How to Install vSphere Client on a Windows Domain Controller

As of vSphere 5.5, installing the VIC on a DC errors out.

I read that it was done purposefully, to keep people from installing software on DC’s… which, makes sense for most situations – not so much for others. For instance, a small shop where one might need to utilize a DC for many other functions.


Anyway, to get to the meat of this article; in order to get the VIC to install you need to launch it from the command line with option /V.

  1. Make sure to run command prompt as admin: img2

  2. Then run the following command: VMware-viclient-5.5.exe /VSKIP_OS_CHECKS="1"

There you have it… you can now run through the install like usual. 🙂