CLI install of PSC and VCSA 6.5 Update 1

With the release of vSphere 6, VMware has introduced CLI install of PSC and VCSA for all types of architecture designs like Embedded PSC, External PSC install and good thing is you can also migrate the existing Windows based instances of PSC and vCenter to Appliances. In this post i will first try a green field install of Appliances using CLI and next work on the migration, i believe its almost similar.

VCSA installer ISO has a set of predefined templates for everyone’s architecture to help with PSC install or migration to appliance. To be able to install a vCenter Appliance with an External PSC, like with any other topology, you first have to install PSC so choose the json file PSC_first_instance_on_ESXi.json from the templates folder in ISO.

Note: Ensure you have created the necessary DNS records for the name and IP resolution of the PSC and VSCA appliances

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Modify the json file with a IDE and fill in all the details needed. Below is a sample of the modified file for my lab environment.

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Once saved, use a Powershell or cmd to navigate to the mounted ISO, from there run the below commands by pointing the modified json file. In my case, i saved the json file on my Desktop.

Use the switch –verify-only to perform validation of the given parameters.

.\vcsa-deploy.exe install --accept-eula --verify-only --no-esx-ssl-verify <path to json file>

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You should see the installer perform validations as below.

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Once all the validations are successfull, remove the verify-only switch and run the command again to perform the actual deploy.

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Similar to the GUI install, CLI also performs the install in two steps, deploys the OVF and then configures with the settings in json file. Ensure you receive a successfull deployed message.

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Now its time to deploy the VCSA appliance. To do that we make use of the json file vCSA_on_ESXi.json, edit the json file as per the network requirements. Similar to the PSC deploy, run the below command to install the VCSA after doing a –verify-only

.\vcsa-deploy.exe install --accept-eula --no-esx-ssl-verify <path to json file>

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Make sure you see the below message, indicating the successful install of vCSA

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Once the Applianes are installed you should be able to verify the sae by logging into the web-client or the HTML 5 client, now called as vSphere Client



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Migrating from Windows vCenter 6.x to VCSA 6.5

Hey folks! As most of you know by now, VMware has now completely moved out of the Windows dependency for vCenter Server and with vSphere 6.5, there is no need to have a Windows Server for Update Manager and all you need is to deploy a VCSA 6.5. Migrating from a Windows based vCenter Server to VCSA 6.5 has been simplified greatly and here is the step by step process of doing it. To know more about the new features in vSphere 6.5, you can find them here, here, here and here. Continue reading

#migration-assistant, #update-manager-migration, #vcsa-6-5, #windows-to-vcsa-6-5

Enhanced Linked Mode with External PSC and Mixed Mode using vCenter 6.5

Hey folks, we have discussed about the Enhanced Linked Mode and different architecture models that can be implemented with embedded and external PSC here. All those things still hold good for vSphere 6.5 as well, in this post, i want to try setup a Enhanced Linked Mode in Mixed mode – that would be fun!  Continue reading

#enhanced-linked-mode, #external-psc, #mixed-mode, #vcenter-6-5, #vcsa-6-5

Installing ESXi 6.5

VMware has made vSphere 6.5 GA yesterday and like everyone, i was also very much excited to try the features and so i downloaded the software and started to setup my lab. As i do it i thought of blogging them just so that anyone can go through them and comes handy to me while preparing for the certification exams because there is always a chance of missing some silly things. So let me jump in. Continue reading

#esxi-6-5, #installation, #vsphere-6-5

What’s New vSphere 6.5 – Storage

With many enhancements introduced with vSphere 6.5, its time we discuss about the enhancements in the Storage. vSphere 6.5 has brought in so much granularity to the Storage management and SPBM can be made use of to the most. A lot of features make administoring and managing more simpler.

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#line-of-service, #unmap, #vmfs-6, #vsphere-6-5, #vvol-2-0

What’s New vSphere 6.5 – Security

Things are really changing at VMware with respect to the Security enhancements and vSphere 6.5 can be considered as a major release that introduces many interesting features related to Security. So, let’s jump in. Continue reading

#actionable-logging, #efi, #esxi-secure-boot, #kmip-1-1, #vm-encryption, #vmotion-encryption, #vsphere-6-5, #whats-new

What’s New vSphere 6.5 – Host and Cluster Management

vSphere 6.5 brings new enhancements to ESXi hosts making administrator lives more easy. As discussed already integrated VUM has lot many advantages and you can just imagine what all headache it saves from like DB dependencies, availability issues and many more.   Continue reading

#ha-orchestrated-restart, #host-profiles, #proactive-ha, #vsphere-6-5, #vsphere-6-5-ft, #whats-new