VMware Connection Server on a Win 2008 R2 Domain Controler

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I've read and believe that VMware Connection Server should not be installed on a domain controller.  However, I need to explain to someone why it can't be installed on Windows 2008 R2 DC.

Does it have to do with AD LDS?  Is LDS even supported on a DC?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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I think you mean VMware vSphere vCenter Server.

Yes you are correct this cannot be installed on a Domaimn Controller, because it installs Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM), which it uses to maintain a read only copy of Active Directory.

You will need to install on a Member Server not a Domain Controller, it will give you an error, and state not supported if you try and install on a DC.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Installing on a Virtual Machine is supported.
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Are you referring to the VDM Connection Server? Though I am not a VMware architect and thus can't give the exact ins/outs of the underlying technologies at play on why not, installing that, or any piece of software on a DC is simply not wise due to the intricacies of DCs, replication that occurs, and housing a fairly secure DB. VMware doesn't explicitly say either, but they do have a KB suggesting not to install any VMware product on a DC:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/130

According to this URL: http://www.vmadmin.co.uk/vmware/53/235-viewinstallcs, Connection Server uses MS ADAM for LDAP, thus installing on a DC could cause conflicts with AD.

Also, the Install Guide, pg. 23 & 38 states the host it's on shouldn't be a DC, but doesn't give specifics.
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/view45_installation_guide.pdf

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If you are refering to VMware View 4.5/4.6 connection server it's the same.

It installs Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM), which it uses to maintain a read only copy of Active Directory. It installs ADAM because VMware View products do not modify the Active Directory Schema in anyway, and copy the schema and objects from Active Drirectory on installation of the Connection Server.

You will need to install on a Member Server not a Domain Controller, it will give you an error, and state not supported if you try and install on a DC.

It's also, not recommeded to install on a Domain Controller, because it has to be scaled correctly for the number of View Desktops. It's not uncommon for the View Connections Servers to be a completely different standalone server, Dual Processors, with 12-20GB of RAM.

Please check the user guides and complete the calaculation to scale your connection server correctly.

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http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/view_pubs.html

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Coolsport00 and Hanccocka,

You are correct.  I am referring to View 4.6 Connection Server.  I may get away with the fact that Connection Server will give an error and won't install on a DC, but does anyone know if it's possible to install AD LDS (Lightweight Directory Service - Formally ADAM according to M$) on a domain controller?  I can't find a tech doc that states that.  Or maybe it's not restricted by Microsoft, but by VMware...

Note on AD LDS: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754361(WS.10).aspx

Thanks for the feedback.
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It's not receommended. I would create a Virtual Server for View Connection Server.

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