vCenter Embedded Linked Mode is enhanced linked mode support for vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Services Controller.
With vCenter Embedded Linked Mode, you can connect a vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Services Controller together to form a domain. vCenter Embedded Linked Mode is not supported for Windows vCenter Server installations. vCenter Embedded Linked Mode is supported starting with vSphere 6.5 Update 2 and suitable for most deployments.
Other features of vCenter Embedded Linked Mode include:
- No external Platform Services Controller, providing a more simplified domain architecture than an external deployment with enhanced linked mode.
- A simplified backup and restore process. See “File-Based Backup and Restore of vCenter Server Appliance” for more information.
- A simplified HA process, removing the need for load balancers.
- Up to 15 vCenter Server Appliances can be linked together using vCenter Embedded Linked Mode and displayed in a single inventory view.
- For a vCenter High Availability (vCenter HA) cluster, three nodes are considered one logical vCenter Server node. See “vCenter Architecture Overview” in vSphere Availability for the vCenter HA architecture overview. A single vCenter Server standard license is needed for one vCenter HA cluster.
Note: Upgrading from vCenter 6.5 Update 2 to vCenter 6.7 GA is not supported.
Figure – vCenter Embedded Linked Mode
vCenter Embedded Linked Mode