Thursday, April 26. 2012
The objective of this white paper is to provide information on storage protocols and how they interoperate with VMware vSphere and related features. Not all supported storage protocols are discussed. Some notable exceptions are ATA over Ethernet (AoE) and shared/switched SAS. However, the protocols that are included in this paper are the ones that VMware is most frequently asked to compare.
VMware frequently is asked for guidance regarding the best storage protocol to use with VMware vSphere®. vSphere supports many storage protocols, with no preference given to any one over another. However, many customers still want to know how these protocols stack up against each other and to understand their respective pros and cons.This white paper looks at common storage protocols from a vSphere perspective. It is not intended to delve into performance comparisons, for the following two reasons:
- The Performance Engineering team at VMware already produces excellent storage performance white papers.
- Storage protocol performance can vary greatly, depending on the storage array vendor. It therefore does not make sense to compare iSCSI and NFS from one vendor, because another vendor might implement one of those protocols far better.
Monday, April 23. 2012
Updated in Version 3.3 (April, 2012)
- GetWebResponse timeout value changed from 5 minutes to 10 minutes (for very big environments)
- New tabpage with HBA information
- On vDatastore tab the definition of the Provisioned MB and In Use MB columns was confusing! This is changed now.
- RVToolsSendMail accepts now multiple recipients (semicolon is used as separator)
- Folder information of VMs and Templates are now visible on vInfo tabpage
- Bugfix: data in comboboxes on filter form are now sorted
- Bugfix: Problem with api version 2.5.0 solved
- Bugfix: Improved exception handling on vCPU tab.
- Bugfix: Improved exception handling on vDatastore tab.
Kudos to fellow vExpert Rob de Veij - get your laters copy here http://www.robware.net
esxplot is a GUI application that lets you explore the data collected by esxtop in batch mode. The program takes a single command line argument which is the esxtop batch mode output file. You can also simply start esxplot without any arguments, and enter a dataset file via the File attribute of the menu bar. Esxplot loads the data in this file and presents the metrics as a hierarchical tree where the values are selectable in the left panel. In the right panel, a graph is plotted (value over time) of the selected metric, in this way, you can “browse” the contents of these somewhat unwieldy files.
Geoff White over at durganetworks has Forked esxplot 1.0, watch github for improvements in performance, stability and features. Currently the esxplot 1.5 ALPHA code is available for download.
Eric, I want to thank you for alerting the community to the fork. The current code base has been reworked under the hood a bit to allow for actual continued development which was difficult with the original, single file version. The forked code is not packaged for the "end user", there isn't an installable package for windows or even an egg or easy install just yet.
What I would like interested parties to do for now is to follow the repository, and try it out when you hear of a feature that you think you would be interested in. I also need folks to test this out on vSphere 5. I've seen an elusive behavior with the 1.0 version where it seemed that data was being reported in a 'skewed' fashion which, if it's a bug in esxplot, it would be somewhat serious.
The problem is that I've observed it on a single vSphere 5 host, and then when I changed the state of the host, (powered off a VM) the problem disappeared. I've added extra debugging code into this fork to try and log any bad data being read in (the 1.0 version would just silently ignore it) to try and catch this. If anyone has seen this using the 1.0 version, please report it to me so we can get to the bottom of this. I need to isolate if this is a bug in esxplot or a bug in the way esxtop is writing the csv in batch mode. So the number one priority for me right now is to get to the bottom of the possible bug.
The number two priority is to fix the way the metric selection works so that it is easier to navigate and so that start-up time and response time will decrease with large data sets (> 150 MB). This work should also allow users to load larger data sets without the program becoming unresponsive. The number three priority is the WHERE clause that I've been alluding to in the past which will allow some limited visibility into the actual data when you are pruning the result set with a search query. You can read about it in the repository wiki. This is also a good time to put in feature requests. For now, you can go over to the github repository and add an issue.
I am not going to move away from wxPython for the 1.x release but I am entertaining a new GUI model for the 2.x version, what i'm currently looking at is jPlot/JQuery and/or QT5. I'm glad the program has been useful to folks over the years, my apologies for not updating it sooner, but this was not a primary job function (still isn't :) but a labor of necessity and love.
Friday, April 20. 2012
The Console Proxy and web portal are running on every cell and are stateless. All instances are capable of doing work so failure of any one component does not affect user requests as they are redirected by the load balancer. In a one-armed configuration, the Virtual Servers and the VDC cells are configured on the same subnet. The LoadMaster connects to the Layer 2 network through a single interface, eth0. This architecture covers load balancing of multiple vCloud Director sells within the same site.
Viktor van den Berg over at viktorious.nl has written an extensive article about load balancing vCloud Director cells with pfSense - vCloud Director Howto: Load balancing with free pfSense
Thursday, April 19. 2012
- The virtualization hosts
- Configuration of the virtual machine container (NOT hardening of the guest operating system (OS) or any applications running within)
- Configuration of the virtual networking infrastructure, including the management and storage networks as well as the virtual switch (but NOT security of the virtual machine’s network)
- VMware vCenter Server, its database and client components
Tuesday, April 17. 2012
To make the most of VMware's vSphere 5, IT professionals need knowledge, tips, and insights they'll never find in the manuals - or in any book, until now! In Managing and Optimizing vSphere Deployments, two world-class VMware experts offer start-to-finish lessons for vSphere planning, implementation, operation, management, and troubleshooting: expert insights drawn from their own unsurpassed "in-the-trenches" consulting experience.
Harley Stagner (VCDX,vExpert) and Sean Crookston (VCAP-DCA, VCAP-DCD, vExpert) focus on the most crucial techniques VMware professionals need, providing guidance optimized for the new vSphere 5, and frameworks that will support the evolution of virtual infrastructure for years to come. They present scenarios and case studies drawn from real-world data, addressing areas ranging from sizing and performance to redundancy, coverage includes:
- Smoothly integrating vSphere 5 into current environments and considerations
- Overcoming roadblocks to 100% virtualization
- Establishing a more stable infrastructure
- Choosing hardware and making optimal configuration decisions
- Automating tasks with PowerCLI, Host Profiles, and Auto Deploy
- Maximizing availability with Distributed Resource Scheduler, Networking Redundancy, and Fault Tolerance
- Efficiently managing updates, patches, and upgrades * Monitoring vSphere 5 with tools provided by VMware and its community
- Planning for growth, and much more.
- Evaluate and design a multitenant environment to address both private cloud and public cloud customer needs.
- Configure vCloud providers that can accommodate heterogeneous server, storage, and network resources.
- Design a network infrastructure optimized for vCloud.
- Integrate vCloud Director security with existing LDAP systems and design appropriate security hierarchies with security roles.
- Design a vCenter Chargeback implementation.
Monday, April 16. 2012
This solution preserves the investment you have made in time and money in the XenApp implementation. Your staff expertise in successfully running XenApp will continue to be useful in this combined implementation. Furthermore, the expertise you have accumulated in running a vSphere environment will be leveraged with a View and ThinApp implementation.
Sunday, April 15. 2012
The cloud consumer resources are dedicated vCenter clusters that host cloud workloads. These resources are carved up by vCloud Director in the form of one or more provider virtual datacenters, which is a vCenter cluster, and one or more attached datastores. Networking for the resource group will encompass vSphere networks visible to the hosts in that cluster. Provider virtual datacenters are further carved up into organization virtual datacenters, which are backed by vCenter resource pools. If you disable Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS) on vCenter Clusters level you will lose all resource pools and you’re not able to deploy or power on vApps anymore. This video will show you such a situation, don’t try this at home.
Friday, April 13. 2012
My virtualization friend Bas Vinken pointed me to a real great vCenter Operations 5 presentation created by Iwan ‘e1’ Rahabok (virtual-red-dot.blogspot.com) who's working as a VMware staff SE, Strategic Accounts in Singapore. It's available for download in PowerPoint format and I really would like to advise you to read the slide notes (they're awesome). The presentation serves 2 purposes, first it provides in-depth training for those who are learning or evaluating vCenter Operations 5 and second it provides materials that vCenter Ops champion can use to share with internal colleagues (e.g. storage team, app team, etc).
Thursday, April 12. 2012
In this video you will learn how a vCloud Director network is constructed. The PowerPoint presentation "vCloud networking explained in 1 slide and 52 animations" is created by fellow VCI over at Tuukka Korhonen (itvirtuoosit.fi).
Wednesday, April 11. 2012
The VMware vSphere 5 Memory Management and Monitoring diagram provides a comprehensive look into the ESXi memory management mechanisms and reclamation methods. This diagram also provides the relevant monitoring components in vCenter Server and the troubleshooting tools like ESXTOP. Source KB: 2017642 kudos to Hany Michael
Saturday, April 7. 2012
Friday, April 6. 2012
- Follow best practices for installing VMware and vSphere in your environment
- Discover how to secure and monitor your network
- Understand disk, SSD, and SAN storage implementation and configuration
- Get solutions for using vCloud Director and vShield
- Configure logical and physical networks
- Learn how to clone and migrate servers
- Gain valuable tips for configuration and fine-tuning
- Use the distributed resource scheduler, shares, and resource pools to learn resource management
Wednesday, April 4. 2012
Today’s virtualized data center demands that multivendor solutions integrate and work together. VMware vCloud Director facilitates easier deployment of virtual machines to suit the scaling needs of a cloud-enabled data center. One of the key functions of vCloud Director is to provide networking as a managed, allocated resource. vCloud Director uses the advanced features of the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch to provide a scalable, highly secure, and agile cloud solution for private enterprises as well as service providers.
Kendrick Coleman has also created a nice write-up: Implementing vCloud Director 1.5.1 and Cisco Nexus 1000v 1.5