Installing vCAC – Part 1: Windows Pre-Requisites

This series of posts will guide you through a full distributed install of VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC This is something I’ve done in a live environment but I’m going to try to re-create a small setup in my lab environment to enable me to test upgrading between vCAC versions. Why? Because I’m interested.

A Note on System Requirements
I don’t have a super powerful lab. Storage is fast but not that plentiful. As this is a test install that won’t really do much some of the Components will be t minimum spec or below if I know I can get away with it. This will show mostly on the second side of the stack. This will be set up to prove clustering and load balancing but will be logically turned OFF and left undersized once running.

Part One – Windows Pre-Requisites

For ease of administration, and to replicate what I would do in a Live environment, I have created the following security groups in Active Directory using the Users and Computers utility.  These will hold relevant accounts that are needed in the install process.

SnapCrab_NoName_2015-2-26_15-52-8_No-00The following accounts were also created in Active Directory Users and Computers utility as they will be needed later.

SnapCrab_NoName_2015-2-26_15-52-26_No-00When creating these accounts you will need to specify a password.  This should, obviously, be strong but be aware that some special characters will cause issues with the vCAC install later on because of the way the installer uses SOAP to pass through certain password.  For this reason it’s a good idea to avoid ‘#‘, ‘&‘, ‘@‘ for sure (other characters may also be bad).

I’ve added my personal account and the domain admins group to the VC Admins group, the svc_vcac_admin user is a member of vCAC Administrators and svc_sql to the SQL Administrators group.

Set Up a DNS Entry for PKI

vCAC uses Certificates a LOT and we will need to set up a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) to be able to do this in the lab. I will be installing PKI on my Lab DC so, for later use, I’m also creating a DNS A record looking like: pki.lab.local

This can be done from the DNS Manager Utility.

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