values, until you see a summary of the data source configuration. Optionally test the data source to ensure you have configured it correctly, then click OK.

  2. From the Windows VM on which you are running vCenter Server, download the vFabric License Server installer from the VMware Download Center page and save it to your computer.

    The installer program is called vFabric_License_Server-version.exe.

  3. Install the vFabric License Server on the same VM as your vCenter Server.

    1. Double-click on the installer from Windows Explorer to start the installation. After preparing the installation, the vFabric Welcome Screen appears.

    2. Continue clicking Next to accept the license agreement and view where the installer will install the vFabric License Server.

    3. Enter the login and password for the administrator of the vCenter Server installed on the same Windows VM, then click Next.

    4. Enter the login ID and password of the database user, and select the ODBC data source (DSN) that you created in a preceding step.

    5. Click Install to proceed with the installation.

      The installer program completes successfully when you see the message InstallShield Wizard Completed.

    6. To view details of the installation, click Show the Windows Installer Log. Click Finish to complete the installation.

  4. Make a note of the license key that you purchased for vFabric Platform. See VMware Licensing Help Center for additional information about licensing.

    VMware license keys consist of groups of characters separated by dashes, such as 15243-E1352-082DK-0TCH2-28D3G.

  5. Activate the vFabric license keys in vCenter Server.

    1. Start vSphere Client 5 and log in to the vCenter Server in which you installed vFabric License Server.

    2. Select Home>Administration>Licensing to invoke the vCenter Licensing page, then click the Manage vSphere Licenses link in the top-right corner, as shown in the screenshot.

    3. Click Add License Keys on the left, then enter the license key in the text window to the right. Enter an optional label.

    4. Click the Add License Keys button.

      The license key shows up in the review window.

    5. Repeat the preceding step to add any additional license keys.

    6. Follow the prompts until you get to the Confirm Changes window, verify changes, and click Finish.

      The license keys are displayed in the main vCenter Licensing window under the name VMware vFabric Standard|Advanced, depending on the vFabric Platform package you purchased.

  6. Install the vfabric-5-repo RPM on the RHEL VM.

    1. Log in to the RHEL VM as the root user and start a terminal.

    2. Run the rpm command to install the vfabric-5-repo from the VMware repository:

      prompt# rpm -Uvh http://repo.vmware.com/pub/rhel5/vfabric/5/vfabric-5-repo-5-2.noarch.rpm

      You install the vfabric-5-repo RPM on each RHEL VM on which you want to install one or more vFabric components.

  7. Install vFabric tc Server and vFabric Web Server on the RHEL VM.

    1. Log in to the VM as the root user and start a terminal.

    2. Execute the following yum install command to install vFabric tc Server:

      prompt# yum install vfabric-tc-server-standard

      The yum command displays information about the contents of the installation.

    3. Enter y at the prompt to begin the installation.

      If the installation is successful, you will see a Complete! message at the end.

      When the installation is complete:

      • vFabric tc Server is installed in the /opt/vmware/vfabric-tc-server-standard directory.

      • The installation is owned by the root user, but you manage the tc Server installation as tc-server, which is a non-interactive user created by the RPM install.

    4. Execute the following yum install command to install vFabric Web Server:

      prompt# yum install vfabric-web-server

      When the installation is complete:

      • vFabric Web Server is installed in the /opt/vmware/vfabric-web-server directory

      • The installation is owned by the root user.

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