This video tutorial walks you through creating SSD’s, larger SAS disks and multiple shelves for your Netapp Simulator. Out of the box the Netapp simulator only allows for 20GB total size for the aggregate.
I have just completed 2 new tutorials with the latest Veeam Backup and Replication version 8. The 2 tutorials concentrate on backing up and restoring virtual machines on a VMware vSphere environment via the Veeam Backup and Replication version 8 console.
Netapp Load-Sharing Mirrors on Vserver Root Volume
Why do you create load-sharing mirrors on the root volume of a vserver ? For 2 main reasons:
VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 2 Virtual Machine Hardware Level 10
With VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 2 out, you can now edit a virtual machine in the vsphere client that has a hardware level of 10. Previously you could only do this in the vsphere web client. Still, new functionality is only available in the Web Client, but if you need to make some quick changes via the vsphere client you can now do this successfully.
We had a customer who experienced the purple screen of death on their ESXi server due to a specific bug regarding the use of vSphere Distributed Switch and traffic shaping.
VMware Virtual Machine Hardware Level with PowerCLI
With vSphere 5.5 there is the option to update the virtual machine hardware to version 10. Unfortunately there is no way via the gui to update only to version 9. Why would you want to do this ? Because after upgrading the virtual machine to version 10 you can not longer edit the settings of the virtual machine in the vSphere Client, you can only edit the settings via the web client.
VMware Datastore is in use – Cannot remove
Sometimes when you try to either delete a lun or NFS based datastore from VMware it tells you that the datastore is in use and cannot be removed.
Usually if you right click on the datastore and select browse you can see a some folders belonging to virtual machines in there, which is easy to identify the culprits.
Last April I posted about VMware’s issue with NFS disconnects within ESXi 5.5 Update 1. As I mentioned in that post VMware notified us that there will be an update coming, update 2, that will resolve this issue and that in the meantime you were to step down or downgrade to ESXi 5.5 GA.
We ran into a nasty bug last week on a production Netapp Clustered Ontap 8.2P3 system where by a storage admin was performing some routine lun maintenance tasks such as offline lun and delete, which caused the system to be unresponsive on one controller for about 2 hours.
ESXi 5.5 Update 1 All Paths Down
There is currently an issue if you are running VMware ESXi 5.5 Update 1 hosts and you are using NFS for your storage whereby you will see multiple and intermittent All Paths Down or APD logs in the events tab for the host.