Dell Equallogic PS5000E iSCSI Array

We have been looking at the Dell Equallogic PS5000E iSCSI Array as our in house San solution.

Here is some product information and video’s I have gathered.

Dell EqualLogic PS5000E Spec Sheet


Dell EqualLogic PS Series Brochure


Dell EqualLogic PS Series Guidebook


Dell EqualLogic Architecture Whitepaper


Dell EqualLogic PS Series Quick Reference


Core Product Demo

VMware Demo

Microsoft SQL Demo

What I like about the solution for Equallogic, is that when you buy the hardware, you also buy all of the software at once.

Meaning, that all of the software like,

  • Auto-Snapshot Manager/Microsoft Edition2
  • Auto-Snapshot Manager/VMware Edition3
  • Automatic MPIO Connection Management
  • Microsoft VSS and VDS Providers
  • Smart Copy for Microsoft® Exchange® , SQL Server® ,Windows® File Systems and VMware® VMFS
  • VMware® Site Recovery Manager Adapter”

is included, without any licensing costs.

— 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.

— New Updated — VMware ESX Server and ESX Server 3i Hardware Compatibility Guides

Systems Compatibility Guide For ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i.


What’s New

Changes since the last edition of this guide include:

* Modified support information for ASUSTeK RS160‐E5, RS162‐E4. See “ASUSTeK Server Support,” on page 5.
* Modified support information for FSC RX600 S4. See “Fujitsu Siemens Server Support,” on page 13.
* Added support for Hitachi HA8000 RS440. See “Hitachi Server Support,” on page 18.
* Added support for Lenovo RD120. See “Lenovo Server Support,” on page 36.
* Added support for NEC R140a‐4, B140a‐T. Modified support information for ECOCENTER. See “NEC Server Support,” on page 38.
* Added support for Sun Netra CP3220 ATCA Blade Server. See “Sun Server Support,” on page 43.

I/O Compatibility Guide For ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i


What’s New

Changes since the last edition of this guide include:

* Added support for Intel Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter, Intel 82574L Gigabit Network Connection, Intel 10 Gigabit XF LR Server Adapter, Intel 10 Gigabit CX4 Dual Port Server Adapter, Intel 10 Gigabit AT Server Adapter, Intel 82598EB 10 Gigabit AT CX4 Network Connection. Modified support information for Intel 10 Gigabit XF SR Dual Port Server Adapter, Intel 10 Gigabit XF SR Server Adapter. See “Intel Networking Devices,” on page 33.
* Modified support information for NetXen NXB‐10GCX4. See “NetXen Networking Devices,” on page 35.


Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide For ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i


What’s New

Changes since the last edition of this guide include:

* Modified support information for Fujitsu Siemens FibreCAT SX60, SX80, SX88. See “Fujitsu Siemens,” on page 13.
* Modified support information for Sun 2540, 6140, 6540. See “Sun,” on page 25.
* Modified support information for Xiotech Emprise 7000. See “Xiotech,” on page 27.
* Modified support information for NetApp V6000 Series. See “NetApp,” on page 33.
* Modified support information for NetApp FAS6000 Series. See “NetApp,” on page 39.
* Modified support information for DataCore SMY‐VS5‐2970. See “DataCore,” on page 47.
* Modified support information for EMC Invista‐Cisco. See “SAN Array Model Reference,” on page 70.

VMTN Blog AppSpeed on Communities Roundtable podcast #25

The Lastesting VMTN blog, VMware Communits Roundtable Podcast is out, AppSpeed on Communities Roundtable podcast #25 http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2008/11/appspeed-on-com.html

“The topic today was VMware AppSpeed, which began life as B-hive Conductor. From the website: “The product “provides virtual infrastructure groups visibility into the multi-tier applications (performance, usage and dependencies) running across both virtual and physical infrastructure.” I think it’s another example of how you can do something better virtually by sitting outside the VM — something that would be either impractical, much harder, or hopelessly tied to the OS if you were doing it with an agent inside a physical machine.”

Check out the full VMTN blog at http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/

Check out TalkShoe to listen to all the past roundtables Here

Scott Klarr Linux Unix cheat sheets The ultimate collection

Scott Klarr’s blog has a fantastic collection of Linux and Unix cheat sheets.

This is a compilation of approx 70 cheat sheets for Linux users. There are a grip load of commands that Linux users have at hand which can seem very daunting to a novice. This collection will make Linux just a little less of a headache to learn. “

Take a look Here ( Thanks Scott! )

Vmware ESXi Adding ISCSI Target

Vmware ESXi Adding ISCSI Target

Steps to Configure ISCSI Target in VMware ESXi

1. Login to Infrastructure Client
2. Click the Configuration Tab
3. Click Storage Adapters
4. Highlight iSCSI Software Adapter
5. Click Properties
6. Click Configure
7. Check Enable and hit ok
8. Click Dynamic Discovery
9. Click Add
10. Type in the IP Address of the Server or Device that has the ISCSI Target.
11. Click OK
12. Click Close
13. If prompted to rescan of the host, click yes. If not, click rescan and hit ok
14. Click Storage
15. Click Add storage
16. Click next
17. Make sure the lun number is correct and click next
18. At the hard disk is blank, hit next
19. Name the datastore, a new name, ISCSI02 for example.
20. Select 2048 GB Block size 8 MB and make sure Max Cap is check, click next.
21. Click Finish.

Now you should have a new Data store, which is really on a different computer!

SLES Suse Enterprise Server 10.2 as iSCSI Host

I have been using SLES, which is Suse Enterprise Server 10.2 as a iSCSI host for VMware ESXi, for testing.

Here are the steps I used to set this up on a empty SAS disk array.

1. Open Yast
2. Tab to System
3. Tab to partitioner
4. Click yes
5. Tab to create and hit enter
6. Tab to do not format and select Linux LVM and hit enter
7. Tab to ok and hit enter
8. Tab to LVM and hit enter
9. Tab to volume group name and type in ISCSI tab to ok, and hit enter.
10. Tab to add volume and hit enter
11. Tab to next and hit enter
12. Tab to add and hit enter
13. Tab to do not format, and hit space bar
14. Tab to logical volume name, and type in ISCSIDisk, make sure Mount Point is blank.
15. Tab to next and hit enter
16. Write down the path of the Linux LVM
17. Tab to apply and hit enter
18. Tab to network services
19. Tab to ISCSI Target
20. Click ok to software install, and insert disk 1.
21. Tab to Service Start and Hit space bar to enable when booting.
22. Tab to targets, hit enter
23. Tab to delete, hit enter
24. Tab to add hit enter
25. Tab to add and hit enter
26. Tab to LUN and type a number not in use on EXSi Server, if you’re not sure then check.
27. Tab to path and type in the path you wrote down in step 16.
28. Tab to ok and hit enter
29. Tab to next and hit enter
30. Tab to next and hit enter
31. Tab to global and hit enter
32. Tab to finish and hit enter.
33. Hit enter to yes.

Then you can setup your ESXi server to point to this iSCSI host.

Coming Soon.

How to setup SYSLOG’s in VMware EXSi

I wrote this up from the documentation, and it seems to work ok, even through I have not had a chance test it well.

Install remote CPL for vmware

CMD to C:Program FilesVMwareVMware VI Remote CLIbin>

——— Set syslog server

C:Program FilesVMwareVMware VI Remote CLIbin>vicfg-syslog.pl –url https://ipaddressofserver/sdk/webService –setserver ipaddressofcentralsyslogserver

Enter username: root

Enter password:

—————- Dispay settings

C:Program FilesVMwareVMware VI Remote CLIbin>vicfg-syslog.pl –url https://ipaddressofserver/sdk/webService –show

This should allow you to send syslog’s to somthing like Zenoss or a central syslog server.

Now, trying to get the syslog server to understand the traps, that is what I will be working to figure out….

See post

http://lists.zenoss.org/pipermail/zenoss-users/2008/022235.html

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ESXi 3.5 U3 on USB Key

Yellow bricks posted a great blog on making a bootable usb of ESXi.

I took the latest version of ESXi 3.5 U3, and applied it to the post, and it worked great.

Seems to take about 800 MB of space.

I then applied it to a HP DC7800P desktop, and it booted great!

Then I found that the built in network card did not detect, so I tossed in two 3com 3c905b cards, and boom!, network connectivity, ( althrough ESXi see’s them as disconnected), it tests fine.

I then went into configuration and storage adapters, and saw that it detected the ICH9 controller, but no drives.

I found that I had to format the drives to fat32, and then it saw the drive, and I formatted it it to a datastore and it works!

I would recommend this configuration for a cheap none supported test box.