vSphere on NetApp Best Practices Updated!

By on 12/07/2011.

Hey folks!

Been a while, I know, but I’ve been head’s down working on some great content you will see soon enough.  (VAAI, vCloud Director, DataONTAP Cluster-Mode)  :)

This announcement justified it’s own post simply due to the high demand, and the sheer fact that it is THE most downloaded thing from NetApp’s website.  Ever.  By a mile.

It’s been a long road, and a lot of hard work, mainly from a couple of a select individuals.  Julian Cates (aka @vSkeptic) and Peter Learmonth deserve some serious kudos for the work on getting the update done.

I was happy to contribute where I could, even if it was only in peer review, and having conversations along the way.

You can download a copy of it here.  http://media.netapp.com/documents/tr-3749.pdf

On a side note, did you know that as a customer, you can apply most of the Best Practices described in this document to your ESX/i hosts with a couple of mouse clicks?  Install NetApp’s Virtual Storage Console, which is a fancy name for our vCenter plugin, and apply these settings instantly.  Then all you have to do is reboot the host (only applies if HBA’s being used…NFS BP settings do not require reboot!)

The VSC also helps you quickly provision new LUNs and NFS volumes/exports to be used as Datastores with built-in right click menu functionality.  This was a game-changer for me as a customer!

Right-click on a cluster > NetApp > Provisioning > Create Datastore > Name & Size > Finish

This process will create a volume on the filer, add export rules for all the ESX hosts in the cluster, and then mount it to all of the hosts in the cluster.

Do you still do all of this by hand?!

Not to mention other things like Rapid Cloning and Backup & Recovery.  Even if you only use it for Best Practice settings/compliance and quick datastore provisioning (yes, it does resizes, and destroys as well!), it is worth it’s weight in gold!

Customers can download it FOR FREE from the NOW site.