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Create VMFS volumes from the command-line

http://www.yellow-bricks.com posted a Blog Entry titled : Create VMFS volumes from the command-line

I just had to create a couple VMFS volumes from the command-line on a local disk. It’s pretty straight forward but I needed to document it anyway, here it is:

  1. fdisk -l (check what the last partition is)
  2. fdisk /dev/sda
  3. n (new)
  4. default (start block)
  5. default (end block)
  6. t (partition type)
  7. 10 (partition 10, just created)
  8. fb (vmfs type)
  9. w (write config)
  10. reboot (Reboot the host before you format the newly created partition)
  11. vmkfstools -C vmfs3 /vmfs/devices/disks/vmhba0:0:0:10
  12. Go to VI Client, Refresh storage view and rename the newly created volume
You can align the VMFS volume as follows, before you do step 9:
  1. X
  2. b
  3. 1
  4. 128 (disk alignment, check your SAN manual for the correct value, 128 is correct in most cases…)
  5. W

I was looking for this the other day, and was asking about alignment before the last VMware Roundtable. http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/podcasts/

Full post http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2008/12/15/create-vmfs-volumes-from-the-commandline/

New Zenoss/Deki Mashup Available

Those of you out there that read my blog ( yes I think there is someone ) might not know that I am a huge fan of Zenoss , and that I use it to monitor our network, and all the devices on it. ( Shout out to Matt @ Zenoss ) Now, I use the community version, but not only do I love the features of Zenoss , but also the way the Product evolves.

On the Zenoss blog, I see that there is a new Zenoss Deksi mashup.


See New Zenoss/Deki Mashup Available


There is a new Zenoss/Deki mashup now available for combining live Zenoss data with your Deki wiki installation. The mashup places live data from a Zenoss installation in the context of Deki wiki pages for taking configuration notes and other possible future mashups. It pulls live Zenoss device lists and events and creates dynamic wiki pages for the individual devices, populated with live information from Zenoss and you can add notes and attach files as needed. Lots of sysadmins keep a wiki around for tracking their changes to their systems, now you can put some live data in there!

Updated title when adding to RSS

I updated the title, some how it go some messed up formatting, and when you added it to google reader it wasn’t readable. This should be fixed.

Thanks me to adding my own site to find this, haha.

I do have a few of you out there reading the site, thanks all!

UPDATE:

it is still adding the site that way, via rss, but it shows correctly in blog settings, I resubmitted the site index, if anyone has any idea’s let me know.

Thanks

— New Updated — Systems Compatibility Guide For ESX Server 3.0.x

Systems Compatibility Guide For ESX Server 3.0.x


What’s New

Changes since the last edition of this guide include:

* Added support for Lenovo RD120. See “Lenovo Server Support,” on page 29.
* Added support for NEC Express5800 B140a‐T. See “NEC Server Support,” on page 31.

Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide For ESX Server 3.0.x

What’s New

Changes since the last edition of this guide include:

* Modified support information for IBM SVC. See “IBM,” on page 38.
* Modified support information for Sun StorageTek 2540, 6140, 6540. See “Sun,” on page 32.