Installing VMware vCenter on Windows 2008 R2


I have to say that VMware could do better installation process, but ….

I have Windows 2008 R2 with MSSQL Server (64bit) already installed (I will not use the MSSQL that comes with the vCenter installation)

any ways, Windows 2008 R2 is 64Bit only, there is no 32Bit, here is what I found and it may help!

  1. you need to make sure that the server name is no longer than 15 character.
  2. Make sure the service SQL Server Agent is running, check that it is set to Automatic Startup type.
  3. you must create a DSN (vCenter requires 32Bit System DSN) so that means you need to use the Native Client (MSSQL 2008) ODBC Driver (c:\Windows\SysWOW64\sqlncli10.dll)  by running %WINDIR%\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe then create a DSN unde System DSN.

Sofar the installation went OK, but I did not test all the functions and made sure that it works without problems!
did any one else face the same need to the steps above?