Here is the step-by-step:

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– Select: vCenter Server > Install

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– Select preferred language, in my case English

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– Press: Next

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– Press: Next

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– Configure Username, Organization and License key

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– Install new SQL 2008 Express instance or select existing database server

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– Setup service account to start services and setup FQDN

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– Configure installation path, in my case I let it default

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– Create a standalone VMware vCenter instance or Join a VMware vCenter Server group using linked mode to share information

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– Configure ports

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– Configure Ports for Inventory Service

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– Select vCenter Server JVM Memory

Small (less than 100 hosts or 1000 virtual machines) – Max memory: 1024
Medium (100-400 hosts or 1000-40000 virtual machines) – Max memory: 2048
Large (more than 400 hosts or 40000 virtual machines) – Max memory: 4096

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– Press Install to start the installation

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– Setup is installing vSphere vCenter Server 5.0

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… and setup finished

Final result: vSphere vCenter Server 5.0

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