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Platform Services Controller (PSC) 6.x FAQ Now Available

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The Platform Services Controller (PSC) was introduced in vSphere 6.0 as a mechanism to simplify and centralize common vSphere infrastructure services. The PSC handles vSphere single sign-on (SSO), licensing, tagging, global permissions, custom roles, and certificate management. Prior to the PSC, most of these services were individually managed such as tagging and licensing while global Read more...

Understanding the Impacts of Mixed-Version vCenter Server Deployments

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There are a few questions that come up quite often regarding vCenter Server upgrades and mixed-versions that we would like to address. In this blog post we will discuss and attempt to clarify the guidance in the vSphere Documentation for Upgrade or Migration Order and Mixed-Version Transitional Behavior for Multiple vCenter Server Instance Deployments. This Read more...

vSphere 6.5 Update 1 – Under the Hood

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I’m excited to announce that vSphere 6.5 Update 1 is now available and it has some great enhancements. While we have seen 5 patch releases so far, 6.5 Update 1 rolls all of those updates together as well as includes some long awaited functionality. Without further ado, let’s take a look under the hood of Read more...

New Product Walkthrough – Hybrid vSphere SSL Certificate Replacement

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[Update 9/6/2017] For those that attended or are interested in the session entitled vSphere Certificate Management for Mere Mortals – SER2936BU at VMworld US 2017 (or SER2936BE in Barcelona) – I’ve posted my deck to vSphere Central. The VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA) was first introduced in vSphere 6.0 to improve the lifecycle management of SSL Read more...
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New Walkthroughs for vCenter High Availability

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I am excited to announce two new walkthroughs for vCenter High availability on the VMware Feature Walkthroughs site! These two new click-by-click product walkthroughs will show you how to enable vCenter High Availability (also known as vCenter HA) and give you the confidence you need to use this exciting new feature in your own environment! Read more...

VMworld 2016 vCenter Server Sessions

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Over the past week we’ve seen a series of blog posts by our colleagues: Security Availability & Resource Management Host Lifecycle Management Extreme Performance Series Intelligent Operations Management & Automation Now it’s our turn! Emad and I have put together a Top 10 list of vCenter Server sessions. These sessions contain a variety of content and hopefully have Read more...

Platform Services Controller Topology Decision Tree

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UPDATE 8/12/2016 I’ve updated this post with an actual poster. See the PDF at the bottom of the post which can be printed at full size (24 in x 36 in). Emad and I will also have printed copies at VMworld US & EMEA. There have been several common themes recently when we’ve been talking Read more...