How to deploy the vCenter Server 6 Appliance with an External Platform Services Controller?

By | March 26, 2015

This post covers how to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance with an External Platform Services Controller. There are some posts about vCenter 6.0 and Platform Services Controllers as follow:

vCenter Server 6 Appliance with external PSC prerequisites

  • Verify that your system meets the minimum software and hardware requirements: ESXi 5.1.x or later; depends on size of infrastructure: 2-32GB RAM, 2-16vCPU, 120GB-450GB available space on datastore).
  • Verify that the ESXi host on which you deploy the vCenter Server Appliance is not in lockdown or maintenance mode.
  • If you plan to use NTP servers for time synchronization, make sure that the time between the NTP servers and the ESXi host is synchronized.
  • Create a DNS record for vCenter Appliance before starting steps 4-20.
  • Deployed and configured External Platform Services Controller. For information how to deploy external PSC, please follow post here.

 

To deploy  the vCenter Server Appliance with an External Platform Services Controller please follow steps:

  1. Download the vCenter Server Appliance installer (.ISO) from the VMware Web site at https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/downloads.How to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance 6 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller - download
  2. Mount the ISO image to the Windows virtual machine or physical server on which you want to install the Client Integration Plug-In to deploy or upgrade the vCenter Server Appliance.
  3. In the software installer directory, navigate to the vcsa directory and double-click VMware-ClientIntegrationPlugin-6.0.0.exe to install the plugin.How to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance with an Embedded Platform Services Controller?
  4. In the software installer directory, double-click vcsa-setup.html.
  5. Wait up to three seconds for the browser to detect the Client Integration Plug-in and allow the plug-in to run on the browser when prompted.
  6. On the Home page, click Install to start the vCenter Server Appliance deployment wizard.How to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance 6 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller - web
  7. Read and accept the license agreement, and click Next.How to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance 6 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller - 3
  8. Connect to the target ESXi host on which you want to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance and click Next.How to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance 6 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller - 4
  9. Accept the certificate warning, if any, by clicking Yes.How to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance 6 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller - 5
  10. On the Setup virtual machine page, enter the vCenter Server Appliance name, set the password for the root user, and click Next.How to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance 6 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller - 6
  11. In the Select deployment type page, select Install vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller and click Next.How to deploy the vCenter Server 6 Appliance with an External Platform Services Controller
  12. Type an external Platform Services Controller FQDN or IP and SSO password.How to deploy the vCenter Server 6 Appliance with an External Platform Services Controller 2
  13. Click Next.
  14. In the Select appliance size page of the wizard, select the vCenter Server Appliance size for your vSphere inventory, and click Next.How to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance 6 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller - 9
  15. 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.How to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance 6 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller - 10
  16. Select the type of database that you want to use and click Next.How to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance 6 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller - 11
  17. On the Network Settings page, set up the network settings. Configure the time settings in the appliance, optionally select Enable SSH to secure the connection, and click Next.How to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance 6 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller - 12
  18. In the Ready to complete page, review the deployment settings for the vCenter Server Appliance, and click Finish to complete the deployment process.How to deploy the vCenter Server 6 Appliance with an External Platform Services Controller 3
  19. After the deployment completes, click the https://vcenter_server_appliance_IP_address/vsphere-client link to start the vSphere Web Client and log in to the vCenter Server instance in the vCenter Server Appliance.
  20. Click Close to exit the wizard.

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