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Configuration differences between vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 and 6.0

As vSphere 6.0 was released last week, you might already have deployed the new vCSA 6.0 (vCenter Server Appliance). However, you are wondering now how to change configuration parameters (like database or network settings, services, NTP, etc.): where is my usual configuration interface ? Where is my VAMI ? :)

In version 6.0, the configuration interface that you used to access to do all this stuff (the Virtual Appliance Management Interface, or VAMI) is no longer available for the vCSA.

VMware published a technical note which provides a configuration comparison that will help you transition from the vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 to the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0.

vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 VAMI ( Virtual Appliance Management Interface)

In version 5.5, most of vCenter Server Appliance configuration tasks can be done using the VAMI: configure database settings, network settings, change the SSO mode, start and stop services, configure auto-deploy or dump collector, upload sysprep files, and so so.

With vSphere 6.0, vCSA configuration tasks can be performed in one of the following ways:

  • Configuring during the deployment of the appliance

  • Using the vSphere Web Client

  • Using the appliance shell

  • Using the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI)

Source : Comparing the Configuration of vCenter Server Appliance 5.5 and 6.0.

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Romain

Staff Architect & Member of the CTO Ambassador Program at VMware, focusing on NSX and Cloud-Native Applications. He is a double VCDX (DCV and NV, #120), VCDX panelist, frequent VMUG/VMworld speaker and contributor to the community via this blog or social media (follow him on Twitter @woueb).