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. You can print this topic as a worksheet to record the information that you need for the installation or upgrade.

Note

Depending on the type of installation or upgrade you are doing, some entries might not be required.

Information Required for vCenter Single Sign-On Installation

Required Information

Default

Your Entry

Setup Language.

This selection controls the language only for the installer.

English

Single Sign-On deployment type. (Not applicable for Simple Install.)

Create the primary node for a new vCenter Single Sign-On installation or an additional node to join to an existing high availability or multisite vCenter Single Sign-On installation.

If you are creating the primary node for a new Single Sign-On installation, choose one of the following options. (Not applicable for Simple Install.)

Basic: the only node in a single node Single Sign-On installation, accessible by local system users.

The primary node for a new multinode high availability or multisite Single Sign-On installation.

If you are creating an additional node to join to an existing high availability or multisite vCenter Single Sign-On installation, select one of the following options. (Not applicable for Simple Install.)

High availability: for scalability and availability. You can install multiple Single Sign-On servers and place them behind a load balancer.

Multisite: for large enterprises with multiple physical locations. Each physical site should have its own Single Sign-On cluster, to allow fast local Single Sign-On access.

User name and password for the vCenter Single Sign-On administrator user account.

You must use the same vCenter Single Sign-On user name and password name when you install vCenter Single Sign-On, and install or upgrade Inventory Service, vCenter Server, and the vSphere Web Client.

Important

Be sure to record the password. If you need to restore the Single Sign-On configuration from a backup, the restore process requires the password you enter for the original Single Sign-On installation, even if you change the password later.

The following characters are not supported in passwords: non-ASCII characters, semicolon (;), double quotation mark ("), single quotation mark ('), circumflex (^), and backslash (\). Passwords must comply with Windows Group Policy Object (GPO) password policy.

admin@System-Domain

You cannot change the user name from the default during installation.

RSA_DBA password and RSA_USER password (for the bundled Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express database).

If you are using the bundled database, the Sign-On installer creates the RSA_DBA and RSA_USER users, which are used to set up the Single Sign-On database schema and to perform certain steps after the installation. You must enter passwords for these users.

The following characters are not supported in passwords: semicolon (;), double quotation mark ("), single quotation mark ('), circumflex (^), and backslash (\). Passwords must comply with Windows Group Policy Object (GPO) password policy.

Database type (for an existing database).

Supported version of Microsoft SQL, Oracle, or IBM DB2. See the VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes at http://partnerweb.vmware.com/comp_guide2/sim/interop_matrix.php? for supported versions.

If you use an existing Microsoft SQL Server database for Single Sign-On, select whether to set a Microsoft SQL instance with a dynamic port.

To enable the dynamic port feature for an external Single Sign-On SQL Server database, you must enable the feature SQL Server Browser on startup for the external SQL Server during the SQL Server installation, or enable it after SQL Server is installed. If the SQL Server Browser feature is not enabled, Single Sign-On cannot connect to the external database with the instance name.

Microsoft SQL Server instance name.

If you are using an existing Microsoft SQL Server database for Single Sign-On, and you want to use a dynamic port, you must provide a named instance for the SQL database during the Single Sign-On installation. The instance name created during Microsoft SQL Server installation usually defaults to MSSQLSERVER. For non-default instance names, you can determine the instance name after Microsoft SQL Server is installed by using the SQL Configuration Manager. Under SQL Server Network Configuration, the SQL Configuration Manager lists all available instances of the SQL installation.

Database name (for an existing database).

The name of the existing database you created for Single Sign-On. The name can contain only alphanumeric characters.

Host name or IP address (for an existing database).

The Single Sign-On database requires a static host name or IP address.

Oracle SID (optional, for an existing Oracle database)

Port (for an existing database).

The Single Sign-On database requires a static port.

Microsoft SQL: 1433

Oracle: 1521

DB2: 50000

Service name (for an existing Oracle database)

Database user name (for an existing database).

Enter the database user name of a user who has the required permissions. See Required vCenter Single Sign-On Database Users.

Database password (for an existing database).

Database user name (for an existing database).

Enter the database user name of a user who has the required permissions. For a list of required permissions, see Required vCenter Single Sign-On Database Users.

Database DBA user name (for an existing database).

Enter the database user name of a user who has the required permissions. For a list of required permissions, see Required vCenter Single Sign-On Database Users.

Database DBA password (for an existing database).

JDBC URL (optional, for an existing database).

JDBC connection information required if you are using an existing vCenter Single Sign-On database. If you are entering the JDBC URL, see JDBC URL Formats for the vCenter Server and vCenter Single Sign-On Databases

vCenter Single Sign-On Fully Qualified Domain Name or IP address.

The fully qualified host name of the current machine

The DNS machine name you entered for your IP.

SSPI service account information

You can use the default Windows NetworkService account, or enter the account information for an administrator user.

If you plan to create a high availability Single Sign-On deployment, change this to an Active Directory user.

Destination folder.

The folder in which to install vCenter Single Sign-On. The installation path cannot contain the following characters: non-ASCII characters, commas (,), periods (.), exclamation points (!), pound signs (#), at signs (@), or percentage signs (%).

C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure

vCenter Single Sign-On HTTPS port.

7444

Information Required for Inventory Service Installation or Upgrade

Required Information

Default

Your Entry

Setup Language.

This selection controls the language only for the installer.

English

Destination folder.

The folder to install Inventory Service in. The installation path cannot contain the following characters: non-ASCII characters, commas (,), periods (.), exclamation points (!), pound signs (#), at signs (@), or percentage signs (%).

C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure

Fully Qualified Domain Name.

The FQDN for the Inventory Service local system.

vCenter Inventory Service HTTPS port.

See Required Ports for vCenter Server.

10443

vCenter Inventory Service management port.

10109

vCenter Inventory Service Linked Mode communication port.

10111

Inventory size.

The inventory size of your vCenter Server deployment:

Small (less than 100 hosts or 1000 virtual machines.

Medium (100-400 hosts or 1000-4000 virtual machines.

Large (more than 400 hosts or 4000 virtual machines.

This setting determines the maximum JVM heap settings for VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices (Tomcat), Inventory Service, and Profile-Driven Storage Service. You can adjust this setting after installation if the number of hosts in your environment changes. See the recommendations in Hardware Requirements for vCenter Server, vCenter Single Sign On, vSphere Client, and vSphere Web Client.

User name for the vCenter Single Sign-On administrator user account.

You must use the same vCenter Single Sign-On user name and password name when you install vCenter Single Sign-On, and install or upgrade Inventory Service, vCenter Server, and the vSphere Web Client.

admin@System-Domain

Lookup Service URL.

The Lookup Service URL takes the form https://SSO_host_FQDN_or_IP:7444/lookupservice/sdk, where 7444 is the default vCenter Single Sign-On HTTPS port number. If you enter a different port number when you install vCenter Single Sign-On, use that port number.

Information Required for vCenter Server Installation or Upgrade

Required Information

Default

Your Entry

Setup Language.

This selection controls the language only for the installer.

English

vCenter Server license key.

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 or vSphere Web Client the vSphere Web Client.

Data source name (DSN).

Required if you use an existing database. Not required if you are using the bundled Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express database. Leading and trailing spaces are not supported. Remove spaces from the beginning or end of the DSN.

Database user name.

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

Database password.

JDBC URL for database.

Required if you 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 by 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 and vCenter Single Sign-On Databases.v

vCenter Server Service account information.

Can be the Microsoft Windows system account or a user-specified account. Use a user-specified account if you plan to use Microsoft Windows authentication for SQL Server.

Microsoft Windows system account

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

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 appears. Change the entry to a resolvable FQDN. You must enter the FQDN, not the IP address.

Standalone or join group.

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

Standalone

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

The FQDN of a remote instance of vCenter Server. Required if this instance of vCenter Server is joining a group. 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.

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

389

vCenter Server HTTPS port.

See Required Ports for vCenter Server.

443

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

Ephemeral ports.

Select Increase the number of available ephemeral ports if your vCenter Server manages hosts on which you will power on more than 2000 virtual machines simultaneously. This option prevents the pool of available ephemeral ports from being exhausted.

Inventory size.

The inventory size of your vCenter Server deployment:

Small (less than 100 hosts or 1000 virtual machines.

Medium (100-400 hosts or 1000-4000 virtual machines.

Large (more than 400 hosts or 4000 virtual machines.

This setting determines the maximum JVM heap settings for VMware VirtualCenter Management Webservices (Tomcat), Inventory Service, and Profile-Driven Storage Service. You can adjust this setting after installation if the number of hosts in your environment changes. See the recommendations in Hardware Requirements for vCenter Server, vCenter Single Sign On, vSphere Client, and vSphere Web Client.

User name for the vCenter Single Sign-On administrator user account.

You must use the same vCenter Single Sign-On user name and password name when you install vCenter Single Sign-On, and install or upgrade Inventory Service, vCenter Server, and the vSphere Web Client.

admin@System-Domain

Password for the vCenter Single Sign-On administrator user account.

vCenter Server administrator recognized by vCenter Single Sign-On.

The vCenter Server Administrator user or Users group who will have administrator privileges and can log in to vCenter Server after installation. You can also enter a domain user, in the form user@domain_name or a domain users group, in the form domain_group@domain_name.

If Single Sign-On is installed on the same host machine as vCenter Server: the local Administrators group.

If Single Sign-On is installed on a different host machine than vCenter Server: admin@System-Domain.

Lookup Service URL.

The Lookup Service URL takes the form https://SSO_host_FQDN_or_IP:7444/lookupservice/sdk, where 7444 is the default vCenter Single Sign-On HTTPS port number. If you enter a different port number when you install vCenter Single Sign-On, use that port number.

Inventory Service URL.

The inventory Service URL takes the form https://Inventory_Service_host_FQDN_or_IP:10443. 10443 is the default Inventory Service HTTPS port number. If you enter a different port number when you install Inventory Service, use that port number.

Destination folder.

The folder to install vCenter Server in. The installation path cannot contain the following characters: non-ASCII characters, commas (,), periods (.), exclamation points (!), pound signs (#), at signs (@), or percentage signs (%).

C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure