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jahalam414
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Deploy vCenter in Azure Native VM

My customer is asking if they can install vCenter 6.7/7.x in Azure native VM and then add all ESXi Hosts as all ESXi Hosts has Public IP.

Customer has dedicated connectivity with Express Route to Azure Network.

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DCasota
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VCSA requires to be installed on a vSphere platform. It is optimized for the installation on ESXi hosts. This is important for customer support services as the virtual hardware functions set runs all VCSA components. That said, it isn’t supported to deploy vCenter in an Azure Generation V1 or V2 VM.

Deploy VCSA on vSphere. In addition with VCSA 7, your customer might benefit from the multi-homing feature of VCSA.

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scott28tt
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Are their ESXi hosts in Azure or somewhere else? If not in Azure, why can’t they deploy VCSA on their ESXi hosts like a typical vSphere deployment?


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DCasota
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Imho the question of VCSA as a native Azure hypervisor VM leads in the direction of cross-company progress realizing microservices of VCSA components.

A design of exposed ESXi host is considered as high risk. Service providers protect physical and virtual datacenters, and implement VMware Validated Design.

From the same perspective of VCSA placement choice, a customer can have VCSA on vSphere hosts in Azure datacenter locations. Azure VMware solution is a typical vSphere environment, with baremetal ESXi nodes in an Azure region. It uses storage infrastructure based on vSAN, networking based on NSX-T, and, as your customer uses express route, HCX to schedule application migrations of vSphere VMs across onpremise datacenters and Azure datacenters. It isn't available on all Azure datacenter locations yet (see https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/global-infrastructure/services/?products=azure-vmware&regions=all).

 

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jahalam414
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They have many remote office so the brainstorming is going on if we can install vCenter in Azure native VM and add all ESXi in that vCenter.

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DCasota
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As already mentioned there are no downloadable "native" VCSA .vhd(x) bits. Also, the vCenter Server for Windows flavor has been deprecated a while ago. And, there is no V2V standalone converter which could handle a VCSA migration.

Is VCSA as a Microsoft Azure hyper-v virtual machine thinkable, first neglecting VMware product support? yes. Is it a geek path? yes. Could it become real for production purposes? no, imho not as as-is VCSA. There is much more awareness in securing new native cloud apps. Keep in mind the operational economy radius of customer' realworld physical hardware. Energy demands and efficiency strategies apply from containers to datacenters.

Native means the Azure VMware solution contains dedicated physical hardware for ESXi highly desirable to combine them with Azure workloads in the same region and extendable to onpremise branch offices' datacenter typically near/in the same region. Reach out to @scott28tt - VMware learning helps in pathing a robust knowledge journey.

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Bheemprasad_H
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Hi,

 

Exactly the same requirement for me as well. But no solution is available. We have left with having vCenter only on ESXi server and not on Azure directly!

 

Regards,

Bheemprasasd

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