Prepare for the installation by recording the values that the vCenter Server system requires.

Data Required for vCenter Server Installation lists the information that you are prompted for during the installation. Note the values entered in case you need to reinstall vCenter Server and want to use the same values. VMware Knowledge Base article 1010023 contains a linked worksheet that complements Data Required for vCenter Server Installation.

Data Required for vCenter Server Installation

Data

Default

Comments

User name and organization

Your organization’s name

Follow your organization’s policy.

vCenter Server license key

None

If you omit the license key, vCenter Server is installed in evaluation mode. After you install vCenter Server, you can enter the vCenter Server license in the vSphere Client.

vCenter Server install location

Depends on your operating system

 

Standalone or join group

Standalone

Join a Linked Mode group to enable the vSphere Client to view, search, and manage data across multiple vCenter Server systems.

Fully qualified domain name of Directory Services for the vCenter Server group

None

Required if this instance of vCenter Server is joining a group. This is the name of a remote instance of vCenter Server. The local and remote instances will be members of a Linked Mode group.

LDAP port for the Directory Services for the remote vCenter Server instance

389

Required if this instance of vCenter Server is joining a Linked Mode group. This is the remote instance’s LDAP port. See Required Ports.

Data source name (DSN)

None

Required to use an existing database. Not required if you are using the bundled database.

Database user name

None

Database password

None

vCenter Server account information

Can be the Microsoft Windows system account or a user-specified account

Microsoft Windows system account

Use a user-specified account if you plan to use Microsoft Windows authentication for SQL Server. See Using a User Account for Running vCenter Server with SQL Server.

HTTPS Web services

443

See Required Ports.

HTTP Web services

80

Heartbeat (UDP) used for sending data to ESX/ESXi hosts

902

LDAP port for the Directory Services for the local vCenter Server instance

389

SSL port for the Directory Services for the local vCenter Server instance

636

VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices

8080

VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices

8443