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Installing vCenter server 5.1 update 1 on server 2012?

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Is this even possible?  I have read articles saying the vCenter Server 5.1 U1 (U1 being the determining feature) WILL install on Windows Server 2012.

I have not thus far been able to get it installed using the simple install method.  I am going to try one by one, but I was just wondering if anyone has experience doing this?

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vCenter Server is now supported on Windows Server 2012, this is applicable to 5.1 U1.

these are the databases supported

Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2

We have also had success with 5.1 U1, although now older, I would start with at least 5.1 U3

See here

https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-vcenter-server-51u1-release-notes.html
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by:CnicNV
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Thanks for the info,

So I am doing the installation step by step and I am at the vCenter Server installation portion.  Doing things in this way has allowed me to see where this is actually getting stuck, which is at the portion "installing directory services".  So I Googled this and came up with the first link below.  I have moved the file it suggest, but it also wants me to manually enable the Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services "Role", skipping the setup portion.  Now despite the name beginning with "Active Directory", the second link posted below seems to indicate that this is not the installation of Active Directory Role onto this server.  If you could confirm this it would be greatly appreciated as I do not want to create another Active Directory Server or Domain Controller in my environment, or anything that would effect my current Active Directory infrastructure.

Link...
https://communities.vmware.com/thread/457814?start=0&tstart=0

Link 2...
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc755080%28v=ws.10%29.aspx
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This is completely normal that it installs, Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services, and it does not create a new domain controller!

It does not alter your AD either.

Is this a default virgin Windows 2012 installation, or does it have anything else installed, it's not running as a DC already ?

have you tried 5.1 U3 ?

why start with an older buggy version, which you will need to update.

is there a reason why we are deploying 5.1 and not 5.5 ?
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by:CnicNV
ID: 40594390
Ok thanks,

This is a default virgin installation of windows with nothing else running on it.  I was able to get passed the previous problem of nothing happening by following the walk throughs posted in those links, but now I am getting a new error.  "Registration with the SSO/Lookup Service failed.  Check vm_ssoreg.log in the systems temporary folder for details".  I checked the log and could not find any of the errors suggested in the following link that would make this an attributable problem...

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https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.security.doc%2FGUID-B8D60389-AF95-4368-8AB2-D282CBE0C4A9.html

Also, the sso service is running, I have turned off the firewall for now and the SSO admin stuff is correct and matching.  Arrrrgggle!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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is this still 5.1 U1 ?
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by:CnicNV
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Yeah, this is still 5.1u1, who's server 2012 compatibility, I'd have to guess was beta'esque.  I am going to try  version 5.1u3 and can only hope that this issue does not persist with that version.

Thanks for the feedback.
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