Protecting the vCenter Server system is important because it is the central point of management and monitoring for the SDDC. How you protect vCenter Server depends on maximum downtime tolerated, and on whether failover automation is required.

The following table lists methods available for protecting the vCenter Server system and the vCenter Server Appliance.

Methods for Protecting vCenter Server System and the vCenter Server Appliance

Redundancy Method

Protects vCenter Server system (Windows)

Protects Platform Services Controller (Windows)

Protects vCenter Server (Appliance)

Protects Platform Services Controller (Appliance)

Automated protection using vSphere HA.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Manual configuration and manual failover. For example, using a cold standby.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

HA Cluster with external load balancer

Not Available

Yes

Not Available

Yes

vCenter Server HA

Not Available

Not Available

Yes

Not Available

vCenter Server Protection Design Decision

Decision ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implication

SDDC-VI-VC-007

Protect all vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller appliances by using vSphere HA.

Supports availability objectives for vCenter Server appliances without a required manual intervention during a failure event.

vCenter Server will be unavailable during a vSphere HA failover.