vCenter Server & PSC Appliances 6.x – Applying Patches (Shell/UI)

The following applies to a vCenter Server Appliance that contains a vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller, a vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller, or a Platform Services Controller.

Note: Please perform during a maintenance window as vCSA services will be unavailable.

Appliance Shell

The following steps detail how to apply a vCSA patch directly from an ISO which can be downloaded from:

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch#search

Attach the ISO to the vCSA.

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Deploying VCSA 6.0 with External PSC (New Site Joining Existing SSO Domain)

The following provides a step-by-step walkthrough for deploying an external PSC Appliance into a new site, while joining an existing SSO Domain, followed by the installation of VCSA 6.0.

This scenario may arise in a multi-Site multi-vCenter solution where Enhanced Linked Mode is a requirement.

Begin by mounting the VCSA ISO on the VM from which you will be managing the PSC&VCSA deployment:

vcsa_psc_deply0

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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:

vcsa-cert-1

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