Installing vCenter with External Platform Services Controller


Recently the company I work for has upgraded all their VMware ESXi licenses to Enterprise Plus and with great licenses come great configurations. So, I’ve decided to install a fresh install of vCenter 6.5 in a lab with a couple of ESXi hosts attached so I can start configuring the awesomeness like distributed switches (which will be documented too). I’ve always wanted to play with this, but licensing was an issue.

This is for a new install of vCenter, using the UI. I included a very brief CLI deployment too. I will also include an upgrade vCenter post to show the upgrade procedure from 6.0 to 6.5 (and the issues faced with that).

Design Overview:

  • Version: VMware vCenter Server 6.5 U1e
  • Deployment Type: vCenter with External Platform Services Controller (both are going to be VCSA, so NO windows)
  • vSphere Domain: lab.vmware.local


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