HOWTO: Deploy the VMware vSphere 6.0 Platform Service Controller

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Platform Services Controller PSC VMware vSphere

Published on 23 May 2016 by Christopher Lewis. Words: 429. Reading Time: 3 mins.

The following instructions will help you deploy a standalone VMware vSphere Platform Service Controller.


In the software installer directory, double-click vcsa-setup.html.

Wait for the browser to detect the Client Integration Plug-in and allow the plug-in to run on the browser when prompted.

On the Home page, click Install to start the vCenter Server Appliance deployment wizard.

At the End User License Agreement screen, check the “I accept the terms of the license agreement checkbox”, and click Next.

At the Connect to the target server screen, enter the FQDN of the ESX-INSTALL-HOST, the ESX-USERNAME and ESX-PASSWORD on which you want to deploy the Platform Services Controller appliance, and click Next.

If prompted, by a Certificate Warning dialog, click Yes to accept the certificate.

At the Set up virtual machine screen, enter the Appliance Name as PSC-APPLIANCE-NAME, then enter the PSC-PASSWORD into the OS password text field and then confirm the password by re-entering it into the Confirm OS password text field, then click Next.

At the **Select deployment type **screen, select the Install Platform Services Controller option, then click Next.

At the Set up Single Sign-On (SSO) screen, select the Create a new SSO domain option. Enter the SSO-ADMIN-PASSWORD into the vCenter SSO Password text field, and confirm it by re-entering it in the Confirm Password text field. Add the SSO-DOMAIN into the SSO Domain name text field and the SSO-SITE into the SSO Site name field and then click Next.

At the Select Appliance Size screen, ensure that the Appliance size is Platform Service Controller, then click Next.

At the **Select datastore **screen, select DATASTORE from the list, then click Next.

At the Network Settings screen, select VLAN from the Choose a network drop-down, leave the IP Address family dropdown as IPv4 (default) and Network type dropdown as Static (default). Enter the following information into the relevant text fields:

  • The IP-ADDRESS into the Network address field.
  • The into the System name field.
  • The into the Subnet mask field.
  • The into the Network gateway field.
  • The into the Network DNS Server field.

At the Network Settings screen, scroll down and select the Use NTP servers option is selected and enter the NTP-SERVER name into the text field. Check the Enable ssh checkbox and click Next.

At the Customer Experience Improvement Program screen, uncheck the Join the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program checkbox and click Next.

At the Ready to complete screen, review all of the information and click Finish.

The Primary Platform Services Controller will now be deployed and ready for either the installation of vCenter or another PSC!