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

Dell EMC – Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) 4.1.2

EHC LOGO

EHC (Enterprise Hybrid Cloud) which is the DellEMC turnkey VMware (vRealize Suite) based cloud offering has made great strides in recent releases transforming the cloud strategy for CPSD CI/HCI, namely EHC on VxBlock/VxRack Flex/VxRail (Engineered, manufactured, managed, supported and sustained as one product) and this release is no different with massive improvements around automation especially in relation to both the Install and Upgrade process associated with the EHC platform on VxRail leading to far quicker and more seamless deployments of the EHC stack. Enhanced multi-site capabilities, DRaaS offering on VxRail and factory delivered EHC on VxRack Flex w/NSX are some of the biggest milestones with this release. Continue reading

EHC 4.1: ESXi Host Migration Process (vCenter Host Migration with ViPR Export Groups)

This procedure details the steps to execute in order to remove an ESXi host from a source ViPR Export Group and add to an existing target Export Group.

Note: this procedure applies to ViPR 3.0 and below, ViPR 3.6 introduces a more automated procedure which I intend to cover in a future post.

Host Removal – remove ESXi Host from a ViPR Export Group

Please ensure there are no EHC StaaS or VIPR native tasks being executed while performing the following procedure.

Note: Ensure the version of SMI-S complies with the EHC ESSM stated version.

The following steps detail the procedure for removing a host from a vSphere ESXi cluster in vCenter and utilizing the ViPR CLI to remove the same host from the cluster Export Group. Continue reading

V(x)Block – AMP VUM & SQL Active Directory Integration

When a VxBlock is shipped from the factory all Windows & SQL user/db accounts are setup as local accounts, due to obvious reasons (customer AD does not exist in factory!). This post details the steps to integrate a VUM VM & SQL with Active Directory and change the local WIN&SQL accounts to AD accounts, along with modifying the SQL DB permissions to an assigned AD account.

At a high level these are the prerequisite steps:

– Change DNS values on the Windows VUM VM (if different from LCS stated values).
– Join Windows VUM VM to AD.
– Reboot VUM VM.
– Snapshot VUM VM (precautionary step).
– Add domain\svc_vum to local admin group of the VUM VM.

Use the following procedure to configure domain service accounts for the VUM Server and services & configure SQL Server access permissions on a VxBlock based EHC deployment:

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VxRail – Welcome Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC)

Introducing ‘EHC on VxRail’!

VxRAILEHC

Introduced as part of the EHC 4.1.1 release (Code named “Challenger”) – GA March ’17

Simple, Easy, Start Small, Scalable!

VxRAIL HCI Appliance now has the option of including the ‘Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.1.1’ platform as part of an automated greenfield installation. Thousands of hours of engineering, designing, testing and validation has gone into this release with a laser focus on delivering an automated ‘EHC on VxRail’ onsite installation. Engineered on the VxRail P470(F) Appliances, ‘EHC on VxRail’ offers a lighter weight and smaller footprint hybrid cloud solution from where you can start small and scale exponentially. Continue reading

vRealize Automation 7.1 Wizard Install – vCenter Agent Name not aligned with IaaS Host

Looks like there maybe a bug in the vRA 7.1 wizard deployment. I’m running vRA version  7.1 build 4270058 and Windows 2012 R2 build 9600.

Even though we configured the vCenter endpoint name as cloudvc01 during the vRealize Automation wizard based install, the IaaS Agent server was displaying the vCenter agent name using the FQDN cloudvc01.ppsilver.lab.local (screen captures below):

Wizard input – ‘Agents’:

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