vCenter Inventory Service installation

vCenter Inventory Service is usually installed on a Windows Server instance using the Simple Install method, which installs vCenter Single Sign-on, vSphere Web Client, vCenter Inventory Service and vCenter Server on the same physical server or virtual machine. The Simple Install method is explained here. This section describes the Custom Install method, which enables you to install each component separately. If you are using vCenter Server Applicance, a preconfigured Linux-based virtual machine with all vSphere components included, feel free to skip this lesson, since vCenter Inventory Service is installed as part of the appliance.


vCenter Inventory Service is used to manage the vSphere Web Client inventory objects and property queries that the client requests when users navigate the vSphere environment. In this lesson we will describe how you can install this service using the Custom Install method in the vCenter Server installer. Note that the vCenter SSO is a prerequisite for installing vCenter Inventory Service.

Start your vCenter Server Installer by running autorun.exe. Select vCenter Inventory Service under the Custom Install option and click Install:

vcenter inventory service installation

Select the installation language:

vcenter inventory service installation language

On the Welcome screen, click Next:

vcenter inventory service installation welcome

Accept the license agreement and click Next:

vcenter inventory service installation license agreement

Select the installation folder and click Next:

vcenter inventory service installation folder

The Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of the host where vCenter Inventory Service is being installed should be auto-populated:

vcenter inventory service installation fqdn

Select the port numbers for vCenter Inventory Service and click Next:

vcenter inventory service installation ports

Select the option that fits your environment and click Next:

vcenter inventory service installation jvm

Next, enter the SSO administrator username and password and SSO Lookup Service URL. The administrative user account is the administrative account used in vsphere.local, a domain used internally by vSphere that you’ve created during the vCenter SSO installation. The Lookup Service URL takes the form https://SSO_host_FQDN_or_IP:7444/lookupservice/sdk, where SSO_host_FQDN_or_IP is the system on which the SSO is installed on and 7444 is the default vCenter Single Sign-On HTTPS port number:

vcenter inventory service installation sso

Review the SSL fingerprint of the SSO Lookup Service certificate and click Yes:

vcenter inventory service installation certificate fingerprint

Click Install to begin the installation.


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