Protecting the vCenter Server system is important because it is the central point of management and monitoring for the SDDC. You protect vCenter Server according to the maximum downtime tolerated and whether failover automation is required.

The following table lists methods available for protecting the vCenter Server system and the vCenter Server Appliance.

Table 1. Methods for Protecting vCenter Server System and the vCenter Server Appliance

Redundancy Method

Protects vCenter Server (Windows)

Protects Platform Services Controller (Windows)

Protects vCenter Server (Virtual Appliance)

Protects Platform Services Controller (Virtual Appliance)

Automated protection using vSphere HA.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Manual configuration and manual failover. For example, using a cold standby.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

HA Cluster with external load balancer

Not Available

Yes

Not Available

Yes

vCenter Server HA

Not Available

Not Available

Yes

Not Available

Table 2. vCenter Server Protection Design Decisions

Decision ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implication

CSDDC-VI-VC-004

Protect the vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller appliances by using vSphere HA.

Supports availability objectives for vCenter Server appliances without a required manual intervention during a failure event.

vCenter Server becomes unavailable during a vSphere HA failover.