vCenter HA: Deploy External Platform Services Controller

This post is part of a series on deploying Highly Available vCenter and Platform Services Controllers.

Part 1: vCenter HA: Deploy External Platform Services Controller

Part 2: vCenter HA: Configure NetScaler for External Platform Services Controllers

Part 3: vCenter HA: Replace Certificates for Platform Services Controllers

Part 4: vCenter HA: Connect Platform Services Controllers to Active Directory

Part 5: vCenter HA: Deploy vCenter

Part 6: vCenter HA: Replace Certificates for vCenter

Part 7: vCenter HA: License vCenter

Part 8: vCenter HA: Add and Configure Hosts and Clusters

Part 9: vCenter HA: Add and Configure Datastores and Datastore Clusters

Part 10: vCenter HA: Add and Configure Distributed Switches

Part 11: vCenter HA: Configure vCenter HA

Part 12+: Advanced Tasks (Coming soon)

In this post, we are going to be focusing on deploying our external platform services controller for vCenter 6.5. You will need to make sure that you have a 6.5 host with a standard switch ready to go. You will also need to download the vCenter 6.5 ISO from the VMware site if you do not have it already.

VMware has definitely made improvements to the appliance installation and this one is the best by far. I like it a lot.

Make sure you have all your DNS settings correct on the host and your system you are deploying from otherwise the installation may fail.


Static IPs and DNS entries with reverse lookups for two Platform Service Controllers and one vCenter

Load Balancer of any kind. I will be using a Citrix NetScaler.

Mount the iso and navigate to the UI installer directory. From there, you need to run installer.exe.

Click Install.

Here you can see that VMware has now divided the installation of the appliance into two stages. This is helpful as you can do snapshots before the configuration just in case you have any issues.

Click Next.

Read the EULA and check the box.

Click Next.

Select the radio button next to Platform Services Controller under External Platform Services Controller.

Click Next.

Enter your host information and click Next.

Click Yes to accept the host certificate.

Enter a name for the virtual machine. Preferably whatever the hostname will be.

Enter a root password of the proper complexity.

Click Next.

Select a datastore that you have already created on the host level. If you have not done so, you will need to do that before proceeding.

Select Thin Disk Mode if that is optimal for the arraying you are deploying to.

Click Next.

Enter the required information.

***Be advised: If your DNS settings are not done yet, the deployment could fail and you will see warnings about errors resolving the FQDN.

Click Next.

Validate the information is correct.

Click Finish.

Buzzing and Whirring ensues.

Installation is now complete.

At this point, you can snapshot the VM if you want.

Click Continue.

Click Next.

You can either sync the virtual machine to NTP servers or with the host.

NTP is always preferable.

Select the drop down to enable SSH.

Click Next.

Select the radio button for Create a new SSO domain.

Enter an SSO domain name. (Do not use your AD or other LDAP domain)

Enter the default Administrator password.

Enter a Site Name.

Click Next.

I always uncheck CEIP.

Click Next.

Validate your information again.

Click Finish.

Hope you made a snapshot.

Click OK.


Now this first External Platform Services Controller is complete.

Go ahead and deploy a second one. I will provide screenshots showing the same process and interject text where the process changes.


At this point, you want to select the radio button for Join an existing SSO domain.

Enter the FQDN for the first Platform Services Controller that you deployed.

Enter the domain name.

Enter the default Administrator password.

Click Next.

Select the radio button for Join an existing site.

Use the drop down to select the site you created.

Click Next.


Now you have finished deploying the second Platform Services Controller into the same site as the first one.


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