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What is my vCSA PNID?

The vCenter Server Appliance Primary Network Identifier (vCSA PNID) is an identifier that is used during the initial configuration of vCenter Server Appliance. You might seen it as the guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.pnid string if you ever deployed a vCenter Server Appliance on VMware Workstation of Fusion. You might also seen reference to PNID in KB 2130599 – Cannot change the vCenter Server or Platform Service Controller 6.x hostname. In my case, I had a customer that was trying to […]

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How to configure vCenter High Availability

One of the coolest features in vSphere 6.5 is the vCenter High Availability. This solution provides automated failover from active to passive vCenter node with expected RTO < 5 mins. The mechanism uses synchronous replication so there is no data loss and it operates in an Active/Passive configuration with a Witness node. vCenter High Availability feature is only available on the vCenter Server Appliance. Requirements for vCenter High Availability At least 3 ESXi version 5.5 […]

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Migrate Windows vCenter Server 6 with embedded PSC to vCSA 6.5 with external PSC

Continuing with the upgrade-migration scenarios to vCSA #migrate2vcsa FTW! 😎 , this blog post will concentrate on migrating from Windows vCenter Server 6 with embedded PSC to vCSA 6.5 with external PSC.  The procedure steps are as follow. Migrate to vCSA 6.5 with external PSC Deploy a secondary PSC version 6 and join the existing SSO domain. Repoint the vCenter Server to the new PSC. Migrate PSC to version 6.5. Migrate Windows vCenter Server to vCenter […]

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Migrate vCenter 5.5 with external SSO to VCSA 6.0 with external PSC

In the last weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of migrations to vSphere 6.0 for our customers and most of them were migration to the vCenter Server Appliance version 6.0 using the migration tool. This post is the first one in the migration series I am starting and I am kicking off with how to migrate vCenter 5.5 with external SSO to VCSA 6.0 with external PSC. Note – If you are still running on […]

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How to deploy vCenter Server Appliance with external Platform Services Controller

In one of my previous posts we had a closer look on how to upgrade the vCenter Server Appliance from version 5.5 to version 6.0. This upgrade procedure described the upgrade process of the vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded Platform Services Controller (PSC) but doesn’t provide an upgrade or migration process if you want to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance with an external Platform Services Controller. According to the vSphere 6 Installation and Setup […]

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How to upgrade vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 to version 6.0

The latest version of VMware vSphere ships with a new version of the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA). Let’s have a quick look on how to upgrade the vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 to version 6.0. As always, before you begin, make sure you read the vSphere 6 upgrade guide (chapter 5: Upgrading and patching the vCenter Server Appliance). Also, before you can proceed with the upgrade, you must install the VMware Client integration plug-in from the […]