For production environments and to enhance the scalability of your Orchestrator setup, install Orchestrator on a dedicated Windows machine.

You can install the Orchestrator server only on a 64-bit operating system platform.

The Orchestrator client can run on both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows machines.

You can install the Orchestrator client on a 32-bit machine. For more information, see Install the Orchestrator Client on a 32-Bit Machine.


If you try to install Orchestrator 5.1 on a 64-bit machine on which an instance of Orchestrator 4.0.x is running, the 64-bit installer does not detect the earlier version of Orchestrator. As a result, two versions of Orchestrator are installed and coexist.

Verify that your hardware meets the Orchestrator system requirements. See Hardware Requirements for Orchestrator.

Download the vCenter Server 5.1 installer from the VMware Web site.


Start the Orchestrator installer.

In the software installer directory, browse to the C:\install_directory\vCenter-Server\vCO\ folder and double-click vCenterOrchestrator.exe.

The file contains installers for the client and the server components.


Click Next.


Accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next.


Either accept the default destination folders or click Change to select another location, and click Next.


You cannot install Orchestrator in a directory whose name contains non-ASCII characters. If you are operating in a locale that features non-ASCII characters, you must install Orchestrator in the default location.


Select the type of installation and click Next.




Installs the Orchestrator client application, which allows you to create and edit workflows.


Installs the Orchestrator server platform.


Installs the Orchestrator client and server.


Specify the location for the Orchestrator shortcuts and click Next.


The name of the shortcuts directory must contain only ASCII characters.


Click Install to complete the installation process.


Click Done to close the installer.

To start configuring Orchestrator, verify that the VMware vCenter Orchestrator Configuration service is running and log in to the Orchestrator configuration interface at: https://orchestrator_server_DNS_name_or_IP_address:8283 or https://localhost:8283.