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On VKernel there are several interesting white papers about the design of a virtual infrastructure, with the latest one related to vCPU sizing. vCPU Sizing Considerations vExpert David Davis and VKernel Product Marketing Manager Alex Rosemblat have written a white paper for virtualization administrators to gain a deeper understanding of vCPU sizing.  By reading this whitepaper, VM administrators will learn how to correctly size VMs, an approach to sizing new VMs that need to be deployed, how to institute a regular CPU sizing process for the data center and much more. VM Memory (vRAM) Sizing […]

The Dell EqualLogic team has officially announced the release of Host Integration Tools for Microsoft (HIT/Microsoft) v4.0, now available for download. The EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for Microsoft (HIT/Microsoft) tightly integrate the EqualLogic PS Series arrays with Microsoft host operating platform and host applications enabling consistent data protection (using snapshots and replicas), performance optimization (with a specific multipath module) and streamlined management and operation (for example to help to connect a host or to initialize an array). I’ve see HIT/Microsoft 4.0 during the last Dell Storage Forum and also during the beta period and it’s […]

This is just a recap of some posts: Installing Dell OMSA 6.5 on ESXi 5 using VUM Installing Dell OMSA 6.5 on ESXi 5 using CLI Installing Dell OMSA Web Server in a VM Install Dell OpenManage on ESXi

As written in the previous post you can install the Dell OMSA package for ESXi 5 using VUM or the command line. Finally you need a “proxy” system with the web part of the OMSA package to connect to your ESXi. Usually this can be a physical server, like the backup server (or the media server of a backup solution). But when then backup is server is virtual and no other physical server is available? First issue is than a client OS is no supported at all (I’ve tried with Windows XP, it seems to […]

In a previous post I’ve describe how install the Dell OMSA package with VUM on ESXi 5. The Dell Open Manage (OMSA) is a useful tool (of course for physical Dell’s servers) for different reasons, like for example: configure and manage the RAID controller (for standalone servers and/or for local storage) and configure the (i)DRAC without reboot the host and enter in the POST menu (or without the physical access at the front panel). I think that the VUM approach is the simple and faster way, but some days ago I’ve got a standalone server, […]

As I’ve written in a previous post, Dell has recently released the new versions of some Equallogic’s software, included the new Host Integration Tools (HIT) for VMware 3.1 that is now compatible with vSphere 5 (it support also the Storage Clusters and VASA). The appliance and the documentation are available from the Equallogic support site. HIT/VE is distributed as a OVA file (the current version is HITVE-3.1.1.32.ova) and the deploy is the same as other virtual appliance. The VM it’s based on a CentOS 5.3 distro and it’s configured with virtual hardware 7 (so it […]

With ESX/ESXi is possible have several information from the physical hardware (with CIM) and this could be enough in most cases, especially for monitoring (with hardware health) and to gain some inventory info (like the Service Tag of a server). But for some specific tasks (like a RAID rebuild o check of the local storage, or have a detailed inventory of the physical RAM banks) is necessary use the specific native tool from the hardware vendor. For Dell servers, the tool is called OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) and the current version is 6.5. It is […]

Dell Equallogic has recently released new versions of some software. Note that those release are Early Production Access (EPA) version. Early Production Access software is fully supported for production use, but customers should read the documentation and plan an upgrade in keeping with their organization’s business practices. SAN HeadQuarters V2.2 Required firmware: V3.3.1 or later This version of SANHQ adds the following functionality: 95th Percentile Reporting Support for Multiple Server Connections Live View Group Diagnostics Report RAID Evaluator (provably the most interesting feature, because can be used as a good capacity estimator) Support for PS […]

After the recent announce of  new Equallogic storage I’ve notice some tweets that need more  clarifications. To take advantage of new vStorage API for vSphere you do not need the new storage, but only the firmware that support the required feature: VAAI can be used also in vSphere 4.1 (only in the Enterprise and Enterprise+ editions)  both with firmware 5.0.x or 5.1.x. With the new 5.1 firmware a new version of VAAI is implemented with a new feature for thin provisioning (but in this case it’s also required vSphere 5). VASA can be used only […]

Dell announce the new Equallogic array with the introduction of 2.5-inch drive support, providing greater density that enables users to store more in less space. New storage arrays include: EqualLogic PS4100 Series — ideal for small-to-medium businesses or remote office locations with growing storage needs. The SANs, supporting up to 36TB in a single array and 72TB in a single group, can scale as storage demands increase by seamlessly adding additional PS4100 or PS6100 arrays into an EqualLogic group. EqualLogic PS6100 Series — designed to provide mid-sized customers with a scalable storage environment, up to […]

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