• Combining High Availability and Multisite PSCs in vSphere 6

    There has been some confusion around creating a combined Highly Available and Multisite topology in vSphere 6.0. Its true that you can create a fully replicating string of PSCs right from the installation. However, the problem is that a default replication agreement only exists between two PSCs. So what happens when you have more than two? This offers limited redundancy options when one fails. The solution to this is to manually create a ring topology after the PSCs are installed. You might note that I’m using ring over mesh. The reasoning behind this is to limit the amount of replication […]

    Read more »
  • Repointing vCenter 6.0 U1 to a Platform Services Controller (PSC) in a Different Site

      With 6.0 Update 1, a feature that allows repointing of a standalone vCenter server to a external PSC was also released. You might be thinking “But I could already do that, couldn’t I?”   The answer to that is Yes and No.   Yes, a repoint was possible before Update 1. The catch being that the PSC must have been installed in the same SSO site as well as domain. Meaning that if the PSC was not in what is considered an HA deployment without a load balancer, a repoint was not workable. In this article, I will explain […]

    Read more »
  • What is a Platform Services Controller (PSC) in vSphere 6.0

      Platform Services Controller   With vSphere 6.0 introduced, along came the Platform Services Controller, or PSC for short. The best way to think of the PSC is Single Sign-On (SSO) plus more. What is “more” you ask? Let’s start with the deployment options. The PSC can be deployed as either a Windows Server or an Appliance. You can either embedded your PSC or use it as an external PSC (See Software and Hardware Requirements). In my opinion, I would always deploy the PSC externally because it will future proof your environment if your infrastructure is growing. For a list […]

    Read more »
  • Repointing vCenter Server 6.0 to a new External Platform Services Controller (PSC)

      Let’s say something happens to your existing external Platform Services Controller (PSC) and it becomes unrecoverable, if this is the case you can always spin up a new PSC and repoint your vCenter Server to the new external PSC! It’s actually very simple to accomplish this task. All you will need to do is run the following commands after installing the new PSC.   vCenter Server Appliance   1. Log into the vCenter Server appliance as root 2. Run the following command: /usr/lib/vmware-vmafd/bin/vmafd-cli set-dc-name –server-name localhost -dc-name <FQDN_of_new_PSC> 3. Recycle all services in the vCenter appliance by running the […]

    Read more »

Back to Top