Upgrading vSAN 5.5 before End of General Support

In my previous blog article I focused primarily on upgrading a vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) version 5.5 to 6.5. I am going to continue my 5.5 upgrade and leverage VCSA 6.5 to perform an upgrade of my 5.5 hosts and vSAN cluster. This is essentially Part 2 of that article. I am going to demonstrate … Continue reading Upgrading vSAN 5.5 before End of General Support

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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

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

Working with NSX Layer-7 DFW Rules

The recently released NSX 6.4.0 introduced quite a few new features and enhancements. The one I really like is the Distributed Firewall (DFW) now has the ability to create Layer-7 (application-based) context for microsegmentation planning and flow control. Admins can also use the Application Rule Manager (ARM) which was introduced in NSX 6.3 to create … Continue reading Working with NSX Layer-7 DFW Rules

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

Deploying vRealize Orchestrator 7.3

In this blog I am going to walk you through the basic steps of deploying and configuring vRealize Orchestrator (vRO). I will also navigate you through the interface a little to get you familiar with some of its features. You should have a firm understanding and grasp of using vSphere before going any further. So … Continue reading Deploying vRealize Orchestrator 7.3

Deploying vSphere Integrated Containers

In this blog article I will walk you through the deployment for vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) into a vSphere 6.5 environment. This environment is a nested sandbox environment that I use regularly. You should certainly be an experienced vSphere administrator before attempting this and if you already have knowledge of any container technology or Docker … Continue reading Deploying vSphere Integrated Containers