Useful VMware Reference Posters! (NSX/VCSA 6.5/PowerCLI 6.5/PSC Toplogy Tree)

Useful VMware Reference Posters!

(NSX/VCSA 6.5/PowerCLI 6.5/PSC Toplogy Tree)

 

For all those VMware techies out there that work with VMware solutions on a daily basis, it’s hard to remember everything we need to know related to the many solutions we manage. So VMware has created several VMware Reference Posters to help us out when we need a little reminder as far as a command-line argument, configuration option, etc.

At the VMware provided website, they have provided us with (3) reference posters for working with PowerCLI 6.5 R1, vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA), and Platform Services Controllers (PSC) Topology Decision Tree. Click on the below link to go to the VMware Reference Poster site and download your copy of these great tools!

VMware Reference Posters Link:   https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/posters

Although not listed in the above site, there is also a NSX Reference Poster that is also available! So for those that are managing VMware NSX, I highly recommend you download this poster and keep it handy, I am sure you will need to use it at some point in time while managing NSX.

The dimensions for the NSX posters are designed to be printed in a high-resolution A3 size (no lower than 300 dpi). 

  • In inches: 11.7 x 16.5
  • In mm: 297 x 420

NSX Reference Poster (Printable Version):  Click Here to Download!

NSX Reference Poster:  Click Here to Download!

 

VMCA 6.5 as an Intermediate CA

VMCA 6.5 as an Intermediate CA – via The Wifi-Cable

VMCA 6.5 as an Intermediate CA

Certificates have always been an interesting topic to me. I have seen complex PKI infrastructures on several occasions but more often than not most environments have utilized certificates in a limited capacity. In regards to vSphere, a majority of the time the default certificates provided by vSphere were sufficient for most deployments.


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Prevent software failures with vCenter Server High Availability

Prevent software failures with vCenter Server High Availability – via TechTarget

Prevent software failures with vCenter Server…

New to vCenter Server 6.5, VCHA ensures high availability for a vSphere deployment with minimal impact on vCenter Server and vSphere host performance.


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Learn about the new capabilities of vSphere HA

Learn about the new capabilities of vSphere HA – via VMware vSphere Blog

Learn about the new capabilities of vSphere HA

Among the new features in vSphere 6.5, there are a set of significant enhancements to the venerable vSphere HA capability. I am excited to announce a new set of content aimed at helping you learn more about these new features. In particular, these resources go over Orchestrated Restart and HA Admission Control.


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Using VCHA (vCenter High Availability) in vSphere 6.5

Using VCHA (vCenter High Availability) in vSphere 6.5 – via Virtualization the Future

Using VCHA (vCenter High Availability) in…

A vCenter HA cluster consists of three vCenter Server Appliance instances. The first instance, initially used as the Active node, is cloned twice to a Passive node and to a Witness node. Together, the three nodes provide an active-passive failover solution.


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DEMO: vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 – Part 3 (vCenter Configuration)

DEMO: vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 – Part 3

(vCenter Configuration)

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This enablement video is Part 3 of a video series. In part 1, I  showed you how to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. In Part 2, I show you how to configure the appliance itself from the appliance admin console and go through some initial settings. If you have not watched Part 1 & 2, I highly recommend you go back and watch them first in order. The links to all (3) videos are listed below.

In the Part 3 video, I show you some basic initial configurations in the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 from the vSphere Web Client. These configurations include adding the appliance to an Active Directory domain, adding Active Directory as an Identity Source, etc.

DEMO: VCSA 6.5 – Part 1 (Deploying):   https://youtu.be/h8zmNXSlIu0

DEMO: VCSA 6.5 – Part 2 (Configuration, Backup, & Restore):   https://youtu.be/s3fbojeXzys

DEMO: VCSA 6.5 – Part 3 (vCenter Configuration):   https://youtu.be/sO7rfqtv_S0

 

DEMO: vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 – Part 2 (Configuration, Backup, & Restore)

DEMO: vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 – Part 2

(Configuration, Backup, & Restore)

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This enablement video is part 2 of a video series. In part 1, I  showed you how to deploy the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. In Part 2, I show you how to configure the appliance itself from the appliance admin console and go through some initial settings. Then I show you the new feature in the VCSA 6.5 appliance where you can directly backup and restore VCSA from the appliance itself. This is one of the new features of the VCSA 6.5. This like some of the other new features (Builtin  – HA / Update Manager) are only available in the VCSA 6.5, but not in the Windows-based version of vCenter Server 6.5.

If you missed Part 1 of this demo series, I highly recommend you watch it first before watching Part 2. Then after watching Part 1 & 2, watch Part 3 which covers configuring the vCenter Server via the vSphere Web Client.

DEMO: VCSA 6.5 – Part 1 (Deploying):   https://youtu.be/h8zmNXSlIu0

DEMO: VCSA 6.5 – Part 2 (Configuration, Backup, & Restore):   https://youtu.be/s3fbojeXzys

DEMO: VCSA 6.5 – Part 3 (vCenter Configuration):   https://youtu.be/sO7rfqtv_S0

DEMO: vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 – Part 1 (Deploying)

DEMO: vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 – Part 1 (Deploying)

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Are you looking to deploy the new vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 into your lab or production environment? If so, check out my demo video that will walk you through how to deploy the VCSA 6.5. I cover the basic configuration settings to get you up and running quickly!

After you watch this video, then watch Part 2 & 3 of this demo series covering the configuration of the appliance itself from the appliance admin console and then from within the vSphere Web Client.

DEMO: VCSA 6.5 – Part 1 (Deploying):   https://youtu.be/h8zmNXSlIu0

DEMO: VCSA 6.5 – Part 2 (Configuration, Back, & Restore):   https://youtu.be/s3fbojeXzys

DEMO: VCSA 6.5 – Part 3 (vCenter Configuration):   https://youtu.be/sO7rfqtv_S0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join VCSA 6.5 to AD Domain

Join VCSA 6.5 to AD Domain – via EnterpriseDaddy

Join VCSA 6.5 to AD Domain

In one of my vSphere 6.0 posts, I mentioned how to join vCenter Server appliance to an AD Domain, which you can find here. Today we will be looking at how to join VCSA 6.5 to AD Domain.


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I want a vCSA 6.5 Database Backup

I want a vCSA 6.5 Database Backup – via VirtualPad

I want a vCSA 6.5 Database Backup

Whenever you decide backing up the vCSA 6.5 Database, as part as the greatest features of vSphere 6.5, these are a few tips to consider:


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New vCenter Server Appliance File-Based Backup / Restore Walkthroughs

New vCenter Server Appliance File-Based Backup / Restore Walkthroughs

New vCenter Server Appliance File-Based Backup…

The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 is full of new and exclusive features. One of which is the native file-based backup and restore. I’m happy to announce two new guided walkthroughs on the VMware Feature Walkthrough site.


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How to Update VCSA 6 w/ External PSC to Update 2a

How to Update VCSA 6 w/ External PSC to Update 2a – Let’s v4Real

How to Update VCSA 6 w/ External PSC to Update…

I’ve really come to appreciate more and more the VCSA. One of the times that I really appreciate it, is when it’s time to apply patches/updates to it. This post is just a simple….and I do mean simple…look at how to update your external PSC and then your VCSA when there’s a new update from…Read More


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vSphere 6.5 Component Password Recovery (vCenter, SSO and ESXi)

vSphere 6.5 Component Password Recovery (vCenter, SSO and ESXi)

vSphere 6.5 Component Password Recovery…

Everyone knows the situation where you can’t log into a system because you have forgotten the password. The following article explains how to reset the password and regain access to VMware vS…Read More


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VMware VCSA 6.5 Active-Passive Setup With…

VMware VCSA 6.5 Active-Passive Setup With Simple Configuration – [LAB] – ESX Virtualization

VMware VCSA 6.5 Active-Passive Setup With…

Today we’ll be testing the new VCSA 6.5 feature allowing to setup active-passive architecture where the active node is your usual VCSA 6.5 which manages your infrastructure, and the passive node is a node which sits there doing nothing, just receiving files from the active node. So today’s post will detail VMware VCSA 6.5 Active-Passive Setup […] Read the full post VMware VCSA 6.5 Active-Passive Setup With Simple Configuration – [LAB] at ESX Virtualization .


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VMware vCenter Server 6.5 Improves Uptime for High Availability

VMware vCenter Server 6.5 Improves Uptime for High Availability

VMware vCenter Server 6.5 improves uptime for…

Downtime can be costly and dangerous for businesses. The latest version of VMware High Availability, included in Sphere 6.5, seeks to reduce downtime, but still needs a little work.


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VMware VCSA 6.5 Backup and Restore How-To – ESX…

VMware VCSA 6.5 Backup and Restore How-To – ESX Virtualization

VMware VCSA 6.5 Backup and Restore How-To – ESX…

The new vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 has a backup feature. Today’s post is about VMware VCSA 6.5 Backup and Restore How-to. Note that it is an “out-of-the-box” feature which does a file level backup. It’s “built-in” within the appliance itself, and it allows users to backup not only the vCenter Server but also Platform […] Read the full post VMware VCSA 6.5 Backup and Restore How-To at ESX Virtualization .


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How to Deploy VMware VCSA 6.5 (VMware vCenter Server Appliance)

How to deploy VMware VCSA 6.5 (VMware vCenter Server Appliance) – vladan.fr

How to deploy VMware VCSA 6.5 (VMware vCenter…

VMware has done a great job with this new VCSA 6.5 appliance. You have already seen my lab deployment of VCSA 6.5 by using VMware Workstation – just to test the workflow, but today we’ll do another lab post. You’ll watch and learn How to deploy VMware VCSA 6.5 (VMware vCenter Server Appliance).I have also […] Read the full post How to deploy VMware VCSA 6.5 (VMware vCenter Server Appliance) at ESX Virtualization.


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Moving from windows vCenter to vCSA 6.5 using…

Moving from windows vCenter to vCSA 6.5 using the migration-assistant – vPirate

Moving from windows vCenter to vCSA 6.5 using…

Since the introduction of vCenter Server appliance (vCSA), there has always been a debate on which one is better (Windows based deployment or vCSA) and what one’s advantages over the other is.


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vSphere 6.5 – Automate VCSA Backup

vSphere 6.5 – Automate VCSA Backup – Brian Graf’s Virtualization Blog

vSphere 6.5 – Automate VCSA Backup – Brian…

I recently attended the Orlando VMUG Usercon and had been discussing many of the great features of the vSphere 6.5 release that was announced at VMworld Barcelona. I began to chat with Rob P., an attendee of the conference, about VCSA backup.


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Installing VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5…

Installing VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 – Mike Tabor

Installing VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5…

VMware has announced that VMware vSphere 6.5 has gone general available this week. Now installing VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 (VCSA) is even easier as the requirement for the client integration plugin has been removed and now the VCSA appliance is delivered via an ISO image with an installation wizard that’s been broken up into two stages.


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How to Install VCSA 6.5 in VMware Workstation…

How to Install VCSA 6.5 in VMware Workstation [LAB] – vladan.fr

How to Install VCSA 6.5 in VMware Workstation…

This is lab time -:). Normally you don’t do that on your production deployment. This is a guide on How to install VCSA 6.5 in VMware Workstation and see the different configuration options within the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5.


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How to Enable vCenter Server High Availability (HA) in vSphere 6.5 w/single ESXi host?

How to enable vCenter Server High Availability (VCHA) in vSphere 6.5 w/single ESXi host? – virtuallyGhetto

How to enable vCenter Server High Availability…

One of the big new features that was introduced in vSphere 6.5, exclusively for vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA), is the vCenter Server High Availability (VCHA) capablilty.


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Migrating to vCenter 6.5: Design Decisions and Important Characteristics/Limitations to Consider

Migrating to vCenter 6.5: Design Decisions and Important Characteristics/Limitations to Consider– vLenzker

Migrating to vCenter 6.5: Design decisions and…

Since vSphere and vCenter 6.5 are released now, a customer engagement put me into a position to gather much more information about characteristics and limitations within vCenter 6.5.


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vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 Installer Improvements

vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 Installer Improvements – Emad Younis Blog

vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 Installer…

The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 has significant new features and improvements mentioned here. One area of notice is the installer, which in this release not only has a new look and feel but other improvements.


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Learning vSphere 6.5-Part-3-vCenter Server and…

Learning vSphere 6.5-Part-3-vCenter Server and PSC Deployment Types – Virtual Reality

Learning vSphere 6.5-Part-3-vCenter Server and…

In last post of this series we had an overview of VCSA and touched a little bit on what are the new features that are included in VCSA v6.5.


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Migrating from VCSA embedded PSC to external PSC

Migrating from VCSA embedded PSC to external PSC – Blah, Cloud.

Migrating from VCSA embedded PSC to external PSC

On a bit of a shorter note to my previous article/novella1 – I have been moving my lab to a bit more of an “enterprise” style architecture – deploying SRM was in the way for that, so I had the need to set up another vCenter, however this gave the opportunity to move to a multi-PSC, multi-VC architecture.


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vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 What’s New…

vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 What’s New Rundown – Emad Younis Blog

vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) 6.5 What’s New…

During VMworld Barcelona 2016, VMware announced vSphere 6.5. With lots of new features and updates, this is one of the biggest vSphere releases we have had in a while.


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