You can deploy a vCenter Server Appliance with an external Platform Services Controller. This way you deploy two different appliances.

To have the Platform Services Controller and the vCenter Server instance deployed as two different appliances, first deploy the Platform Services Controller, then deploy vCenter Server and the vCenter Server components as another virtual appliance, and register the vCenter Server Appliance to the Platform Services Controller.

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Concurrent deployments of vCenter Server Appliances and Platform Services Controller appliances are not supported. You must deploy the Platform Services Controller appliances and vCenter Server Appliances in a sequence.

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Before deploying a vCenter Server Appliance with an external Platform Services Controller, synchronize the clocks on the vSphere network. Time skew on the virtual machines might cause deployment failure. For instructions on synchronizing the clocks on your vSphere network, see Synchronizing Clocks on the vSphere Network.