This is a simple guide to allow former Windows vCenter customers to control and manage their new VCSA 6.5. It looks like a black box, it is a black but you still have to keep an eye on the Appliance, just like you had to do with Windows.
The backend database is onboard of the VCSA 6.5 so take also a backup and test the restore.
2. The Basics
2.1 General documentation
vCenter Server Appliance Configuration : https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.5/com.vmware.vsphere.vcsa.doc/GUID-3191913D-621E-4AA1-8F98-55CBB09E0C9F.html
2.2 Flat file backup
Login to the VCSA management interface (https://yourvcsa:5480)
The flat file backup can be send over different protocols (FTP, FTPS, HTTP, HTTPS, or SCP ) to a receiving endpoint.
Make sure the destination subfolder is empty and dedicated to the VCSA backup.
My example : FTP server on 192.168.110.10/ root access and subfolder VCSA created and empty !
You can include Task/Events or exclude them.
When finished you will have all the configuration files available.
2.3 DR restore of the vCenter Appliance
In case you have lost the VCSA, you don’t have a backup but luckily you have done the flat backup.
The process is to stage a new fresh VCSA Appliance.
Make sure you keep/have the same BUILD NUMBER of backup and VCSA installer.
I would suggest you keep the flat file backup and the VIM installer build together.
Depending on the architecture at the moment of backup it will deploy the same architecture.
Embedded PSC or external PSC. There is no way to change this with backup/restore!
Almost there, …
Now it just staged a new fresh Appliance with your previous hostname and IP address.
It might be blocked by networking as it adds the staged VM to a standard switch maybe without uplinks.
Fix the networking and continue direct on the VCSA staged Appliance on vcsa:5480
2.4 Update the VCSA Appliance
You can login to the VCSA management interface (:5480) and use the check for updates.
Source can be the internet or a mounted Appliance update package iso (not the same as the installer iso)
With VCSA installer an Upgrade can also be started.
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