Upgrading Hosts beyond ESXi 6.0 U2

With the rollout of ESX6.0 Update 2 (build number 362759) VMware has bundled a new VIB for the VMware VSAN in the update. Previously there was no VSAN VIB  included the ESXi Image and if you trying to upgrade your host using esxcli with this command esxcli software vib update -d “/vmfs/volumes/bnesx03-localstorage/ESXi-6.0.0-4192238-6.0.10.zip” Tthe process will fail with this error… Continue reading Upgrading Hosts beyond ESXi 6.0 U2

Introduction to RVC – VSAN Trouble Shooting Tool

Recently I had an issue with the VMware VSAN where the health status was listing a number of inaccessible objects . It issue was due to an MTU mismatch on a Nexus 5k that was configured incorrectly. But prior to figuring that out I had to do some troubleshooting and that was my first introduction to RVC… Continue reading Introduction to RVC – VSAN Trouble Shooting Tool

Installing ScaleIO Plugin and SVM Template

To integrate the ScaleIO Plugin with your vCenter DELLEMC have provided a very handy PowerCli script which make the process very easy indeed. Firstly download the ScaleIO VMware install media from the DELLEMC Support website https://support.emc.com/downloads/33925_ScaleIO The contents of the download consists of two folders. ScaleIO_xxxxx-ESX-Download – contains the OVA file which will be cloned… Continue reading Installing ScaleIO Plugin and SVM Template

V(x)Block AMP supportability matrix

With the introduction of the new AMP-2S management platform into the Vblock/Vxblock CI Solution portfolio it might be  a good time to review the supportability and compatibility of of each amp type. Before that a quick note on the AMP-2S. The AMPs-2s introduces for the first time iSCSI Datastores presented from the VNX-e array . DELL EMC… Continue reading V(x)Block AMP supportability matrix

ScaleIO Basic Concepts for vSphere

SDC  – ScaleIO Data Client  Vib or Driver that exposes ScaleIO block volumes to the application . EG ESX. It allows the hypervisor to issue IO request to the ScaleIO Storage array. SDC communicate with neighbour nodes over TCP/IP and is fully routable. On an ESX Host the SDC is installed on the Physical host by the vSphere Webclient… Continue reading ScaleIO Basic Concepts for vSphere