As you might have noticed vSphere 6.5 Update 1 just came out (7/27/2017) and there are quite a few enhancements and fixes. I will be blogging about these in subsequent posts, but there is one that I wanted to specifically and immediately call out now.
Round Robin and IO Operations Limit of 1 is now default in ESXi for the Pure Storage FlashArray! This means that you no longer need to create a custom SATP rule when provisioning a new host or adding your first FlashArray into an existing environment. Continue reading NMP Multipathing rules for the FlashArray are now default
Another how-to post on iSCSI. Essentially another “for the good of the order post” here. iSCSI is becoming increasingly common, so figured I would put a post together that covers the ins and outs of port binding with standard vSwitches.
For information on distributed switches (which I highly recommend using over standard vSwitches) check out this post here:
Setting up Software iSCSI Multipathing with Distributed vSwitches with the vSphere Web Client
So on to Standard vSwitches. Continue reading Setting up iSCSI Port Binding with Standard vSwitches in the vSphere Web Client
Sorry the title is a bit of a mouthful.
I have written some posts on iSCSI in the past, around setup:
Setting up iSCSI with VMware ESXi and the FlashArray
Configuring iSCSI CHAP in VMware with the FlashArray
Another look at ESXi iSCSI Multipathing (or a Lack Thereof)
These have been on various parts, but primarily the setup around standard vSwitches, which generally, in at least in larger environments, is not the norm. Distributed vSwitches are. I have seen a few posts on doing this with the old C# client, but not the vSphere Web Client. Reference those posts here:
So with the amount of questions I have received on it, it is probably worth putting pen to paper on it. Nothing profound here, basically a walkthrough.
This is of course assuming you are doing port binding. If you are not, then just the standard software iSCSI setup (as described in the above 1st post) is needed.
Continue reading Setting up Software iSCSI Multipathing with Distributed vSwitches with the vSphere Web Client
Quick post. I updated my PowerShell GUI tool I maintain for VMware and FlashArray management and added some new features. This time mainly around protection group management. Download it from my GitHub page here:
Continue reading VMware and FlashArray PowerShell GUI tool v2.7
Just recently, Rubrik announced their integration with the FlashArray to help backup virtual machines and avoid the common performance penalty incurred during VMware snapshot consolidation. See their announcement here.
Continue reading Rubrik and FlashArray Integration: Why it matters.
Hey–we just launched our Pure Storage Code() Slack team at code-purestorage.slack.com. Along with code.purestorage.com, our web repository pointing to our various GitHub pages.
Join to get help or contribute help around PowerShell, Python, vRealize, REST, etc. Just getting started with all of this so hop aboard and build this community with us!
To register for the Slack channel, please check out this Pure Storage community post:
Or check out my co-workers (Barkz) he has more info in his post: