Problem Installing vCenter Server 5.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2

There are 2 main problems which comes during the installation of vcenter5.5 on windows server 2012R2:

Problem 1:

The first is that when installing the vCenter Server component, it would not recognize any administrator user (or group) you’re your domain that you try to add as an administrator.


This issue can be resolved by logging into the Web Client with the SSO administrator user and adding your AD info as default under SSO configuration.

Problem 2:

The second problem that you will face is: the installer would hang at the following screen:


On checking the vminst.log file in %temp%  you will find the following:

VMware VirtualCenter-build-1312298: 09/22/13 18:33:46 Begin Logging
 VMware VirtualCenter-build-1312298: 09/22/13 18:33:46 --- CA exec: VMAdamInstall
 VMware VirtualCenter-build-1312298: 09/22/13 18:33:46 Getting Property CustomActionData = 603;603;C:\Users\mike\AppData\Local\Temp\{E1F05550-4238-4378-87F0-105147A251D9};C:\Windows\SysWOW64\;C:\Windows\system32\;C:\Windows\ADAM\
 VMware VirtualCenter-build-1312298: 09/22/13 18:33:46 setupApp = [C:\Windows\system32\ocsetup.exe]
VMware VirtualCenter-build-1312298: 09/22/13 18:33:46 --- function: SetupComponentOnWindows
VMware VirtualCenter-build-1312298: 09/22/13 18:33:46 [C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe /c start /w C:\Windows\system32\ocsetup.exe DirectoryServices-ADAM /passive /norestart]
VMware VirtualCenter-build-1312298: 09/22/13 18:33:46 Util_Launch::Wait: 1 Hide: 1 TimeOut: -1
VMware VirtualCenter-build-1312298: 09/22/13 18:33:46 Found "C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe"
VMware VirtualCenter-build-1312298: 09/22/13 18:33:46 Attempting to launch ["C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe" /c start /w C:\Windows\system32\ocsetup.exe DirectoryServices-ADAM /passive /norestart]


On examining the log files it is found that ocsetup.exe is not included in Server 2012 R2 like it was in previous versions. So to resolve the issue you had to copy this ocsetup.exe file from Server2008 R2 DVD into the *system32* directory on your Server2012R2 and after re-running setup vCenter Server installed successfully.

Note: If after putting ocsetup.exe file you still facing problem in running the setup then reboot your machine and try again. This time you will be able to run the setup without any difficulty.


About Manish Jha

Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in Iono,Inc as Cloud Solutions Architect. I have around 8 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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