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VMWare vSphere Essentials 5 - Where to Start

Just purchased VMWare vsphere Essentials Kit.  I have installed (VMWare-VIMSetup-all-5.5.0-1945270-20140201-update01.iso) on my Windows 2008 64-bit standard VMWare server.  I entered the VMWare vCenter Server 5 Essentials License when it asked,  Tried to login to VMWare vSphere Web Client, but due to Policy IE restrictions I could not load the ClientIntegrationPlugin-5.5.0.exe, so I downloaded and ran it as Administrator and still had IE issues so installed Firefox and re-ran plugin.
I finally was able to login to VMWare vSphere Web Client thinking that is where I should start.
Anyway here is my question:
Is this the correct place to start and if so how do I find my ESXi 5.0 host and 5 VMWare servers on it?  all my inventories are empty.  I have searched for several hours and find nothing.  Is the 5.5 version of VMWare vSphere Essentials backward compatible with ESXi 5.0?
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You need to add your ESXi hosts to vCenter Server 5.5.

At present you have just installed the Management Server,,,,have you installed and ESXi server yet?

different ISO required

Part 1: HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 2: HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client


I think you need to start at Part 1, on this Blog Article on setting up vCenter 5.5

http://www.derekseaman.com/2013/10/vsphere-5-5-install-pt-1-introduction.html

5.5 is just the updated version of 5.0.
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Andrew,
I do not think I was clear enough.  I have had ESXi 5.0 Free server containing 5 Windows servers for two or three years.  I want to give three of them licenses through Essentials.
I had watched the 20 minute blog before I started and hopefully followed the directions carefully.  I just re-watched it in case i missed something.  I did notice that one of the required services is not there "tcruntime-C-ProgramData-VMWare-cls-runtime-VMWareSTSService" is missing.  All the other Services needed in the Blog are Started.
I can login to the vSphere Web client using my Domain Admin Login and have searched everything I could think of using IP & FQDN, it never finds anything.
This is the vSphere Web client URL:  https://localhost:9443/vsphere-client/#
Okay, it was not clear that you already have ESXi FREE servers.

Yes, this ESXi 5.0 server is compatible with vCenter Server 5.5.

Once you have logged into the vSphere Web Client, you will need to Add your Hosts.

OR, maybe an easier way, connect to the vCenter Server using your vSphere Client (yes the same client you use to access you FREE hosts, you may need to upgrade it!) and then Create a Datacenter, and Add Hosts. (ESXi) servers
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I have upgraded vSphere client to 5.5.
What address, username, & password do I use for the vCenter server?
If you have not changed any of the defaults, usually you would use...

administrator@vpshere.local

and the password you set ?
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I have not set any passwords, I logged in with AD.  I think I read somewhere default username fro vCenter was root and password was vmware, is that right?
Tried several options all say username or password is incorrect.
Do I use the IP number or FQDN for the windows 2008 server?
I have not set any passwords, I logged in with AD.  I think I read somewhere default username fro vCenter was root and password was vmware, is that right?

That's not correct.
Your vCenter Server is the IP Address or FQDN of the Windows 2008 Server.

When you installed vCenter Server, it does ask you for a password for SSO - this the password.
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I tried the Local Administrator password for the server using Administrator@vsphere.local, no Go.
Can I reset it in vSphere client?
Should I be attempting this on the server rather than my notebook?

What about the Service I mentioned, is that a big deal?
The password you need to use is the password for SSO, which was the password used during installation for the account - Administrator@vsphere.local

This is different to the Administrator account for the PC.
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Andrew,
I thought I used the Local Administrator, but obviously not.
Can I reset it somehow?
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Looks like re-install.  I will open another if I get stuck again.
Thanks Andrew, sorry for being such a pain.
I think I tried 20 different passwords for SSO for administrator@vpshere.local, all bad.
Andrew in order to re-install I have to uninstall.  First obstacle was SSO password to uninstall SSO.  I am proceeding and hope I can re-install but that was not promising.
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Andrew,
If you get this great.  If not I will open a new case.
Uninstalled and reinstalled VMWare vSphere Essentials, took quite a lot of effort.
Login to my vCenter server using Administrator@vsphere.local and remembered password.
Created a Datacenter and when i tried to add the hs using IP number I get this error:

Event Details:
Type: info
Time: 8/14/2014 9:24:35 AM
Task Details:
Name: AddStandaloneHost_Task
Description: Add standalone host
Error Stack:
The host is licensed with VMware vSphere 5 Hypervisor. The license edition of vCenter Server does not support VMware vSphere 5
Hypervisor.
Additional Event Details:
Type ID: Info
DataCenter Object Type: Datacenter
ChainId: 93
Additional Task Details:
VC Build: 1945274
Task Id: Task
Cancelable: False
Cancelled: False
Description Id: Folder.addStandaloneHost
Event Chain Id: 93