vCenter Server & PSC Appliances 6.x – Applying Patches (Shell/UI)

The following applies to a vCenter Server Appliance that contains a vCenter Server with an embedded Platform Services Controller, a vCenter Server with an external Platform Services Controller, or a Platform Services Controller.

Note: Please perform during a maintenance window as vCSA services will be unavailable.

Appliance Shell

The following steps detail how to apply a vCSA patch directly from an ISO which can be downloaded from:

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch#search

Attach the ISO to the vCSA.

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VxBlock + VMAX 950F/FX

VxBlock offers the award-winning  all-flash enterprise storage VMAX 950F – Either with a VxBlock 740 as primary storage or as a VxBlock Storage Technology Extension (STE) add-on to a VxBlock 350, 540 or 740.

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The VMAX 950 hardware code-named Thunderbolt , along with running the Hypermax Cypress release offers further enhancements in terms of performance and functionality. When combined with a VxBlock 740 you now have the most powerful, intelligent, scalable and enterprise ready industry leading CI to support your most mission-critical applications. Continue reading

DellEMC EHC – ‘Onboarding A Local Cluster’ (Part 2)

The following two-part post details how to add an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) vSphere Local Cluster, in EHC terms we refer to this cluster type as LC1S (Local Copy on One Site).

There are a number of prerequisites required in advance of running the Onboard Cluster workflow in EHC, namely:

  • Add a Site
  • Add a vCenter
  • Add a Hardware Island

Part 1 addresses the first two prerequisites (Add a Site, Add a vCenter):

DellEMC EHC – ‘Onboarding A Local Cluster’ (Part 1)

The following Part 2 post details how to:

  • Add a Hardware Island
  • Run the Onboard Local Cluster workflow in EHC

Adding A Hardware Island

An EHC hardware island is a set of compute, network and storage resources belonging to one vCenter for example a hardware island may consist of  subset of resources on one VxBlock, a vCenter can accommodate multiple hardware islands. A hardware island can support multiple vSphere clusters. A ViPR vArray can only be associated with a single hardware island. For further information on the EHC hardware island please refer to the EHC Concepts & Architecture Guide.

Begin by logging into the EHC tenant portal as the system administrator with entitlements to the EHC Maintenance catalog items. Navigate to: Catalog -> EHC Configuration -> Hardware Island Maintenance:

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DellEMC VxBlock – Cisco UCS Ethernet Adapter Policy

The following details the creation of a VxBlock Cisco UCS ‘Ethernet Adapter Policy’ for a compute B-Series blade running VMware ESXi. This policy is leveraged by a service-profile which gets associated with their respective compute blades.

Note: This guidance is based on vSphere 6.0

UCS Manager GUI

  1. From the UCS Manager GUI click on ‘Servers’ and navigate to Policies->root->Adapter Policies.
  2. Chose the option to ‘Add’ a new Ethernet Adapter Policy and provide a name & description (e.g VMQ-Default).ucs_eth_adpt_policy3
  3. Under Resources enter the following settings:

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DellEMC EHC – ViPR vPool Volume Migration

This post details the procedure and EHC validation steps to execute in order to move an EHC ViPR provisioned volume to a different ViPR virtual pool leveraging the ViPR Change Virtual Pool services.

High level steps that will need to be followed:

  • Create a new ViPR vPool with all identical properties except for one that you are changing (Best to use the duplicate button and then modify the copy).
  • Migrate ViPR Volume(s) to the newly created vPool using ViPR workflow.
  • Delete old ViPR vPool.
  • Rename the newly created ViPR vPool to the ‘Old pool name’

Renaming the new vPool with the old name results in a successful EHC StaaS provisioning task utilizing the original SRP. Continue reading

DellEMC EHC – ‘Onboarding A Local Cluster’ (Part 1)

The following two-part post details how to add an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) vSphere Local Cluster, in EHC terms we refer to this cluster type as LC1S (Local Copy on One Site) other EHC cluster types include:

VS1S – vSAN Storage on One Site (not used by STaaS)
CA1S – CA VPLEX Metro Storage on One Site
CA2S – CA VPLEX Metro Storage across Two Sites
DR2S – DR RecoverPoint Storage across Two Sites

For details on how to add other cluster types please refer to the EHC Admin Guide:

ENTERPRISE HYBRID CLOUD 4.1.2 Administration Guide

There are a number of prerequisites required in advance of running the Onboard Cluster workflow in EHC, namely:

  • Add a Site
  • Add a vCenter
  • Add a Hardware Island

Part 1 will address the first two prerequisites (Add a Site, Add a vCenter).

The below flowchart details nicely what is required in terms of prerequisites and is provided for throughout the EHC Admin Guide for the various cluster types (thanks @LifeOfBrianOC):

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Note: this post provides an example and does not substitute for the EHC Admin Guide. Continue reading