We have tested our new demo Dell EMC Unity 400F storage and we conneceted this test to our vSphere 6.5 test. 2 in 1 solution I really like it 🙂
I red White Pepaer about vSphere 6.5 Storage, and i find in this article, VMware introduce new VMFS. I want upgrade our VMFS version to latest version. Like always i have started search upgrade option, but i couldn’t find it.
End of this article I recognize why I couldn’t find any upgrade button 🙂
“Upgrade. After you upgrade your ESXi hosts to version 6.5, you can continue using any existing VMFS5 datastores. To take advantage of VMFS6 features, create a VMFS6 datastore and migrate virtual machines from the VMFS5 datastore to VMFS6 datastore. You cannot upgrade the VMFS5 datastore to VMFS6.”
We use DR site and SRM for protection our applications like SAP. Both data center used to single node vCenter server witch server served all VMware component: vCenter Server, SSO, Inventory Service and Web Client. It was a separate sso domain. In this year we have upgraded our VMware infrastrucuture from 5.5 to 6.0 and SRM too.
The recommendation says use external PSC to SRM envinronment. So we had to upgrade single vCenter servers to external PSC environment. Becosuse we hade to this i would have liked to use common SSO domain and Enhanced Linked Mode. The usage of this architecture are easier for Administrators and anybody else.
So in this article i will write about how you can do that.
First of all look where is the bigining and what is our goul. The picture below you can see, at the begining. We had two separated vCenter server and we can upgrade this envinroment to a totally different architecture. External PSC, Common SSO and Enhanced Linked Mode. Let’s start.
3 – Install the other PSC server witch are going to join to common SSO domain and part of link (vsphere.local)
Ok, now we have two Platform Service Controller in common SSO domain, and Enhanced Linked Mode configuration. Next step is we can pin our vCenter Servers to PSC servers. Becouse we used to single vCenter solution, we decided to uninstall the vCenter server from Windows exept SQL DB, and reinstall only vCenter role. You will see steps of resintall below.
!!!! Before you uninstall your vCenter Server role from OS, export all users and permission settings. I recommend for you this VMware Kb Article: https://kb.vmware.com/kb/0000172
We don’t use complex permission system, therefore we handle this by manul solution.
4 – Install vCenter Server whitch will be pin to PSC1-DC2
5 – Install the other vCenter server to PSC1-DC1
I don’t show the same steps as above, i will show you the only one different witch is you can type the other Platform Service Controller FQDN or IP address.
I hope this article will help for your upgrade. If you have any question pls. don’t hesitate contact me!
We upgraded our Cisco UCS environment, every host got extra memory from 128 to 256GB. Before we did it we had mesured CPU usage by VMware vRealize Operation Manager. It was a great help to this process. We ware able to proof the CPU performance will be ok with this memory size. We would have liked to incrase our VMware environment density.
We had to coolect every memory module serial numbers, and information about that witch chassis consist of witch memory modul.
We used to Cisco PowerShell for this task. Yes, exist PowerShell tool for Cisco UCS 🙂
You can download Cisco UCS Power Too pack (click link) and install your computer.
(You must restart your computer after install process)
Collect memory serial numbers, and UCS chassis information:
Today we have deployed VMware vRealize Infrastructure Navigator appliance. This app is part of our vRealize Operation Manager Advanced and Enterprise environment. This intriduction is a new project at my Company, and I’m glad to lead that.
The reason why I’m writing this post, because when we deployed Infrastructure Navigator, we got this error message: “An unknown VM access error has occurred”