Here is another video I’ve recorded during the beta phase of VMware vSphere 5.5. Its an installation and configuration of the vCSA, together with DNS and IP configuration. As you could already read on one of my posts about vSphere 5.5, the vCenter Server Linux Appliance (vCSA) 5.5 has now more robust features which supports with the built-in DB up to 100 hosts – VMware vCenter Server 5.5 Enhancements – Linux version supports up to 100 ESXi hosts now.
This is something that put the product into quite different light, considering that the release after the 5.5 will support external SQL server (still awaiting for Microsoft to release an ODBC driver – currently in RC preview).
The installation and setup of the vCSA is much faster than the setup of vCenter running in Windows. Even if you’re not Linux guy… The SSO and AD Integration is built-in the appliance as well.
So I’d imagine that many more shops will jump in and use the vCSA instead of Windows for vCenter. The only features that aren’t compatible with the vCSA 5.5, it’s the vSphere Update Manager (VUM) and vSphere Linked Mode – based on Microsoft Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) to synchronize data across multiple vCenter Server systems. But, you can still install VUM on another Windows Server VM if you need to use it.
Things to know about vCSA 5.5:
- Supports up to 100 hosts and 5000 VMs (with the built-in vPostgres DB)
- Easy deployment and maintenance (built-in upgrade and update function)
As I tried one of the pre-release builds, the final product might slightly differ when it comes to configuration options, but there is an assistant which allows you to walk through and do an easy config.
Things to have already in place is a solid DNS architecture, create static DNS records (forward and reverse) and have an existing Active Directory infrastructure (AD) in place.
I know that many of you have already tried the vCSA 5.1 in the past and the only thing that was holding you back was the scalability (the 5.1 can manage only 5 hosts/50 VMs on the internal DB). So news that vCSA 5.5 supporting 500 hosts is a real good one !
Here is a screenshot from the admin UI:
Here is the video of Installation and configuration of the vCSA 5.5 that I recorded:
Check out Part 2 of the article – VCSA 5.5 Installation and configuration – Part 2
vSphere 5.5 Release:
- VMware vSphere 5.5 – Storage enhancements and new configuration maximums
- vCD 5.5 – VMware vCloud Director 5.5 New and enhanced features
- VMware VDP 5.5 and VDP Advanced – With a DR for VDP!
- VMware vSphere 5.5 vFlash Read Cache with VFFS
- VMware vSphere Replication 5.5 – what’s new?
- VMware VSAN introduced in vSphere 5.5 – How it works and what’s the requirements?
- VMware vSphere 5.5 Storage New Features
- VMware vSphere 5.5 Application High Availability – AppHA
- VMware vSphere 5.5 Networking New Features
- VMware vSphere 5.5 Low Latency Applications Enhancements
- ESXi 5.5 free Version has no more hard limitations of 32GB of RAM
- vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 (vCSA) – Installation and Configuration Video – this post