Deploy Embedded PSC with Enhanced Linked Mode – Part 2

Stage 2 – Setup the vCenter Server Appliance with Embedded PSC

After completing stage 1, you will be taken to stage 2 and the introduction page.

Click Next

2.5.1

Either select Synhronize time with NTP servers or  Synchronize time with ESXi host (depending on your preference).  Enter NTP servers (if required) and select Enabled from the SSH access dropdown.

Click Next

2.5.2

As this is the first VCSA with Embedded PSC, select the Create a new SSO domain radio button

Enter the name for the Single Sing-On domain name: vsphere.local
The Single Sign-On user name is administrator and cannot be changed
Enter the Single Sign-On password and confirm the password
Enter the Single Sign-On Site name: default-site

Click Next

2.5.3

Select the checkbox if you would like to join the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program

Click Next

2.5.4

Review the summary on the Ready to complete Install – Stage 2 page, verify the settings and then click Finish

2.5.5

Click OK to the warning message

2.5.6

If all goes well, the VCSA setup should complete successfully. You can navigate to https://vmatestlab01.testlab.com/vsphere-client to go to the vSphere Web Client, https://vmatestlab01.testlab.com/ui to go to the HTML5 client or click the https://vmatestlab01.testlab.com:443 to go to the Appliance Getting Started Page.

Click Close

2.5.7

Deploy second VCSA appliance following previous steps in part 1 Deploy Embedded PSC with Enhanced Linked Mode – Part 1

After completing stage 1, you will be taken to stage 2 and the introduction page.

Click Next

2.5.8

Either select Synhronize time with NTP servers or  Synchronize time with ESXi host (depending on your preference).  Enter NTP servers (if required) and select Enabled from the SSH access dropdown.

Click Next

2.5.2

Select the Join an existing SSO domain radio button to join the existing SSO domain of the first deployed Embedded PSC VCSA appliance

Enter the FQDN of the first VCSA with Embedded PSC: vmatestlab01.testlab.com
Enter the HTTPS port: 443
Enter the Single Sign-On name: vsphere.local
The Single Sign-On user name is administrator and cannot be changed
Enter the Single Sign-On password

You will notice there is no longer an option to enter the SSO site name. For greenfield deployments, SSO sites are no longer available for new deployments.

2.5.10

Select the checkbox if you would like to join the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program

Click Next

2.5.11

Review the summary on the Ready to complete Install – Stage 2 page, verify the settings and then click Finish

2.5.12

If all goes well, the second VCSA setup should complete successfully. You can navigate to https://vmatestlab02.testlab.com/vsphere-client to go to the vSphere Web Client, https://vmatestlab02.testlab.com/ui to go to the HTML5 client or click the https://vmatestlab02.testlab.com:443 to go to the Appliance Getting Started Page.

Click Close

2.5.13

After logging into the HTML5 client for vmatestlab01.testlab.com, you can click Linked vCenter Server Systems to validate Enhanced Linked Mode.

2.5.14

Conclusion

Deploying the vCenter Server Appliance using embedded PSCs is now the way forward since vSphere 6.5 U2 and vSphere 6.7, utilising VCSA HA for high availability if your solution requires. VMware has done a really good job of simplifying the deployment. As previously stated, always review the vSphere Installation and Setup Guide for full details of the prerequisites and details steps, validating product interoperability in your environment by reviewing the VMware Product Interoperability Matrices along with reviewing the VMware KB Supported and deprecated topologies for VMware vSphere 6.5 (2147672) for supported deployment topologies.