This chapter describes how to get the components of vSphere up and running. First, however, you need to install vCenter. Let’s run through the installation of vCenter, starting from the configuration of the database.
vCenter supports several different types of databases. The supported databases and versions are
• IBM DB2 Express, Workgroup, and Enterprise (versions 9.5–9.7.2, both 32- and 64-bit editions)
• Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard, Express, Enterprise, and Datacenter Editions (versions R2, SP1 and SP2, both 32- and 64-bit editions)
• Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter Editions (versions running SP4, both 32- and 64-bit editions).