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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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.

vSphere 6 Architecture Design Tips

Good starting point as you consider your move to vSphere 6:  Top 5 Tips When Considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere 6.0.

For example

Choosing which type of deployment to use is critical. Once you’ve started building the environment, the model will be difficult to change and configuration limits could impact the scalability of your environment.

This is super-important and is one of the first decisions to be made when upgrading. Don’t just click…click…Next without fully understanding the ramifications of your choice here. More details are in the link.