vCenter Architecture Changes in vSphere 6.0 and Deploying VCSA 6.0 – Part 3

This is Part 3 of vCenter Architecture Changes in vSphere 6.0 and Deploying vCenter 6. In vCenter Architecture Changes in vSphere 6.0 and Deploying vCenter 6 – Part 1. We have discussed vCenter Architecture Changes in vSphere 6.0vCenter Deployment Modes and how to install Windows-based vCenter Server with an Embedded Platform Services Controller.

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

Here in vCenter Architecture Changes in vSphere 6.0 and Deploying VCSA 6.0 – Part 3 we’ll discuss how to deploy VCSA 6.0 with an External Platform Services Controller.

To deploy vCenter Server 6.0 with an External Platform Services Controller, We need to deploy PSC (Platform Services Controller) first and then Install vCenter Server. So let’s start and deploy  PSC (Platform Services Controller).

External PSC (Platform Services Controller) deployment using VCSA 6.0 :- 

1. Login to any Windows Server and Copy/Mount the ISO image to start the deployment.

2. We can start VCSA deployment by Double-Clicking ‘vcsa-setup.html’ file. If you have not installed VMware-ClientIntegrationPlugin-6.0 on this server need to install VMware-ClientIntegrationPlugin-6.0 before starting the deployment of VCSA 6.0.

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3. Click ‘Install’ to start the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 deployment..

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4. On the ‘End User Licence Agreement’ window select ‘Accept the License Agreement’ and Click Next

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5. On the ‘Connect to the target Server’ window, Enter the ESXi host Name or IP address on which want to deploy the PSC (Platform Services Controller) 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.

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

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7. On the ‘Set up Virtual Machine’ window Enter the Appliance Name and root password for the Appliance and Click ‘Next’

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8. On the ‘Select deployment type’ window select ‘Install Platform Services Controller’ under External Platform Services Controller and click ‘Next’

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

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10. On the ‘Select Appliance Size’ window click ‘Next’ to continue,

Note :- There is no option to select PSC appliance size, this will deploy an external Platform Services Controller VM with 2 vCPU and 2GB of memory and requires 30 GB of disk space.

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11. On the ‘Select datastore’ window select the datastore to store the PSC  (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’

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

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13. On the ‘Ready to Complete’ window Review the settings and Click ‘Finish’ to start the deployment . vc21_1

14. It will take 15-20 Minutes to download and deploy appliance, configure machine, and complete setup.

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15. Here we go ‘Installation of Platform Services Controller completed successfully’. You can see on below screen that now we are ready to Run installer to install ‘vCenter Server’ and connect to this Platform Services Controller by using 192.168.201.131.

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We have deployed PSC (Platform Services Controller) and now need to Run the Installer again to Install vCenter Server deployment:-

External vCenter Server deployment using VCSA 6.0 :-

1. Again start VCSA deployment by Double-Clicking ‘vcsa-setup.html’ file.

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2. Click ‘Install’ to start the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 deployment.

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3. On the ‘End User Licence Agreement’ window select ‘Accept the License Agreement’ and Click Next

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4. 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.

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

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6. On the ‘Setup Virtual Machine’ window Enter the vCenter server Virtual Machine Name and root password for the Appliance and Click ‘Next’

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7. On the ‘Select deployment type’ window select ‘Install vCenter Server (Requires External Platform Services Controller’ under External Platform Services Controller and click ‘Next’

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8. On the ‘Configure Single Sign-On (SSO)’ window Enter Platform Services Controller FQDN or IP Address, Enter SSO Administrator password and Click ‘Next’

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9. on the ‘Select Appliance Size’ window select the Appliance size Tiny, Small, Medium and Large depending on the number of ESXi Hosts and VMs this vCenter Server will be Managing and Click ‘Next’

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10. On the ‘Select datastore’ window select the datastore to store the VM configuration files and all of the Virtual Disks.  (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’

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

Note :- 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.

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

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

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14.  It will take 15-20 Minutes to download and deploy appliance, configure machine, and complete setup.

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15. Here we go ‘Installation of vCenter Server completed successfully’. You can see on below screen that Installation Completed and ready to use.  Start using vSphere web client :- https://192.168.201.132/vsphere-client as SSO administrator (administrator@vsphere.local)

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16. We can connect to ESXi host directly using VI Client and see both VMs (Platform Services Controller and vCenter Server) are up and running and ready to use.evc16That’s it for now Stay tuned for next topic 🙂

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