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Getting Started with VMware vCAC

Getting started with vCloud Automation Center 5.1 is a fairly quick and easy process, but in order to do it correctly, I recommend that you closely follow the installation documentation, our steps in the configuration area, or get help from a VMware resource. You will need a SQL Server 2008 instance, Windows Server 2008 SP1 64-bit, an Active Directory domain--details below. 

How to get the bits:
At one point, you could download a trial from the VMware site but without guidance, some of these installations were going sideways. It's not that the install or configuration is difficult, but you do need to follow the documentation or have someone help you to ensure that you have the best experience. So for now, you can contact your VMware account manager or contact the sales team through
this page to get access to the install bits.

Licensing:
vCAC is available on a standalone license or part of the vCloud Suite, which VMware announced at the end of 2012. If you want to get really into the weeds of developing your own integrations directly from vCAC to other products that your organization already uses, VMware provides a development kit which requires a separate license. This development kit also gives you more options when using the workflow designer tool to make your life a little easier. For pricing information, we're going to send you to the VMware website for the most up to date information: vCAC Pricing

Prerequisite Checker Tool:
For the Windows 2008 Server machine where vCAC will be installed, there is a nice tool that is distributed with the install file. When you run this, it will check all of the prerequisites and even allow you to fix some of them right from the tool. **GOTCHA** Some of the IIS settings will respond and say that they are not set correctly, but when you go and check the settings in IIS they show to be correct. If you change those settings, and then change them back, the tool will then respond correctly and state that the settings are as they should be.

Supported SQL Server Versions:
• SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 and later Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
• SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 and later Standard Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
• SQL Server 2008 Express R2 SP1 and later on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (has to be installed on the vCAC server)
• SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
• SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
• SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
• SQL Server 2012 Express on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (has to be installed on the vCAC server)

For more details about supported configurations, please visit the VMware documentation here

 

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