If you plan to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance with an external Platform Services Controller, deploy a Platform Services Controller appliance first. The Platform Services Controller appliance contains all of the necessary services, such as vCenter Single Sign-On and License Service, which can be shared between multiple vCenter Server instances.

Before you begin

  • Verify that your system meets the minimum software and hardware requirements.

  • Download the vCenter Server Appliance installer.

  • Install the Client Integration Plug-In.

  • Verify that the ESXi host on which you deploy the Platform Services Controller appliance is not in lockdown or maintenance mode.

  • If you want to join the new Platform Services Controller appliance to an existing vCenter Single Sign-On domain, verify that all Platform Services Controller instances within the domain are of the same update or patch 6.0 version as the Platform Services Controller appliance that you are deploying. For information about upgrading, updating, and patching a Platform Services Controller Windows installation or appliance, see the vSphere Upgrade documentation.

  • Verify that you prepared the correct deployment information for the network settings. See all the information that is required during the deployment in topic Required Information for Deploying the Platform Services Controller Appliance.

  • If you plan to use NTP servers for time synchronization, make sure that the time between the NTP servers and the ESXi host is synchronized.

About this task

Important:

You can deploy many Platform Services Controller appliances and join them to the same vCenter Single Sign-On domain. Concurrent deployments of Platform Services Controllers are not supported. You must deploy the Platform Services Controllers in a sequence.

Procedure

  1. In the software installer directory, double-click vcsa-setup.html.
  2. Wait up to three seconds for the browser to detect the Client Integration Plug-in and allow the plug-in to run on the browser when prompted.
  3. On the Home page, click Install to start the vCenter Server Appliance deployment wizard.
  4. Read and accept the license agreement, and click Next.
  5. Connect to the target server on which you want to deploy the Platform Services Controller appliance, and click Next.
    • You can connect to an ESXi host on which to deploy the appliance.

      1. Enter the FQDN or IP address of the ESXi host.

      2. Enter the user name and password of a user who has administrative privileges on the ESXi host, for example, the root user.

    • You can connect to a vCenter Server instance to deploy the appliance on an ESXi host or DRS cluster from the vCenter Server inventory.

      1. Enter the FQDN or IP address of the vCenter Server instance.

      2. Enter the user name and password of a user who has administrative privileges on the vCenter Server instance, for example, the administrator@your_domain_name user.

  6. (Optional) : Accept the certificate warning, if any, by clicking Yes.
  7. If you are deploying the Platform Services Controller on a vCenter Server instance, select the data center or data center folder that contains the ESXi host or DRS cluster on which you want to deploy the appliance, and click Next.
    Note:

    You must select a data center or data center folder that contains at least one ESXi host that is not in lockdown or maintenance mode.

  8. If you are deploying the Platform Services Controller on a vCenter Server instance, select the resource pool of an ESXi host or DRS cluster on which you want to deploy the appliance, and click Next.
    Note:

    If you select a resource pool of a cluster which is not in DRS mode, the wizard prompts you to select an ESXi host from the cluster.

  9. On the Set up virtual machine page, enter the Platform Services Controller appliance name, set the password for the root user, and click Next.

    The password must contain at least eight characters, a number, uppercase and lowercase letters, and a special character, for example, an exclamation mark (!), hash key (#), at sign (@), or brackets (()).

  10. In the Select a deployment type page, select Install Platform Services Controller and click Next.
  11. Create a new vCenter Single Sign-On domain or join an existing domain, and click Next.

    Option

    Description

    Create a new Single Sign-On domain

    Creates a new vCenter Single Sign-On server.

    1. Set the password for the vCenter Single Sign-On administrator account.

      This is the password for the user administrator@vour_domain_name, where vour_domain_name is a new domain that is created by vCenter Single Sign-On. After installation, you can log in to vCenter Single Sign-On and to vCenter Server as adminstrator@vour_domain_name.

    2. Enter the domain name, for example vsphere.local.

    3. Enter the site name for vCenter Single Sign-On.

      The site name is important if you are using vCenter Single Sign-On in multiple locations. Choose your own name for the vCenter Single Sign-On site. You cannot change the name after installation.

      The supported characters are alphanumeric characters and dash (-).

    Join a Single Sign-On domain in an existing Platform Services Controller

    Joins a new vCenter Single Sign-On server to a vCenter Single Sign-On domain in an existing Platform Services Controller. You must provide the information about the vCenter Single Sign-On server to which you join the new vCenter Single Sign-On server.

    1. Enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or IP address of the Platform Services Controller that contains the vCenter Single Sign-On server to join.

    2. Enter the password of the vCenter Single Sign-On administrator account.

    3. Enter the HTTPS port to use for communication with the Platform Services Controller and click Next.

    4. Select whether to create or join an existing vCenter Single Sign-On site.

    When you select to join an existing vCenter Single Sign-On domain, you enable the Enhanced Linked Mode feature. Your Platform Services Controller will replicate infrastructure data with the joined vCenter Single Sign-On server.

  12. In the Select appliance size page of the wizard click Next.

    You deploy a Platform Services Controller appliance with 2 CPUs and 2 GB memory.

  13. From the list of available datastores, select the location where all the virtual machine configuration files and virtual disks will be stored and, optionally, enable thin provisioning by selecting Enable Thin Disk Mode.
  14. On the Network Settings page, set up the network settings.

    The IP address or the FQDN of the appliance is used as a system name. It is recommended to use an FQDN. However, if you want to use an IP address, use static IP address allocation for the appliance, because IP addresses allocated by DHCP might change.

    Option

    Action

    Choose a network

    Select the network to connect to.

    The networks displayed in the drop-down menu depend on the network settings of the target server. If you are deploying the appliance directly on an ESXi host, non-ephemeral distributed virtual port groups are not supported and are not displayed in the drop-down menu.

    IP Address family

    Select the IP version of the appliance.

    You can select either IPv4 or IPv6.

    Network type

    Select how to allocate the IP address of the appliance.

    • Static

      You are prompted to enter the IP address and network settings.

    • DHCP

      A DHCP server is used to allocate the IP address. Select this option only if a DHCP server is available in your environment.

    FQDN (Optional)

    Enter a preferred fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the appliance.

    Note:

    If you select to use IPv6 with network type DHCP, the FQDN option is not displayed.

    If you use an IP address as a system name, you cannot change the IP address and update the DNS settings after deployment.

  15. Configure the time settings in the appliance, optionally select Enable SSH to secure the connection, and click Next.

    Option

    Description

    Synchronize appliance time with ESXi host

    Enables periodic time synchronization, and VMware Tools sets the time of the guest operating system to be the same as the time of the ESXi host.

    Use NTP servers (separated by commas)

    Uses a Network Time Protocol server for synchronizing the time. If you select this option, you must enter the names of the NTP servers separated by commas.

  16. Review the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) page and choose if you want to join the program.

    For information about the CEIP, see the Configuring Customer Experience Improvement Program section in vCenter Server and Host Management.

  17. In the Ready to complete page, review the deployment settings for the vCenter Server Appliance, and click Finish to complete the deployment process.

What to do next

You can now deploy the vCenter Server Appliance and connect it to the Platform Services Controller appliance.