vCenter 5.1 Installation(Part 2) – Single Sign On Installation

During the installation of vCenter 5.1, you will need to install 3 components in the following order: Single Sign On => Inventory Service => vCenter Service. In a new installation I would normally install the Web Service after installing the vCenter Service, though during an upgrade I would install the web service right after the Single Sign On service to be able to use it just in case I wanted to check on my Single Sign On configuration or want to troubleshoot. As this guide assuming a new installation we will leave the Web Client Service to the end. In this post, I will demonstrate the installation of the Single Sign On Service.

Preparing Databases for vCenter Components

Three vCenter components require a database. Single Sign On, vCenter Service, & Update Manager each of those components require its own database, where the creation of those databases have been documented at the first post in this series found at: vCenter 5.1 Installation(Part 1) – Preparing the Databases.

Alright now you have your databases ready let’s start the process of installing vCenter Components. The first component to install as mentioned earlier is the Single Sign On Service, which is documented in a step by step fashion below.

To install Single Sign On

1- Start the vCenter Installation Wizard

Single Sign On installation Wizard

2- Click on vCenter Single Sign On, click Install to start the Single Sign On installer.

3- Select the desired installation language and hit OK

Choose the Single Sign On Installation Language

4- Click next to start the Single Sign On Installation Wizard

Continue with the vSphere SSO installation Wizard

5- Accept the agreement and click next

On the vSphere Single Sign On Wizard accept VMware Patents

On vCenter 5.1 SSO installation wizard accept the license agreement

6- Choose the “Create the primary node for a new vCenter Single Sign On installation” as this is the first vCenter Single Sign On instant & Click Next.

Create the primary node for a new vCenter Single Sign On installation

7- Check the “Create the primary node for a new vCenter Single Sign On Installation”. This will allow us to setup high availability mode in the future.

Create the primary node for a new vCenter Single Sign On Installation

8- Fill the admin@System-Domain password then hit next.

Set the password for the Single Sign On Administrator Account

9- Choose the “Use an Existing Supported Database” as the built in database is limited to a small environment.

Choose using an existng database for the vCenter 5.1 Single Sign On installation

10- Fill the database information with the earlier created databases info as shown in the below screenshot. 

Fill the vCenter 5.1 Single Sign On Database Information

11- Fill the fully qualified  domain name of your SSO server name as per the screenshot below and hit next.

Enter the Full Qualified domain name for your Single Sign On Server

12- Choose the SSO installation destination folder and hit next

Choose the vCenter Single Sign On Installation Path

13- Confirm the https port to be used by SSO and hit next.

Enter the port to be used by the vCenter Single Sign On Service

14-On the Ready to Install screen hit install to start the installation.

  

Click install on the vSphere Single Sign on ready to install page

15-On the SSO installation completion screen hit finish and then check the installation logs for errors

Hit the finish button to complete the vCenter Single Sign On installation

This should conclude the installation of the Single Sign On service. To continue with the installation of the rest of vCenter Components you will want to follow the rest of this series posts found at:

vCenter 5.1 Installation(Part 3) – vCenter 5.1 Inventory Service Installation

vCenter 5.1 Installation(Part 4) – vCenter Service Step by Step

vCenter 5.1 Installation(Part 5) – vSphere Web Client Step by Step

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