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How to setup vCenter on a w2k8 r2 based server?

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I am intend to administer 2 VMware esxi 5.5 hosts. I was given a MS Windows 2008 R2 64-bit server. How can I setup a vCenter on this server so as I can link both hosts under the same administration? Do I have to join this server as the member of the AD domain? or can I set this server as DC as well? Please show step-by-step.

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Why don't to you use vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA), it is the way forward for  administering your VMware infrastructure!

Below is a video guide created for installing VCSA!

http://www.vladan.fr/installation-and-configuration-of-vcenter-server-appliance-5-5-u1

Configuration post VCSA install,

http://blogs.vmware.com/smb/2014/02/back-basics-post-configuration-vcenter-5-5-install-web-client.html

Hope this helps!
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Hi guys,

Thanks for the prompted suggestions. I need some times to read through all the suggested links. I'll update you guys later on.

Appreciate very much.
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No rush, any questions, please just ask.
MichaelBalackSenior System Engineer

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Hi GG VP,

Thanks for your suggestion in using VCSA, however, my management is only keen on using w2k8 r2 based OS.
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Thanks Andrew for pointing out that DC is not necessary, as the vcenter is setup on a standalone server without problem.

Thanks Pramod for the detailed steps in setting up vCenter server with "simple" install.

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