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Where to download new VCenter Server software

Hello,

I am preparing to update our VMware version from version 5.5 Update 2 to version 6.0 Update 2.  I have already downloaded the installation .iso files from each ESXi's host web site.

My question is, where may I find the VCenter Server software to install on a new Server?

Equally important how may I make sure that all of the VCenter database settings and configurations are transferred from the old VCenter Server to the new VCenter server?  For example we have Active Directory Integration and I want to make sure that we keep that for the new server and version.

The new VCenter will be Windows Server 2012 R2.  We do have an active MYvmware account.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You should find the vCenter Server ISO, in the downloads.

this is the link.

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?productId=491&downloadGroup=VC60U2

So you want to install vCenter Server on a new server, not complete an upgrade of the old server ?

where is the current database ?
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PkafkasNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
The current server is a Windows 2008 R2 Server and we would like to begin migrating all servers to be Windows 2012 R2 servers.  The current database is on the current VCenter Server.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The easiest method would be to upgrade the current server from 2008 R2 to Windows 2012 using an in place upgrade, and then perform an in-place upgrade of vCenter Server from 5.5 to 6.0U2.
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PkafkasNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Well here is the thing.  My predecessor also made the current VCenter Server the company Printer Server.

I wanted to seperate those 2 roles.  I went to a VMware class and I was informed it is better design to just have your VCenter server only have VCenter responsibilities.  Hence, I wanted to haev a separate server for Vcenter with a brand new clean installation.

So it appears that we will need to re-configure the SSO and Active directory on the new Vcenter after the new installation has been completed.  Is that correct?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So it appears that we will need to re-configure the SSO and Active directory on the new Vcenter after the new installation has been completed.  Is that correct?

Correct.

Install a new vCenter Server, do not perform an upgrade. Very little information will be lost, e.g. database performance summaries, and customisation specifications if you used them, and Inventory layout.

All this can be configured quickly again.

and to be honest with you you might as well Import and use the vCenter Server Appliance, and not vCenter Server for Windows.
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