Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My Personal Quick Start Guide to Installing VMware vCM Prereqs

The complete and supported install guide for installing VMware vCenter Configuration Manager is located here but sometimes you just want a quick and simple install guide that covers most scenarios in a simple Single Tier install. At least I do for lab testing so here’s my quick version of the install guide. Be aware that it has been slimmed down by me for use in a test environment.  If you are installing in a production environment please ignore this and follow the real guide located on the VMware website and hyperlinked above. Also this guide is not a complete step by step tutorial but more of a general roadmap pointing out highlights along the route. It is assumed that you have experience with IIS and SQL at a minimum. A lot of the settings can be left at the defaults and I won’t specify that, I’ll just stop at the important things to change.
1. Install Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2 Standard Edition
2. Join machine to your domain and make yourself a local admin.
3. Disable IE Enhanced Security for Administrators and disable the UAC for convenience.
4. Reboot and login as your domain account.
5. Request a machine certificate. I did this via AD and Certificates Snap-In in mmc.exe.
6. Install IIS with:
Common HTTP Features:
1. Static Content
2. Dynamic Content
3. Directory Browsing
4. HTTP Errors
5. HTTP Redirection
Application Development:
2. .Net Extensibility
3. ASP
4. ISAPI Extensions
5. ISAPI Filters
6. Server Side Includes
Health and Diagnostics:
1. HTTP Logging
2. Logging Tools
3. Request Monitor
4. Tracing
Just install them all.
1. Static Content Compression
2. Dynamic Content Compression
Management Tools:
1. IIS Management Console
2. IIS Management Scripts and Tools
7. Configure IIS by going to IIS Manager and under the default website clicking on the “Advanced Settings” button on the right toolbar. From there you can change the “Connection Time-out” to 3600 seconds.
8. Next disable “Anonymous Authentication” and enable “Basic Authentication” under the Authentication settings on the Default Web Site. Also under “Bindings” add a HTTPS binding using your certificate.
9. Install SQLXML 4.0 SP1 x64.
10. Install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 x64. It will probably tell you when you start the installer that .Net needs enabled or the Windows Installer needs updated. Click yes and it will do this automatically behind the scenes.
Configure a new instance with the below options installed.
1. Database Engine Services
2. Full-Text Search – optional
3. Reporting Services
4. Client Tools Connectivity
5. Management Tools – Basic
6. Management Tools – Complete
Use the default instance and continue on. Next set the SQL Accounts to all use the “NT Authority\System” and set the SQL Server Agent to Automatic.
Next change the Authentication Mode to “Mixed Mode”, set a password and make sure to click on the “Add Current User” so that you are added as a SQL Administrator.
At this point complete the SQL install, patch it and you are ready to install vCM. Launch the installer and proceed through Foundation Checker. It should succeed:
At his point the hard part is over and the rest of the installer is stuff that is very specific to your environment. Once you complete the installer you are now ready to go. Have fun!

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