Reconfiguring and Repointing vCenter Server to PSC

Introduction Starting with vSphere 6, there are two main roles to a core vCenter infrastructure. The vCenter Server (VC) and the Platform Services Controller (PSC). During deployment, administrators are presented with two deployment options: Embedded. With an embedded deployment, the VC and PSC roles are installed on the same node External. With an external deployment, the PSC and… Read More »

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VMworld 2016 US Breakout Session Recordings Available

Edit: At the time of publishing, the main page at www.vmworld.com is not rendering correctly (it is just showing a blank white page where the videos should be), though it was a few days ago. The URL that should be displaying on the vmworld URL below is http://www.webcastregister2016.com/vmware/form.php, and you can go directly to this URL to access the… Read More »

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Reminder – vSphere 5.0 and 5.1 End of General Support

In the busy world we live in, a lot can be said for the “time flies when you’re having fun” saying. And with so much happening in the world of the SDDC, it’s easy to forget about some of the core components that, for the most part, sit there reasonably quietly just ‘doing their thing’. This is just a… Read More »

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ESXi and Nimble Storage Unmap SCSI Blocks

OverView Back in vSphere 5 a new VAAI primitive called unmap was released. When using thin provisioned volumes or LUNs for VMFS datastores, actions such as storage vMotion, consolidating snapshots and deleting data (such as VMDK files) do not automatically reclaim the space on the underlying datastore. For example, if you have a thin provisioned 1TB datastore that… Read More »

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vSphere 6 – Add Second External PSC to Nested Lab Environment

For my lab, I run everything nested within VMWare workstation, which is running on a single Dell physical host that runs Windows for the base OS. Over the past couple of months, I’ve been trying to spend a bit more time in the lab, mostly for learning some components of the vSphere environment I’m not familiar with, but… Read More »

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vSphere 6 – Reconfigure Embedded vCenter to External PSC

Introduction As of vSphere 6.0U1, VMware allow an embedded vCenter server deployment to be reconfigured to an external deployment, which demotes the Platform Services Controller (PSC) components of the embedded node and points the VC server to an external PSC node which resides in the same Single Sign On (SSO) domain as the source embedded node. This is done… Read More »

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vCenter Host Profile Core Storage PSP Configuration – Nimble Storage

I’m working on rolling out vCenter Host Profiles at work, to keep an eye on our configuration and also to assist in the deployment of new ESXi servers into our environment. If you haven’t checked out host profiles and you have a VMWare Enterprise Plus license, it is a must! I’m working through a few of our clusters… Read More »

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Windows Server 2012 R2 as iSCSI Target – Network Binding

I’m still getting my lab configured and I am planning on using Windows Server 2012 R2 as an iSCSI target (as well as an NFS server). The server in my environment is called Storage01. I’ve added 2 NICs to the machine, and was trying to figure out where to set the network binding for the iSCSI traffic. It wasn’t where… Read More »

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Exchange 2013 Hybrid Mail ‘Pending’ – RootCAType Certificate Issues

I manage an Exchange 2013 deployment at work which is configured in Hybrid with Office365. Recently we had to change our SSL certificate that was being used for both TLS for the hybrid connection and also for our client facing DNS names. Due to changes with our 3rd party SSL certificate provider, this was a new SSL certificate… Read More »

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