VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 (vCSA) Enhancements

migrate2vcsavCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) is the future. If you are still running the Windows-based vCenter, it's time to migrate to the appliance with vSphere 6.5.

Since vSphere 6.0, the appliance offers the same feature and scale as the windows based vCenter. vSphere 6.5 adds an X-Large deployment size, the update manager and a fully supported migration assistant to the appliance.

VCSA6 Enhancements

  • Supports up to 2000 ESXi Hosts and 35.000 Virtual Machines
  • Guided Installer (Interactive Installer, instead of OVF Template)
  • Robust deployment (Separate Deployment and Configuration to prevent failed deployments
  • Migration Assistant (Migrate vCenter Server 5.5 or 6.0 for Windows to vCenter Server Appliance)
  • Native High Availability
  • VMware Update Manager
  • Built-In Backup+Restore
  • Improved Appliance Management
  • HTML5-based vSphere Client
  • Photon OS (Replaces SUSE Enterprise 11)

VCSA 6.0 Deployment Sizes:

# Hosts # VMs VCSA vCPU VCSA Memory VCSA Disk (Default) VCSA Disk (Large) VCSA Disk (X-Large)
Tiny 10 100 2 10 GB 250 GB 775 GB 1650 GB
Small 100 1000 4 16 GB 290 GB 820 GB 1700 GB
Medium 400 4000 8 24 GB 425 GB 925 GB 1805 GB
Large 1000 10000 16 32 GB 640 GB 990 GB 1870 GB
X-Large 2000 35000 24 48 GB 980 GB 1030 GB 1910 GB


VCSA Configuration Maximum

5.1 5.5 6.0 6.5
# Hosts 5 100 1000 2000
# VMs 50 3000 10000 35000
  1. What about Link mode to have 2 or more vCenters showing under one screen to manage all under one login?

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