vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 What’s New Rundown

During VMworld Barcelona 2016, VMware announced vSphere 6.5. With lots of new features and updates, this is one of the biggest vSphere releases we have had in a while. Leading the charge is none other than the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). VMware’s direction for vCenter Server is the VCSA and it’s quite evident from this release. The VCSA and its Windows counterpart remain on par when it comes to scalability. From an operational and feature perspective,¬†the VCSA has advantages. This post is a quick rundown of the VCSA 6.5, I’ll go into more details in future blog posts. Time to take a look at what’s new and why migrate2vcsa you should ūüôā


Starting with the VCSA 6.5 ISO, improvements are easily visible when comparing to 6.O:


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vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.0 Update 1 Rundown

VCSA Update 1 - Main ImageVMworld 2015 has come and gone, at least the US version. There were several sessions giving love to vCenter. This included the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). Here are a few of the sessions that are worth a look.

INF5975 – vCenter Server Appliance as First Choice VC
INF4528- vCenter Server Appliance VCSA Best Practices & Tips Tricks
INF4944- Managing vSphere 6.0 Deployments and Upgrades, Part 1
INF4945 – vCenter Server 6 High Availability

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VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) SSO Error

SSO with VIO GraphicLike other VMware products, VIO leverages Single Sign On (SSO). Luckily, the SSO configuration with VIO is fairly¬†simple. When used with vSphere 5.5 it requires IP or FQDN of your vSphere SSO along with port 7444. With vSphere 6.0 you don’t have to use a port, it’s that easy. I ran into this error while installing VIO. Here is the process I went through.

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Unsupported VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) Configuration

VIO Unsupported Config

In a perfect datacenter environment, we would all have an additional area for Dev/Test. This is not always the case¬†and we don’t always have the resources readily available to us. Most of us get creative using what old equipment we have. Some carve out a section in their¬†infrastructure, while others leverage the cloud. Currently I’ve been using Ravello as my Dev/Test area of my lab for VIO. A VIO¬†production-ready deployment requires a significant amount of¬†resources. These same resources may not be instantly¬†available in some environments. The current deployment architecture of VIO requires 15 VMs with a total of 56CPUs¬†and 192GB RAM; details can be found¬†here. This doesn’t take into account if you’re using NSX. However, there are a few ways you can¬†be conservative with VIO resources. Let me state up front: the following setup is not supported by VMware for production.

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Ravello Lab Setup for VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) Part 2

Ravello-with-VIO-Part-2Previously, we talked about the prerequisites (link) needed for a successful VIO¬†deployment. Now that we’ve met¬†them, let’s take things to the next level and deploy VIO. VIO is available at no cost to those who have purchased the following VMware licensing:

  • vCloud Suite (all editions).
  • vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus (vSOM).
  • vSphere Enterprise Plus.

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