How to Install VMware vCenter Server 6.0 on Windows Server 2012 - 2016

In this step by step guide, we will show you how to install and configure VMware vCenter Server 6.0 on Windows Server 2012 and 2016.



  1. A Virtual or Physical Machine running Windows Server 2012 or 2016 on it
  2. VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Setup (Download it from if you don't have one

Double click the Autorun.exe to start the installation process.


 Choose the vCenter Server for Windows & Click Install.


Click Next.


Accept the License Agreement  & Click Next to proceed.


At this point you have to choose the Deployment Type

Embedded Deployment:
You can use the vCenter Server with Embedded Platform Service Controller.

External Deployment:
You can Install only Platform Service Controller or You can only install the vCenter Server which will require the already Installed Platform Service Controller.

But in our case we are deploying the fresh, we don’t have any existing infrastructure so we will choose the first Option & Click Next to proceed. 


Here you will have to provide the System Network Name which will be used to access the vCenter Server from vSphere Client or Webclient. You can provide the Hostname or You can Provide the IP address which should be static.


If you already have the Single Sign-on you can directly connect to join vCenter Single Sign-On or you can create the new vCenter Single Sign-On by providing the below details:

  • Domain Name
  • vCenter Single Sign-On user name
  • vCenter Single Sign-On password
  • Confirm password
  • Site Name

Click Next to proceed.


Use the Local Windows Account or Specify the User Service Account. We will be using the Windows Local System Account. Click Next to proceed.


Use the embedded Database vPostgres or Provide the external Database Details. Since I am working in lab so we will be using the Embedded vPostgres Database.

Click Next to proceed.


It is recommended to use the default Ports for best practices but if you want change any port of vCenter Server, you are free. Click Next to proceed.


Change the Storage Location or leave it default & Click Next to proceed.


Review the entire setting and make sure all the setting are correct. Click Install to start the installation.


Installation started.


Installation completed.

Open the vSphere web client or just click Finish to close the dialog box.


We are done.


  1. hi have you tested it on windows server 2016? because with my server 2016 it refuses to install

    1. No, I didn't test in on Windows Server 2016 yet. Can you share me error/dialog message it gives when you trying to install?


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