vSphere 6.5 U1 Upgrade Series – vCenter VCSA Upgrade

vSphere 6.5 U1 Upgrade

Welcome to my blog and thanks for checking it out.  As the title implies I’ll be stepping you through upgrading an existing vSphere 6.5 GA or above environment to vSphere 6.5 U1.  The process is incredibly simple depending on how many hosts you have it doesn’t take that much time at all.   This will be broken into three articles, one for the PSC upgrade, one for the vCenter upgrade and one to demonstrate using Update Manager to upgrade hosts.  If you haven’t upgraded to vSphere 6.5 yet check out my vSphere 6.5 Series.

vCenter VCSA Upgrade

In the previous article we stepped through upgrading the Platform Services Controller VCSA appliance.  As you may have read it’s a very simple undertaking.  VMware has really streamlined the upgrade process with the VCSA appliance.  The vCenter VCSA upgrade to Update 1 isn’t much different so you will see quite a few redundant steps here.  The vCenter VCSA appliance and the PSC VCSA are both deployed from the same ISO.  Both built on VMware’s Photon OS, an open source Linux variant built by VMware.  Previous iterations of the VCSA were built on SLES.  Being on the same OS means the upgrade process is nearly identical. Continue reading

vSphere 6.5 U1 Upgrade Series – PSC VCSA Upgrade

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vSphere 6.5 U1 Upgrade

Welcome to my blog and thanks for checking it out.  As the title implies I’ll be stepping you through upgrading an existing vSphere 6.5 GA or above environment to vSphere 6.5 U1.  The process is incredibly simple depending on how many hosts you have it doesn’t take that much time at all.   This will be broken into three articles, one for the PSC upgrade, one for the vCenter upgrade and one to demonstrate using Update Manager to upgrade hosts.  If you haven’t upgraded to vSphere 6.5 yet check out my vSphere 6.5 Series.

PSC VCSA Upgrade

We’ve been using vSphere 6.5 for a while now and it’s really good.  It’s taken some getting used to switching to the HTML5 or the Flash Web Client.  Really a combination of both for me.  The Flash client unfortunately still has Update Manager and many other advanced features all to itself so we still have to use it.  Thankfully not daily if you’re the typical administrator though.    Up until now there have been several minor patches but now we have the first major update of course called vSphere 6.5 Update 1 (U1). Continue reading

VMworld 2017 – Tuesday

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VMworld 2017

Tuesday is always the busiest day of the week.  The sessions and events are stacked.  I happened to attend a session early in the day and it was easily one of the best sessions of the show.  Some of the sessions tend to be more marketing focused and so this was a real treat.  The What’s Next for vSphere session had so many feature reveals and tech previews.

VMworld 2017 - Tuesday

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Who’s going to VMworld 2017?

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Who's going to VMworld 2017?

VMworld

It is upon us once again.  A veritable nerdtopia of cool technology and smart people.  It’s a marathon of breakouts, labs, sessions, networking with peers and events.  For the uninitiated VMworld is VMware’s annual conference showcasing the latest technologies and products for the now Dell owned company.  It is also a hell of a lot of fun if you’re into these sorts of things.

VMworld 2017 is being held in Las Vegas for the 2nd year in a row at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino.  Historically VMworld has been held in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Las Vegas.  For more general information check out the website and the wiki.  I’m of course attending this year and it will be my 3rd VMworld in a row.  For fun I’ll quickly run you through the last 2 conferences. Continue reading

VMware vSphere 6.5 Series (Part 6) – VCSA vCenter Configuration

VMware vSphere 6.5 Series

This is my first attempt at a series and I decided to make it about vSphere 6.5.  I’ll be covering as many new components and features of vSphere 6.5 as possible here so sit back and enjoy!

VCSA vCenter Configuration

In the last article we went through deploying the VCSA vCenter Server through the installer.  We deployed the VCSA appliance on Stage 1 and then configured some of the basic settings for it on Stage 2.  We’re at the last article in the series and so far we’ve configured ESXI using the vSphere Host Client, deployed and configured the VCSA Platform Services Controller and deployed the VCSA vCenter Server.  We’re going to finish up by configuring vCenter and adding licensing, creating a datacenter, creating a cluster, adding hosts, applying licensing and finally we’ll enable HA and DRS. Continue reading

VMware vSphere 6.5 Series (Part 5) – VCSA vCenter Install

VMware vSphere 6.5 Series

This is my first attempt at a series and I decided to make it about vSphere 6.5.  I’ll be covering as many new components and features of vSphere 6.5 as possible here so sit back and enjoy!

VCSA vCenter Install – Stage 1

The next two entries in this series are going to cover deploying and configuring the VCSA vCenter Server.  The previous two articles detailed deploying the VCSA Platform Services Controller and getting the necessary permissions set.  The VCSA PSC was deployed as external in this case so we will be deploying the VCSA vCenter without an embedded PSC.

Just like with the VCSA PSC there are two parts to the VCSA vCenter Server deployment.  Stage 1 covers the Install of the vCenter Server itself.  Stage 2 covers the configuration of the vCenter Server after it’s been deployed.  Stage 2 sets the NTP settings and applies the vCenter Server settings to the appliance and starts the services.  The final steps of the configuration will be in the next article. Continue reading

VMware vSphere 6.5 Series (Part 4) – VCSA PSC Configuration

VMware vSphere 6.5 Series

This is my first attempt at a series and I decided to make it about vSphere 6.5.  I’ll be covering as many new components and features of vSphere 6.5 as possible here so sit back and enjoy!

VCSA PSC Configuration

In the last article we went through deploying the VCSA Platform Services Controller through the installer.  We deployed the VCSA appliance on Stage 1 and then configured the basic network settings for it on Stage 2.  We will continue the process of fully deploying a VCSA PSC appliance here which includes joining it to the Active Directory domain, setting the time zone, checking for updates on the appliance, adding an identity source and setting user/group permissions.

We’ll start where we ended in the deployment.  The Installer left us with a Complete status and a couple links to click on.  We’re going to go straight to the Appliance Getting Started Page link on the Installer.  If you’re starting this outside of the Installer we can just enter the FQDN of the Platform Services Controller using HTTPS into your browser of choice. Continue reading