Installing vCenter 4.1 in a Windows 2000 Domain
I finally found some time to begin installing vCenter 4.1 into my new ESXi lab and ran into an error I thought I would share. The error below (Error 28038. Setup cannot create vCenter Server Directory Services instance.) occurred due to the fact that despite installing on a Windows 2008 R2 server, my Active Directory was still in 2000 mode. I’ve put off upgrading the domain until I had my new vSphere environment up and running. A little chicken and egg scenario for me. Luckily, VMware KB Article 1025668 came to the rescue!
A quick trip to Microsoft’s knowledge base to download a patch from a link delivered via email (yes, it felt a bit like a scavenger hunt); a quick reboot and I was back on track installing vCenter.
I also had to do a little housekeeping before reinstalling by deleting the %WinDir%ADAM directory. Reverting the snapshot would have down the job as well.