A vCenter Server deployment can consist of one or several vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller instances according to the scale, number of virtual machines and continuity requirements for your environment.

You also determine the type of installation and the topology of the vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller instances.

You can install vCenter Server as a Windows-based system or deploy the Linux-based VMware vCenter Server Appliance. The Linux-based vCenter Server Appliance is preconfigured, enables fast deployment, and potentially results in reduced Microsoft licensing costs.

Platform Services Controller Design Decisions

vCenter Server supports installation with an embedded Platform Services Controller (embedded deployment) or with an external Platform Services Controller.

  • In an embedded deployment, the vCenter Server instance and the Platform Services Controller instance run on the same virtual machine.

  • In an environment with an external Platform Services Controller, multiple vCenter Server systems can share the same Platform Services Controller services. For example, several vCenter Server systems can use the same instance of vCenter Single Sign-On for authentication.

Figure 1. vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller Deployment Model

vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller Deployment Model