The vCenter Server installer contains JSON templates that are located in the vcsa-cli-installer/templates directory. In the install subfolder, you can find four JSON templates with the minimum configuration parameters for all deployment options.

For each deployment option, there is one template for deploying the appliance on an ESXi host and another template for deploying the appliance on a vCenter Server instance.

Table 1. Deployment JSON Templates Included in the vCenter Server Installer
Location Template Description
vcsa-cli-installer\templates\install embedded_vCSA_on_ESXi.json Contains the minimum configuration parameters that are required for deployment of a vCenter Server appliance on an ESXi host.
embedded_vCSA_on_VC.json Contains the minimum configuration parameters that are required for deployment of a vCenter Server appliance on a vCenter Server instance.
embedded_vCSA_replication_on_ESXi.json Contains the minimum configuration parameters that are required for deployment of a vCenter Server appliance as a replication partner to another embedded vCenter Server on an ESXi host.
embedded_vCSA_replication_on_VC.json Contains the minimum configuration parameters that are required for deployment of a vCenter Server appliance replication partner to another vCenter Server appliance on a vCenter Server instance.