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How to configure Ops Manager with vCenter 6.0 and an external Platform Service Controller

Environment

Product Version
Ops Manager 1.7.x

Purpose

This article will describe the additional steps needed to install Ops Manager on vCenter 6.0+ when using an external Platform Services Controller (PSC).

Cause

When installing vCenter 6.0+, there are two topology options, internal-embedded and external PSC. When choosing the second option, this causes a slightly different configuration to be used for Ops Manager. This change is due to the separation of the roles and services within a traditional vCenter. The external PSC is a component of the VMware Cloud Infrastructure Suite. It deals with identity management for administrators and applications that interact with the vSphere platform.

Procedure

The installation instructions for installing Ops Manager with vCenter 6.0+ and an external PSC are very similar to the standard instructions. To get started, follow the standard installation instruction here.  

When entering the configuration on the vCenter Config screen, make the following adjustment: instead of using the DNS/IP address of the vCenter Server in the vCenter Host input box, use the IP address of the external PSC. When you save the page, the validation should run and it should save without error.

You can then proceed through the rest of the installation using the standard instructions.

Additional Information

More information on the Platform Service Controller can be found here.

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