Upgrade VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.2 to 6.5

There are two phases of upgrade VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.5, it is Operating System and product upgrade. To upgrade vRealize Operations Manager to the latest version please follow the below procedures:

NOTE: The following procedure is upgrade VMware vRealize Operations Manager Virtual Appliance 6.2 to 6.5. Before this upgrade, it is highly suggest that you create a VMware snaphost of this virtual appliance.

1. Download Virtual Appliance Operating System and Product upgrade pak files from VMware website.

2. Login to administration page of VMware vRealize Operation Manager (https://vROps_IP/admin). Click Software Update, then Install a Software Update.

3. Browse a OS upgrade pak file (vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-OS-6.5.0.5097678.pak) and click Upload.

4. Click Next.

5. Accept End User License Agreement.

6. Click Next.

7. Click Install.

8. Wait when an upgrade is completed. Check System Status if Cluster is online and all nodes are running (online).

9. Now start to product upgrade.

10. Browse a product upgrade pak file (vRealize_Operations_Manager-VA-6.5.0.5097678.pak) and click Upload.

11. Click Next.

12. Accept End User License Agreement.

13. Click Next.

14. Click Install.

15. Wait when an upgrade is completed. Check System Status if Cluster is online and all nodes are running (online).

16. After the two phases are completed successfully, this upgrade is finished. You can login vRealize Operations Manager 6.5 and verify each adapter in the Solutions.

Reference:

vRealize Operations Manager 6.5 Release Notes
https://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vrops/65/vrops-65-release-notes.html

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Explore the Modern Data Center – Completed

I’ve just completed a MOOC on Exploring the Modern Data Center from EMC. What is a MOOC ? It is a Massive Open Online Course and free course. This course is a must for every IT professional who wants to understand, influence, and decide in transforming their IT organization to support their business needs.

Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction to the  Modern Data Center

  • Challenges facing today’s businesses and IT organizations with classic data centers
  • Definition of Modern Data Center (MDC); the characteristics of MDC – modernized infrastructure, automating services, and transforming people and processes
  • Modernized IT infrastructure technologies: Converged, Flash, Scale out, Software-defined, Cloud-enabled, Protected, and Trusted.
  • Converged & Hyper-converged Infrastructure (CI & HCI); its architecture and technological components, how it differs from classic IT infrastructure, and how it helps accelerate modernization of infrastructure.

Week 2, 3, and 4: Technologies of Modernized Infrastructure
Architecture, components, and business problems addressed by

  • Flash storage
  • Scale-out systems
  • Software-defined systems
  • Cloud-enabled systems
  • Data Protection
  • Security
  • Product examples of above technologies

Week 5: Automation of Services

  • Discovering individual systems, pooling them as a single resource pool, and provisioning
  • Service planning, creation, operation, and termination
  • Service orchestration and workflow
  • Example of engineered solutions

Week 6: Transformation of People & Process, and Next Steps

  • Identifying the skills required for the IT team and their new roles
  • Recommended transformational technological training and ongoing plan
  • Changing policies and procedures to deliver higher value to businesses
  • Engaging external consultants for transformation
  • Next steps: Recommended framework to initiate the journey to MDC

For more information I recommend you watch this video:

Rewards and Recognition

Take the end-of-course assessment and earn your digital badge. This assessment will be offered free of charge to anyone who would like to validate their knowledge on Modern Data Center concepts and make their learning credentials visible to their friends, colleagues, managers, and others.

Enrollment

https://educast.emc.com/learn/explore-the-modern-data-center-self-paced

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Who are the Dell EMC Elect of 2017 ?

A merger of the EMC Elect and Dell Tech Centre Rockstar Programs, The Dell EMC Elect becomes the new program for recognition of Dell EMC’s advocates.

We believe it continues to represent, in the spirit of its predecessors, an incredibly successful and highly coveted oppurtunity for its members. Those recognised receive exclusive access and can call themselves Dell EMC Elect in appreciation for their contribution to the Dell EMC Community.

Nominations came in from far and wide, and our Dell EMC Elect Founders had a laborious task to judge the nominees. It was hard to decide, such was the caliber of the nominations put forward. However in the end it was done, the nominations were counted and evaluated. And on the 29th of March, 2017, 2 days later than planned, Such were the intense deliberations, “internet white smoke” has been seen from the Founders virtual enclave and the Dell EMC Elect of 2017 have been declared.

There were 600 illustrious nominations, leading to 300 finalists. Of those finalists, under tough and at times contentious debate the Dell EMC Elect number 153 for 2017, listed in alphabetical order below.

I am proud to be a part of Dell EMC Elect community this year.

https://community.emc.com/docs/DOC-57425

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Dell EMC – Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) 7.1

The EMC Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) for VMware vSphere Web Client is a plug-in for VMware vCenter. It enables administrators to view, manage, and optimize storage for VMware ESX/ESXi servers and hosts, and then map that storage to the hosts.
VSI consists of a graphical user interface and the EMC Solutions Integration Service (SIS), which provides communication and access to the storage systems.
Depending on the platform, tasks that you can perform with VSI include:

  • Storage provisioning
  • Setting multipathing policies
  • Cloning
  • Block deduplication
  • Compression
  • Storage mapping
  • Capacity monitoring
  • Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) integration
  • Data protection using EMC AppSync or EMC RecoverPoint

The topology of VSI

The following is the high level deployment procedure of VSI 7.1.

Download the VSI OVA at http://support.emc.com, deploy this OVA into your VM farm.

Login into Solution Integration Service (SIS) by administrator, default login ID and password is “admin” and “ChangeMe

https://<IP Address>:8443/vsi_usm/

Register VSI Plug-in, go to VSI Setup and input VMware vCenter information and click “Register” button.

Login into vCenter by Web Client, when logging in, web client will download the registered VSI Plugin. You can see this plugin in the Client Plug-in of vCenter.

Go to vCenter Inventory Lists and register SIS.

Then register Storage System.

You can select the supported EMC storage on Storage system type menu.

NOTE: The following table lists the supported EMC storage for VSI 7.1

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VxRail 4.0 – Scale Out

The above is the physical diagram of VxRail Cluster (3 nodes). In this post I will show how to add one VxRail Appliance into this VxRail Cluster (From 3 nodes to 4 nodes).

NOTE: The model of each VxRail Appliance is E460.

Before the node expansion, you need to verify each Appliance is running in health in dashboard of VxRail Manager.

The above is the final physical diagram of VxRail Cluster after scale out. Now we start the node expansion. You have just mounted a new VxRail Appliance (E460) and cabled it up to the top of each rack switch. When you power it on you can see a notification appear in the top left corner of VxRail dashboard. Click “Add Node“.

When you initially configured your VxRail Appliance, you specified an IP pool for ESXi, vMotion and vSAN. You can see that there available IP addresses in these pools, so the only additional action is to set an ESXi password. Click the scroll bar, then click the “ESXi Password“. Enter the ESXi and vCenter Server Password, click “Next“.

Click the checkbox confirm that your new VxRail Appliance has been provisioned with the appropriate IP addresses and hostnames. Then click “Next“.

VxRail Manager has validated the ESXi, vSAN and vMotion IP addresses, and you are now ready to build your new VxRail Appliance. Click “Build“.

You can monitor the expansion is in progress in the dashboard.

Now your new VxRail Appliance has been built and the cluster has been expanded. Click the “Health” tab to examine the cluster and verify the new node you just added.

You can see that your cluster has now been extended by a single node (from 3 nodes to 4 nodes). In this screen that provides metrics for the cluster and individual nodes including IOPs, CPU, memory usage and storage utilization. Click the new node “DW7LHB200000000” you can see “Logical” information specific to the new appliance you just added to the cluster.

You also can see “Phyiscal” information specific to the new appliance you just added to the cluster. There are now four Dell PowerEdge based nodes (E460) showing in this view, including the new node “DW7LHB200000000“. This ends the Scale Out of VxRail 4.0 Appliance.

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Demo – Upgrade to VxRail 4.0

Upgrade VxRail’s software components is accessible through the configuration menu. Click the “Configuration” button to proceed. Before updating the software components installed on your VxRail Appliance, you must first update VxRail Manager. Click “Update“, then select “Upload local version” from the dropdown menu to start this process.

Since you have already download the VxRail Manager 4 Installation files from Dell EMC support site, you can now upload this file from your local drive. Select the file and then click “Open“.

Once the upload process is completed, click “Install“.

Before VxRail Manager is uploaded, the system perform a pre-check to ensure. Once the pre-check completes, click “Upgrade NOW“.

Congratulations! VxRail Manager has been successfully updated to 4.0. Click “Close“.

Then you need to login VxRail Manager again. Input the login credentials, then click “Authenticate“.

Now that VxRail Manager has been updated. the rest of the components of your VxRail cluster can be upgraded.

This demo assumes you have already downloaded the installation. Click “Internet Upgrade” then select “Local Upgrade” from the dropdown menu.

Select the installation file “VXRAIL_COMPOSITE-4.0.04631185” from you local drive, then click “Open“.

Before installing, VxRail will performn a readiness check to make sure the status is green across all the software components to be upgraded. Once the readiness check completes, click “Continue” to begin the installation.

The software upgrade is now completed. During upgrade, VxRail performs a series of automated post-checks and upgrade hooks.

Click “Details” for more information, or click “Refresh” to update your screen.

To view the installed version of numbers of the components that VxRail is comprised of, click the “Installed Versions” link.

Reference Demo

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Upgrading the Operating Environment (OE) 4.1.0 to 4.1.1 on EMC UnityVSA

First, perform a system health check. A health check is a series of checks on the state
of your storage system. Performing a system health check helps ensure that no
underlying problems exist that may prevent a successful update. Then obtain and
install software updates.

The Unity storage system can have the following types of software updates:

  • Operating Environment (OE) software (also called, Unisphere)
  • Disk firmware
  • Language packs

Before the Operating Environment upgrade, you need to download Unity OE upgrade file UnityVSA-4.1.1.9138882.tgz.bin.gpg at https://support.emc.com. Then login into Unisphere by Administrator.

1. Select the Settings icon (in the top right of the page), and then select
Software and Licenses > Software Updates.

2. Select Perform Health Checks. Then Next.

3. After the health check is passed successfuly, select Start Upgrade. Then Browse the software file and click Next to start the upgrade.

4. Decide whether you want the storage processors to reboot automatically during
the upgrade. Then Next.

NOTE: The default option during a software upgrade is to automatically reboot both storage processors, one-at-a-time, as soon as the software upgrade image is staged and the
system is prepared for upgrade. If you like tighter control over when the reboots
happen, you can clear this option so that upgrade can be started and staged, but
neither storage processor will reboot until you are ready.

5. Review the planned upgrade and select Finish.

6. You can see the software upgrade progress.

7. As expected during the software upgrade, the management connection to the system has been temporaily lost. The connection will be restored automatically when the storage system becomes availabe. Do not reboot the storage processors.

8. After the OE upgrade is completed successfully, click “Reload Unisphere” to reload the Unisphere.

9. When you login Unisphere again, you can see software version is 4.1.1.9138882 in Settings of Unisphere. This software upgrade is finished.

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