What do I need to install vCAC???

After getting this question from many customers and then clogging up a number of inboxes, I felt it was worth the effort to put this in a central place for all to consume. If you want to take the next steps and do installation, I recommend looking at some of my fellow bloggers posts. See my links page for the list.

No matter if you are going to use this to prep for a potential on site POC, or if you just want to get hands on experience doing the install yourself, here are the details for a minimal install. *Disclaimer this is not a production worthy!

In the minimal config we will use 3 virtual servers. If you want a simple checklist, I created this quick hit checklist that you can step through to get all of the components configured. Download Checklist

  1. vCAC Identity Virtual Appliance – (optional if using vCenter 5.5b or newer)
    Physical requirements = 1 vCPU, 2GB vRAM, 2GB disk storage
  2. vCAC Virtual Appliance
    Physical requirements = 2 vCPU, 8GB vRAM, 30GB disk storage
  3. Windows server 2008 R2, or 2012 R2
    Physical requirements = 2 vCPU, 8GB vRAM and 30GB disk storageSoftware requirements:
    -MSSQL (SQLExpress Advanced)
    -Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 *4.5.1 is not supported
    -MS Powershell 2.0 or 3.0 (likely already installed, just validate)Account requirements:
    -Domain service account for with local administrator privileges on the windows server

Environment requirements:
DNS *Must be preconfigured before deploying vCAC appliances
OpenLDAP or Active Directory and a user with query access. *If you wish to use vCO to talk with Active Directory you will need an administrative user.

vCenter Server 4.1 Update 2 or newer
A single ESX host is sufficient, cluster is recommended!
1 VM with snapshot to use for linked clone deployments
1 Template for full clone deployments

Important links:
http://goo.gl/E2zrGj – SQLExpress Advanced
http://bit.ly/IOdfiq – Powershell prereqs script -> download to windows server
http://goo.gl/i9K2kg – vCAC Appliance
http://goo.gl/sIjvPt – Identity Appliance

Optional components not included in this post
http://goo.gl/d58slB – Application Director Appliance
http://goo.gl/AZMHZt – IT Business Manager Appliance

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