Storage, Virtualization

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

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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Storage, Virtualization

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

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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Storage, Virtualization

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 to configure the source & target directories, the different array IDs being used, and blah, blah, blah. Not to mention the way things were replicated back and forth I didn’t quite follow.

Maybe I just didn’t get it.  Sometimes I’m a little slow and forget things, or at least that’s what Mike Colson might tell you after following me around in his first quarter as a new vSpecialist on the EMC Federal team.

New version
It looks like the team at Isilon has worked pretty hard to make things easy for old folks like me.  The 2.0 version of the Isilon SRA is MUCH, and I mean MUCH easier than before.

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Storage, Virtualization

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.

Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 3.39.46 PM

In a new vSphere 5.1 installation, the error is not present.

Proper Loading

I upgraded a vSphere 5.1 host to 5.5 to determine if I would retain functionality.  Maybe the authorization piece (auth_gen) was the only part affected.  On this host that had successfully used the plugin, it no longer worked after the upgrade to 5.5.

In vSphere 5.5, the libssl.so shared library is libssl.so.1.0.1, while in vSphere 5.1, it is libssl.so.0.9.8.

I reached out to the team responsible for the plugin, and have confirmed they are aware of the issue, and working on a resolution.

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Military, Security, Virtualization

VMware vCSA 5.5 – Ready for Prime-time & the War Fighter

At VMworld US in San Francisco last week, VMware had quite a few different announcements around the 5.5 release of vSphere.

Announcements around the vCenter Server Appliance really hit home for me in the Federal space.

Ready for Prime-time
In vSphere 5.5, the vCenter Server Appliance limitations have been extremely raised when using the vCenter Server Appliance:

Previous to vSphere 5.5, the limits were:

  • 5 vSphere Hosts
  • 50 Virtual Machines

With vSphere 5.5, the limits are now:

In short the vCenter Server Appliance now has the horsepower to run in many, if not most vSphere Environments – even in the Fed space.

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