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Update vSphere 5 – My two cents err problems

What’s the deal man?

Well to be honest I have ran into two very specific issues and what I want to iterate is how crucial it is to review updates before just deploying a normal vSphere 5 implementation. First off, I want to say that in the middle of my experience with performing the upgrade to vSphere 5 the release of Update 1 occurred. So with that being said comes the dilemma. Coordinating the update process and procedure should always be critical. You should also do your due diligence and review the updates along with bugs. I have to honestly give credit to the VMware Community which has definitely allowed me to identify problems before hand and how to avoid and workaround those. Now on to my issues.

Issue Number 1:Broken sVmotion (Storage Migration)

Well, this one was obvious but being the optimist I am didn’t think I would run into this little issue. However it appears to be a ESXi special feature for vSphere 5! I would highly recommend reviewing the following issues if you are having problems performing storage vMotions on vSphere 5/vCloud 1.5. I believe it is actually an issue with the ESXi hypervisor because prior to Update 1 there was a patch you could install on your ESXi box. Please see the following references for resolution:
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2012122

FIX? > Install UPDATE 1 or ESXi Patch 2

Issue Number 2: vCenter Network Alarm Feature!

So, key words to stress in this issue is probably one that makes many CRINGE. Test and Prod should always be the SAME > We all know how important that is but SERIOUSLY how many of us actually MIRROR everything even the alarms? This is more of an issue with standards and procedures then anything… again I am reminded of the 9 parts planning and 1 part implementing or the “Your poor planning doesn’t account for an emergency on my part”.

If the following statement doesn’t tell you what happened then this KB most certainly can.. 🙂
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2007231

FIX? > Yeah just the read the kb its quite ridiculous… oh wait just install update 1?

So, I am writing this tell you that I would recommend applying or using the in place upgrade for vSphere 5 Upate 1. Oh, and just so you know I warned it still doesn’t support the following build number:

NOTE: I would highly recommend to updating from vanilla 4.1 to avoid the special VMware feature of PSOD.

Last but not least I equally thought it would be important to highlight a video that we can all share and relate to when facing unexpected results…. It’s not exactly the same but I can definitely relate to the frustrations..

Enjoy!

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What happens when you share an awesome study guide from Dropbox?

This is what happens, yeah if I had known I would’ve put it somewhere else.

Hi Chad,

This email is an automated notification from Dropbox that your Public links have been temporarily suspended for generating excessive traffic. Your Dropbox will continue to function normally with the exception of Public links.

This suspension is temporary (3 days for the first time).

Please visit Dropbox support if you have any questions.

– The Dropbox Team

Is that not awesome? Whats more awesome is the fact I couldn’t find anything related to this in the support forum. Interesting though…

***Disclaimer: The thoughts and views expressed on VirtualNoob.wordpress.com and Chad King in no way reflect the views or thoughts of his employer or any other views of a company. These are his personal opinions which are formed on his own. Also, products improve over time and some things maybe out of date. Please feel free to contact us and request an update and we will be happy to assist. Thanks!~

VMware Backup Journey CommVault and Veeam

The Beginning…
When I first started testing solutions for BU/DR for VMware it was a very interesting journey (in my lab). It was a big pain using IBM TSM for  virtual VMware backups, it’s also hard to find information on it as well..(Previous Experiences)  Other products like Data Domain are really useful to and serve their purpose.

VEEAM number 1 for VMware? (Is it true? Decide for yourself )
Personally, you will have to decide for yourself if Veeam is number 1 for VMware.  I personally don’t know because I really haven’t seen it deployed in large environments. I have tested it and worked with extensively a part from that.  I also believe it is one of the most advanced products when it comes to VMware environments.  It also offers a lot of features that most products for VMware Environments don’t. Of course this could be because they have some patent pending technologies.

Enter… CommVault… (The gap filler)
So needless to say as awesome and fun as it was working with VEEAM I had no choice but to check out CommVault. CommVault has an interesting approach and a Gap closer being able to bridge virtual and physical environments. That offer alone is enough for some companies to make a decision.  In some ways it may be better to compare CommVault to IBM TSM then to Veeam.  I will do my best to compare it to only VEEAM in regards to virtual environments.

My Personal Thoughts:
CommVault does have a lot of good things going for it but I sincerely believe (personal opinion) Veeam is a more “mature” backup product for the virtual arena.  I also think that Veeam could learn a thing or two from CommVault like getting into that physical backup space.  At the end of the day most companies would probably prefer an overall solution to multiple solutions  for backup and DR.  The answers lies and design and your requirements.  If your cloud platform has to meet certain requirements then VEEAM may be a better fit.  Then again, if you have to meet other requirements like retention requirements, encryption, of more granular things (like backup reporting) then CommVault may be a better fit. Pricing and things like that also have their pros and cons.

***Disclaimer: The thoughts and views expressed on VirtualNoob.wordpress.com and Chad King in no way reflect the views or thoughts of his employer or any other views of a company. These are his personal opinions which are formed on his own. Also, products improve over time and some things maybe out of date. Please feel free to contact us and request an update and we will be happy to assist. Thanks!~

What’s new and where do we go?

Hello friends,

Another freezing day here in Arkansas and not much for snow. I swear you scream snow and everybody panics. I hear Raleigh got a good drop of snow this winter as well.

Anyways, we are moving along well in our virtualization aging. We are currently evaluating the new HP DL380 G6’s and have been pleased with the performance thus far. We started using HP-Lefthand VSA for our remote sites and now have a much more sustainable infrastructure for our remote sites. Now when we need more resources we just add another server to the bunch and voila! More CPU, Storage, and Memory. All special thanks for VMware and what they have enabled us to do. We are still looking at our Data Centers and considering our options, but honestly I want to see some CiscoUCS. I know the HP DL380’s are great servers but UCS from a network management sounds like a good idea with across Data Center Vmotion. I just dont see a whole lot of publishing with HP doing this. CiscoUCS shows us as well as EMC – VPLEX as well.

This year is going to be an interesting year to watch for me… Be expecting more.

***Disclaimer: The thoughts and views expressed on VirtualNoob.wordpress.org  and Chad King in no way reflect the views or thoughts of his employer or any other views of a company. These are his personal opinions which are formed on his own. Also, products improve over time and some things maybe out of date. Please feel free to contact us and request an update and we will be happy to assist. Thanks!~

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