VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 2.2 – part 2

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In this post we will continue to disucss the Manage Complex Storage Solutions objective Here are the objective from the blueprint that we going to cover in this post: Configure, administer, and apply storage policies Prepare storage for maintenance Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA iSCSI Storage  Documents used: vSphere6 Storage Guide Configure, administer, and apply storage policies: There are 2 type of storage capabilities that you can define in a storage policy : System defined via VASA User define In the lab we will perform the following: Create 3 datastores and assign them to a specific luns , i use 3 luns in my storage to simulate tiering like function Tag the datastore as Gold/Silver/Bronze Create VM polices…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 2.2 – part 1

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We finally finished the first objective in the Deploy and Manage a vSphere 6.x Storage Infrastructure and now we going to discuss the second objective which is Manage Complex Storage Solutions Here are the objective from the blueprint that we going to cover in this post: Identify and tag (mark) SSD and local devices Administer hardware acceleration for VAAI Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA iSCSI Storage  Documents used: vSphere6 Storage Guide VMware KB 2013188 Identify and tag (mark) SSD and local devices: This task can be perform via the GUI or CLI To mark HDD as SSD in the GUI : click on the host choose an HDD (i used a second local drive) and click on the F icon…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 2.1 – part 5

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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: Configure Storage Multi-pathing according to a deployment plan Deploy virtual volumes Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA EMC Unity-VSA  appliance (see my previous post: Installing Unity VSA for my lab to support vvol)  Documents used: vSphere6 Storage Guide Configure Storage Multi-pathing according to a deployment plan: As you remember from the VCP study VMware has three PSP : MRU – Most recently used , When the path becomes unavailable, the host selects an alternative path. The host does not revert back to the original path when that path becomes available again. Default for ACTIVE-PASSIVE storage device. Fixed…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 2.1 – part 4

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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: Deploy and configure VMware Virtual SAN Upgrade VMware storage infrastructure Configure / View VMFS locking mechanisms ATS-Only mechanism ATS_SCSI mechanism Configure Storage I/O Control to allow I/O prioritization Lab Setup:(not including vSAN) 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 Deploy and configure VMware Virtual SAN: Please check my previous post on vSAN: http://vpentathlon.com/vcp6-dcv-blueprint-section-3configure-and-administer-advanced-vsphere-6-x-storage-objective-3-2-part-1/ and http://vpentathlon.com/vcp6-dcv-blueprint-section-3configure-and-administer-advanced-vsphere-6-x-storage-objective-3-2-part-2/   Upgrade VMware storage infrastructure: In this objective  we will cover the following topics: Upgrading VMFS datastores Increasing VMFS datastore  capacity Upgrading VMFS…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 2.1 – part 3

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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: Configure / Manage vSphere Flash Read Cache Create / Configure Datastore Clusters Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esxi0 and esxi1 Installed VCSA One VM installed on ESXi with VMware version 10 or higher Storage device that can support iSCSI ( i am using Netgear ReadyNAS 202)  Documents used: vSphere6 Storage Guide vSphere Resource Management Configure / Manage vSphere Flash Read Cache: Before we can start the lab we need to configure additional HDD for each ESXi so we can use for read cache, if you dont have an SSD drive you can mark the drive…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 2.1 – part 2

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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 1.4

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In this post we will discuss the last objective in the first section which is to perform advanced virtual machine configurations here are the objectives from the blueprint: Tune Virtual Machine disk controller configurations according to a deployment plan Configure .vmx file for advanced configuration scenarios Configure a virtual machine for Hot Add features Upgrade virtual machine hardware and VMware Tools Troubleshoot virtual machine deployment issues Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) installed esx0 Installed VCSA One Virtual machine  Documents used: vSphere Virtual machine Administration vSphere troubleshooting guide Tune Virtual Machine disk controller configurations according to a deployment plan: Virtual machine uses storage controllers to acccess virtual disks , CD/DVD-ROM and SCSi devices, there are several's storage controllers: Bus Logic Parallel LSI…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 1.3 – part 3

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In this post we will continue to discuss VMware Deploy and Configure Update Manager Components here are the objectives from the blueprint that i am going to cover: Troubleshoot Update Manager problem areas and issues  Documents used: VMware Installing and Administrating VMware Update Manager Troubleshoot Update Manager problem areas and issues: For this objective i looked at the  VMware Installing and Administrating VMware Update Manager PDF and the troubleshooting section is on page 173: here is the summary: “Update Manager Web Client Remains Visible in the vSphere Web Client After Uninstalling Update Manager Server”  Possible solution: Login/Logout from the vSphere web client “Connection Loss with Update Manager Server or vCenter Server in a Single vCenter Server System” Possible solutions:restart update manager service  , re-enable VUM plugin "Gather Update Manager Log Bundles”  from VUM…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 1.3 – part 1

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In this post we will discuss VMware Deploy and Configure Update Manager Components here are the objectives from the blueprint: Deploy / Configure Update Manager components according to a deployment plan: Configure VUM Update Manager download service Configure a VUM shared repository Configure VUM smart rebooting Manually download updates to a VUM repository Create and modify VUM baseline groups Lab Setup: Using VMware workstation: Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services (DNS , DHCP, etc…) Microsoft Servers 2012R2 Installed with VMware Update Manager Microsoft Servers 2012R2 installed with Update Manager Download services.  Documents used: VMware Installing and Administrating VMware Update Manager  Note: for more information about VUM and UMDS please search on this site (from my VCP6 Study guide)   Configure VUM update manager Download service: For this objective we will need…
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VCAP-DCV Deploy Objective 1.1 – part 3

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In this post we will continue to discuss objective 1.1 from the blueprint Objectives: Configure ESXi host to use a central Syslog Server Manage/Edit the Core Dump configuration of an ESXi host Using VMware workstation: Single ESXi Host Microsoft Servers 2012R2 for Services VMware vMA Documents used: VMware vSphere Installation and Setup   Configure ESXi host to use a central Syslog Server: before you can configure the ESXi host to use central syslog server you will need to install some syslog server. There are several free syslog servers such as Solarwinds Kiwi , but i decided to use one of my Linux boxes in the virtual environment. The syslog server that i used runs the rsyslogd service with basic configuration so i can practice the objective, below is a screenshot of…
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