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How to setup vCenter on a w2k8 r2 based server?

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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The Windows Server, cannot be a DC, a Domain Controller is not compatible with vCenter Server software.

Later, after you have installed vCenter Server for Windows, you configure and add domain controller information to vCenter Server, so you can use Domain based username and passwords.

or, install on a Standalone Server, and use local username and passwords.

Please follow Derek's 15 Step Articles

Pramod UbheCommented:
if you are not ever going to add any other physical machine than this 2k8 server and two esx boxes, you can go ahead with workgroup setup of virtual center server. there will be very less tasks related to access permissions in that case.

below url has some more information that might help you -


or initially you can install vc server in workgroup mode, join two esx in that and then create a virtual machine as domain controller then join the vc server in that domain for a perfect real world set-up.
GG VPCommented:
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!


Configuration post VCSA install,


Hope this helps!
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MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
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.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No rush, any questions, please just ask.
MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:

Thanks for your suggestion in using VCSA, however, my management is only keen on using w2k8 r2 based OS.
MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
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.

vCenter web client need adobe flash to work.

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