HOWTO: Automate the installation of the External Platform Services Controller using PowerCLI & JSON - Part 3

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Published on 11 August 2016 by Christopher Lewis. Words: 337. Reading Time: 2 mins.

This is the final post in a series of post on automating the deployment of the Platform Services Controller (PSC). To be honest I didn’t expect these posts to turn into a series but as I like to share.

The previous two articles in this series can be found here:

Within this final post, I will tackling the automated deployment of a two node PSC Cluster and will be sharing the script I use.

The Concept

The concept for the script was simple, rather than running two scripts (one for the Primary PSC and one for the Secondary PSC), I wanted a script that could install both PSC one after the other and configure them within a single SSO site and domain.

The script is currently configured to install the new PSC Cluster onto an already existing vCenter environment (using the PSC_on_VC.json and PSC_replication_on_VC.json files). Typically you would do this in a Cloud Management Platform (CMP) scenario where you wanted to install a payload” vCenter responsible for the management of the payload resource clusters. However, it could be easily changed to deploy directly onto the ESXi host (as I did in Part 1 of the series) so that it can be used for the deployment of your “management” vCenter.

The Script

Possible/Future Enhancements

  • I’m not a Powershell or PowerCLI guru and some of my programming/scripting techniques are a bit “old skool” so there is probably multiple ways to make this quicker/faster and with less code.
  • There is no reason why you couldn’t add in the relevant extra fields from the VC_on_VC.json file and have two PSC’s and a vCenter deployed just from the one script.
  • There is no reason you could have some of the properties (such as SSO password) exposed as parameters rather than storing them as clear text.

Happy Scripting!