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

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Deploy VCSA in Workstation 14

VMware Workstation 14 was released recently and you can now set up the VCSA in your Workstation Lab environment more efficiently than ever. There are many blog articles out there that outline how to do this in previous versions of Workstation. You basically have to modify the .vmx file before powering on the imported OVA … Continue reading Deploy VCSA in Workstation 14

vCenter 6.5 High Availability – Enable vCenter HA (Part 5)

So here we go...the final phase of enabling vCenter HA in our vSphere 6.5 environment. To quickly recap what we have done thus far. We have deployed our two external PSC appliances, configured the certificates as well as the load balancer to service them. In the previous step (Part 4) we deployed vCenter Server and … Continue reading vCenter 6.5 High Availability – Enable vCenter HA (Part 5)

vCenter 6.5 High Availability – Deploy vCenter (Part 4)

This is Part 4 of the multi-series for deploying and configuring vCenter 6.5 High Availability. Up to this point we have accomplished the following... Deployed two External Platform Service Controller (PSC) appliances. Configured our custom Certificates for the PSC appliances. Deployed our Network Load Balancer and configured it to provide HA for the two PSC … Continue reading vCenter 6.5 High Availability – Deploy vCenter (Part 4)

vCenter 6.5 High Availability – Load Balancer Config (Part 3)

Here in Part 3 of the vCenter HA 6.5 multi-series we will configure the load balancer that will provide a layer of redundancy between the two external Platform Services Controller (PSC) appliances that were deployed in configured in Part 2. There are three load balancer's summarized in KB Article 2147018 from VMware. NSX Edge Load … Continue reading vCenter 6.5 High Availability – Load Balancer Config (Part 3)

vCenter 6.5 High Availability – External PSC Deployment (Part 2)

Here in Part 2 of the multi-part series for vCenter Server 6.5 HA we will deploy the two external Platform Services Controller (PSC) appliances. The PSCs will be serviced (load balanced) by a 3rd party load balancer. In a real world deployment the load balancer could be a virtual or physical appliance. Which type should … Continue reading vCenter 6.5 High Availability – External PSC Deployment (Part 2)

vCenter 6.5 High Availability – Overview (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a multi-series where we will review the steps required to deploy and configure the new vCenter Server 6.5 High Availability¬†(Native HA) solution. This is exclusive to the VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance). I've been looking forward to a high availability solution for vCenter for a long time now. I cannot count … Continue reading vCenter 6.5 High Availability – Overview (Part 1)