The Platform Services Controller Administration documentation explains how the VMware® Platform Services Controller™ fits into your vSphere environment and helps you perform common tasks such as certificate management and vCenter Single Sign-On configuration.

A companion document, vSphere Security, explains how you can set up permissions, describes available security features and the measures that you can take to safeguard your environment from attack, and includes a reference to privileges.

In addition to these documents, VMware publishes a Hardening Guide for each release of vSphere, accessible at The Hardening Guide is a spreadsheet with entries for different potential security issues. It includes items for three different risk profiles.

This information is intended for administrators who want to configure Platform Services Controller and associated services. The information is written for experienced Windows or Linux system administrators who are familiar with virtual machine technology and datacenter operations.

Task instructions in this guide are based on the vSphere Web Client. You can also perform most of the tasks in this guide by using the new vSphere Client. The new vSphere Client user interface terminology, topology, and workflow are closely aligned with the same aspects and elements of the vSphere Web Client user interface. You can apply the vSphere Web Client instructions to the new vSphere Client unless otherwise instructed.


Not all functionality in the vSphere Web Client has been implemented for the vSphere Client in the vSphere 6.5 release. For an up-to-date list of unsupported functionality, see Functionality Updates for the vSphere Client Guide at