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

The vCenter Server installation wizard prompts you for the installation information. Keep a record of the values entered, in case you must reinstall vCenter Server.

Information Required for vCenter Server Installation

Data

Default

Comments

Setup Language

English

This selection controls the language only for the installer.

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

C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure

 The default location varies depending on your system drive. You can change the default location during the installation. The installation path cannot contain any of the following characters: non-ASCII characters, commas (,), periods (.), exclamation points (!), pound signs (#), at signs (@), or percentage signs (%).

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 for vCenter Server.

Data source name (DSN)

None

Required to use an existing database. Not required if you are using the bundled database. Leading and trailing spaces are not supported. Remove any spaces from the beginning or end of the DSN.

Database user name

None

Required to use an existing database. Not required if you are using the bundled database. Non-ASCII characters are not supported.

Database password

None

JDBC URL for database

None

Required to use an existing database. The vCenter Server installer should generate and validate the JDBC URL for the vCenter Server database. If the installer fails to connect to the database using the generated JDBC URL, the installer prompts you to specify the JDBC URL.

The format of the JDBC URL depends on the database that you are using. See JDBC URL Formats for the vCenter Server Database.

vCenter Server Service 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.

Fully qualified domain name (FQDN) for the vCenter Server machine

The Fully Qualified Domain Name field displays the FQDN of the system that you are installing vCenter Server on. The vCenter Server installer checks that the FQDN is resolvable. If not, a warning message is displayed. Change the entry to a resolvable FQDN. You must enter the FQDN, not the IP address.

vCenter Inventory Service install location

C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure

You can change the default location during the installation.

HTTPS port

443

See Required Ports for vCenter Server.

HTTP port

80

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

902

VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices

8080

VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices

8443

Web Services change service notification port

60099

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

vCenter Inventory Service HTTPS port

10443

vCenter Inventory Service management port

10109

vCenter Inventory Service linked mode communication port

10111