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VSICM55 - Slide 13-24 - vCenter Server Installation Wizard



1. Wrong:

In the slide notes, the unordered list item "SYSTEM account or user-specified account", which states the vCenter Server service account requirements, is incomplete. Hence, the statement is to be considered wrong as, without the additional requirements, the user-specified account will not have all the required permissions to run the vCenter Server service.

Even if you do not use Windows authentication for SQL Server, you might want to set up a local user-specified account for vCenter Server. The only requirement is that the user-specified account must be an administrator on the local machine.
1. Correct:

Actually, the domain user account permissions pre-requisites are three:

  • Member of the Administrators group.
  • Act as part of the operating system.
  • Log on as a service.
1. Source:

vSphere 5.5 Documentation Center.



2. Wrong:

In the slide notes, the unordered list item "vCenter ports", which lists the network ports required by vCenter Server, is incomplete.

2. Correct:

The most up-to-date list of the required ports for vCenter Server can be found in the online documentation following the link provided below (the page also provides a link for the documentation page listing ports required by the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance).

2. Source:

vSphere 5.5 Documentation Center.



3. Wrong:

In the slide notes, the unordered list item "JVM memory", which lists the JVM Heap Settings for vCenter Server, states:

If you have a large inventory (more than 400 hosts), select a JVM memory size of 4,096MB.
3. Correct:

According to the "vSphere Installation and Setup" guide - "System Requirements" chapter - "Hardware Requirements for vCenter Server, the vSphere Web Client, vCenter Inventory Service, and vCenter Single Sign-On" paragraph, the heap size for large inventories with more than 400 hosts, in case of a vCenter Server running on Windows, is 3GB and in case of the vCenter Server Appliance is 1GB.

Source:

VMware vSphere 5.5 Documentation Center.


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VSICM55 - Slide 13-20 - vCenter Database Requirements



Wrong:

The slide graphic is a mess of wrong database versions being listed: the majority of what is shown there is outdated and refers to previous vCenter Server versions. Additionally, the second paragraph of the slide notes contains an incomplete statement about the version of the embedded database supported by vCenter Server running on Windows systems.

Correct:

According to the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix for the Solution/Database Interoperability, the following is the list of the currently supported database versions:


Microsoft SQL Server 2005
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard/Enterprise Edition (SP4) - 32-bit/64-bit

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express (for the embedded DB)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express (R2 SP1) - 64-bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express (R2 SP2) - 32-bit/64-bit

Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter (R2 SP1) - 32-bit/64-bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard/Enterprise/Data Center (R2 SP2) - 32-bit/64-bit

Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard/Enterprise - 32-bit/64-bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard/Enterprise (SP1) - 32-bit/64 bit

Oracle 11g
  • Oracle 11g Standard ONE/Standard/Enterprise Edition, Release 2 - 32-bit/64-bit
  • Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition, Release 2 [11.2.0.3] - 32-bit/64-bit
Source:

VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes.


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VSICM51 - Slide 14-25 - vCenter Server Installation Wizard



1. Wrong:

In the slide notes, the unordered list item "SYSTEM account or user-specified account", which states the vCenter Server service account requirements, is incomplete.

Even if you do not use Windows authentication for SQL Server, you might want to set up a local user-specified account for vCenter Server. The only requirement is that the user-specified account must be an administrator on the local machine.
1. Correct:

Actually, the domain user account permissions pre-requisites are three:

  • Member of the Administrators group.
  • Act as part of the operating system.
  • Log on as a service.
1. Source:

vSphere 5.1 Documentation Center.



2. Wrong:

In the slide notes, the unordered list item "vCenter ports", which lists the network ports required by vCenter Server, is incomplete.

2. Correct:

The most up-to-date list of the required ports for vCenter Server can be found in the online documentation following the link provided below (the page also provides a link for the documentation page listing ports required by the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance).

2. Source:

vSphere 5.1 Documentation Center.


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VSICM51 - Slide 14-22 - Before Installing vCenter Server



1. Wrong:

The second item of the unordered list in the slide notes state:

Make sure that the system that you use for vCenter Server belongs to a domain and not a workgroup. If the system is assigned to a workgroup, vCenter Server is unable to discover all domains and systems available on the network when using such features as Guided Consolidation.
1.a. Correct:

vCenter Server can belong to either an Active Directory Domain or a Workgroup, in which case the documentation has a warning:

If the system that you use for your vCenter Server installation belongs to a workgroup rather than a domain, not all functionality is available to vCenter Server. If assigned to a workgroup, the vCenter Server system is not able to discover all domains and systems available on the network when using some features.
1.a. Source:

vSphere 5.1 Documentation Center.


1.b. Correct:

According to vSphere 4.1 Release Notes:

VMware vSphere 4.1 and its subsequent update and patch releases are the last major releases for VMware Guided Consolidation.

As such, VMware vCenter Guided Consolidation is no longer supported in vSphere 5.x, hence the above list item from slide notes is not applicable to this release.

1.b. Source:

VMware vSphere 4.1 Release Notes.



2. Wrong:

Another typo, in the third item of the unordered list in slide notes, messes up with the embedded database version:

Create a vCenter Server database, unless you want to use SQL Server 2008 Express, the default vCenter Server database.
2. Correct:

As already stated for slide 14-20, the correct version of the embedded database is SQL Server 2008 R2 Express.

2. Source:

vSphere 5.0 Documentation Center.


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VSICM51 - Slide 04-12 - Default vCenter Server Plug-Ins



1. Wrong:

When describing the content of the vSphere Client Plug-In Manager dialog box, slide notes state:

On the slide, the VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ plug-in has been downloaded and installed.
1. Correct:

This statement is outdated. It was applicable on the previous courseware release (v.5.0) where the Auto Deploy plug-in was shown together with the vSphere Client. On the above slide (please see your course materials for a larger image) the Auto Deploy plug-in is not shown either on the vSphere Client or the vSphere Web Client.



2. Wrong:

When listing some additional plug-ins, slide notes mention: VMware® Data Recovery.

Correct:

The vSphere Data Recovery appliance was made available in vSphere 4.0. Starting with vSphere 5.1, VMware has released a new, EMC Avamar-based, appliance called VMware vSphere® Data Protection™ which has fully replaced the previous product.

Source:

What's New in vSphere 5.1 spreadsheet.


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