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Today I stumbled over an article ritten by Petr McAllister on the VMware TAM blog. It is a good read and for sure one of those articles you instantly recognize as an article to memorize for the VCAP6-DCV Design certification test.

Platform Services Controller (PCS) and vCenter Server 6 Maximums

“So the question was, “When we run a complex environment with multiple vCenter servers, vRealize Operations servers, vRealize Automation, vRealize Orchestrator, Site Recovery Manager and backup appliances, how can we fit all those solutions under the 10-solution limit?”

Finding the correct answer was pretty straight forward; VMware has published a document called “Configuration Maximums vSphere 6.0,” and the information is right there. The document has very specific content on exactly what my customer was asking:

“A VMware Solution is defined as a product that creates a Machine Account and one or more Solution Users (a collection of vSphere services) … At this time, only vCenter Server is defined as a fully integrated solution and counts against these maximums. Partially integrated solutions, such as vCenter Site Recovery Manager, vCloud Director, vRealize Orchestrator, vRealize Automation Center, and vRealize Operations, do not count against these defined maximums.”

In his article Petr makes a reference to the following site link:

List of recommended topologies for VMware vSphere 6.0.x

Here is an example from the site link:


  • 1 Single Sign-On domain
  • 2 or more Single Sign-On sites
  • 2 or more external Platform Services Controllers
  • 2 or more vCenter Server with external Platform Services Controller



Read both articles carefully, they are important!

Leaves me but one thing to say:  Thank you Petr!

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