For many years, almost everyone installed vCenter on Windows. This was mainly due to the increased scale of the Windows platform over the appliance. Nobody wanted to install the inferior appliance version unless it was in a lab. But over the last few years the gap has closed and now they are on par with each other. So when you take into account Windows and SQL licensing costs, and the single platform for support to fix in case of issues it’s a bit of a bit of a no brainer now to switch to the appliance version. You’ll be glad to hear that there is even a tool in the latest version to help you migrate over from Windows to appliance.
Nowadays the VCSA or vCenter Server Appliance is finally on a par with its Windows equivilent and so moving over to the appliance is a bit of a no brainer. Firstly its a hardened Linux appliance so you dont need to worry so much about pesky Microsoft patches. It’s also got its own Postgres database so theres no longer a requirement for a SQL license. Continue reading “vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 upgrade”