vExpert 2018 Award Announcement

I am happy to be selected again to be a part of the vExpert 2018, it is vExpert for the 5th year. Thank you everyone who have motivate me. Congrats to everyone !!! 👏👏👏👏

And I am great to archive the both badges of blogger and video publishing in my vExpert profile. 🤗🤗🤗

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Veeam’s VMs Backup

In this post, we will learn how to backup the virtual machine (image level backup) in the VMware vSphere environment. We login into Veeam backup server.

Go to Backup Job, first we input a name for new backup job and add a description. We input the job name as “Backup Job 1“. Then clicks Next.

Add the virtual machines which need to backup.

Select the virtual machines in the VMware vSphere environment.

In this demonstration, we will backup two virtual machines “myVM-A1” and “myVM-A2“. Then clicks Next.

On Storage page, it provides the ability to choose which Backup Proxy and Backup Repository will be used for the backup job. Then click Next.

On Guest Processing page, we can choose to enable application aware processing for this backup. This will enable Microsoft VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) to quiesce the guest OS environment and provide an application consistent backup. Then click Next.

On Schedule page, we can setup backup schedule. If we schedule the job to run automatically, check “Run the Job Automatically” and select the preferred scheduling. If we schedule the manual backup, we need to specific backup window of operation. Then clicks Apply.

On the Summary page, we can review the settings. Check the “Run the Job when I click Finish” to run the backup job. Click Finish.

The working area displays a list of all backup jobs. Click Backup Job 1 to see more information.

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Cisco HyperFlex Integration with Veeam Backup & Replication

With Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 2, it can support the integration with Cisco HyperFlex Platform. This integration allows the backup jobs to take advantage of native Cisco HX snapshots. Backup from Storage Snapshots minimizes the performance impact on production virtual machines (VMs) during their backup window.

The data flow goes as follows:

  1. Analyzes which VMs in the job have disks on supported storage.
  2. Performs Veeam’s agentless application-aware processing and consistency for a VM
  3. Creates HyperFlex VM snapshot, leveraging the HyperFlex API.
  4. Releases the consistent state of the VM.
  5. Retrieves the CBT information for VM snapshots.
  6. Reads new and changed virtual disk data blocks directly from the HyperFlex VM snapshot and transports them to the backup repository or a replica VM.
  7. Triggers the removal of the HyperFlex VM snapshot once the VM has been backed up.
  8. Truncates database logs within the VM.

How to configure the Cisco HyperFlex integration

Launch the Veeam Backup & Replication Console, check Windows session authentication and click Connect.

Ensure that the Veeam proxy server can access the HX IOvisor, by verifying open firewall ports on the ESXi host on which the IOvisor is running. Verify that the VeeamCiscoHXFirewall rule is available in the Incoming Connections section.

Now we can add HX Data Platform Storage to Veeam backup server. Go to Storage Infrastructure, click “Add Storage“.

Add the Management IP address of the Cisco HyperFlex Platform, then Next.

Define the login credentials for the HX management.

In the Access Options screen, click Choose to select the Veeam proxy server that will be accessing the HyperFlex Data Platform. Click Next to see the summary page, then click Finish.

The storage discovery process starts which will scan the storage and validate NFS connectivity to the storage for Veeam. When the process completes and the success message appears, the storage has been successfully added. Click Close.

Cisco HyperFlex will be listed under Storage Infrastructure in the inventory pane.

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2017 Cisco Champion Certificate

Waiting for a few years, I received the 2017 Cisco Champion Certificate from Cisco Champion team. Thank you for Cisco Champion program.

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Deploy and configure Dell EMC IsilonSD Edge Cluster

IsilonSD Edge is software-defined storage for small businesses and remote offices of enterprise companies that need to manage a growing amount of unstructured data. IsilonSD Edge runs on your industry-standard server hardware (not included) while delivering the advantages of the Dell EMC Isilon OneFS operating system.

Key features:

  • Ideal for locations with limited IT resources
  • Flexible multiprotocol support and unmatched storage utilization
  • Tightly integrated with VMware ESX (not included): use within your virtual environment and manage through vCenter

This IsilonSD Edge package includes:

  • One software-defined storage instance supporting up to 36 TB of capacity
    Isilon OneFS operating system
  • Data management: Isilon SmartQuotas, SmartPools, InsightIQ, and SmartDedupe
  • Data protection: Isilon SmartConnect, SnapshotIQ, SyncIQ, and SmartLock
  • 1 year of Enhanced Software Support

The following is the high level diagram of Dell EMC IsilonSD Edge Cluster in this scenario: We will build one IsilonSD Edge Cluster with 3 nodes in VMware vSphere environment.

NOTE: The software release of Dell EMC IsilonSD Edge is 1.0.1.

Now we start to deploy Dell EMC IsilonSD Edge Cluster, the configuration includes the two parts:

  • Deploy Dell EMC IsilonSD Management Server.
  • Deploy Dell EMC IsilonSD Edge Cluster.

Part1 – First we need to deploy the virtual appliance of EMC IsilonSD Management Server in the VMware vSphere environment.

When we deployed IsilonSD Management Server, boot it up and login into Management Server.

Then register the IsilonSD Management Server with VMware vCenter.

When the registration is completed successfully, we can see the IsilonSD Management plugin in vCenter server.

Back to IsilonSD Management Server, add the required license and import the template of IsilonSD Edge into IsilonSD Management Server.

The configuration of part1 is completed.

Part 2 – Now we can start to deploy IsilonSD Edge Cluster.

Back to vCenter server and go to IsionSD Cluster, click “Create IsilonSD Cluster“.

Choose the IsilonSD license and input the following field, we will deploy 3 nodes cluster in this scenario,

In the Number of Nodes field,
In the Number of vCPUs per Node field,
In the Memory Per Node field,
In the Cluster Capacity field,
In the Number of Data Disks Per Node field,

Then we will select the disks to be used for boot, journal, and data disks on each node.

  • The disk for IsilonSD Disk Type Journal.
  • The disk for IsilonSD Disk Type Boot Disk.
  • The disks for IsilonSD Disk Type Data Disk.

Then configure the external and internal network for each node.

In the External Network Port Group Primary list box, select you defined network port group.
In the Internal Network Port Group Primary list box, select you defined network port group.

When we finished the configuration of disk size and network on each node,  then define the Cluster Name and its credentials.

Then define the required IP address and Gateway for the internal and external network.

Finally we can start to build up the IsilonSD Edge Cluster.

When the building is completed, we can see the cluster includes three nodes.

Go to the administrator page of OneFS storage.

The Cluster Overview page appears, we can see the three nodes.

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DellEMC & VMware CO-SKILLED – VxRAIL 2017

Today I just received the welcome kit of DellEMC & VMware CO-SKILLED – VxRAIL 2017. 😍😍

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Cisco Champion 2018 Program

Today I received the announcement from Cisco Champion program, I am happy that I was selected to be part of the 2018 Cisco Champion program. Congrats to all Cisco Champion 2018.

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