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



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.

Zenoss Core Network and System Monitoring book review.

In September I reviewed, Zenoss Core Network and System Monitoring

I have not had a chance to post it on my blog, as I have been busy.

But here is my review, which I have also posted on amazon.com, Here.

Zenoss Core: Network and System Monitoring is a complete step by step guide to getting the most out of Zenoss Core 2.1

The book starts with a detailed Preface of what Zenoss Core is, and what it can do for a System Admin. Then after lesson on the design of Zenoss Core, the book starts to walk you through a installation. This book covers even covers a VMware player install. It also shows you how to install under your favorite flavor of Linux, included are directions for Red Hat, CentOS, Fedora Core, Free BSD, MAC, and Debian/Ubuntu.

They even show the proper method to get Zenoss Core to automatically start up under Red HAT and Debian/Ubuntu.

Furthermore, the author shows you how do the configuration under Linux for both Firewall and SNMP with Zenoss Core, and how to do WMI and SNMP configurations under windows.

I really think the book does a nice job of guiding a user through the Web Interface of Zenoss core, where detailed steps are taken for you to understand how to add devices and configure Zenoss Core to monitor them correctly.

Detail by the author has been made to walk you through the Device ZProperties, and Status / Performance Monitors of the system.

Now the real power of Zenoss Core is Event / device alerting, and this is a fantastic deliberation of how to set up device event alerting.

Finally the book provides you with a how to for device and system reporting and even gives you a chance to extend Zenoss Core to meet your needs.

For those of you that want a good guide to Zenoss, it’s a great place to start.


Xiotech 3D 4000

We have been looking at the Xiotech 3D 4000, and here are some product links we were given by the vendor.



After some review, I think it lacks in some areas compared to Equallogic, EMC, and Netapp, more to come on them.