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Dell VxRail Architecture Overview


VMware vCenter Server Remote plug-in architecture

The VMware vSphere Client Remote plug-in architecture integrates plug-in functionality into the VMware vSphere Client without having to run inside a VMware vCenter Server. This provides plug-in isolation and enables scale-out of plug-ins that operate in large VMware vSphere environments.

Following are the changes in remote plug-in architecture:

  • Local plug-ins are deprecated in vSphere 8.0.
  • Local plug-ins are replaced by remote plug-in​.
  • Local plug-ins are not supported in the next major VMware vSphere release.
  • More robust architecture by separating VMware vCenter server from the plug-ins
  • Provide a stronger security model, allowing for increased interoperability with plug-ins.

Before the VxRail 8.0.210 release, in a local plug-in deployment, the plug-in was installed on the VMware vCenter server appliance. The remote plug-in is available with the VxRail 8.0.210 release. The new installations have the remote plug-in by default. The upgrades convert the local plug-in to a remote plug-in.

Primary Remote server plug-in selection is an automatic selection process where the node with the latest versions of VxRail Manager in the VMware vCenter server is assigned as primary. The node interacts with the VMware vSphere UI service to serve plug-in functionality. You can change the primary server as a part of Day 2 activity, without rebooting the server.

The following figure shows the primary remote server plug-in automatic selection process.

Figure 1. Primary remote server plug-in automatic selection process
The preceding figure shows the primary remote server plug-in

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