Configure vRealize Automation to use Platform Services Controller as External Identity Provider

I was doing some research on an inquiry that I had received from a customer who was interested in configuring their vRealize Automation (vRA) instance to use vCenter’s Platform Services Controller (PSC) as an External Identity Provider (IDP) rather than the default VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) which vRA supports natively out of the box. vIDM […]

Maximum number of vCenter Servers per Single Sign-On (SSO) Domain

This particular question and its variations have been raised quite a bit lately by our field and customers. For me, this was an opportunity to see if we can provide some additional clarification and help explain some of the nuances that may have been causing some of the confusion around the supported maximums for both vCenter Server […]

Generating vCenter Server & Platform Services Controller deployment topology diagrams

A really useful capability that vCenter Server used to provide was a feature called vCenter Maps. I say “used to” because this feature was only available when using the vSphere C# Client and was not available in the vSphere Web Client. vCenter Maps provided a visual representation of your vCenter Server inventory along with the different relationships between your Virtual Machines, Hosts, Networks and […]

Automating the configuration of new logon banner for the vSphere Web Client in 6.0 Update 2

The ability to display a logon banner prior to logging into the vSphere Web Client UI is a new capability that was introduced with the release of vSphere 6.0 Update 2. In addition to the logon banner message, customers can also configure a mandatory consent check box requiring all users to accept prior to logging in. […]

How to change the default ports on the vCenter Server Appliance in vSphere 6.0?

When deploying the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA), there are a set default network ports that are already pre-defined by VMware. It is generally recommended to stick with these defaults unless you have a really good reason to modify them. I am a big fan of strong defaults which can help reduce the number of steps it takes to deploy the […]