vCenter health warning about external Platform Services Controller

I’m starting to see vSphere health warnings complaining about the “Depreciation of the external Platform Services Controller deployment model”

This is very confusing because my vCenter servers were built using the Embedded Platform Services Controller option.  Yet vSphere health is saying that there is a problem?

Symptoms:

vSphere health warning for external platform services controller

The Skyline Health description text reads:

“Starting with vSphere 6.7, VMware announced a simplified vCenter Single Sign-On domain architecture by enabling vCenter Enhanced Linked Mode support for vCenter Server Appliance installations with an embedded Platform Services Controller. You can use the vCenter Server converge utility to change the deployment topology from an external Platform Services Controller to an embedded Platform Services Controller with support for vCenter Enhanced Linked Mode. As of this release, the external Platform Services Controller architecture is deprecated and will not be available in future releases. Click the Ask VMware link above for more details and a resolution.”

vSphere health alert for Upgrading Load Balanced PSCs

The Skyline Health description text reads:

“Special steps need to be taken when upgrading a vSphere 6.7 environment that has external, load-balanced Platform Services Controllers to vCenter Server 7.0. Click the Ask VMware link above for more details and a resolution.”

How do I tell if my vCenter uses an external or internal PSC?

Navigate to your vCenter appliance management website:

https://vCenteraddress:5480

You should be able to log on with your normal vSphere credentials  (typically username@vsphere.local)

Navigate to the Summary page.   In the top middle area, you will see “Type: vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller”

If your server uses an external PSC, it will say that here as well.

Hope that is reassuring to everyone.  Cheers!

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