Using VMware vSphere Storage Views. Introduction When it comes to analyzing what storage (virtual or physical) is connected to what or how much storage is being used by what, the VMware vSphere Storage Views tab is where you need to go. The Storage Views tab is generated by a plug-in for the vSphere Client and you can view it on any object (VM, Host, Datacenter & cluster). In this article, I'll show you where to access the vSphere Storage Views tab, what plug-in makes it work, and how it can help you.
What vSphere Plug-in makes Storage Views Work? While it should be enabled by default, the vCenter Storage Monitoring plug-in is what makes the Storage Views tab appear in the vSphere Client. Figure 1: vCenter Storage Monitoring Plug-in showing enabled So, if you ever open the vSphere Client, perhaps on a different computer, and there is no Storage Views tab, as expected, doublecheck the vCenter Storage Monitoring Plug-in to ensure it is enabled. Accessing the vSphere Storage Views Tab Using Storage Views is easy. Summary. Review: VMware Virtual SAN turns storage inside-out.
Convergence of compute and storage is all the rage in the virtualization market these days. You see it in Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V and Storage Spaces. You see it in third-party platforms such as Nutanix. And you see it in VMware's vSphere flagship with the addition of Virtual SAN, a new capability built into the ESXi hypervisor that turns the direct-attached storage in vSphere cluster nodes into highly available, high-performance shared storage. The goals behind Virtual SAN, or VSAN, are both to lower overall storage costs and to eliminate the I/O latencies associated with networked storage.
VSAN achieves high availability by replicating storage objects (virtual machine disks, snapshot images, VM swap disks) across the cluster, allowing admins to specify the number of failures (nodes, drives, or network) to be tolerated on a per-VM basis. . [ Virtualization showdown: Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 vs. VMware storage: SAN configuration basics. VMware storage entails more than simply mapping a logical unit number (LUN) to a physical server. VMware’s vSphere enables system administrators to create multiple virtual servers on a single physical server chassis. The underlying hypervisor, vSphere ESXi, can use both internal and external storage devices for guest virtual machines. In this article we will discuss the basics of using storage area network (SAN) storage on vSphere and the factors administrators should consider when planning a shared SAN storage deployment.
VMware storage: SAN basics vSphere supports internally-connected disks that include JBODs, hardware RAID arrays, solid-state disks and PCIe SSD cards. But, the big drawback to using these forms of storage is that they are directly connected and associated with a single server. SAN storage, however, provides a shared, highly available and resilient storage platform that can scale to a multi-server deployment. VMware file system and datastores VMware-SAN connectivity. VMware vSphere: Storage Virtualization & Storage Management. Virtual_networking_concepts.pdf. Virtual Networking 101: Understanding VMware Networking. May 30, 2012By Petra Jorgenson On a basic, structural level, virtual networks in VMware aren’t that different from physical networks; vSphere is designed to mimic the functions of a physical network, so a lot of the network hardware you’ll find in the real world, you’ll find virtualized in VMware.
If you understand how physical networks operate, then understanding virtual networking shouldn’t be too difficult. Before jumping into an explanation of how VMware handles virtual networking, I’ll first provide a quick refresher of the basic equipment that makes up a physical network. If you already have a firm understanding of how networking works, then you can skip the following paragraph. To connect to a network, a computer must be network-capable, meaning that it must have a working network interface controller (NIC), also known as a network card or network adapter, installed. Like its name indicates, the NIC enables the computer to interface with a network.
Standard Switches About the Author. Using VMware: Understanding the Virtual Switch. Introduction In this article we will explore the VMware ‘Virtual Switch’. The Virtual Switch is nothing more than a logical switching fabric built into your VMware infrastructure (ESX) so that you can network your Virtual Machines (VMs) however you need them. In the following sections we will cover the basics of the Virtual Switch, terminology used, its use, configuration and management.
To view the Virtual Switch, you will need to be using VMware, the VIC and have access to VirtualCenter. Understanding the Virtual Switch VMware infrastructure networking components are not easy to comprehend without a little background information and understanding of ‘networking’ in general. Figure 1: Viewing the Virtual Infrastructure The VMware Infrastructure complies with a modular design so that all resources can be shared and assigned as needed.
Figure 2: Viewing the Configuration tab in VirtualCenter Figure 3: Viewing the Network Adapter Properties Configuring the Virtual Switch Summary. Welcome to Forbes. Install vCenter 5.5 in Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2012. vCenter server is central place for managing all the vSphere components like ESXi hosts, clusters, virtual machines, virtual machine templates, replication, high availability and so on. With release of vSphere 5.5, VMware has made lot of improvements in vSphere web client. There are two flavors of vCenter server. First – You can install vCenter Server in Windows Operating Systems, Second – vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) which is based on SUSE Linux platform. There are different pieces of vCenter server that works together. The components are: Single Sign-On, vSphere Web Client, vCenter Inventory Service and vCenter Server.
In this post, I will show steps to install vCenter 5.5 in Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2012. vCenter needs database to store all the vSphere components data like configuration, statistics, etc. Regarding database options, you can choose either dedicated SQL database Server or Oracle database server for vCenter server, or you can go with default express database. Installing the vCenter Server Appliance 5.5.0b #VCSA - Virtxpert. I’ve been using the vCenter Server Appliance, AKA VCSA, in testing for several months now and ready to start using it for every day use.
These are the installation steps to get a fresh vCenter Server Appliance installed using the embedded PostgreSQL database and Active Directory for SSO. Quick tip before you start, if you have hosts with different CPUs and will need to enable EVC, setup your VCSA on the host with the lower CPU, this might have to save you from doing some VCSA trickery later to enable EVC. I will proceed here as if this is a new vCenter and SSO installation, using the embedded PostgreSQL database with a working Active Directory / LDAP At this point it will test your AD credentials and proceed if they were validatedOn the review configuration page click Start The configuration will start and notify you when certain components finish.
Summary Jonathan Frappier Latest posts by Jonathan Frappier (see all) Like this: Like Loading... vSphere 5.5 - Using vCenter Server Appliance - Everything Should Be Virtual. I have been wanting to give the vCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) a go in my main lab for quite some time but never got around to it. Well I finally pulled the trigger with the latest 5.5 release. There was however quite a bit of pre-work that I had to do in preparation of making this move but all in all it went very smooth. The biggest thing was to migrate all of my vSwitches from vDS (vSphere Distributed Switches) to vSS (vSphere Standard Switches). Which was not too bad just a little time consuming.
However if you are a PowerCLI person this could be really quick and easy. So after getting all VMKernel ports and guest networks migrated from vDS over to their corresponding vSS port groups. Now that I have my new vCSA up and running I can then begin adding my hosts back to the new vCenter and continue on with creating a new Datacenter, HA-DRS Cluster and building out the new vDS configurations. So overall this was a pretty seamless process but it did take some planning and time. Enjoy! Installing VMware vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012R2 | Convergence of Data and Infrastructure.
Recently I encountered a small glitch while trying to install VMware’s vCenter 5.5.0b Server on a new VM with Windows Server 2012R2 on it. Now, this OS is not yet ‘certified’ by VMware for use, but it’s pretty close to Windows Server 2012, and they will support it soon enough, so why not use it? But, a quirk with the differences between Windows Server 2012 and 2012R2 prevents a successful installation. Read on to see how to fix this. I gave the installer a go, and everything looked great until the vCenter Server installation began. Once we got through the options and into the actual installation, it just hung at the following point.
Strange. We see the file c:\windows\system32\ocsetup.exe being referenced as one of the last entries in the log file. Well, that’s not good. If it’s dependent on this file, let’s just copy it over to the new Windows Server 2012R2 VM and see what happens. Success! vCenter 5.5 SSL Certificate and SQL Toolkit Updated. Fresh off the press is an updated version of my vCenter 5.5 SSL certificate Toolkit script. Last year when I did my popular vCenter 5.1 install series the posts contain a series of scripts and CLI commands to replace the SSL certificates. While that process worked for many people, it still was not as easy as it should be. So for vCenter 5.5 I wrote a PowerShell script that did all the SSL certificate creation ‘magic’ in one place. In the intervening weeks since the first version went up, I’ve made a number of changes based on user feedback (and code submission) and my own development effort.
The script is designed to be used in conjunction with the VMware vCenter certificate automation tool, NOT replace it. As you will see in the feature list, the script goes beyond just SSL assistance and can also aid in your SQL database and DSN creation. The script has the following features: vCenter Server 5.5 on SQL Server 2012 installation - Part 1. In first post I will show you how to install Microsoft SQL Server 2012 to use it by vCenter Server 5.5 on Windows Server 2012.
Next posts will cover Databases preparation and vCenter Server 5.5 installation. Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1 installation Before you actually launch SQL Server installation I recommend to run System Configuration Checker. This tool might really save your time when your installation will fail or you will have problems. In my case it was all ok.
Installation of SQL Server is really not difficult (almost like 95% of Windows software – Next, Next, Next) and it has only FOUR steps. Insert product key or choose Evaluation or Express versionAccept License termsAccept or not product updatesWait for finish Next step is SQL Server Role Setup which is bit more complicated. Warning – NetFx3 during SQL Server 2012 SP1 installation I ran on error during SQL Server 2012 SP1 installation. You will see following error: And installation will fail with following errors: Wojciech Marusiak. VMW-WP-vSPHR-Whats-New-6-0-PLTFRM. vCenter Server 5.5.0a Release Notes. What's in the Release Notes The release notes cover the following topics: What's New This release of VMware vCenter Server 5.5.0a includes a number of bug fixes that have been documented in the Resolved Issues section.
Earlier Releases of vCenter Server 5.5 Features and known issues of vCenter Server are described in the release notes for each release. Internationalization VMware vSphere 5.5 is available in the following languages: EnglishFrenchGermanJapaneseKoreanSimplified Chinese Compatibility and Installation ESXi, vCenter Server, and vSphere Web Client Version Compatibility The VMware Product Interoperability Matrix provides details about the compatibility of current and earlier versions of VMware vSphere components, including ESXi, VMware vCenter Server, the vSphere Web Client, and optional VMware products.
The vSphere Client and the vSphere Web Client are packaged on the vCenter Server ISO. vSphere Client Connections to Linked Mode Environments with vCenter Server 5.x vSphere Web Client. Migrating Virtual Machines and Storage Overview. Published: September 10, 2012 Updated: November 1, 2013 Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) supports the following types of migration: Network migration—This is the slowest type of migration and performs a network copy of the virtual machine data using BITS.
VMM automatically selects the type of transfer that will be used for migration. As of System Center 2012 SP1, VMM provides a number of live migration features that are based on migration capabilities introduced in Windows Server 2012. Live migration outside a cluster—In addition to performing live migration within a cluster, you can perform live migration between two standalone computers that are not cluster nodes. VMM inspects and validates the configuration settings of a destination host before migration from a source host begins.
Business benefits The live migration features provide a number of business benefits: VM-aware storage provides better migration, performance and more. VM-aware storage is a hot topic right now in the virtualization world, according to storage and virtualization expert Stephen Foskett. In the past year there was an increase in storage developed specifically for virtual machines. These storage systems enhance data migration, performance and integration with virtual server environments. However, some VM storage products will only work well if virtual machines are the only workloads running on it, which may not benefit organizations that haven't virtualized their entire environment. In this podcast, Foskett discusses the benefits and drawbacks of VM-aware storage, and where he sees the technology going in the future. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript below.
How are vendors making VM-aware storage different from traditional storage, and what are some of the common features that can be found with it? Stephen Foskett: That's really a major industry trend right now. That's especially true with small businesses. VMware versus Hyper-V storage comparison. VMware’s vSphere and Microsoft’s Hyper-V are the two leading platforms for server virtualization. Although they provide similar features and functionality, the way they manage storage for virtual machines is very different. In this article, we ask: VMware versus Hyper-V: how do they deploy storage and what storage features and functionality are found in the two hypervisor platforms? Hypervisor fundamentals vSphere ESXi (currently at release 5.5 update 1) is a type 1 hypervisor and is based on what VMware describes as a “vmkernel” or microkernel used to run the features needed to support virtualization.
Type 1 hypervisors run directly on server hardware and act as the abstraction layer between the physical resources of the server and the virtual resources assigned to the virtual machine. Virtual machine files A virtual machine is encapsulated in a number of files that represent both the configuration and contents of the virtual server. VMDKs “grow” by adding VMDK file extents. File systems. Vmw-vmotion-verus-live-migration.pdf. vSphere Update Manager (VUM) (Part 3) - How to use it. vSphere Update Manager (VUM) (Part 2) - Installation. vSphere Update Manager (VUM) (Part 1) - Introduction. Deploy a Router in your Virtual\ESX Environment. Create a Virtual Network with Virtual Router/Firewall | Network Security+ How to setup PfSense WAN and LAN on ESXI 5.5. Install VMware Tools In Ubuntu Linux ( VMwareTools-1.0.5-8017.tar.gz file ) Learning Linux Kernel. IBM developerWorks : IBM PureSystems. IBM Linux Compilers. VMware vSphere Storage Appliance Documentation.
VMware storage: SAN configuration basics. VMware vSphere: Storage - VMFS. Converged Storage for VMware. Page 2 - VMware Builds Out Virtualization for Servers, Storage, Networking. VMware's Virtual SAN Threatens Traditional Data Storage Models. VMware Storage Integration & Top Storage Vendors. vSphere Storage vMotion: Storage Management & Virtual Machine Migration. Stopping, starting, or restarting the vSphere Update Manager service. Installing async drivers on VMware ESXi 5.x and ESXi 6.0.x. Cluster warning for ESXi Shell and SSH appear on an ESXi 5.x host. Enabling debug logging for VMware Tools within a guest operating system. Enabling debug logging for VMware Tools within a guest operating system. Copying a template from an ESX host to a remote ESX host in a different datacenter using SCP. Copying a template from an ESX host to a remote ESX host in a different datacenter using SCP.
ESXi 5.0 & DELL R720 Network Connectivity Loss. Unable to bond Etherchannel on ESXi 5.5. Cluster warning for ESXi Shell and SSH appear on an ESXi 5.x host.