VMware vSphere Lab: Virtual Edition – Part 6

This is the sixth post in a series outlining how to set up your own little virtualized Virtual vSphere Lab, if you missed part one, part two, part three, part four, or part five be sure to check them out first!

Now that we have working DHCP and DNS services in our lab network, we’re ready to get out two little ESXi friends connected to it’s management service, VMware vCenter Server.

To be able to do that, we obviously need to install vCenter Server. Here it goes!

Installing VMware vCenter Server

Installing VMware vCenter Server is a pretty straight forward task.
First off, connect the VMware-VIMSetup-all-4.1.0-259021.iso file to the srv-vc1 server.
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VMware vSphere Lab: Virtual Edition – Part 5

This is the fifth post in a series outlining how to set up your own little virtualized Virtual vSphere Lab, if you missed part one, part two, part three, or part four, be sure to check them out first!

Ideally we would now install Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) on the Windows Server 2008 R2 VM we created in part four, but since VMware vCenter Server 4.1 also installs AD LDS (previously known as Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM)) it can not be installed on a AD Domain Controller.

This means that we either need to install a second VM with Windows Server 2008 R2 on, and install and configure Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) on it, or run without an available Active Directory domain. Running a second Windows Server 2008 R2 install will consume a lot of resources, especially memory, which might not be available to you in your lab environment. For now, I’ve decided to go on without it.
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VMware vSphere Lab: Virtual Edition – Part 4

This is the fourth post in a series outlining how to set up your own little virtualized Virtual vSphere Lab, if you missed part one, part two, or part three be sure to check them out first!

In part 4 we’ll be installing a Windows Server 2008 R2 VM, to use as the basis for the VMware vCenter Server installation.

First off, create a new VM in VMware Workstation. This works exactly the same way as we did it in part 3, but I’ll repeat the steps here as well.
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