VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 2.1 – part 2

iSCSI Datastore, Storage, study guide, VCAP6-DCV Deploy
In this post we will continue to discuss Implementing Complex Storage Solutions here are the objectives from the blueprint that i am going to cover: Create / Configure multiple VMkernels for use with iSCSI port binding LUN masking using PSA-related commands Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA Storage device that can support iSCSI ( i am using Netgear ReadyNAS 202)  Documents used: vSphere6 Storage Guide Create / Configure multiple VMkernels for use with iSCSI port binding: To create ISCSI port binding i did the following in my lab: Create a LUN on my storage device Used VMware iSCSI software initiator to configure the target IP. Create a VMFS volume Configure additional VMkernel Configure VMware iSCSI port binding and…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 2.1 – part 1

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We are now in the second section of the blueprint , this section is the storage part (my favorite) and in the following posts we are going to discuss how we deploy and manage a vSphere 6.x storage infrastructure We are going to discuss the following objective from the blueprint : Determine use cases for Raw Device Mapping Apply storage presentation characteristics according to a deployment plan: VMFS re-signaturin Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA Storage device that can support snapshot/cloning  Documents used: vSphere6 Storage Guide Determine use cases for Raw Device Mapping: An RDM is a mapping file in a separate VMFS volume that acts as a proxy for a raw physical storage device. The RDM allows a…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 3:Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Storage -Objective 3.4 – Part 2 and Objective 3.5

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In this post we will continue covering the storage objective from the blueprint. The following are the blueprint objective: NFS: Differentiate NFS 3.x and 4.1 capabilities Connect an NFS 4.1 datastore using Kerberos RDM: Differentiate Physical Mode RDMs and Virtual Mode RDMs Create a Virtual/Physical Mode RDM Configure Bus Sharing Configure Multi-writer locking SIOC: (i skipped some parts of the blue print because i didn't study the marital yet such as "Differentiate between SIOC and Dynamic Queue Depth Throttling features") Describe the benefits of SIOC Enable and configure SIOC Configure/Manage SIOC Monitor SIOC   NFSv3 and NFS4.1: VMware support both NFS protocols here are the differences between the two: NFSv3: Traffic is unencrypted Use only one TCP connection for I/O. ESXi has No support for delegate user functionality Supports hardware acceleration and…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 3:Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Storage -Objective 3.4 – Part 1

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In this post we will continue covering the storage objective from the blueprint(almost done :-)). Again I will NOT follow the order of blueprint objective but i will cover all of them.Some of the task we already did in previous posts look at my posts regrading iSCSI and NFS datastore. The following are the blueprint objective: Describe VAAI primitives for block devices and NAS Differentiate VMware file system technologies Upgrade VMFS3 to VMFS5 Compare functionality of newly created vs. upgraded VMFS5 datastores Differentiate Physical Mode RDMs and Virtual Mode RDMs Create a Virtual/Physical Mode RDM Differentiate NFS 3.x and 4.1 capabilities Compare and contrast VMFS and NFS datastore properties Configure Bus Sharing Configure Multi-writer locking Connect an NFS 4.1 datastore using Kerberos Create/Rename/Delete/Unmount VMFS datastores Mount/Unmount an NFS datastore Extend/Expand VMFS datastores…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 3:Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Storage -Objective 3.3.

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In this post we will continue covering the storage objective from the blueprint.To Better understand this objective I think we need to change the order and also some stuff in the list are redundant, so I will not follow subject by subject. The following are the blueprint objective: Explain common multi-pathing components Differentiate APD and PDL states Compare and contrast Active Optimized vs. Active non-Optimized port group states Explain features of Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA) Understand the effects of a given claim rule on multipathing and failover Explain the function of claim rule elements: Vendor Model Device ID SATP PSP Change the Path Selection Policy using the UI Determine required claim rule elements to change the default PSP Determine the effect of changing PSP on Multipathing and failover Determine the…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 3:Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Storage -Objective 3.2 – Part 2

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In this post we will continue covering the storage objective from the blueprint. In the previous post we setup our vSAN storage and now we will disucss the following: VSAN: Collect vSAN Observer output Explain vSAN failure domains functionality Enable/Disable Virtual SAN Fault Domains Configure Storage Policies VVOL: Explain VVOL architectural components Determine the role of storage providers in VVOLs Create/Modify VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs)   Virtual SAN Observer: The VMware vSAN Observer is a Web-based tool that runs on RVC(Ruby vSphere Console) and is used for in-depth performance analysis and monitoring of the vSAN cluster. To Collect vSAN Observer output please refer to this KB: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2064240 Explain VSAN failure domains functionality and Enable/Disable Virtual SAN Fault Domains: vSAN supports fault domains to protect hosts from rack or chassis failure when the vSAN cluster…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 3:Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Storage -Objective 3.2 – Part 1

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In this post we will continue covering the storage objective from the blueprint. Again I will NOT follow the order of blueprint objective but i will cover all of them. The following are the blueprint objective: Explain VSAN and VVOL architectural components Determine the role of storage providers in VSAN Determine the role of storage providers in VVOLs Explain VSAN failure domains functionality Configure/Manage VMware Virtual SAN Create/Modify VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) Configure Storage Policies Enable/Disable Virtual SAN Fault Domains Create Virtual Volumes given the workload and availability requirements Collect VSAN Observer output Create storage policies appropriate for given workloads and availability requirements Configure VVOLs Protocol Endpoints The following objective I will not be able to demonstrate since i am using VMware Workstation and not real HW but i will try to…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 3:Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Storage -Objective 3.1 – Part 2

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In this post we will continue implement Storage in our lab and cover the blueprint objective. For the following subjects i will not be able to demonstrate in my home lab since i use VMware workstation or just dont have the actual Hardware. but We can get more information from VMware storage document: Configure/Edit hardware/dependent hardware initiators Configure FC/iSCSI/FCoE LUNs as ESXi boot devices As for: Create an NFS share for use with vSphere I am not sure what VMware requirements are , you configure the NFS share on a specific server or NAS or maybe they are talking about vSAN? i will revisit this subject in later posts. If you reading this part and you know what are the requirement for this subject , please comment. Thanks Determine use cases for…
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VCP6-DCV blueprint section 3:Configure and Administer Advanced vSphere 6.x Storage -Objective 3.1 – Part 1

iSCSI Datastore, Storage, study guide, VCP6-DCV
Finally my favorite subject!!! ,In this post we will continue covering the objective from the blueprint and now its time for the storage part. Some of the objective in this post are related to the previous post adding "iSCSI datastore to my lab"  http://vpentathlon.com/adding-iscsi-datastore-to-my-lab/ so i will point some objective to that post. For this post we will use the vSphere Storage document: http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-60-storage-guide.pdf Note : I will NOT follow the order of blueprint objective but i will cover all of them. The following are the blueprint objective: Discover new storage LUNs Configure FC/iSCSI/FCoE LUNs as ESXi boot devices Create an NFS share for use with vSphere Enable/Configure/Disable vCenter Server storage filters Configure/Edit hardware/dependent hardware initiators Enable/Disable software iSCSI initiator Configure/Edit software iSCSI initiator settings Configure iSCSI port binding Enable/Configure/Disable iSCSI CHAP Determine use…
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