One handy new feature available with vSphere 6.5 is the ability to take a supported backup of the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) configuration and database. VCSA backups can be transferred to a target using HTTP/S, FTP/S, and SCP. This post walks through backing up the VCSA using SCP to target the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) to store the backup.
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In this post I am going to look at the two most common methods: using vMotion to migrate both the storage and running state of the vCenter virtual machine to a SimpliVity host, and using Storage vMotion to move storage and then removing and re-adding the vCenter virtual machine to inventory on a SimpliVity host.
Handy little script to generate a topology map (graph) of vCenter and Platform Services Controller (PSC) deployment from virtuallyGhetto by @lamw.
Had a couple of issues in the labs for class last night. Unfortunate since these are assessment labs and the students get frustrated when there are issues. A couple of KBs which came in handy that I am going to leave right here for future reference.
With out going too deep, part of a SimpliVity deployment is preparing the VMware environment. Preparing the VMware environment includes creating a Role including the necessary Privileges and setting up the required permissions in vCenter for a SimpliVity user. This is easy enough, but I created a PowerCLI script which creates a Role, applies the required Privileges to the Role, and applies the Role to a user as a permission in vCenter.
A quick PowerCLI script I put together to set a few of the General vCenter Configuration Settings such as the SMTP Server and port, the from email for messages generated by vCenter alarms, and setting the database retention policies for tasks and events. The script also configures the email actions on a set of pre-defined alarms.