Upgrading an Embedded VCSA PSC deployment to an External VCSA PSC deployment

By | July 26, 2016

This post if intended for those who have an Embedded PSC VCSA deployment and need to convert to an External PSC VCSA deployment.

  • First, you need to upgrade your Embedded VCSA to at least 6.0 Update 1.

upgrade embedded vcsa to vsphere 6.0 update 1

  • Next, deploy a new External PSC Appliance (or Windows Server version if required)
  • Set your Embedded PSC to replicate to the new External PSC.

deploy new external psc and replicate

  • Re-point your VC to the new External PSC. You need to use the reconfigure option in the cmsso-util CLI: vcsa:~ # cmsso-util reconfigure
  • Note that there is a big difference between repoint and reconfigure. You repoint your VCSA to another external PSC if your external PSC has failed for example. You reconfigure to change a VCSA from using an embedded PSC to an external PSC.

repoint vc to external psc

  • You now have a VCSA running your VC, connected to an External PSC

See this blog post for further details: http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2015/10/reconfiguring-and-repointing-deployment-models-in-vcenter-server-6-0-update-1.html

I also include some useful commands to check the PSC partner and replication status below:

Check replication status on PSCs

vdcrepadmin -f showpartnerstatus -h localhost -u administrator -w P@ssw0rd123!

Show partners in SSO domain on PSCs
vdcrepadmin -f showpartners -h psc1.lab.local -u administrator -w P@ssw0rd123!

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