Cisco UCS Central – Create a VLAN and Assign Org Permission

Enter “create vlan” on search engine and select “Create VLAN”.

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Select UCS domain on Domain Group Location menu, input VLAN Name and VLAN ID.

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Select your UCS domain into Access Control, then click “Create” button.

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Finally the VLAN is created successfully on UCS Central.

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EMC Unity – FAST VP

EMC Unity Fully Automated Storage Tiering for Virtual Pools (FAST VP) monitors the data access patterns within Pools on the system, and dynamically matches the performance requirements of the data with drives that provide that level of performance. FAST VP has three categories, called tiers, which it segregates drive drives into. These tiers are:

  • Extreme Performance Tier – Comprised of Flash drives
  • Performance Tier – Comprised of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drives
  • Capacity Tier – Comprised of Near-Line SAS (NL-SAS) drives

FAST VP helps to reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by maintaining performance while efficiently utilizing the configuration of a Pool. Instead of creating a Pool with one type of drive, mixing Flash, SAS, and NL-SAS drives can help reduce the cost of a configuration by reducing drive counts and leveraging larger capacity drives. Data requiring the highest level of performance is tiered to Flash, while data with less activity resides on SAS or NL-SAS drives.

The FAST VP configuration and setting as below. By default FAST VP is activated if the license is enabled on Unity, you can modify the relocation rate and relocation schedule on Storage Configuriaon Settings.

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If you want to monitor the FAST VP state, double click your Storage Pools on Storage menu.

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Go to FAST VP tab, you can see the data relocation state on each tier, ie Extreme Performance Tier, Performance Tier and Capacity Tier.

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EMC VxRail 3.5 Demo

This demo can let you know more detail about VxRail operation and configuration. Take the VCE VxRail for a spin, and get hands-on time with the following features:

  • Scale-Out: Ease & Speed to Scale-Out an existing VxRail Infrastructure Perform this task through a few clicks of the mouse.
  • EMC Integration: View the tight integration via the VxRail Management Web Client to the VxRail app store, online support, chat/KB articles, inspect the hardware status of appliances and arrange replacement failed parts , all from within this single UI.
  • Cloud Array: Easily expand the storage capacity of your VxRail infrastructure using Cloud provider(s), including vCloud Air.
  • Backup Your VxRail Virtual Infrastructure: Using the industry leading backup solution from EMC, RecoverPoint for VMs, backup up your virtual infrastructure all from within the vSphere Web Client and a few clicks of the mouse.

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Demo:
http://interactivedemos.emc.com/vxrail35/

VNX Monitoring and Reporting

EMC VNX Family Monitoring and Reporting is a software solution that extends Unisphere element manager capabilities by providing unified performance and capacity trending information of VNX and Next-Generation VNXe storage systems. This solution complements Unisphere health alerts and Unisphere Analyzer.

VNX Family Monitoring and Reporting automatically collects Block, File, and VNXe storage statistics. It also collects configuration data and stores it in a database that can be viewed through dashboards and reports.

To start using the VNX M&R tool, follow these steps:

1. Connect to VNX-Config using this URL: http://YourServerIP:58080/VNX-Config/
NOTE: the default user is admin/changeme.

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Input your M&R licenses and add your EMC storage system into it.

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NOTE: You should install EMC Navisphere CLI into this system before add EMC storage system into M&R.

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2. Connect to the web portal using this URL: http://YourServerIP:58080/VNX-MR/, it can start to collect the performance data from your EMC storage system.

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Cisco UCS Central 1.5 – Domain registration

Login into Cisco UCS Central, then go to Domain Management and clicks Register Domain.

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Input UCS Domain Hostname/IP Address, User Name and Password on Basic page.

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Go to Policy Resolution Control page, and make sure all policy is configured to Global except Infrastructure & Catalog Firmware. Then clicks Register.

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After the registration, you can see the detail info of this UCS domain.

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VMware VSAN 6.5 – What’s New

Accelerate Responsiveness

The vSAN API and vSphere PowerCLI have been updated in this release. It is now possible to automate the configuration and management of cluster settings, disk groups, fault domains, and stretched clusters. Activities such as maintenance mode and cluster shutdown can also be scripted. This video demonstrates some of the capabilities of of the vSAN API and PowerCLI: Creating a Cluster and Configuring vSAN PowerCLI can be used to monitor the health of a vSAN cluster. Health issue remediation and re-sync activities can be automated with this latest release.

20-50% Additional TCO Savings

Now that flash devices have become the preferred choice for storage, it makes sense to adjust the vSAN licensing model to account for this change in the industry. All vSAN 6.5 licenses include support for both hybrid and all-flash configurations. Please note, however, that deduplication, compression, and erasure coding still require vSAN Advanced or Enterprise licenses. Adding support for the use of all-flash configurations with all licensing editions provides organizations more deployment options and the ability to take advantage of increased performance while minimizing licensing costs.

vsan_2_nodevSAN supports the use of network crossover cables in 2-node configurations. This is especially beneficial in use cases such as remote office and branch office (ROBO) deployments where it can be cost prohibitive to procure, deploy, and manage 10GbE networking equipment at each location. This configuration also reduces complexity and improves reliability.

While we are on the subject of ROBO deployments, it is also important to mention a related vSAN licensing change. vSAN for ROBO licensing previously did not support the use of all-flash vSAN cluster configurations and the corresponding space efficiency features. A new license has been added with the release of vSAN 6.5 and it is called vSAN for ROBO Advanced. This new license includes support for using deduplication, compression, and erasure coding. Using these features lowers the cost-per-usable-GB of flash storage, which further reduces TCO. Organizations get the best of both worlds: The extreme performance of flash at a cost that is on par with or lower than similar hybrid solutions.

Increased Flexibility

vSAN 6.5 extends workload support to physical servers and clustered applications with the introduction of an iSCSI target service. vSAN continues its track record of being radically simple by making it easy to access vSAN storage using the iSCSI protocol with just a few vSphere Web Client mouse clicks. iSCSI targets on vSAN are managed the same as other objects with Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM). vSAN functionality such as deduplication, compression, mirroring, and erasure coding can be utilized with the iSCSI target service. CHAP and Mutual CHAP authentication is supported.

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Utilizing vSAN for physical server workloads and clustered applications can reduce or eliminate the dependency on legacy storage solutions while providing the benefits of vSAN such as simplicity, centralized management and monitoring, and high availability.

EMC Unity – EMC Storage Analytics

EMC Storage Analytics uses the power of existing vCenter features to aggregate data from
multiple sources and process the data with proprietary analytic algorithms.
EMC Storage Analytics complies with VMware management pack certification
requirements and has received the VMware Ready certification.

The following is EMC Storage Adapter (ESA) installation on VMware vRealize Operation Manager, first upload the adapter into vRealize Operation Manager and then install.

Demonstration environment: VMware vRealize Operation Manager 6.2, EMC Storage Analytics 4.1, VMware vCenter 6.0 U2, ESXi 6.0 U2, EMC UnityVSA 4.0.1.

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After deployed the adapter, starts to configure the instance. You need to select Unity on the Connection Type, then input Management IP and Credential.

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After the configuration, you can see the Collection Status of each instance displays “Data receiving” on each EMC adapter.

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Finally, you can see four EMC Unity dashboards on Dashboard List, ie Unity Metrics, Unity Overview and Unity Topology etc.

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EMC Unisphere Central

Unisphere Central is a virtual appliance that enables administrators to remotely monitor
the status, activity, and resources of the storage system available on your network. The
Unisphere Central server runs within a VMware virtual environment that includes at least
one ESX or ESXi host. The Unisphere Central server obtains aggregated status, alert,
capacity, and performance information from all the systems Unisphere Central is
monitoring.

The following is the basic operation on Unisphere Central. Firstly you login into EMC Unisphere Central.

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Then add your Storage systems into Unisphere Central, it supports model CX4, VNX, VNXe, vVNX, Unity and UnityVSA.

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After added, you can view detail info of your storage systems on DASHBOARD .

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You also create the Performance Charts which is based on each storage item

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