The following is a step by step guide for installation VMware vCenter Server 6.0. This application is used for centralized management of your VMware vSphere infrastructure.

Additionally, this is a lab environment. Therefore, the Platform Services Controller (PSC) will be installed on the same host as VMware vCenter Server and the installation will utilize an embedded vPostgres database.

  1. On the VMware vCenter Installer dialog box select vCenter Server for Windows and click Install.01
  2. On the Welcome to the VMware vCenter Server 6.0.0 Installer dialog box click Next >02
  3. On the End User License Agreement dialog box click the check box to select I accept the terms of the license agreement and click Next >.03
  4. On the Select deployment type dialog box click the check box to select vCenter Server and Embedded Platform Services Controller and click Next >.04
  5. On the Select Network Name dialog box verify the hostname of the VMware vCenter Server is in the System Name: field and click Next >.05
  6. On the VMware vCenter Server dialog box select OK if you do not intend to use IPv6.06
  7. On the vCenter Single Sign-On Configuration dialog box click to check box to select Create a new vCenter Single Sign-On domain and enter the password in the vCenter Single Sign-On password: and Confirm password: fields then click Next >.07
  8. On the vCenter Server Service Account select the check box to Use Windows Local System Account or Specify a user service account and enter an account username and password then click Next >. In this example a Microsoft Active Directory service account is being used. If a service account is being used it will need to be provided the Log on as a service privilege.08
  9. On the Database Settings dialog box click to check box to Use an embedded database (vPostgres) then click Next >.09
  10. On the Configure Ports dialog box accept the default settings and click Next >.10
  11. On the Destination Directory dialog box accept the defaults and click Next >.11
  12. On the Ready to install dialog box review the installation settings and click Install.12
  13. On the Setup Completed dialog box click Finish.13
  14. Verify the vpxd, invsvc and vspherewebclientsvc services are configured with a Startup type: of Automatic and the Service status: is Running.14
  15. Using a web browser, in this example Google Chrome, navigate to the vSphere Web Client (https://HOSTNAME/vsphere-client). On the web interface select Advanced.15
  16. Under Your connection is not private select Proceed to (unsafe).16
  17. On the vSphere Web Client enter the authentication credentials for administrator@vsphere.local and click Login.17
  18. Upon successfully logging in you will be directed the home page of the VMware vSphere Web Client.18