Monday, July 25. 2011
- Configure a Datastore Cluster
- Set Storage DRS Automation Level
- Set Storage DRS Runtime Rules
- Create a Storage DRS Scheduled Task
- Using Storage DRS Rules
- Edit Virtual Machine Settings for a Datastore Cluster
- Apply Storage DRS Recommendations
- Add Storage to a Datastore Cluster
A datastore cluster is a collection of datastores aggregated into a single unit of consumption for an administrators. When a datastore cluster is created, Storage DRS can manage the storage resources comparable to how DRS manages compute resources in a cluster. As with a cluster of hosts, a datastore clusters is used to aggregate storage resources, enabling smart and rapid placement of new virtual machines and virtual disk drives and load balancing of existing workloads. When you create a VM you will be able to select a Datastore Cluster as opposed to individual datastores. Storage DRS provides initial placement recommendations to datastores in a Storage DRS-enabled datastore cluster based on I/O and space capacity.
During the provisioning of a virtual machine, a datastore cluster can be selected as the target destination for this virtual machine or virtual machine disk after which a recommendation for initial placement is done based on I/O and space capacity. Initial Placement in a manual provisioning process has proven to be very complex in most environments and as such important provisioning factors like current I/O load or space utilization are often ignored. Storage DRS ensures initial placement recommendations are made in accordance with space constraints and with respect to the goals of space and I/O load balancing. Although people are really excited about automated load balancing, it is Initial Placement where most people will start off with and where most people will benefit from the most as it will reduce operational overhead associated with the provisioning of virtual machines.
Ongoing balancing recommendations are made when one or more datastores in a datastore cluster exceeds the user-configurable space utilization or I/O latency thresholds. These thresholds are typically defined during the configuration of the datastore cluster. Storage DRS utilizes vCenter Server’s datastore utilization reporting mechanism to make recommendations whenever the configured utilized space threshold is exceeded. I/O load is evaluated by default every 8 hours currently with a default latency threshold of 15ms. Only when this I/O latency threshold is exceeded Storage DRS will calculate all possible moves to balance the load accordingly while considering the cost and the benefit of the migration. If the benefit doesn’t last for at least 24 hours, Storage DRS will not make the recommendation.
Sunday, July 24. 2011
- Builds on vSphere and scalesup to 10,000 VMs and 25 vCenter Servers
- Creates virtual datacenters, by pooling resources into new units of consumption
- Securely enables the cloudwith vShield, LDAP authentication, and RBAC
- Provides self-service portals and standardized infrastructure catalogs
- Isolates users into organizationswith unique catalogs, policies, and LDAP
- vCloud Director builds on vSphere to transform IT
- vCloud API enables inter-cloud portability, programmatic control, and integrationsIT
- Fast Provisioning Utilizing linked clones dramatically speeds up provisioning time and reduces storage costs.
- vApp Custom Guest Properties: Allows developers and other users to easily pass user data into guest OSes using OVF descriptors.
- vCloud Messages and Blocking Tasks: Programmatically connect vCloud Director to enterprise systems (e.g. CMDB) enabling end-to-end system automation.
- Microsoft SQL Server Support: Now runs on SQL Server (as well as Oracle).
- vShield Edge VPN integration: Programmatically create site to site IPSec-VPN tunnels to connect across clouds.
- Expanded vCloud API: Additional commands added to the vCloud API namespace to include all GUI-accessible actions and enable broader integration and scripting using the API.
Saturday, July 23. 2011
1.Attend a qualifying VMware authorized course.Already a VCP4? There is no course requirement until February 29, 2012.
2.Gain hands-on experience with VMware vSphere 5.
3.Pass the VCP5 Exam.
VCP5 Exam Blueprint
At the 25th and 26th of August I'll deliver the vSphere 5 What's New training GK Nieuwegein - http://www.globalknowledge.nl/cursussen/vmware/virtualisation/vmwn.html
Ik geef een Nederlandstalige vSphere 5 ICM training bij Global Knowledge in Nieuwegein van 19 sep t/m 23 sep http://bit.ly/qZHkku
VMware vSphere: What's New [V5.0]
This hands-on training course explores new features in VMware vCenter™ Server 5.0 and VMware® ESXi™ 5.0. Topics include VMware vSphere® 5 installation and how to upgrade from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.0. vSphere 5.0 is the first version of vSphere to include only the ESXi hypervisor.
- List and describe key enhancements in vSphere 5.0
- Upgrade a deployment from vSphere 4.x to vSphere 5.0
- Use Image Builder to modify and export an image profile as part of Auto Deploy
- Use Auto Deploy to Install a stateless ESXi host
- Manage a version 8 virtual machine with the next-generation Web-based VMware vSphere Client
- List and describe key networking enhancements, including the ESXi firewall and new features in vNetwork distributed switches
- Upgrade and manage a VMware vSphere VMFS5 datastore
- Understand and configure policy-driven storage management
- Create a datastore cluster and configure Storage DRS
- Configure a VMware High Availability cluster based on the new Fault Domain Manager agents
- Use the Linux-based VMware vCenter Server Appliance
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0]
This hands-on training course explores installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere®, which consists of VMware ESXi™ and VMware vCenter™ Server. The course is based on ESXi 5.0 and vCenter Server 5.0. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware® Certified Professional 5 exam.
- Install and configure ESXi
- Install and configure vCenter Server components
- Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage using vCenter Server
- Deploy, manage, and migrate virtual machines
- Manage user access to the VMware infrastructure
- Use vCenter Server to monitor resource usage
- Use vCenter Server to increase scalability
- Use VMware vCenter Update Manager to apply ESXi patches
- Use vCenter Server to manage higher availability and data protection
Friday, July 22. 2011
This video will show you how to install ESXi 5.0 on a drive with an existing ESX 4.1 installation and VMFS datastore present. ESXi 5.0 uses the same installer for fresh installations and upgrades. If the installer finds an existing ESX 4.x or ESXi 4.x installation, it allows you to performs an upgrade.
During this upgrade, the ESXi installer will offer several options for preserving or discarding existing ESX host settings and VMFS datastores. If an earlier version of ESX and VMFS was found by the installer, it will show you the selected storage device contains an installation of ESX and a VMFS datastore. You can choose whether to upgrade or install and overwrite the existing installation. You can also choose whether to preserve or overwrite the existing VMFS datastore. After upgrading from ESX 4.1 to ESXi 5.0, only the relevant settings will be migrated.