This is the first part in a new blog series that I will be working on in which I will be sharing some simple tips and tricks that I learned along the way while working with vCenter Server 6.0, these especially came in handy during the early development of vSphere 6.0. These tidbits will include information covering both the vCenter Server for Windows (VCS) as well as the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA).
When installing VCS or deploying the VCSA, you are prompted to fill out a variety of inputs based on the deployment type, SSO Domain, database information, etc. These "install parameters" are then fed into the configuration of either your vCenter Server (Embedded) or separated out with vCenter Server Management Node and Platform Services Controller Node.
After you successfully deployed your vCenter Server and say a couple of weeks has passed and you are now wondering what install parameters you used either for auditing, informational purposes or more likely you may need to know one of these parameters for adding additional instances say for Enhanced Linked Mode, how might you go and retrieve this information?
Luckily, VMware has made finding this information extremely easy by providing a tiny little utility called "install-parameter" and here are the locations for both platforms:
"C:\Program Files\VMware\vCenter Server\bin\install-parameter.bat"
The utility accepts the name of a well defined set of installation parameters, an example would be "vmdir.domain-name" which specifies the name of the SSO Domain that you had configured:
For your convenience, I have also listed all the installation parameters in the table at the very bottom of this post.
In addition to these installation parameters, there are two additional ones that I would like to mention which are not part of this list.
The information is stored in a file called db.type with possible values of: embedded, oracle and mssql and here are the paths for the two platforms:
The information is stored in a file called deployment.node.type with possible values of: embedded, management and here are the paths for the two platforms:
For those with a critical eye, you might have noticed there is one installation parameter that is not available in any of these files and that would be the SSO Domain Site Name. This property is not really important (outside of troubleshooting) unless you need to add additional Platform Services Controller and replicate with an additional one or adding additional vCenter Servers for enabling Enhanced Linked Mode support. This property is one of the required parameters when performing a scripted install but is not needed if performing the deployment using the guided install method. In the next blog post, I will show you how you can retrieve this property.
vCenter Server 6.0 Installation Parameter
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 1: What install & deployment parameters did I use?
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 2: What is my SSO Domain Name & Site Name?
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 3: Finding all deployed Platform Services Controller
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 4: Finding all deployed vCenter Servers
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 5: New method of patching the VCSA
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 6: Customizing VCSA’s DCUI
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 7: Connecting to SSO/PSC using JExplorer
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 8: Useful ldapsearch queries for vmdird
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 9: Creating & managing SSO users using dir-cli
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 10: Automating SSO Admin configurations
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 11: Automate SSO Admin password change
- vCenter Server 6.0 Tidbits Part 12: New methods of downloading Support Bundles for VCSA / PSC