Hi, how i can install a Vcenter 5.1 for testing purpose?

Well, read below!

When you have more than 1 Esxi server, when you want to use HA and DRS, you need a Vcenter.

So build a basic VM with 2 cpu and at least 4 Go Ram. Install Windows 2008 R2 and install latest patch from Microsoft.

Insert the iso file for Vcenter 5.1, select Vmware Vcenter Simple Install and click on Install.image-01

The setup’ll stat with Vcenter SSO,click on Next.
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Click on Next.
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Click on Next.
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Accept EULA, and click Next.
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Enter your password, beware some characters are not allowed, check this Kb from VMware.
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Select the first choice with a local SQL server 2008 R2.
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Enter the FQDN for your new Vcenter.
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Click Next.
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Click Next.
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Click Next.
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Click Next.
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Click on Install.
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The setup will install and configure the SQL 2008 R2 server.
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Enter the Vcenter licence (you can click on Next and add-it after)
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Select the first choice and click on Next.
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Keep default value and click Next.
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A list of used ports appears, click on Next.
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Choose the first choice as we are in small lab. Click on Next.
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Click on Install
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The setup will install the Vcenter with your settings.
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A successful message will appears at the end of the install.
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Ok, by now you have a Vcenter, you need to configure it.