This blog describes how to install vCenter Server 5.1 with SSO (Single-Sign-On) 5.5
In my case, it’s not possible to upgrade to vCenter Server 5.5 because of the fact that the vendor doesn’t support a higher version (yet).
SSO 5.1 (and i will say it very nice) is not the best product VMware has ever made.
It has several bugs and is not very stable.
But VMware made a more stable version for 5.5, and i recommend everyone to use that version.
Ok, this is the procedure to install all needed vCenter components:
– install .NET 3.5
– install SQL server (updated)
– create the vCenter SQL database: (you can use this query to do it automated !! change the filename paths before run !!)
USE MASTER GO CREATE DATABASE vCenter ON PRIMARY( NAME='vCenter-data', FILENAME='D:\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA\vCenter-DATA.mdf', SIZE=10MB, MAXSIZE=UNLIMITED, FILEGROWTH=10%) LOG ON( NAME='vCenter-translog', FILENAME='E:\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA\vCenter-translog.ldf', SIZE=10MB, MAXSIZE=UNLIMITED, FILEGROWTH=10% ) GO ALTER DATABASE [vCenter] SET AUTO_SHRINK ON GO ALTER DATABASE [vCenter] SET RECOVERY SIMPLE GO CHECKPOINT GO
It’s important that you tweak the database settings reflecting your own standards.
– create a SQL user and set the vCenter database as default.
– create a 64-bit DSN (use native SQL driver), name it for example vCenter and use the created SQL user.
Okay basics are done.
– Start with the vCenter Server 5.5 ISO
– Install Single Sign On 5.5
– change ISO with 5.1 version
– Install inventory services 5.1
– change user admin@System-Domain to firstname.lastname@example.org (and the password you used when installing SSO)
– Install vCenter Server 5.1
– change user admin@System-Domain to email@example.com
– change ISO with 5.5 version
– Install Web Client 5.5 (this version is recommended with SSO 5.5)
– and… change user admin@System-Domain to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you remember to change all admin@System-Domain users to email@example.com, your fine.
The vCenter Server setup gives you the option to choose a user group for administration, but i advise you to choose firstname.lastname@example.org and add other groups later.
Perhaps i will extend this blog with more detailed information later.