vCenter High Availability Deployment and Testing in my Home Lab

Home-Lab, VCAP6 - Design, vcenter, vsphere65
Since I upgraded my home lab to vSphere 6.5 I wanted to test the vCenter high availably feature.  In this post we will discuss vCenter High Availability (VCHA) deployment (step by step installation) and we are also going to test the feature and see how the system is responding. So what is VCHA?: VCHA is a way to eliminate single point of failure when it comes to the vCenter appliance. The architecture of VCHA includes three vCenter nodes, active node, passive node and witness node, which serves as a quorum only. VCHA supports both embedded and external PSC configuration, and if you use external PSC configuration you will need to use load balancer when designing your solution (supported load balancers are Netscaler,F5 BIG-IP and NSX Edge). When you deploy VCHA,…
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Updating my lab to vSphere 6.5 – part 2

Home-Lab, vsphere65
In the previous post we discuss the upgrade process for the vCenter appliance, in this post we will continue to update the lab to vsphere6.5 by upgrading the hosts. This process can be fully automated via VUM but i will like to take the manual route. Step 1: The first step is to upload the host image to a datastore that the hosts have access to and then connect the iso as a CD to the host Step 2: boot from a the CD and choose the installer from the menu, if you do not get the installer screen, check your bios setting (you might need to change the boot order) Step 3: Click enter to start the installation Step 4: accept the license agreement Step 5 : choose the…
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Updating my lab to vSphere 6.5 – part 1

Home-Lab, upgrade, vcenter, vsphere65
Since vSphere 6.5 is now GA, i decided to update my lab and provide a step by step guide for the upgrade. In this post i will discuss the vCenter appliance upgrade first and then i will create another post for upgrading the hosts in the lab. Prerequisites : Before you start the upgrade please read carefully the following KB article: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2147548 This article contain important information before you start upgrading, the article includes what products are not supported and considerations before you upgrade.   In my lab i am using VUM and before I started the upgrade process i need to copy the migration-assistant directory to my VUM server and run the VMware-Migration-Assistant.exe see the following link: http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-65/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.upgrade.doc%2FGUID-6A39008B-A78C-4632-BC55-0517205198C5.html   Current version: Before we start here is the current version of the…
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