vSphere on NetApp Best Practices Updated!

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.

 

 

 

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Scott Aisenstat
Scott Aisenstat
12/07/2011 13:37

One of the most informative and comprehensive best practice guides for vSphere.  I can’t count how many times I have referenced this TR in my career.  It would also be helpful to see some documentation expanding on new block/NAS hardware acceleration primitives and enhanced capabilities of profile-drive storage surfaced by VASA in vSphere 5.

Scott Aisenstat
Scott Aisenstat
12/07/2011 13:53

Correction: *profile-driven storage.

Nick Howell
12/13/2011 22:56

Scott, Thanks for the comment and the kudos! Considering my primary area of focus is all-things Management and Data Protection in VMware environments, VAAI & VASA are two of my top initiatives going into 2012.  You’re going to see a lot on the topic coming very soon, including some deep-dive details on how to take advantage of VAAI for NFS.  We’re still ironing out some details for our VASA provider, and REALLY being hard and picky about the fine line and grey area between the storage admin and the VI/server admin.  As a storage company, we have to be sure… Read more »

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