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.
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.
With a greatly improved web client, a vCenter Server appliance that is on scale with vCenter, cross-vCenter and long-distance vMotion, and fault tolerance that supports up to 4 vCPUs, vSphere 6 is now GA.
This entry will be updated as the need arises. New items in bold.
Last update: 5/3/2015, 8:47PM ET
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.
- Top 5 Tips when Considering vCenter Architecture Design in vSphere 6.0. Great advice and starting point for your upgrade.
- What’s New in the VMware vSphere 6.0 Platform. 16 page technical white paper from VMware technical marketing veterans covering a full range of new features.
- Before you upgrade to vSphere 6: Compatibility, database, and resiliency considerations in making the move.
- vSphere 6 Documentation Center: Detailed manuals on the new version.
- vSphere 6 Training and Certification. What’s New, ICM, and Optimize and Scale courses already up and ready to be registered for.
- vSphere 6.0 Feature Walkthrough. Very, very cool. Fairly technical.
- Collection of demos organized by major features. Looks to be about 18 bite-sized demos, covering everything from installation (with and without a PSC) to upgrades to backup jobs to replication.
- This is just one “Feature Walkthrough” of many. The rest of them are here.
- vCenter Server 6 Deployment Guide
- What’s New in vSphere 6 Hands On Lab
- HOL-SDC-1410. HOLs are awesome. You can either run through the script (warning -’tis a looong lab) or just play around the interface.