From SSO to PSC: How to get There from Here

I’ve been mentioning for a while now the importance of considering how you want your PSC design to look in vSphere 6 to my customers. I’ve also made sure to point out that the path from an internal SSO (common in vsphere 5.x) to an external PSC (what I recommend to almost everyone in vSphere 6) is neither straightforward, nor automated.

But…it can be done. And Sean Whitney at Virtually Limitless tells you how in this post.

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Brown Sugar Burgers

Sweet. Heat. Meat.

Ingredients

  • ~1 lb ground beef. Grassfed. If you can’t find that, try to find a beef/unicorn meat blend.
  • 3TB dark brown sugar
  • 1.5t fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1t salt
  • 1t pepper
  • ~6 cloves smashed/diced/pulverized fresh garlic (more or less to your garlic tolerance)
  • .5t cayenne (more or less to your heat tolerance)
  • 5-6 splashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • Hawaiian buns
  • Bacon
  • Gouda cheese

Directions

  1. Thoroughly mix all ingredients. Except the buns, bacon, and gouda.
  2. Divide into about three patties (5.50 – 6oz per patty, give or take). Be sure to depress the center of the patty slightly with your thumb to ensure that the burger doesn’t turn into a meatball on the grill.
  3. If you have time, allow ingredients to marry up for a few hours in the fridge, but this isn’t a requirement.
  4. Prior to cooking, allow burgers to come to room temperature.
  5. Butter and grill the Hawaiian buns on medium heat.
  6. Grill burgers on high heat, 3-4 minutes per side, depending on done-ness preference. If you habitually press your burgers (thus robbing them of their juiciness) or flip them constantly, please, just stop. Sell the grill and go to McDonald’s.
  7. With ~90 seconds to go, add gouda cheese to the burgers so that it sufficiently melts.
  8. Allow burgers to rest 5 minutes before putting them on the buns and eating.
  9. Add burger and bacon to buns. Enjoy.

vCenter 6.0 Availability Guide Out; KB Detailing FT Support Published

The Availability Guide has now been published. Everything you need to know about options for vSphere and the PSC,

And KB 1024051 details our support statement around FT and other high availability options.

vSphere Web Client 5.0 Hiccup

I want to bring your attention to this KB article, regarding the Web Client and its inability to load after May 5th.

The upshot is this:

  • Problem:  the web client fails to load with vSphere Web Client 5.0 after May 5th.
  • Solution:  In progress. VMware engineering is aware of the issue and this is a high priority item to fix.
  • Work-around:  It’s a bit involved (but certainly not impossible), so you are best to see the KB article for details.

It is not the end of the world, as the C# client will still function, but it is of course highly inconvenient. If more significant news regarding this is made available I will be sure to share it. The KB article will be updated once a fix is available as well.

More on the PSC Embedded vs. External Decision: Deprecated Topologies

See this VMware KB article:  List of recommended topologies for VMware vSphere 6.0.x (2108548). Pay particular attention to the deprecated topologies:

It further reinforces my recommendation that unless you have a very, very tiny corner case, your Platform Services Controller (PSC) should be external.