• 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Joining the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.0 to an Active Directory Domain

    Joining the vCenter Server Appliance to an Active Directory Domain in vSphere 6 is much different from in previous versions. Previously, you would use the Virtual Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) by navigating to the FQDN of the server over port 5480. In vSphere 6.0, you need to perform the steps through the vSphere Web Client. Once you know the new process, the task is relatively easy and quick.   Note: You can only join a PSC or VCSA with an embedded PSC to an AD domain.   Step 1. Navigate to the vSphere Client Web Client https://FQDN/vsphere-client   Step 2. […]

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  • Unable to SCP into Platform Services Controller (PSC) or vCenter Server Appliance 6.0

      SCP into PSC or VCSA   I just wanted to provide everyone with a quick problem and resolution I found when I was attempting to upload files via SCP to my PSC or VCSA. Every time I attempted to connect through SSH, or WinSCP I would receive the following error messages.   Unknown command: `scp’ or Host is not communicating for more than 15 seconds. If the problem repeats, try turning off ‘Optimize connection buffer size’.   This occurs because the login bash for root is /bin/appliancesh. To resolve this, you will need to change the login shell for root to /bin/bash using the […]

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