fsck of vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 partitions

I hadn’t realized that we had now begun to use the LVM (Logical Volume Manager) in our vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) version 6.0. Of course, I found out the hard way after a network outage in our lab brought down our VCSA which was running on NFS. On reboot, the VCSA complained about file system integrity as follows:

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Adventures in VIO, VMware Integrated Openstack

openstackI’ll start this post by stating straight up that I am no OpenStack expert. Far from it. In fact, the only reason I started to play with VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) was to get up to speed for a forthcoming OpenStack class that I am taking in next week. What I’ve documented here is a bunch of issues I ran into during the VIO deployment process. Hopefully these will prove useful to some folks who are also new to OpenStack and plan on going through the same exercise. I’m not going to describe VIO in any detail, nor any of the OpenStack components such as Nova, Cinder, Glance, etc. (this is all just a quick google away) but suffice to say that what VMware has done is to bundle OpenStack into a bunch of VMs responsible for running different services, and allows you to deploy and stand-up an OpenStack configuration very quickly indeed.

The process to deploy VIO is two-fold:

  1. Deploy the VIO OVA, which deploys a management plugin on the vSphere web client, as well as the OpenStack template. This could be deployed on the same cluster as your VIO management cluster, or it could be deployed to a dedicated management cluster.
  2. Provision OpenStack on top of vSphere. This would be deployed on a dedicated cluster of ESXi hosts and becomes your VIO management cluster

After the completion of step 2, you are now ready to provision VMs. The following are some issues that I encountered when rolling out my VIO deployment. They may help you if you have to go through the same exercise.

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Virtual SAN – free 6 month trial – thank you VMUG

vsan-vmware-virtual-san-boxA short post again today. For those of you who are considering evaluating Virtual SAN, our friends over at the VMware User Group (VMUG) are giving you the opportunity to trial VSAN for 6 months. This offer is only available to VMUG members, but joining VMUG is free. And really, if you are not already a member of your local VMUG, shame on you. This is a great way to get hands-on experience with VSAN. What are you waiting for? Click here to get your six month trial of VSAN.

VMUGOn the topic of VMUGs, I will be presenting on VMware’s Software Defined Storage initiatives at the Germany/Deutschland West VMUG User Conference in Frankfurt on June 17th, and again at the Poland/Polska VMUG in Warsaw on June 18th. Please sign up and support your local VMUG. If you are attending either of these VMUGs, I look forward to seeing you there.

Heads Up! Horizon View 6.1 and AF-VSAN Policies

I had a query recently from a partner who was deploying VMware Horizon View 6.1 on top of an all-flash VSAN 6.0. They had done all the due diligence with configuring the AF-VSAN appropriately, marking certain flash devices as capacity devices, and so on. The configuration looked something like this:

config.jpgThe they went ahead and deployed Horizon View 6.1, which they had done many times before on hybrid configurations. They were able to successfully deploy full clone pools on the AF-VSAN, but hit a strange issue when deploying linked clone pools (floating/dedicated). The clone virtual machine operation would fail with an “Insufficient disk space on datastore” error, similar to the following:

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A closer look at Rubrik

rubrik2A couple of months back, I wrote a short article on Rubrik. They were just coming out of stealth mode and had started an early access program. Since they had not officially launched, there wasn’t a lot that I was allowed to say about the company, other than give a high level overview. As they have now officially launched their r300 series of products, along with news of a massive $41 million Series B of funding, I can now share some additional details about their products and technology. Just to recap on what Rubrik do, they are offering a converged and scale-out backup software and backup storage appliance. The Rubrik appliance (Brik) is a “rack and go” architecture, with the ability to scale from three to thousands of nodes (unlimited) using industry standard 2U commodity appliance hardware.

The whole pitch is the idea that “backups suck”, and they want to give administrators a much better back and restore experience, similar to Apple’s ‘Time Machine’ feature.

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VAAI now available with vSphere Standard Edition

A short post today, but it highlights what I feel is an important enhancement to vSphere licensing. I’ve had lots of questions recently about why VAAI (Storage APIs for Array Integration) is not available in the standard edition of vSphere. This is especially true since I began posting about Virtual Volumes earlier this year, and it was clear that Virtual Volumes is available in the standard edition. One reason why this was confusing is that if a migration of a VVol could not be handled by the array using the VASA APIs, the migration would fall back to using VAAI offload primitives. But if you only had standard licensing for VVols, would you still be supported?

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vSphere 6.0 HA and Component Protection with vMSC

I had a query recently about changes to vSphere 6.0, especially when it comes to vSphere HA and Component Protection (VMCP) with vMSC, vSphere Metro Storage Cluster. The question is very straight forward – do all the same advanced setting recommendations for PDL and APD apply to vMSC on vSphere 6.0 as they did for vSphere 5.5? Or do we have some new recommendations now around PDL and APD for vMSC with the introduction of VMCP in vSphere 6.0?

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