You can install vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller, Platform Services Controller, or vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller on a Windows virtual or physical machine.

You download the vCenter Server installer ISO file, mount it to the Windows host machine on which you want to perform the installation, start the installation wizard, and provide the inputs that required for the installation and setup.

Before installing vCenter Server that uses an external database, you must prepare your database. See Preparing vCenter Server Databases for Install.

Important: For topologies with external Platform Services Controller instances, you must install the replicating Platform Services Controller instances in a sequence. After the successful deployment of all Platform Services Controller instances in the domain, you can perform concurrent installations of multiple vCenter Server instances that point to a common external Platform Services Controller instance.