When you install vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller, Platform Services Controller, or vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller, the wizard prompts you for the installation information. It is a best practice to keep a record of the values that you entered in case you must reinstall the product.

You can use this worksheet to record the information that you need for the installation of vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller, Platform Services Controller, or vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller.

Table 1. Required Information for Installing vCenter Server or Platform Services Controller on Windows

Required for

Required Information

Default

Your Entry

All deployment types

System name of the local system

A system name to use for managing the local system. The system name must be an FQDN. If a DNS is not available, provide a static IP address.

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  • vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller

  • Platform Services Controller as the first instance in a new domain

Name for the new vCenter Single Sign-On domain

vsphere.local

User name

administrator

You cannot change the default user name during installation.

Password for the vCenter Single Sign-On administrator account

The password must be at least 8 characters, but no more than 20 characters in length.

The password must conform to the following requirements:

  • Must contain at least one uppercase letter.

  • Must contain at least one lowercase letter.

  • Must contain at least one number.

  • Must contain at least one special character, such as ampersand (&), hash key (#), and percent sign (%).

-

Site name

A name for the vCenter Single Sign-On site.

Default-First-Site

  • vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller

  • Platform Services Controller as a subsequent instance in an existing domain

FQDN or IP address of the Platform Services Controller instance that you want to join

You must join a Platform Services Controller instance of the same version.

-

HTTPS port of the Platform Services Controller instance

443

Password of the vCenter Single Sign On administrator user for the domain

-

vCenter Single Sign-On site name

You can join an existing site or create a new site.

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  • vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller

  • vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller

vCenter Server service account information

Can be the Windows local system account or a user service account.

Note:

Starting with vSphere 6.5, the vCenter Server services run as child processes of the VMware Service Lifecycle Manager service.

Windows local system account

Account user name

Only if you use a user service account

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Account password

Only if you use a user service account

-

  • vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller

  • vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller

vCenter Server database

Can be the embedded VMware Postgres database or an existing external database

embedded Postgres database

Data source name (DSN)

Only if you use an existing external database. Leading and trailing spaces are not supported. Remove spaces from the beginning or end of the DSN.

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Database user name

Only if you use an existing external database. Non-ASCII characters are not supported.

-

Database password

Only if you use an existing external database.

-

All deployment types

HTTP port

80

HTTPS port

443

Syslog Service port

514

Syslog Service TLS port

1514

  • vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller

  • Platform Services Controller

Secure Token Service port

7444

  • vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller

  • vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller

Auto Deploy Management port

6502

Auto Deploy Service port

6501

ESXi Dump Collector port

6500

ESXi Heartbeat port

902

vSphere Web Client port

9443

All deployment types

Destination folder

  • The folder in which to install vCenter Server or Platform Services Controller

  • The folder in which to store data for vCenter Server or Platform Services Controller

The installation paths cannot contain non-ASCII characters, commas (,), periods (.), exclamation points (!), pound signs (#), at signs (@), or percentage signs (%).

  • The default installation folder is C:\Program Files\VMware.

  • The default folder for data storage is C:\ProgramData\VMware.

  • vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller

  • Platform Services Controller

Join or do not participate in the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)

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

Join the CEIP