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VMware SRM 5.1 & the Isilon SRA 2.0

VMware SRM 5.1 & the Isilon SRA 2.0

I’ve tried this before It seems like it was just yesterday that I was talking with Bas Raayman about this. Looking back at emails, it was actually about two years ago. When the Isilon Storage Replication Adapter 1.0 (SRA) for VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0 (SRM) came out, it was clunky to say the least. Before installing the SRA on your SRM server, there was a lot of  work that had to be done.  There was a java tool used…

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vSphere 5.5 & the Isilon NAS VAAI Plugin – Part 1 – v1.0/1.1

vSphere 5.5 & the Isilon NAS VAAI Plugin – Part 1 – v1.0/1.1

Just a quick heads up for anyone running vSphere 5.0/5.1 with the Isilon NAS-VAAI plugin for vSphere/OneFS 7.0. If you are planning to upgrade to vSphere 5.5, there are a couple things to know. The plugin does not work in 5.5 (new or upgraded) installations. I built a new vSphere 5.5 installation, and the plugin loaded fine.  But… When attempting to configure the credentials for the OneFS 7.0 cluster you are connecting to, the authorization tool fails to operate properly. In…

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Help the Wounded Warrior Project – EMC’s 5th Annual #v0dgeball

Help the Wounded Warrior Project – EMC’s 5th Annual #v0dgeball

That’s right, that time of year is approaching… VMworld US 2013. For the past 4 years, EMC has sponsored a v0dgeball (Translated Dodgeball for people with a virtual affinity) tourney at the US VMworld Conference. In those 4 years, v0dgeball participants, spectators, & contributors have raised over $30,000 in donations for the Wounded Warrior Project. Not too shabby, but we can do better.  So here we are again with EMC’s 5th Annual v0dgeball Tourney. A quick recap from last year:…

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Configuring the EMC Isilon NAS VAAI Plugin for vSphere 5.0/5.1

Configuring the EMC Isilon NAS VAAI Plugin for vSphere 5.0/5.1

Isilon OneFS 7.0 has been out for a couple months.  OneFS 7.0 has brought some additional features to Isilon, particularly toward VMware vSphere support. I blogged about VASA support in another article: Configuring the EMC Isilon VASA Provider. This article is going to focus on how to configure the NFS VAAI Plugin for Isilon when used with VMware vSphere 5. Requirements Here are the basic technical requirements to get the plugin working: An Isilon cluster running OneFS 7.0.0.0 or higher…

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How does vSphere recognize an Isilon NFS Datastore when using a SmartConnect Zone Name?

How does vSphere recognize an Isilon NFS Datastore when using a SmartConnect Zone Name?

As one of the more Isilon-centric vSpecialists at EMC, I see a lot of questions about leveraging Isilon NFS in vSphere environments.  Most of them are around the confusion of how SmartConnect works and the load balancing/distribution it provides. Not too long ago, a question arose around mounting NFS exports from an Isilon cluster, and the methods to go about doing that. Duncan Epping published an article recently titled How does vSphere recognize an NFS datastore? I am not going…

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