Installing VMware ESXi and vCenter 5.5 [Part 2]

Installing VMware vSphere 5.5 Series:
Part 1: Introduction and ESXi Installation
Part 2: Microsoft SQL 2012 Installation
Part 3Creating the vCenter Database & ODBC Setup
Part 4: vCenter 5.5 Installation
Part 5: Initial Setup (Accessing vCenter, Configure Basic Permissions, Add Host)

I am installing Microsoft SQL 2012 on a Microsoft Server 2012 R2 virtual machine. In this walk through I am installing SQL and vCenter on separate virtual machines.

Microsoft SQL 2012 Installation:

1. Go to the Installation tab and click on the New SQL Server stand-alone installation:

SQL Install

2. Setup Support Rules – It will run a quick preinstall scan. Click Next:

Setup Support Rules

3. Product Key – You can proceed with an 180 day Evaluation, Express or enter your product key, click Next with your selection:
Product Key

4. License Terms – Check the box to accept the license terms, check the box if you want to send usage data to Microsoft (who wouldn’t? 🙂 ) now click Next:
4 License Terms

5. Product Updates – Go ahead and install the updates, click Next:
5 Product Updates

6. Setup Support Rules – It will run another test, click Next:
6 Setup Support Rules

7. Setup Role – Ensure SQL Server Feature Installation is selected, click Next:

7 Setup Role

8. Feature Selection – Check the following options:
     a. Database Engine Services
     b. Client Tools Connectivity
     c. Integration Services
     d. Management Tools – Basic
     e. Management Tools – Complete

Also on this screen you can change the install directory to a different drive. In this case I am installing it in my lab so I am leaving it to default. Click Next:
8 Feature Selection

9. Installation Rules – It will run another check, if everything looks good click Next:
9 Installation Rules

10. Instance Configuration – Here you can change the instance ID and instance root directory. Again in this instance I am leaving default. Click Next:
10 Instance Configuration

11. Disk Space Requirements – This is checking to ensure you have enough disk space. Click Next:
11 Disk Space Requirements

12. Server Configuration – Change the Account Name to the service account you created. Also change the Startup Type to Automatic. Click Next:
12 Server Configuration

13. Database Engine Configuration – Here you can set the authentication mode. Lock it down to suit your environment. Since this is my lab I am going to use Mixed Mode and add the service account and domain admins to make administration simplistic. Click Next:
13 Database Engine Configuration

14. Error Reporting – If you want to send error report to Microsoft check the box. Click Next:
14 Error Reporting

15. Installation Configuration Rules – It will run another test to ensure everything will go smoothly, click Next:
15 Installation Configuration Rules

16. Ready to Install – Here is a summary of the install, click Install to let the installation commence!
16 Ready to Install

17. Installation Progress – Grab some coffee, this will take around about 20 minutes on average:
17 Installation Progress

18. Complete – SQL 2012 is now installed! Now we are ready to setup the vCenter database in Part 3.
18 Complete

Continue to Part 3:

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