vCOPS Capacity Management Made Easy – Part 2 Creating Profiles

Previously in Part 1 we looked at creating the groups used to assign policies too Let’s now take a look at the current policies set in the environment, You can see from the image below I have selected one of Continue reading vCOPS Capacity Management Made Easy – Part 2 Creating Profiles

vCOPS Capacity Management Made Easy – Part 1 Creating Groups

Capacity Management is one of the harder things to manage in an IT environment both from a technical side and a policy side. What we can help with here is the technical side of capacity management. Give you the ability Continue reading vCOPS Capacity Management Made Easy – Part 1 Creating Groups

MSCS running shared disks now supported over FCoE

This is great news for quiet allot of my clients, They have been holding off virtualising their MSCS Servers as they had made the decision to run FCoE which has previously not been supported by VMware when running MSCS shared Continue reading MSCS running shared disks now supported over FCoE

VCAP5-DCA Objective 5.1 – Implement and Maintain host profiles

Use Profile Editor to edit and/or disable policies Host profiles eliminate the manual setup of ESXi hosts in a cluster, They ensure that all hosts are identical and there is no user error when making setting changes across a number Continue reading VCAP5-DCA Objective 5.1 – Implement and Maintain host profiles

VCAP5-DCA Objective 8.2 : Administer vSphere Using the vSphere Management Assistant

Install and configure vMA Download the vMA appliance from VMware and install it using OVF template thats available. Basically follow the bouncing ball, configure network and then enter vi-admin password. The only other configuration that could be done is adding the vMA appliance Continue reading VCAP5-DCA Objective 8.2 : Administer vSphere Using the vSphere Management Assistant

Objective 9.2 – Install ESXi Hosts Using Auto Deploy

Install the Auto Deploy Server Standalone: This is located on the vSphere install disk, this can be installed on the vCenter or on a standalone host, Attach media and install. vCenter Appliance: Auto Deploy comes pre installed on the vCenter appliance Continue reading Objective 9.2 – Install ESXi Hosts Using Auto Deploy

VCAP5-DCA Objective 2.4 : Administer vNetwork Distributed Switch Settings

Understand the use of command line tools to configure appropriate vDS settings on an ESXi host There is very limited commands for a Distributed vSwitch through the command line, as you can understand its a way to centralize your networking configuration and really I Continue reading VCAP5-DCA Objective 2.4 : Administer vNetwork Distributed Switch Settings

Objective 2.3 – Deploy and Maintain Scalable Virtual Networking

Understand the NIC Teaming failover types and related physical network settings There are 5 NIC Teaming policies: Route based on the originating virtual switch port ID This is the default configuration and the one that’s most commonly used. It works by choosing Continue reading Objective 2.3 – Deploy and Maintain Scalable Virtual Networking

Objective 2.5 – Build Performance Requirements into the Logical Design

Knowledge Understand what logical performance services are provided by VMware solutions. Memory Transparent Page Sharing (TPS) – most guest virtuals will be using the same Operating System and drivers etc, this means there will be allot of identical data in Continue reading Objective 2.5 – Build Performance Requirements into the Logical Design