vCenter Simple Install provides you with a streamlined way to set up a single-node vCenter Server installation that you can use to manage a small vSphere environment. Run the vCenter Server Install application to install all required vCenter Server components in the correct order.

You can use a remote desktop session or the vSphere Client console to install vCenter Server on the Windows virtual machine that you created in the Getting Started with ESXi scenario. This scenario assumes that the IP address of the virtual machine that you created is, in accordance with the conventions defined in Network Environment.

For the full list of hardware and software requirements for vCenter Server, see vSphere Installation and Setup.

Download the vCenter Server installer.

Verify that your network environment meets the requirements specified in Network Environment.

Verify that you have a running ESXi 5.1 host. See Getting Started with ESXi.


The first step in the vCenter Simple Install process is to install vCenter Single Sign On. Authentication by vCenter Single Sign On makes the VMware cloud infrastructure platform more secure by allowing vSphere software components to communicate with each other through a secure token exchange mechanism.


You install vCenter Inventory Service as part of a simple installation. You installed vCenter Single Sign On in the previous task. Inventory Service stores vCenter Server application and inventory data, which lets you search and access inventory objects across linked vCenter Server instances.


You install vCenter Server as part of a simple installation. You have already installed vCenter Server Sign On and vCenter Inventory Service in the previous tasks.


You installed vCenter Server. You can install the server component of the vSphere Web Client on the same machine as vCenter Server. The vSphere Web Client runs in your browser and lets you manage your vSphere environment.


You installed vCenter Server and the vSphere Web Client. You can start managing your vSphere environment in the vSphere Web Client.