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.
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It’s kind of a big deal.
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.
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.
Good starting point as you consider your move to vSphere 6: Top 5 Tips When Considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere 6.0.
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.
The Number One Takeaway from today’s training: when in doubt, install the Platform Services Controller (PSC) for vSphere 6 externally, rather than embedded.
Once you want to connect two different vCenter’s you’ll want to go external anyway. And moving from embedded to external is very, very painful, requiring reinstallations, reconfigurations, re-permissioning, etc…
Number Two Takeaway: once you go external, provide HA with supported load balancers.
Much, much more at the PSC FAQ page.