You can migrate a vCenter Server instance with an embedded vCenter Single Sign-On to a vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Services Controller appliance.

About this task

When you migrate from vCenter Server with an embedded vCenter Single Sign-On (version 5.5) on Windows to vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Services Controller appliance, the entire installation is migrated at the same time.

If vCenter Inventory Service, vSphere Web Client, vSphere Auto Deploy, or vSphere ESXi Dump Collector are installed on a different machine than the source vCenter Server with an embedded vCenter Single Sign-On, these components are migrated to the target vCenter Server Appliance.

Figure 1. vCenter Server 5.5 with Embedded vCenter Single Sign-On Before and After Migration
Migrating vCenter Server with Embedded vCenter Single Sign-On to vCenter Server Appliance

Important:

The user name that you use to log in to the machine from which you want run the GUI installer, the path to the vCenter Server Appliance installer, and your values including the passwords, must contain only ASCII characters. Extended ASCII and non-ASCII characters are unsupported.

The installer:

  • Deploys a new target appliance.

  • Exports the required files from the source vCenter Server.

  • Copies the required files to the new vCenter Server Appliance.

  • Runs the migration process on the new vCenter Server Appliance as specified in the Summary.

  • Imports and updates the files and settings of the source vCenter Server installation to the new vCenter Server Appliance.