ScaleIO 1.30 – VMware vSphere Installation – Part II – SVM Setup

October 24th, 2014 No comments

Keep in mind that, other than the new features added in ScaleIO 1.30, it still operates in the same fashion on vSphere.  Each host still has a ScaleIO VM (SVM) that leverages vmdks, residing on local datastores, as well as can run one or more services including the Metadata Manager (MDM), ScaleIO Data Server (SDS), & ScaleIO Data Client (SDC), & iSCSI Target.

Where ScaleIO 1.30 differs from 1.2x, is the manner in which it is installed, and managed, especially when it comes to creating additional volumes, protection domains, nodes, and the like.  With ScaleIO 1.30, a vSphere Web Client plugin is added to handle all of these functions.  In Part I, I covered setting up the ScaleIO Gateway and registering it with the VMware vSphere Web Client.

Loading the SVM (OVA) Template
Before the process can begin from the Web Client plugin, the ScaleIO OVA has to be uploaded to a vSphere datastore.  This can be done manually, or can be accomplished using a provided PowerCLI script.  Using the provided script, the OVA is uploaded to one or more datastores, and converted to a Template.  It is important to note that the script will upload the OVA to multiple datastores.  This can be very expedient when deploying SVM nodes on multiple hosts.  In my test environment, I loaded one OVA on each host, for all 3 hosts in my lab.
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ScaleIO 1.30 – VMware vSphere Installation – Part I – Gateway Setup

September 25th, 2014 No comments

Since ScaleIO 1.30 has been released, I can now publicly talk about how to install it in a vSphere environment.

To learn what has changed, I’ll start by covering the process of installing 1.2x first.

With 1.2x, a ScaleIO VM (SVM) is loaded on each ESXi host, and configured in the same fashion as deploying ScaleIO on Windows, Linux, or alternate Hypervisor configurations, with one exception.  Where the installation differs from all other ScaleIO installations, is that an iSCSI target service is created on each SVM, and each host then connects to the ScaleIO presented storage over iSCSI.  This has not changed yet in 1.30, but the installation still differs.

In ScaleIO 1.2x, a menu driven install script is used to stand up an initial environment, but additional nodes are added manually after installing all the components.  The 1.2x install script does not easily accommodate the addition of nodes.  Those functions are performed after the binaries have been installed on any new ScaleIO nodes.

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ICYMI – ScaleIO 1.30 Released

September 24th, 2014 No comments

This one slipped under the radar for me.  I knew that it was coming, but didn’t see an announcement for it.

From the Release Notes, some of the new goodness in 1.30 includes:

  • Management
    • Updated installation/deployment/configuration methods
    • VMware vCenter Web Client Plugin for managing ScaleIO on vSphere
    • Updated GUI
    • REST API
    • Syslog reporting
    • Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
    • OpenStack Support (Cinder/Nova)
  • Control
    • IP Roles
    • Enhanced MDM communication redundancy
    • Enhanced Network Throttling
    • Rebuild Throttling
  • Data Services
    • Thin Provisioning
    • Fault Sets
    • Enhanced server RAM read caching
    • Updated Maximums

I have been running the Beta for a while and I’m pretty pleased with the pieces I have tested.  I had the opportunity to meet with some of the engineers last November and provide some input to the integration with the vSphere Web Client, and I have to say that they did an awesome job putting everything together.

For more information about 1.30, take a look at the EMC Support Docs here (requires an EMC Support login).

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Isilon OneFS Virtual Nodes in the lab – Part II – VMware Fusion

July 8th, 2014 No comments

In my last post, I covered how to load an Isilon Virtual Node in to VMware Workstation.

Again, check out Chad’s blog for more info around how to get the Virtual Nodes here: http://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek/2014/04/love-isilon-want-to-play-merry-xmas.html

Grab Virtual Isilon
After downloading the appropriate zip, and extracting the contents, it is easy to install/configure.  With the 7.1.0.0 build:

  • Unzip the Isilon_OneFS_Virtual_Nodes_7.1.0.0.zip file and view the contents.
  • Unzip the 7.1.0.0_Virtual_Isilon.zip file and view the contents
  • Open the b.7.1.0.12r.vga folder to display the Virtual Node VM files (vmx, vmdk, etc.)

Unzip

In VMware Fusion – Default
The Virtual Nodes are configured as Virtual Hardware v4 with 6 Linked Clones included.

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Isilon OneFS Virtual Nodes in the lab – Part I – VMware Workstation

July 8th, 2014 No comments

I was out on vacation while it was announced that the Isilon OneFS Virtual Nodes (7.0.2.4 & 7.1.0.0) were available to Partners/Customers/Internal users.

Check out Chad’s blog for more info around that here: http://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek/2014/04/love-isilon-want-to-play-merry-xmas.html

After downloading the appropriate zip, and extracting the contents, it is easy to install/configure.  With the 7.1.0.0 build:

  • Unzip the Isilon_OneFS_Virtual_Nodes_7.1.0.0.zip file and view the contents.
  • Unzip the 7.1.0.0_Virtual_Isilon.zip file and view the contents
  • Open the b.7.1.0.12r.vga folder to display the Virtual Node VM files (vmx, vmdk, etc.)

In VMware Workstation/Player – Default
The Virtual Nodes are configured as Virtual Hardware v4 with 6 Linked Clones included.

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