vCenter VCSA 6.5 – Repoint to New PSC

Please also see related post:

VCSA 6.0U2 Lookup SSO Domain Name & Site Name

The following details how to repoint a vCenter VCSA using an external PSC within the same site to a different PSC FQDN. One reason for completing such a task is in the event of your active PSC failing you can simply repoint VC to a second PSC in the same site. The reason I completed such a task was part of a VxRAIL VVD deployment leveraging a load balanced PSC config which required to repoint the VxRAIL management VC to the LB FQDN.

If you wish to confirm the current configuration status of PSC & VC simply navigate via the Web Client:

Home->Admin->System Config->Nodes->Objects

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vSphere VCSA 6.x – Enabling Bash Shell (SCP Access)

This post was a result of requiring access to the VCSA BASH Shell console in order to perform such functions as certificate-manager (/usr/lib/vmware-vmca/bin/certificate-manager).

The default Shell access when you initially login to the VCSA via SSH is the basic Appliance Shell:


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vCenter 6.0 – Active Directory Identity Source

There are two options for Active Directory Identity Sources with PSC (SSO) 6.0:
  • Active Directory (Integrated Windows Authentication)
  • Active Directory as an LDAP server

Note: there are underlying issues using ‘AD Integrated Windows Authentication’ when VMware SRM is part of a solution.

The chosen SSO identity source outlined in this example is ‘Active Directory as an LDAP Server’. This is also the identity source configuration used for an EHC solution.

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