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vCenter Architecture Changes in vSphere 6.0 and Deploying VCSA 6.0 – Part 2

In my last blog vCenter Architecture Changes in vSphere 6.0 and Deploying vCenter 6 – Part 1  We have discussed about Architectural changes in vSphere 6.0. Also we have discussed vCenter Deployment Modes (vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server with an External Platform Services Controller). We have discussed how to install Windows-based vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller.

In this vCenter Architecture Changes in vSphere 6.0 and Deploying VCSA 6 – Part 2 will discuss how to deploy VCSA 6.0 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller.

VCSA 6.0 deployment :-

1. Download the VCSA installer from VMware website and Copy/Mount the ISO image to any Windows PC to start the deployment.

vc102. Before starting VCSA deployment we need to Install VMware client integration plug-in.

vc13. Best part is that VMware-Client Integration Plugin is part of VCSA installer, Browse the VCSA folder and Double Click VMware-ClientIntegrationPlugin-6.0.0 to start the installation.

vc24. It is pretty simple Windows Installation process. Just follow the screen to complete the VMware-Client Integration Plugin Installation.vc35. On the ‘Welcome to the Installation wizard for the VMware Client Integration Plug-in 6.0.0’ window click ‘Next’

vc46. On the ‘End-User License Agreement’ window ‘Accept the License Agreement’ and Click ‘Next’


7. On the ‘Destination Folder’ Window change the folder if required or click ‘Next’vc6

8. On the ‘Ready to Install the Plug-in’ window click ‘Install’ to start the Installation.


9. it will take 1-2 minutes to finish the installation.


10. Here we go ‘Installation Completed’ Click ‘Finish’ to close the window.


11. Once we have Finished VMware Client Integration Plug-in installation, We can start VCSA deployment by Double-Clicking ‘vcsa-setup.html’ file.

vc10  12. Click ‘Install’ to start the Deployment.


13. ‘Accept the License Agreement’ and Click ‘Next’


14. On the ‘Connect to the target Server’ window, Enter the ESXi host Name or IP address on which want to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance. Enter root password of the ESXi host and Click ‘Next’

Note:- Make Sure ‘lock down mode is Disabled’ on the ESXi host and NTP is configured and there is time synchronization between ESXi host and the NTP server.


15. On the ‘Certificate Warning’ Window click ‘YES’ to accept and continue with deployment.


16. On the ‘Setup Virtual Machine’ window Enter the VM name and root password for the Appliance and Click ‘Next’


17. On the ‘Select deployment type’ window select ‘ Install vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller’ under Embedded Platform Services Controller and click ‘Next’


18. On the ‘Set up Single Sign-On’ window select ‘Create a new SSO domain’, Enter SSO Administrator password, SSO Domain Name and SSO site name and Click ‘Next’


19. On the ‘Select Appliance Size’ window select the appliance size as per size of the Infrastructure going to be managed by the vCenter Server, for the demo purpose i am choosing here ‘Tiny (Up to 10 hosts,             100 VMs)’. You can see that this will deploy a tiny VM configured with 2 vCPUs and 8 GB of Memory and requires 120 GB of disk size.


20.  On the ‘Select datastore’ window select the datastore to store the vCenter Server (we can Enable Thin Disk Mode by checking the Enable This Disk Mode check box, but for production recommendation is to           deploy ‘Thick Disk Mode’) and click ‘Next’


21. On the ‘Configure Database’ window select the desired database type and click ‘Next’

vCenter Server Appliance can use either embedded PostgreSQL database, which is recommended, or an external database include Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Database 12c. Unlike Windows support           for PostgreSQL, vCenter Server Appliance supports up to 1,000 hosts or 10,000 virtual machines at full vCenter Server scale. External database support is being deprecated; this is the last release that                   supports the use of an external database with vCenter Server Appliance.


22. On the ‘Network Settings’ Window Enter the vCenter Server appliance IP address, Subnet Mask, Gateway, DNS Server, and NTP server settings and Click ‘Next’


23. On the ‘Ready to Complete’ window Review the settings and Click ‘Finish’ to start the deployment


24. It will take several minutes to finish the deployment.



25.  Here we go Installation of vCenter Server is successfully completed and ready for use. We can access vSphere Web Client using https://<IP address>/vsphere-client and login as SSO Administrator                credentials.


26. That’s it. We can connect to vCenter Server and start using and configuring.


That’s it 🙂 We have discussed in this part 2 how to deploy VCSA 6.0 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller. In the next part vCenter Architecture Changes in vSphere 6.0 and Deploying VCSA 6.0 – Part 3, Will discuss how to deploy VCSA 6.0 with an External Platform Services Controller. Until then please stay tuned and Keep Spreading the knowledge 🙂


vCenter Architecture Changes in vSphere 6.0 and Deploying vCenter 6 – Part 1

Here in this post will discuss about the vCenter Server architecture changes from vSphere 5.5 to vSphere 6. Will also discuss different use cases and Deploying vCenter Server 6 with Installable Windows-based and Deploying vCenter Server 6 with VCSA.

Firstly let me brief about VMware vCenter Server 5.5 components, there are multiple individual components are used to deliver the vCenter Server management solution.

  1. vCenter Single Sign-On
  2. vSphere Web Client
  3. vCenter Inventory Service
  4. vCenter Server

When deploying a vCenter server there are 2 deployment processes Simple Install and Custom Install. 

Simple Install :- The simple install is a deployment option that deploys vCenter Server with its default options selected to a single physical or virtual machine. The simple install install all four components of vCenter Server (vCenter Single Sign-On, vSphere Web Client, vCenter Inventory Service, and the vCenter Server instance) on a single windows Server. This is ideal for small customer.

There are several limitations with the simple installer:-

When you choose Simple install it will install in default location with no option to change the destination folder. Many customers prefer to install their applications to a volume other than the system volume.

Simple install provides only the vCenter Single Sign-On deployment option of “vCenter Single Sign-On for your first vCenter Server.” Therefore it cannot be used for additional vCenter servers.pic1Custom Install :- The custom install gives you option to install each individual component independently on same or different servers. Because each component is being installed individually, so it is important that components are installed in the following order:

1. vCenter Single Sign-On

2. vSphere Web Client  ( Not compulsory can be installed later)

3. vCenter Inventory Service

4. vCenter Server

pic2With the release of vSphere 6.0, vCenter Server installation and configuration has been simplified dramatically. The installation of vCenter now consists of only two components instead of 4 components in vSphere 5.5. and provide all services for the virtual datacenter:

  • Platform Services Controller vSphere 6.0 introduces a new component called the Platform Services Controller (PSC). Now no need to install all these components individually. We choose to install Platform Services Controller (PSC) and all the services included in Platform Services Controller will be installed:
    • vCenter Single Sign-On
    • License Service
    • Lookup Service
    • VMware Directory Service
    • VMware Certificate Authority
  • vCenter Services Same way when we install vCenter Services it will install group of services includes:
    • vCenter Server
    • vSphere Web Client
    • vCenter Inventory Service
    • vSphere Auto Deploy
    • vSphere ESXi Dump Collector
    • vSphere Syslog Collector (Microsoft Windows)/VMware Syslog Service (Appliance)

vCenter Deployment Modes:- 

There are two basic architectures that can be used when deploying vSphere 6.0 :-

1. Install vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller mode installs all services on the same virtual machine or physical server as vCenter Server. It will install PSC components first followed by vCenter Server Services.  This mode is ideal for small environments.     pic32. Install vCenter Server with an External Platform Services Controller vCenter Server with an External Platform Services Controller mode installs the platform services on a system that is separate from where vCenter services are installed. Installing the platform services is a prerequisite for installing vCenterThis mode is ideal for larger environments, where there are multiple vCenter servers.

pic4There will be several use cases depending on business requirement to deploy vCenter Server either with an Embedded Platform Services Controller or with an External Platform Services Controller .Here are List of recommended use cases for VMware vSphere 6.0 deployment. You can also find out here  :- http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2108548pic5pic6vCenter Server comes not only as an installable Windows-based application but also as a SUSE Linux-based Virtual appliance. Will you use Windows-based or Virtual appliance? There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach. I am not going to discuss what to use here.

Here Will discuss both approach, How to install Windows-based vCenter Server and How to deploy VCSA (VMware vCenter Server Virtual Appliance) with Embedded and External PSC.

Install Windows-based vCenter Server 6 with an Embedded Platform Services Controller:-

  • To install Windows-based vCenter Server we need to have a Windows Server ready.
  • Server must be a member of a domain.
  • Make a new account in Active Directory for the vCenter Server before the deployment and assign required permission on the host where you want to install vCenter Server.
  • Enter a DNS entry for the Server.

Now we are ready to start vCenter Server installation.

1. Login to the Windows Server with Service account and copy/mount the installer VMware-VIMSetup-all-6.0.0-2800571.iso

2. Browse the location of the Installer and double click the Autorun to start the VMware vCenter Installer.pic73. VMware vCenter Installer will start. Select ‘vCenter Server for Windows’ under VMware vCenter Server and Click ‘Install’.

VC24. VMware vCenter Server installation will start and Click ‘Next’ on ‘Welcome to the VMware vCenter Server 6.0. Installer’

VC45. Click the ‘I accept the terms of the license agreement’ box and then click ‘Next’

VC56. Here we are installing vCenter with an Embedded Platform Services Controller, So click ‘vCenter Server and Embedded Platform Services Controller’ and then click ‘Next’. VC67. Enter the ‘System Name’ on the ‘System Network Name’ window and then click ‘Next’. In the most cases it will auto select FQDN of the server on which we are installing vCenter Server.

VC78. On the ‘vCenter Single Sign-On Configuration’ page enter the ‘Domain Name’ (By default it will be vsphere.local), ‘Enter SSO Administrator Password’ and ‘Site Name’ and then click ‘Next’

p39. On the ‘vCenter Server Service Account’ page select ‘Specify a user Service account’ enter password for the Service account and then click ‘Next’. If you have logged in as Service Account it will auto take the account name in ‘Account user name’

VC910. Choose the ‘Database Settings’ and then click ‘Next’. In production environment it is always recommended to ‘use an external database’

VC1011.  On the ‘Configure Ports’ page normally select default ports but if required you can change the port numbers as per and click ‘Next’

VC1112. On the ‘Destination Directory’ page change the location if required or click ‘Next’

VC1213. On the ‘Ready to Install’ page review the settings and click ‘Install’ to start the ‘Installation Process…’

p714. It will take several minutes to install ‘vCenter Server Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server services. Wait for Installation to finish.

VC12-115. Installation in Progress….

VC1616. Here we go ‘Setup Completed’ and vCenter Server has been successfully Installed. Click ‘Finish’ to complete the Installation.


Will discuss Deploying a new vCenter 6 with VCSA (Embedded and External) in Next Part… So stay tuned  🙂