vCenter 5.1 U1 Installation: Part 4 (Inventory Service Install)

The vCenter inventory service install is straight forward and only takes a few minutes. The inventory service caches queries from the Web Broswer to increase the perceived responsiveness of vCenter, and in large environments lets you offload the process to another VM or closer to your administrators. This installation is quick and pain free!

Before we get started, listed below are the other related articles in this series:

Part 1 (SSO Service)
Part 2 (Create vCenter SSL Certificates)
Part 3 (Install vCenter SSO SSL Certificate)
Part 5 (Install Inventory Service SSL Certificate)
Part 6 (Create vCenter and VUM Databases)
Part 7 (Install vCenter Server)
Part 8 (Install Web Client)
Part 9 (Optional SSO Configuration)
Part 10 (Create VUM DSN)
Part 11 (Install VUM)
Part 12 (VUM SSL Configuration)
Part 13 (VUM Configuration)
Part 14 (Web Client and Log Browser SSL)
Part 15 (ESXi Host SSL Certificate)

vCenter Inventory Service Install

1. Launch the vSphere 5.1 Installer and select vCenter Inventory Service from the main menu.

Inventory Service Installation

2. Select your language, review all of the patents, thoroughly read the EULA, then select the default installation directory.

3. Verify the FQDN of the local system is shown correctly.

4. Accept all of the default port numbers, then choose the inventory size that best matches your environment.

5. Since I’m installing the inventory service on the same VM as the lookup service, I don’t need to change the URL. Enter the SSO master password that you used during the SSO installation. The default administrator name is populated, so I didn’t need to change that.
6. During one of my installations I was presented with a Certificate installation prompt for an RSA Identity and Access Toolkit root CA. I accepted the certificate then kicked back for a few minutes and waited for the installer to complete.

Congratulations the inventory service is now installed! You can skip to Part 6 if you want to use the VMware vCenter Certificate automation tool to replace your SSL certificates, or just want to live with the self-signed certificates. To install your trusted SSL certificates manually (not recommended) then proceed to Part 5.

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