I am a huge fan of the VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) for anyone that knows me. From time to time, I see interesting VMware KB articles that contain what I think are valuable tidbits of "Operational" information that could come handy in the future. I normally would bookmark these in my browser since you never know when you might need it. I figured for customers who are currently using the VCSA, having some of these operational tidbits would definitely be helpful, especially during troubleshooting or helping them build out a list of resources they could reference when they need to update, increase capacity or change the configurations for the VCSA. Instead of just keeping this list for myself, I thought I can share what I have for the latest VCSA 5.5.x as well comb through our VMware KB site looking for other handy operational KB's to include.

I have categorized the VCSA KB's into four categories that I felt made the most sense, I am sure you could break it down further but I thought this would make it easier to process. In addition, I have also included articles from virtuallyGhetto (subset from this page) that may also apply to these areas which I have listed at the very bottom in case you were interested in those as well. Hopefully this will be helpful for anyone managing VCSA(s) and if there are any that I have missed or you would like to see get added, feel free to leave a comment.

Deployment:
Configurations:
Logging & Troubleshooting:
Backups & Recovery: 

virtuallyGhetto VCSA Operational Resources

Deployment:
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Logging & Troubleshooting:
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  1. William

    Do have any good resources for migrating an existing vCenter SQL database to the a new vCSA? I really would like to preserve past performance data and custom annotations on VM’s. That is why I am looking to migrate if possible.

    By the way, I noticed KB articles 2057353 and 2072307 that you have listed are for backing up on a Windows Server.

    Brian

Thanks for the comment!