Installing vCenter Server does not complete with Windows Server 2008Posted: November 29, 2011 Filed under: VMware, Windows | Tags: 2008, fails, install, server 2008, vcenter, windows 2008, windows server Leave a comment
This is a quickie post to share what I found when installing vCenter Server on a 64-bit Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition virtual machine. This VMware KB article is the error we received.
Apparently, during the installation of vCenter Server, Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services is installed. I hadn’t noticed this before. We had no server roles installed prior to installing vCenter, but after clicking through the error boxes that appeared, we saw that AD LDS, sure enough, appeared to be installed.
SQL Server 2008 backups for VMware databasesPosted: October 14, 2011 Filed under: SQL Server, VMware, Windows | Tags: 2008, backups, server, sql, sql 2008, sql server, vcenter, vcenter server, vmware Leave a comment
At a minimum, you’ll want to perform regular backups of your vCenter, Update Manager, and System databases. You don’t have to be a DBA to perform simple backups. You don’t need to know T-SQL or database programming to perform these steps. There’s an easy wizard that walks you through a standard Windows Next-Next-Finish set up.
There are a couple things to note in the walkthrough below. We’re using SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition 64-bit on a 64-bit Windows Server 2008 SP2 Enterprise Edition. The SQL server is also a virtual machine in a vSphere 4.1 environment.
Trouble installing SQL Server 2008 on Windows Server 2008?Posted: October 13, 2011 Filed under: SQL Server, Windows | Tags: 2008, highly secured, install failed, installation failed, security, server, sql, sql server, Windows, windows server 2008 Leave a comment
A highly secured Windows installation can make your SQL installation fail
There are some highly modified default installations of both Windows desktops and servers that certain institutions use to increase the security of their networks. These versions of Windows are focused on security and are locked down from the ground up, which is a good thing. But all these security settings can give an IT guy headaches if you’re trying to get things accomplished. One such feature can make your SQL install fail. I happened to come across this recently in a test lab.
If you’re driving along with a standard SQL install, everything will be going fine until, towards the end of the installation process, you see the gem below. And SQL installs take a little time to complete. Having to reinstall can be a real pain.