With stage 1 of the deployment process, you deploy the OVA file, which is included in the vCenter Server Appliance installer, as a Platform Services Controller appliance.

Procedure

  1. In the vCenter Server Appliance installer, navigate to the vcsa-ui-installer directory, go to the subdirectory for your operating system, and run the installer executable file.
    • For Windows OS, go to the win32 subdirectory, and run the installer.exe file.

    • For Linux OS, go to the lin64 subdirectory, and run the installer file.

    • For Mac OS, go to the mac subdirectory, and run the Installer.app file.

  2. On the Home page, click Install to start the deployment wizard.
  3. Review the Introduction page to understand the deployment process and click Next.
  4. Read and accept the license agreement, and click Next.
  5. On the Select a deployment type page, select Platform Services Controller and click Next.
  6. Connect to the target server on which you want to deploy the Platform Services Controller appliance and click Next.

    Option

    Steps

    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 HTTPS port of the ESXi host.

    3. Enter the user name and password of a user with administrative privileges on the ESXi host, for example, the root user.

    4. Click Next.

    5. Verify that the certificate warning displays the SHA1 thumbprint of the SSL certificate that is installed on the target ESXi host, and click Yes to accept the certificate thumbprint.

    You can connect to a vCenter Server instance and browse the inventory to select an ESXi host or DRS cluster on which to deploy the appliance.

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

    2. Enter the HTTPS port of the vCenter Server instance.

    3. Enter the user name and password of user with vCenter Single Sign-On administrative privileges on the vCenter Server instance, for example, the administrator@your_domain_name user.

    4. Click Next.

    5. Verify that the certificate warning displays the SHA1 thumbprint of the SSL certificate that is installed on the target vCenter Server instance, and click Yes to accept the certificate thumbprint.

    6. 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.

    7. Select the ESXi host or DRS cluster on which you want to deploy the appliance, and click Next

  7. On the Set up appliance VM page, enter a name for the Platform Services Controller appliance, set the password for the root user, and click Next.

    The appliance name must not contain a percent sign (%), backslash (\), or forward slash (/) and must be no more than 80 characters in length.

    The password must contain only lower ASCII characters without spaces, 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 (()).

  8. 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.
  9. On the Configure 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

    Network

    Select the network to which to connect the appliance.

    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 version

    Select the version for the appliance IP address.

    You can select either IPv4 or IPv6.

    IP assignment

    Select how to allocate the IP address of the appliance.

    • static

      The wizard prompts you to enter the IP address and network settings.

      Note:

      Avoid using an IP address as a system name. If you use an IP address as a system name, you cannot change the IP address and update the DNS settings after deployment, and you cannot join the appliance to an Active Directory domain.

    • DHCP

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

      If there is an enabled DDNS in your environment, you can enter a preferred fully qualified domain name (FQDN) for the appliance.

  10. On the Ready to complete stage 1 page, review the deployment settings for the Platform Services Controller appliance and click Finish to start the OVA deployment process.
  11. Wait for the OVA deployment to finish, and click Continue to proceed with stage 2 of the deployment process to set up and start the services of the newly deployed appliance.
    Note:

    If you exit the wizard by clicking Close, you must log in to the Platform Services Controller Appliance Management Interface to set up and start the services.

Results

The newly deployed Platform Services Controller appliance is running on the target server but the services are not started.