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  • 1.  How to split vCenter components?

    Posted Aug 09, 2013 09:26 PM

    We're starting clean in a new environment with vCenter 5.1 (u1 b), and trying to agree on a design (and sizing).  All servers will be VMs on HP blades. vCenter will manage about 50 hosts and 800 VMs for the foreseeable future.  We were planning on installing two servers to split the components onto, but aren't sure exactly how to split them.  When Heartbeat supports Windows Server 2012 (6.6 release this year?), we will install it as well to protect this environment.  Keeping it on one server (in addition to the SQL server) would simplify Heartbeat setup.

    SQL 2012 will be a separate server.

    We like to have a DNS alias CNAME "vCenter.domain.com", so I think I'd like the WebClient and vCenter Server on the same system, so they can both be accessed by clients via this name.

    However, it seems that the Inventory service may also make sense right alongside vCenter Server.  This server would be relatively big from a RAM/CPU perspective, then.

    Any advice?  I don't see really any guidance on the subject on the web.  What have you done?

    Thanks.



  • 2.  RE: How to split vCenter components?

    Posted Aug 09, 2013 09:32 PM

    50 hosts and 800 VM is not that large of environment - why not simplify things pit vCenter on a single VM and protect with HA?



  • 3.  RE: How to split vCenter components?

    Posted Aug 10, 2013 01:33 PM

    I agree with weinstein5 keep it simple, it is not a large environment that your are describing



  • 4.  RE: How to split vCenter components?

    Posted Aug 12, 2013 01:40 PM

    Hi,

    Here is my production setup at 3 sites.

    1. vCenter Server - vCenter Server, web client, Update manager, syslog, coredump collector

    2. vCenter Inventory server - Inventory service running on it

    3. vCenter SSO server - SSO service running on it.

    Sequence for installing services - first get ready SSO service then Inventory then vCenter server.

    after that you can install other services.

    initially we  installed 5.1b, recently we installed updates and its running fine without any issue.

    we are not using heartbeat, so I don't have any idea about it.

    Thank you,

    Haridas



  • 5.  RE: How to split vCenter components?

    Posted Aug 12, 2013 01:48 PM

    Haridas,

         How large is your environment?  What was your reasoning for splitting up the components?

    Thanks,

    Casey