vCenter HA: Deploy vCenter

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)


Now that we have deployed and configured our highly available Platform Services Controllers, we can go ahead and deploy vCenter.


Make sure you have assigned a static IP and DNS as you did for the Platform Services Controllers.

We are going to be doing vCenter HA so you want to make sure that you have three datastores dedicated to vCenter. ***Note: vCenter HA does not work with Datastore Clusters.


Go ahead and mount the ISO as you did before. Load the UI Installer directory and launch Installer.exe.

Click Install.

Click Next.

Check the Accept box.

Click Next.

Select the radio button for vCenter Server (Requires External Platform Services Controller)

Click Next.

Enter the hostname name for your ESXi 6.5 host.

Enter the username/password.

Click Next.

Click Yes.

Enter a name for the appliance.

Enter a root password for the appliance.

Click Next.

Select the deployment size.

You can leave the storage to default unless you plan on keeping a lot of data for analytics.

Click Next.

Select the first vCenter datastore. ***Note: I didn’t do this in the test lab but it is done in production.

Click Next.

Enter the DNS and IP information.

Click Next.

Click Finish.


Installation is now complete. You can go ahead and take a snapshot if you want to easily just back to the initial configuration.

Click Continue.

Click Next.

Enter your NTP severs.

Use the drop down to enable SSH.

Click Next.

Enter the load balanced FQDN for the Platform Services Controllers.

Enter the SSO domain.

Enter the default administrator password.

Click Next.

Click Finish.

Click OK.


If everything was successful, you will see this screen. At this point, if you took any snapshots and you don’t feel the need to roll back, go ahead and delete them.

You can take new ones of all three appliances before you continue if you want.


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