Datrium DVX 101 – NetShelf Setup

For the NetShelf Setup, make sure you allocate a minimum of 3 IPs (floating, controller 1 & controller 2) for the data network or a total of 6 IPs if you plan to separate the management and data networks. The actual setup is very simple and takes only 2-3 minutes.

Serial port settings

Serial port speed: 115200
Data bits: 8
Spot bit: 1
Parity: None

Datrium NetShelf Controller
Datrium NetShelf Controller

Upon successful connection via serial cable, you will be presented with the Datrium DVX Setup Wizard. The wizard will guide you through the following areas:

DVX settings – 15 seconds

Network configuration – 1:45 minutes

After the network settings have been set, the setup wizard will move on to

vCenter Server Registration – 21 seconds

The NetShelf is now set up and ready to be used in under 3 minutes.

In the next post, I will go over adding hosts to the Datrium DVX.

vSphere HA – VM Monitoring

VM Monitoring comes with three different options. By default it is set to Disabled but you can vm monitoringenable either VM Monitoring Only or VM and Application Monitoring.

In either case, the VM uses VMware Tools to identify the state of the VM and its application and then reboot the VM if necessary.

What is the difference between VM Monitoring Only and VM and Application Monitoring?

VM Monitoring Only utilizes VMware Tools to check regularly for heartbeats and I/O activity from the VMware Tools process. Depending on the Monitoring Sensitivity setting, vSphere HA will  know how often to look for heartbeats and how often the VM should reboot.

VM and Application Monitoring also utilizes VMware Tools and can monitor the VM just like the VM Monitoring Only setting but it can also monitor the application, running on the VM. In order to enable Application Monitoring the application has to support VMware Application Monitoring or use the appropriate SDK.

At a minimum it is best practice to enable VM Monitoring Only to ensure maximum availability for your most important VMs. Note, this setting can be adjusted per VM via VM Overrides in the Cluster Settings

 

Finally in the Top 100 vBlogs

Today Eric Siebert from vSphere-land announced the final results of the Top vBlog 2016 competition.

For the readers who aren’t familiar with the Top vBlog competition, it is all about best content and frequency of content. Last year I wasn’t even on the list to be voted for. However, this year I made it on the list and I’m ranked 72 out of 321 blogs.

Not bad at all. I’m super excited and thankful for everyone who took the time to vote for me and my blog. You are the reason I’m sharing my stories and my knowledge.

A special thank you to Eric Siebert, who made this happen!

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Top VMworld 2016 Sessions by Category

The content catalog for this year’s VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas has just been announced.
Even tho the content catalog has been published, the schedule builder won’t be available until July 19th 2016.

Below is a list of sessions which looked very interesting and promising. There are more than 500 sessions available and below are my top sessions.

SDDC – Software Defined Data Center

STO7650 – Software Defined Storage @ VMware Primer
INF8255 – vSphere API 101 – Harnessing the power for the everyday Admin
INF8108 – vCenter Performance Deep Dive
STO9617 – Containers & VVols – a technical deep dive on new technologies that revolutionize storage for vSphere
STO8164 – Benchmarking VAIO-Integrated Caching. Is it Really Faster? How Much, and Why?
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Datrium DVX Introduces Insane Performance

Datrium just announced a brand new feature of the Datrium DVX – Insane Mode for Insane Performance.

The Datrium DVX Insane Mode allows VMware admins to quickly increase the storage performance by up to 2x, without any storage controller upgrade… I know it sounds too good to be true but the Datrium DVX is truly INSANE!

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