What are the installation requirements of vCenter Server 5?

What are the installation requirements of vCenter Server 5?

Must be in a VM

DNS Entry needs to be correct (FQDN must resolve to the vCenter IP)

No NAT (Network Address Translation) use between vCenter and ESXi for communication

vCenter needs to be installed on a domain

THIS question is on the test – it may not be in this format – the poster wasn’t sure but please post opinions to:

11-28 Answers provided based off kb article below:
NOTE: Question is asking about MUST installation requirements not best practices so Answer A wouldnt be correct and vCenter DOESN’T have to be on a domain.

See: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/documentLinkInt.do?micrositeID=&popup=true&languageId=&externalID=2003790
At the bottom:

– Verify that the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the system where you are installing vCenter Server is resolvable. To check that the FQDN is resolvable, type nslookup <vCenter_Server_fqdn> at a command line prompt. If the FQDN is resolvable, the nslookup command returns the IP and name of the domain controller machine.

– Verify that no Network Address Translation (NAT) exists between the vCenter Server system and the hosts it will manage.

– Make sure the system on which you are installing vCenter Server is not an Active Directory domain controller. Installing vCenter Server on a domain controller is not supported.

3 Comments on “What are the installation requirements of vCenter Server 5?

  1. Saturnous says:

    B & D –

    Not so sure why a clean real NAT (NAT means m:n translation, but is misleading wide used for 1:n translations) config should be a issue as long i dont try to activate HA agent. This is one of the typical “shitty” guess VMWares opinion questions.

    There is not need to have a domain (and its impossible to use a domain server for VC bcause there would be a conflict with LDS/ADAM).

  2. Gary says:

    D is wrong because you cannot install VCenter in a domain, A is also wrong because VCenter for best partice purposes needs to be installed as a physical server.
    The only answers left are B & C

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