So back again.
In this post we’ll look at installing the Platform Services Controller (PSC).
Forgetting about ESX for a minute, this new iteration of vSphere is, in my opinion, a huge leap forward for administrators. It feels like the virtual appliance architecture has finally come of age. The split of duties makes a great deal of sense. The PSC is responsible for Single Sign On (SSO), Licensing, and as a Certificate Authority, while the VCSA hosts the inventory service, the web client and others.
So why on different appliances for this lab? Well going forward, in future blog posts, we’ll look at connecting a second VCSA to the PSC.
This first VCSA and PSC will lay the foundation for this and future labs
To install the VCSA and/or PSC you you will need to install the VMware client intergration plugin. can be found in the iso at
This part of the installer does assume that you have a DC up and running. If you don’t you should get one setup before continuing as we will need it later, if you choose to follow that part of the guide.
Once that’s done we can fire up the installer and get the PSC installed.
Firstly unpack the ISO to your local drive. C:/temp for example.
1. Double click on vcsa-setup.html. (found in the unpacked ISO).
11. Networking is King here and you’ll need to be vigilant going through this. For the time sync select “Synchronize appliance with ESXi host” and tick “Enable ssh”. Click Next.