The vCenter Guided Consolidation service is an extension to vCenter Server. vCenter Guided Consolidation enables you to migrate from physical servers to virtual infrastructure using a wizard that identifies physical servers for consolidation, converts them to virtual machines, and places them onto ESX/ESXi hosts.

This procedure describes how to install vCenter Guided Consolidation as an additional module (sometimes called a plug-in) on the same machine that hosts vCenter Server or on a remote machine.

The VMware vCenter Guided Consolidation service includes the following components:

vCenter Collector service

This service discovers computers in your network and collects performance data. To enable this service, the installer prompts you to enter a user name and password for an administrative account on the local machine. This account can be a domain user account specified as DomainName\UserName. The vCenter Collector service uses port 8181 and 8182, by default.

vCenter Web Server

Uses ports 8080 and 8443, by default.

Before you install vCenter Guided Consolidation, download the software installer and install vCenter Server 4.0 on the local machine or on a machine that is reachable by the local machine.


In the software installer directory, double-click the autorun.exe file at C:\<vc-installer location>\.


Click vCenter Guided Consolidation Service.


Choose a language for the installer and click OK.


When the Welcome screen appears, click Next.


Select I agree to the terms in the license agreement and click Next.


Accept the default installation location, or click Change to select a different location, and click Next.


Type an administrative user name and password and click Next.


Enter the port numbers that you want to use or accept the default port numbers and click Next.


Enter the location of the vCenter Server system.

Enter an IP address or fully qualified domain name of the remote vCenter Server system to which the vCenter Guided Consolidation service will be an extension.

Enter localhost if you are installing the vCenter Guided Consolidation service on the same system on which you installed vCenter Server.


Enter the port number that the vCenter Server system uses for secure HTTP (HTTPS) communication.

The default port is 443.


Enter the user name and password for the vCenter Server system and click Next.

The user account must have extension registration privileges on the vCenter Server system.


Select the server identity from the drop-down menu and click Next.


Click Install to begin the installation.


Click Finish to complete the installation.

The vCenter Guided Consolidation Service is installed.