Saturday, October 18, 2014

ESXTop Plugin for vSphere Web Client

VMware Labs released ESXTop Plugin for vSphere Web Client

Plugin is an enhanced, plugin-version of ESXtop for the vSphere Web Client. The plugin displays ESX server stats in new and more powerful ways by tapping into the GUI capabilities of the Web Client.

Features

Separate tabs for CPU, memory, network and disk performance statistics
Flexible batch output
Flexible counter selection
Advanced data grid for displaying stats (sortable columns, expandable rows, etc.)
Configurable refresh rate
VM-only stats
Embedded tooltip for counter description


vSphere 5.8 Installation


We will be deploying the vSphere Replication Appliance from web client

Right Click on Hosts/Clusters and Select Deploy OVF Template


Select the OVF file from the local computer where you are accessing web client



By default its 4 vCPU and it has option for 2 vCPU




Nested ESXi Installation


Enable SSH to the Physical ESXi Host
Login using root
Execute following command
echo ‘vhv.allow = “true” ‘ >> /etc/vmware/config


Now we need to modify the security Settings for the Port Group which is going to be used for the virtual esxi and make Promiscuous Mode as "Accept"


Now we need to create the VM. We need to take care of following
Virtual Machine Version should be 8
Guest Operating System should be "Other (64- bit)"
CPUs should be 2 virtual sockets 2 cores per socket for ESXi 5.1 or above
RAM should be 4 GB
2 NIC for redundancy with E1000
HDD should be 1 GB or above
Once the VM is created then Right Click and go to Edit Settings --> Options and change the Guest Operating System. You should be able to VMware ESXi 5.X


Ensure CPUID Mask is set to Expose the NX/XD flag to guest


Mount the CD/DVD with ESXi Install and you should be able to boot with ESXi Installer once you Power ON




Thursday, October 16, 2014

SRM 5.8 Installation

 
 
 
Here we need to select the DNS which we created before for the DB Instance created in the SQL/DB Server
 
 
Login to Web Client and you will notice the Site Recovery in the Inventory
 

vCenter 5.5 Update 2 Installation

 
 
It requires minimum 10G free space
 
This is where you will select whether to use SQL Express of use existing database
We need to ensure the System DSN is created and point it to the database created in SQL/DB Server
 
 
We need to make sure the database connectivity is there else we can get similar errors which I got here
 
 
In my case as it pointed SQL Server Agent service was not running because it was pointing to Manual
 
 
 
By default only administrator@vsphere.local has access to vCenter which is the SSO account
We need to login and add the permission for accounts/users  you want to allow access