You can create a vSAN cluster as you deploy a vCenter Server Appliance, and host the appliance on that cluster.

The vCenter Server Appliance is a preconfigured Linux virtual machine, which is used for running VMware vCenter Server on Linux systems. This feature enables you to configure a vSAN cluster on new ESXi hosts without using vCenter Server.

When you use the vCenter Server Appliance Installer to deploy a vCenter Server Appliance, you can create a single-host vSAN cluster, and host the vCenter Server Appliance on the cluster. During Stage 1 of the deployment, when you select a datastore, click Install on a new vSAN cluster containing the target host. Follow the steps in the Installer wizard to complete the deployment.

The vCenter Server Appliance Installer creates a one-host vSAN cluster, with disks claimed from the host. vCenter Server Appliance is deployed on the vSAN cluster.

After you complete the deployment, you can manage the single-host vSAN cluster with the vCenter Server Appliance. You must complete the configuration of the vSAN cluster.

You can deploy a Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server on the same vSAN cluster or on separate clusters.

  • You can deploy a Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server to the same vSAN cluster. Deploy the PSC and vCenter Server to the same single-host vSAN datastore. After you complete the deployment, the Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server both run on the same cluster.

  • You can deploy a Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server to different vSAN clusters. Deploy the Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server to separate single-host vSAN clusters. After you complete the deployment, you must complete the configuration of each vSAN cluster separately.