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.

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.

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.

vSphere 6 Documentation Rollup

This entry will be updated as the need arises. New items in bold.

Last update:  5/3/2015, 8:47PM ET

vSphere 6 is now GA.

As we near the release of the next major version of VMware vSphere, version-specific documentation will be published. When I become aware of it, I will update this blog entry with links to the documentation.