EXSi 5.5 to 6.0 Upgrade: Remove Mellanox Conflicting VIBs

We encountered the following “Conflicting VIBs” blocker, while upgrading ESXi 5.5 hosts to 6.0:


The Mellanox driver is required for infiniBand, as we do not have a requirement for infiniBand we could safely remove the MLX4 VIBs prior to the upgrade.

Firstly connect to the ESXi host via SSH and list the MLX4 VIBs installed:

esxcli software vib list | grep mlx4


Remove the above listed VIBs by running the following commands, followed by a reboot of each ESXi hosts from which you had to remove the VIBs:

esxcli software vib remove -n net-mlx4-en

esxcli software vib remove -n net-mlx4-core


Upgrade completed successfully!

vSphere VCSA 6.0 Sizing

“The vCenter Server Appliance is a preconfigured Linux virtual machine, which is optimized for running vCenter Server and the associated services on Linux.”

Detailed VMware overview of VCSA found here.

The following tables detail the latest sizing requirements for VCSA 6.0 (VMware VCSA Sizing KB), both Embedded and External. Continue reading

ViPR Controller -Configuring AD Authentication

The default built-in administrative accounts may not be granular enough to meet your business needs, if this is the case then adding an authentication provider such as Active Directory which we highlight as part of this configuration allows you to assign users or groups to specific roles.

The example configuration provided here was part of an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution. Continue reading

RecoverPoint GEN6 Hardware Appliance

New RecoverPoint Hardware Platform 

Introducing the latest generation of RecoverPoint Appliance the ‘EMC Europa 1U’ Gen6 which replaces the ‘Intel R1000’ Gen5 Appliance. The Gen6 RPA is available from RP code levels 4.1.3 and 4.4SP1+. Gen4 (Dell PowerEdge R610), Gen5 and Gen6 appliances are supported at these code levels and may be mixed in the same cluster, but the recommended best practice is to configure the latest types as RPA 1 and RPA 2 (cluster control RPAs) to improve system function and performance.

  • Gen6 and Gen5 can exist in the same RecoverPoint cluster
  • Gen6 appliances have to be the first and second RPA in the cluster. This is because those RPAs run the Cluster Control services for the cluster.
  • To complete this task, replace RPA1 and RPA2 with the Gen6 RPAs. Then add the existing Gen5 RPAs back into the cluster
  • Gen6 and Gen5 can be used in a mixed-site system where Gen6 reside in one or more sites, and Gen5 reside in one or more sites.

Support for VMAX 10K, 20K, 40K, VNX, VNXe3200, VNX-F, Unity, VPLEX, XtremIO and VMAX3 arrays via VPLEX. Support for Gen6 is also included with Vblock/VxBlock CI systems.

Gen6 Spec:

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Embedded Managment for VMAX All Flash and VMAX3

The following is an excellent post written by Paul Martin (@rawstorage) which details the eMGMT feature available on VMAX All Flash and VMAX3 Systems:

Embedded Managment for VMAX All Flash and VMAX3 – Part 1 Introduction to Embedded Management and Configuring Client Server Access

Two key questions that have come up recently and is addressed in Paul’s post:

What can I do with eManagement?

eManagement is a fully functional install of Unisphere for VMAX, you can do everything that is possible with Unisphere.  So you have full control over array management, performance statistics, reports, Database Storage Analyzer and a full REST API.

So what happens if I need command line access for any reason, is that still possible?  The answer is yes it’s still possible you can always have an external host with solutions enabler installed and gatekeepers mapped if this is something you will require on an ongoing basis.  You can also configure client server access to connect and utilize the solutions enabler instance on the eManagment server.  I’ll take you through that in the next section.

How do I update eManagment software running on my VMAX array?

The good news here is you don’t have to, when a new release of HYPERMAX OS (the VMAX operating environment) is installed the container running the eManagement software is updated for you automatically.  One less moving part to have to worry about, and you will automatically have new features in the microcode available to you through the latest user interface..

In addition ViPR support for eMGMT is targeted for Q3 2016.