vSphere 6.0: Installing vCenter Server with External Platform Services Controller (PSC)

In previous post of this series, we’ve learnt about installing vCenter Server 6 with embedded Platform Services Controller (PSC) step by step in Windows environment. If you missed previous posts regarding vCenter Server 6.0 installation, you can find them here.

  1. vCenter Server Architecture
  2. Installing vCenter Server with Embedded PSC

In this post, we’ll see, how vCenter Server 6.0 instance is installed with External Platform Services Controller (PSC) in Windows Server 2012 R2.

vCenter Server 6.0 installation with External PSC consists of two parts:

  1. Installation of External PSC
  2. Installation of vCenter Server

Let’s start the process step-by-step

  1. Installation of External PSC

Following steps will show you to install External PSC.

Step 1: Download the vCenter Server ISO from VMware site. After downloading, mount it on CD/DVD drive

Step 2: Open the mounted path and double click the Autorun.exe to start the process.

install vcenter server

Step 3: Select vCenter Server for Windows and click Install to begin the installation.

Step 4: Windows Installer preparing to install in process, click Next to install vCenter Server 6.0.0

install vcenter server

Step 5: Accept the License Agreement and click Next

EULA vcenter server

Step 6: Select Platform Services Controller as shown in following figure and click Next

External deployment

New vCenter Single Sign-on domain will be created in following step.

Step 7: Select Create a new vCenter Single Sign-On domain, provide domain name, vCenter Single Sign-On password, and confirm password as mentioned in following figure, and click Next.

create new sso domain

Step 8: Leave Configure Ports as default and click Next.

Step 9: Leave Destination Directory default and click Next.

Step 10: Review your settings and click Install.

Step 11: Installation process will start now, and will take some time to install. You can have a cup of coffee.

Step 12: Platform Services Controller (PSC) installation is completed. Click on Finish and proceed to the next step.

  1. Installation of vCenter Server 6.0

After successfully installation of External PSC, now we’ll install vCenter Server for External PSC.

Step 13: Repeat Step 1 – 5, and select vCenter Server as shown in following figure.

Step 14: Enter your FQDN or IP Address External Platform Services Controller, default HTTPS port 443, and vCenter Single Sign-On password and click Next.

Step 15: Platform Services Controller (PSC) certificate will appear, accept the certificate and click OK.

Step 16: Select Use Windows Local System Account and click Next. In Next step, select user an external database and click Next.

Note: Make sure you’ve already configured 64bit ODBC system DSN (vcdb), and installed SQL Server 2014 database.

Step 17: Leave Configure Ports as default and click Next.

Step 18: Leave Destination Directory as default and click Next.

Step 19: Review your settings and click Install.

Step 20: Again, installer will start the installation process, sit relax and wait to complete the installation process.

Step 21: Setup has been completed, click Finish.

When you’ll click on Launch vSphere Web Client, it will launch vSphere Web Client. For complete guidance regarding vCenter Server installation and configuration, you can follow VMware vSphere 6.0 Part 2 – vCenter, Alarms and Templates , or you can take Learning vSphere 6 Course, and is highly recommended. In next post, we’ll see how VCSA 6.0 is installed and configure.

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