It is time to try out the external platform service controller (External PSC), for several reasons. The first is that I wish to keep my license and SSO information separate from vCenter. The reasons are myriad, so I will list them later. The main concern is to reinstall vCenter to try to eliminate the Deploy OVF problem.
The latest vSphere Upgrade Saga happened a week or so after my upgrade to vSphere 6.5. VMware vCenter just up and died on me. I looked at everything and eventually had to call in VMware Support. That is a rare action for me these days, but it is nearly impossible to debug vCenter without their help.
I had entered vNetwork Distributed Switch h-e-double hockey sticks! A broken vNetwork Distributed Switch (vDS) makes for a bad day for anyone.
I have previously written about upgrading HPSIM and installing HP specific offline bundles within my vSphere environment. This was to increase the integration between vCenter, vCloud Director, and my physical hardware. Still, everything was not integrated well enough. Here’s what I did to make this work.
Ever since I upgraded vCenter Server to v5.1, my backup tool has been failing, unable to connect to vCenter. This is not unexpected as my SSL certificate for vCenter changed, and with that change comes the need to fix my backup tool. How to do this is fairly straight-forward actually.
The next step of any vSphere upgrade is to upgrade vCenter. However, if you are using vCloud Director the next step would be to upgrade vCloud Director before vCenter. It is crucial at this time to “Read The Fine Manual”. There are quite a few caveats and requirements for moving to vCenter 5.1, and if you make even one mistake you need to start over.
I have been using vCops Advanced since v1.0, but wanted to get more of an experience with vCops Enterprise. Specifically, the most recent GA version 5. Installing all the different components of vCops Enterprise is not a task for the faint of heart and there are so many pre-requisites, that it becomes increasing more difficult to keep everything going. The easiest component to install and configure was vCops 5, itself. With vCenter Infrastructure Navigator a close second, but VMware Configuration Manager, has even more dependencies and due to these, it is not so simple to install. Perhaps, this is why there is no trial available on VMware’s website. Even so, with good planning all these tools can be installed and made available. Continue reading vSphere Upgrade Saga: VMware vCops 5 Enterprise