Installing Pivotal Platform on vSphere

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This guide describes how to install Pivotal Platform on vSphere.

If you experience a problem while following the steps below, see Diagnosing Deployment Problems or the Known Issues sections of the following topics:


This section describes the resource requirements for installing Pivotal Platform.

Note: If you are using the Cisco Nexus 1000v Switch, see Using the Cisco Nexus 1000v Switch with Ops Manager for more information.

Note: When installing Ops Manager on a vSphere environment with multiple ESXi hosts, you must use network-attached or shared storage devices. Local storage devices do not support sharing across multiple ESXi hosts.

Resource Requirements

You can install Pivotal Platform with one of two runtimes. For more information about the requirements for each runtime, see the following:

vSphere Service Account Requirements

Ops Manager requires read/write permissions to the data center level of the vSphere Inventory Hierarchy to successfully install. Pivotal recommends defining a custom role for the service account that has all privileges for all objects in the data center, including propagating privileges to children.

Since Ops Manager passes all required credentials through to BOSH, you only need one service account with the required vSphere privileges to complete the installation. Setting up separate service accounts for Ops Manager and BOSH is not necessary or recommended.

For more information about service account requirements, see the following topics:

Note: You can also apply the default VMware Administrator System Role to the service account to achieve the appropriate permission level.

vSphere Security Documents


This section describes the steps for installing Pivotal Platform.

Step 1: Install Ops Manager

Complete the following procedures to install Ops Manager on vSphere:

  1. Deploying Ops Manager to vSphere

  2. Configuring BOSH Director on vSphere

Additional Configuration

See the following topics for additional configuration options:

Next Steps

After completing the procedures above, configure a runtime.

For information about installing and configuring a runtime, see the following: