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VMware: Configure Multipath Policy via PowerCLI

May 25th, 2011 14 comments

Tonight I need to configure the Multipath Policy from “Most Recently Used” to “Round Robin (VMware) on our vSphere 4.1 and HP EVA6400 environment. After reading “Configuration best practices for HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) family and VMware vSphere 4” I decided to change the path status

To check the status of the Multipath Policy you can run the following PowerCLI script:

Per host:

Get-VMhost ESXHOST | Get-ScsiLun -LunType disk

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Per Cluster:

Get-Cluster CLUSTERNAME| Get-VMHost | Get-ScsiLun -LunType disk

 

To change the Multipath Policy you can run the following command:

Per Host:

Get-VMHost ESXHOST | Get-ScsiLun -CanonicalName "naa.6005*" | Set-ScsiLun -MultipathPolicy "roundrobin"

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Result in vCenter:

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VMware: HP Proliant Support Pack Cleaner v1.5

May 17th, 2011 No comments

Last year I posted an article about the “Proliant Support Pack Cleaner” (PSP), last month I did 28 P2V’s migrations and this software was really helpful. During the VMware Converter Wizard I disabled on the “destination server” the HP PSP Startup services, after the P2V process I runned the PSP Cleaner to remove drivers, services etc.

Guillermo Musumeci released in 08/11/2010 version 1.5

 

Support both x86 and x64 versions of HP Proliant Support Pack.

Run in Unattended mode using /NOGUI parameter.

To run HP Proliant Support Pack Cleaner, you must run as administrator, or disable UAC on Windows 2008.

Software: Download

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VMware: Configure AnywhereUSB/5 G2 in a Virtual Machines

April 6th, 2011 10 comments

I’m working on a project to P2V a bunch of servers to a vSphere environment, In the list of servers to P2V I’ve one USB (Hasp Keys) based license server.. to P2V this server we need a TCP/IP USB Hub to connect remotely the Hasp Key. We bought Digi AnywhereUSB/5

 

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AnywhereUSB Device configuration:

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^ Setup a new root password

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^ Setup a Static IP Address

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^ Install the latest firmware

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VMware: FAILED: Unable to obtain the IP address of the helper virtual machine

March 30th, 2011 36 comments

After migrating the last Linux Suse Enterprise 32-bit physical machine with VMware Converter Standalone 4.3 I received a error:

FAILED: Unable to obtain the IP address of the helper virtual machine

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Solution:

The solution is simple, by converting the physical machine to a virtual machine the VM will start directly. By starting the VM the mounted Converter ISO will boot with a VM HelperNetwork. In case you’re VLAN doesn’t have DHCP functionality you need to configure a static IP for the VM HelperNetwork.

To  assign a static IP address to the Helper virtual machine, select Use the following IP address: and specify the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway. Be sure the IP address you specify for the Helper virtual machine is not already in use on the network. 
     
(Optional) To configure the DNS server address manually, select Use the following DNS server address: and type the preferred DNS server address. Optionally, type and alternate DNS server address. 
    
Select another option to set or click Next to view a summary of the conversion task. Converter Standalone uses the IP address and DNS server you specified to copy data from the source Linux machine to the destination virtual machine during conversion.

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The VM will boot with the configured network settings:

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P2V status:

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VMware: Install HP NMI Sourcing Driver for VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1

March 10th, 2011 4 comments

VMware introduced the capability to register for NMI events in ESX/ESXi 4.1 kernel.

HP is providing the HP NMI Driver (hpnmi) that will work with ESX/ESXi 4.1 kernel to log NMI info to HP Integrated Management Log (IML). Also ESX 4.1 kernel halts the server with PSOD – “Panic requested by 3rd party NMI handlers” to capture a kernel crash dump on panic after an NMI event is received.

If ESX/ESXi 4.1 does not have the HP NMI driver installed and in the event of a hardware fault, HP ProLiant systems may not shutdown due to the NMI event. The NMI event will be logged in the kernel logs and the system will continue execution.

Installation:

esxupdate –bundle=hp-nmi-bundle-1.1.02.zip update

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Download agent: HP

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VMware: How to check HBA firmware version without rebooting ESX host

February 25th, 2011 4 comments

I need to find out witch firmware version is running on my HBA without rebooting the ESX host.. I thought this was possible by GUI but couldn’t find it, so I decided to check this by console. Give the following commands:

Navigate to:

– cd proc/scsi/qla or lpfc820
– ls –lia

To view the HBA information:

– cat 6
– cat 7

Result:

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It wasn’t so difficult!

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VMware: ITQ Infrastructure Client – vLan and portGroup manager

February 18th, 2011 4 comments

I never blogged about the ITQ Infrastrucute Client but this is also one of my favorite free tools to manage my vSphere environtment.

The author is Flores Eken from ITQ Consultancy in the Netherlands and wrote this application to manage your vSwitches, you can Add/Remove Portgroups on multiple hosts, Export/Import Portgroup configurations on/to multiple hosts, Excute shell command by SSH and many more

I installed today 4 new ESX 4.1 and exported te Portgroup configuration from an existing host and imported this configuration to my new one.. it’s really simple and fast!

Download: here

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VMware: Troubleshooting Performance vSphere 4.1 guide

February 18th, 2011 1 comment

VMware VROOM released/updated a nice Performance Troubleshoot guide for vSphere 4.1

The hugely popular Performance Troubleshooting for VMware vSphere 4 guide is now updated for vSphere 4.1 . This document provides step-by-step approach for troubleshooting most common performance problems in vSphere-based virtual environments. The steps discussed in the document use performance data and charts readily available in the vSphere Client and esxtop to aid the troubleshooting flows. Each performance troubleshooting flow has two parts:

  1. How to identify the problem using specific performance counters.
  2. Possible causes of the problem and solutions to solve it.

New sections that were added to the document include troubleshooting performance problems in resource pools on standalone hosts and DRS clusters, additional troubleshooting steps for environments experiencing memory pressure (hosts with compressed and swapped memory), high CPU ready time in hosts that are not CPU saturated, environments sharing resources such as storage and network, and environments using snapshots.

This document by no means covers the entire breadth of performance-related problems. We request the readers of this document, including VMware performance community members and vSphere administrators, to help us enhance this document by letting us know about all the performance problems they encounter in their vSphere-based virtual environments, including those that require elaborate troubleshooting steps.  We hope that the community will actively contribute by engaging in live discussions, providing feedback, and asking questions. All this input will serve as the topics for future updates

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VMware: VMware vShphere Host Update Utility still the fastest way to apply 4.1 Update 1

February 11th, 2011 9 comments

The VMware Host Update Utility can’t “Upgrade Host” your system anymore since vSphere 4.1 with the download .zip files (in my case to upgrade to vSphere 4.1 Update 1 – update-from-esxi4.1-4.1_update01.zip ) …but you can still use the “Scan for Patches” option to apply the latest patches or even full Updates.

Today I updated my ESXi 4.1.0 server to Update 1 with the VMware Host Update Utility

 

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