I have been thinking of writing this post for a while and here you go…
In vSphere 6.0 U2, you can have an External PSC or an Embedded PSC. The below process is to add an External PSC to the Active Directory Domain.
Login into the vCenter server, go to Administration tab, go to System Configuration –> Nodes and click on the PSC node you want to add to the domain.
once credentials are provided, click OK to proceed.
Note that the only way for you to know that this process is complete is that you get no error and there is no entry in the recent tasks tab in the vSphere web client. If that is the case then the domain add is successful.
Now, you will need to reboot the PSC
In a similar way, you can add the remaining PSC’s to the domain and finally, you will need to add the Identity source to the vCenter server itself under single sign-on
Recently, I came across an issue while configuring a new instance of VDP 6.1.8 appliance while performing vCenter Registration to the vCenter appliance 6.5 with an external Platform Services Controller.
below is the error message I have been getting
I have provided the administrator account user credentials to the VCSA (vCenter server) with the default ports but still received the error.
Upon some deep troubleshooting, found out that the SSO server is the Platform Services Controller (PSC) since my environment had an external PSC and here is how you resolve this issue:
De-select the checkbox “Use vCenter for SSO authentication”, and add the Platform Services Controller hostname/IP in the new SSO entry line.
Now, you can test the connection and it will be a success
This is how the issue was resolved. Hope it helps someone out there.
This is with VDP version 6.1.8 connecting to VCSA 6.5 with External PSC
The above website clearly mentions on how to use the SUSE Linux Rescue CD to create a new root password and update it in the /etc/shadow file on the PSC itself and after reboot you will be able to get into the PSC with the new password.
The above command will stage the code in the appliance
Once the staging is complete, we do the following
Command>software-packages install --staged
This will start the installation of the staged code in the PSC
we repeat the same steps for PSC01
here is the screen of the commands:
PS: I have observed that the installation process takes quite a while to complete.
Here is the error I have come across when upgrading the PSC:
NOTE: I have received an error “specified group ‘Ip’ unknown” while upgrading the PSC and the solution is to enable IPv6 on the PSC before starting the upgrade. This solution was taken from the release notes here
EDIT: I have observed that even if you enable IPv6 on the appliance, you still get the message “Specified group ‘Ip’ unknown”, however the upgrade process fine and completes the upgrade.
EDIT: You could also use the following command if you don’t want to stage the code