Platform Services Controller supports services such as identity management, certificate management, and license management in vSphere.

Key Capabilities

Platform Services Controller includes several services, discussed in Platform Services Controller Services, and has the following key capabilities.

  • Authentication through vCenter Single Sign-On

  • Provisioning of vCenter Server components and ESXi hosts with VMware Certificate Manager (VMCA) certificates by default

  • Use of custom certificates, which are stored in the VMware Endpoint Certificate Store (VECS)

  • Starting with vSphere 6.5, support for Platform Services Controller Services high availability

Deployment Models

You can install Platform Services Controller on a Windows system or deploy the Platform Services Controller appliance.

The deployment model depends on the version of Platform Services Controller that you are using. See vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller Deployment Types.

If you install more than one external Platform Services Controller in the same site in vSphere 6.5 and later, high availability for the Platform Services Controller instances is turned on automatically.