VMCA 6.5 with Embedded PSC as an Intermediate CA

One of my most popular blog articles is the configuration of VMCA 6.5 as an Intermediate CA but the article is specific to environment's with an External Platform Services Controller (PSC) and configuring it prior to deploying the VCSA for vCenter Server. I have received a lot of great feedback from this article and numerous … Continue reading VMCA 6.5 with Embedded PSC as an Intermediate CA

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Upgrading vSphere 5.5 before End of General Support

General Support for vSphere 5.5 will end on September 19, 2018. If you are still running vSphere 5.5 you have just a few months left to upgrade to a newer version. I am beginning to see many customers make the push to upgrade directly to vSphere 6.5 to take advantage of the latest features. If … Continue reading Upgrading vSphere 5.5 before End of General Support

Basic vCenter HA with Multiple Clusters

Here I am going to show you how to enable the "basic" vCenter HA option across multiple clusters. Why do this across multiple clusters? Easy...increase the availability of my vCenter HA instance. Could I enable this in a single cluster if I had to? Sure. If you are limited to a single cluster and want … Continue reading Basic vCenter HA with Multiple Clusters

Configure vCenter HA using the NSX Load Balancer

A couple months ago I posted a 5-part series for configuring and enabling vCenter HA using an external PSC and load balancer. Very effective solution for anyone looking to enhance vCenter availability in their environment. What about those customers who are taking advantage of VMware NSX and want to utilize the NSX load balancer for … Continue reading Configure vCenter HA using the NSX Load Balancer

Upgrade to vCenter 6.5

I have been looking forward to doing this for some time now. I could not perform this upgrade because my INITECH lab environment was running NSX 6.2.4 which is not compatible with vSphere 6.5...but I upgraded to NSX 6.3 in my previous blog article. I am very happy how that upgrade turned out. So the … Continue reading Upgrade to vCenter 6.5

VMCA 6.5 as an Intermediate CA

Certificates have always been an interesting topic to me. I have seen complex PKI infrastructures on several occasions but more often than not most environments have utilized certificates in a limited capacity. In regards to vSphere, a majority of the time the default certificates provided by vSphere were sufficient for most deployments. Security is certainly … Continue reading VMCA 6.5 as an Intermediate CA

vCenter Server 6.0 Migration Tool

Migrating to the VCSA 6.0 U2 appliance is EASY!