I don’t know how this bad boy has escaped me for so long, but it is absolutely amazing. It is basically a fully functional version of UCS Manager with the ability to add chassis and blades on the fly and play around with UCSM to your hearts content!!
Enjoy ( I think you need a CCO login)
NetApp has finally released SnapDrive for Windows 6.3 to GA:
It includes an amazing bit of functionality in the application consistent snapshots without the need for FC/iSCSI RDMS:
- Support for performing Snapshot copy operations on virtual machine disks (VMDKs) in an NFS or VMFS datastore, which requires Virtual Storage Console 2.0.1 or later. Please check the availability of Virtual Storage Console 2.0.1 and install it before using this feature.
- Support for space reclamation when using VMDKs in an NFS datastore
- Support for DataFabric Manager caching with RBAC
- Automatic download of the storage system access control (storacl.exe) tool as part of your SnapDrive 6.3 for Windows installation
This will allow us to remove a lot of complexity, just as soon as it supports all the different applications. There are some considerations & limitations with the VMDK support:
- SnapManager for Virtual Infrastructure 3.0.1 or later (included with Virtual Storage Console 2.0.1) must be installed
- Attached VMDKs can only be basic disks
- Dynamic disks are not supported
- Multiple partitions are not supported
- The guest OS must be able to communicate with the IP address or storage system name
- configured in the SnapManager for Virtual Infrastructure server
- VMDKs cannot have multiple mount points
For a first iteration I think it is a leap forward.
IAG – https://now.netapp.com/knowledge/docs/snapdrive/relsnap63/pdfs/admin.pdf
Release Notes – https://now.netapp.com/knowledge/docs/snapdrive/relsnap63/pdfs/rnote.pdf
I am actually completely staggered and blown away that I have been awarded the VMware vExpert award.
You may have noticed that my blog rate dropped a lot and I put that down to having 2 lovely children in 2 years and moving jobs in that time as well.
I have promised myself that I will up my blog rate again over the next few months and try to add value on my areas of knowledge around VMware, NetApp and Cisco UCS.
Once again I’m proud to be seen with such luminaries as those that have also won the award and it pushes me on to maintain the work-rate.
I found that there is a big improvement when running SMVI and selecting the VMware Snapshots option on NFS datastores after adding the following to /etc/vmware/config and rebooting the host:
prefvmx.consolidateDeleteNFSLocks = “TRUE”
You will know whether it is working because you will see a .lck file appear in the folder containing the vmx file and snapshots should be opened and closed more quickly (try opening a ping to the VM being snapshotted and see if you lose fewer after making the change).
To all of those that emailed me to let me know my site was down I say thank you.
I have the displeasure of being hosted by one of the worst providers in the UK and I will now be moving away from them. Until I have migrated away, I’ll be expecting a multitude of issues, so just beware.
Any suggestions as to a reliable provider in the UK would be much appreciated.
I’m proud to announce that I work in the team that has just been announced as VMware Partner of the Year for 2009.
It has taken a lot of hard work to get to this point in the 9 months I have worked with the team, but it has all been worth it.
Well done to all of my colleagues at ANS Group.