What is advantage of user-specified account for the purpose of running vCenter Server.

The primary reason to use a user-specified account is to enable the use of Windows authentication for SQL Server. We can basically create a service account and make it admin of the box than using system account. System account has much more privileges than needed for vCenter

If you choose this option:

  • The user-specified account must be an Administrator on the local machine and act as part of the operating system and login as a service rights.
  • You must specify the account name as DomainName\Username in the vCenter Server install wizard.
  • You must configure the SQL Server database to allow the domain account access to SQL Server

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