Tag Archive: vCSA

Nov 18

vSphere 6.5 – Automate VCSA Backup

Preface 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. Paraphrasing part of our chat he asked “I saw that you can …

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Oct 20

vSphere 6.5 – VCSA Appliance Monitoring and Management

With all the changes to the VCSA 6.5 already discussed: CIP Deprecation vMon-CLI Photon OS VCSA Backup VCSA Restore 2-Stage Deployment Integrated Update Manager There are still even more changes and features. I would venture to say that since the release of the VCSA, there has been a 50/50 opinion that customers want to have …

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Oct 20

vSphere 6.5 – Restore VCSA from Backup

The previous blog post was about natively backing up the VCSA 6.5. But a backup though is only as good as it’s ability to restore. To be able to restore a VCSA Backup, you will still need the VCSA 6.5 ISO handy, as you will kick off the Appliance Installer UI and click the ‘Restore’ …

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Oct 20

vSphere 6.5 – VCSA Backup

vSphere 6.5 introduces native Backup and Restore functionality with the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). This means you will no longer need to use a 3rd-party backup tool to backup your vCenter. Backing it up also couldn’t be much simpler than it already is. Backing up the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) To back up your VCSA, …

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Oct 19

vSphere 6.5 – Deploy VCSA

With vSphere 6.5, and the deprecation of the Client Integration Plugin (CIP), our team has made a very easy to use vCenter UI installer that can be run from Linux, Mac, or Windows. The deployment/installation is split into two stages: Stage 1: Deploy Appliance Stage 2: Configuration of Appliance Deploy is very straight forward as …

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Oct 17

VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) Now Running on PhotonOS

Up until now (from vSphere 5.5), the VCSA ran on SLES, with the latest running on SLES 11. Starting with vSphere 6.5, the vCenter Server Appliance is now running VMware’s own Photon OS, which is a Minimal Linux Container Host, optimized for running on the VMware platform. Why is this important? This was a great …

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Jan 09

Automating Sysprep File Transfer to vCenter

I was at my local Salt Lake City VMware User Group (VMUG) last week doing a Q&A when one of the users mentioned it is painful to only be able to upload one Sysprep file at a time to vCenter. I wanted to take the time to address this for him as well as any …

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Sep 10

vCenter 6.0 Update 1 VAMI… it’s back!

There were a number of complaints about the lack of a VAMI in vCenter 6.0. Well, I’d like to let you all know that we heard you, and not only did we bring the VAMI back, it looks dang good!

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