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HP P2000 G3 and VAAI with vSphere 5.0 and 5.1

  HP’s P200 has been around a little while, and has had a bit of improvements done with firmware updates.  While adding VAAI support to a P2000 is a little older news, I thought I would still write about it since I recently upgraded one and want to point out the differences for ESXi 5.0 […]

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vSphere 5.1 Lab – HP StoreVirtual VSA Install

Next, I needed some shared storage to eventually present to my nested ESXi servers.  I decided to use HP’s StoreVirtual VSA (Formerly LeftHand) because I work with it fairly often, and because it’s the only VSA supported for SRM. HP offers the VSA for a trial period of 60 days – plenty of time to […]

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EMC VNXe 3100 – An Introduction

Recently, I got my hands on the EMC vnxe 3100.  It’s a great SAN solution for SMBs, and very easy to setup and administer. Having worked mostly with Equalogic and HP SAN solutions, The Unisphere interface on the EMC VNXe’s was refreshing and simple. Physical Setup: Couldn’t be easier.  EMC ships a handy quick start […]

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vSphere VSA Raid requirements relaxed!

Today VMware announced on it’s blog that the RAID 1o requirements will be dropped, and that VMware will be supporting RAID 5 and RAID 6 as well. See the blog here, and see the updated documentation here. So, this means that you will be able to use more of your local storage! Before, with RAID […]

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vSphere 5 VSA – Virtual San Appliance – Part 3

Management and Maintenance As if getting the VSA installed wasn’t easy enough, VMware has made the VSA virtually (no pun intended) management free. With your Datacenter selected, simply click back on the VSA Manager tab, and you will be presented with the page below: In the top window, is the VSA Cluster settings.  All self […]

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vSphere 5 VSA – Virtual San Appliance – Part 2

Installation and Configuration Now it’s time to install the VSA.  Remember, we need 2 (or 3) fresh ESXi 5.0 installs, joined to our vCenter server. Now, for the easy part… (it’s actually all easy) Installation: Run the VSA setup from the CD on your vSphere server. Click next and “I accept” through the first screen […]

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vSphere 5 VSA – Virtual San Appliance – Part 1

With the release of vSphere 5, comes VMware’s VSA (Virtual Storage Appliance). What exactly is it?  Well, it’s VMware’s answer of providing shared storage to SMBs that don’t purchase a physical SAN or NAS.  It will use the local storage in each ESX box, and present it to the VSA VM, and that in turn […]

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