Before you deploy the Platform Services Controllers and vCenter Server components, verify that your environment satisfies the requirements.

IP Addresses and Host Names

Verify that static IP addresses and FQDNs for the management networks are available for the SDDC deployment.

Allocate the required IP addresses and FQDNs:

  • One static IP address and FQDN for the vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller

Table 1. Network Names for SDDC Components

vCenter Server and Platform Services Controllers


vCenter Server

VM Network

Table 2. IP Addresses and Host Names for the vCenter Server in ROBO


IP Address


vCenter Server


Deployment Prerequisites

Verify that your environment satisfies the following prerequisites for the deployment of Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server.




  • Virtual disk provisioning.

    • Thin

  • Required storage per vCenter Server:

    • Initial storage for the vCenter Server: 270 GB

Software Features

  • Verify that SSH is enabled on ESXi Hosts.

Installation Package

  • Download the .iso file for the vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller.


  • Verify that you have obtained vCloud Suite license with a quantity that satisfies the requirements of this design.

Active Directory

  • Verify that you have a parent active directory with the SDDC user roles configured for the rainpole.local domain.

Certificate Authority

  • Configure the root Active Directory domain controller as a certificate authority for the environment.

  • Download the CertGenVVD tool and generate the signed certificate for the vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller nodes. See the VMware Validated Design Planning and Preparation documentation.