HOWTO: Replace a VMCA certificate via the GUI in vSphere 6.5 with PSC & VCSA

Prerequisites A VMCA SSL Certificate (such as root_signing_cert.cer) A RSA Private Key (such as root_signing_cert.key) Process Overview The high level steps are as followed: Log into the External Platform Services Controller. Replace the Root Certificate. Connect to the PSC Appliance. Renew the Machine SSL Certificate. Renew the Solution User Certificate. Connect to the VCSA Appliance. Renew…

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HOWTO: Deploy a vSphere 6.5 vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA)

In this post we will look to expand on my previous post HOWTO: Deploy a vSphere 6.5 External Platform Services Controller (VCSA) and deploy the VMware vSphere 6.5 vCenter Server Appliance so that it takes advantage of the external Platform Services Controller. Pre-Requisites Like with anything VMware Appliance related, you will need to have both Forward and Reverse…

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HOWTO: Automate the installation of the External Platform Services Controller using PowerCLI & JSON – Part 2

As a follow on to my previous article, HOWTO: Automate the installation of the External Platform Service Controller using PowerCLI & JSON – Part 1, I had a new customer requirement to deploy the Platform Service Controller as the identity solution for vRealize Automation 6.x, but this time directly onto a VMware vCenter Server rather…

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HOWTO: Deploy the VMware vSphere 6.0 Platform Service Controller

The following instructions will help you deploy a standalone VMware vSphere Platform Service Controller. In the software installer directory, double-click vcsa-setup.html. Wait for the browser to detect the Client Integration Plug-in and allow the plug-in to run on the browser when prompted. On the Home page, click Install to start the vCenter Server Appliance deployment…

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Part 3B – Creating the Microsoft CA Template for Subordinate CA certificates in vSphere 6.0

This is Part 3B of a series of posts on how to configure VMware vSphere 6.x to use Certificates from Microsoft Windows Server Certificate Services, covering the creation of a Subordinate CA certificate for use with the VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA). For some insightful information on VMCA Design Decisions post by @AtherBeg The following assumes you have completed…

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