All posts in category VMFS

VMFS3 Heap Size (MaxHeapSizeMB)

This article gives you more information on the VMFS3.MaxHeapSizeMB advanced parameter. Let’s start off with VMware KB article 1004424 describing the method to increase the VMFS3 Heap Size in case you see the following error message in /var/log/vmkernel or /var/log/messages log: vmkernel: 8:18:59:58.640 cpu2:1410)WARNING: Heap: 1370: Heap_Align(vmfs3, 4096/4096 bytes, 4 align) failed. caller: 0x8fdbd0 vmkernel: 8:18:59:58.640 […]

VMFS Datastore Permissions, useful for SRM

Lately I visited a customer who, depending on their customers SLA, provided either SRM protected VM’s (SLA-1) or non-SRM protected VM’s (SLA-2). The technical difference between these SLA’s is that SRM protected VM’s must be placed on LUN’s that are replicated between storage arrays. Different departments are responsible for creating either SLA-1 or SLA-2 VM’s and operational procedures are in place to make sure that the right […]

Creating easy to identify LeftHand Volumes on ESX/vSphere

Coming from mostly HP EVA environments I got used to identify a Volume/LUN by there LUN number which was a real unique identifier. I could always “talk” LUN number and be sure that it was understood and unique. So ever since I’ve been working with our LeftHand environment I disliked the way that every Volume/LUN is marked […]

VMFS- and Block Size is important for virtual RDM's

A little post from me since I  got an error message while working with large RDM’s. While I twittered out the message it seemed that Duncan Epping from VMware had a posting ready at which he only had to press the “Publish”-button. See his very helpful article over here. What you might have noticed is that a RDM’s size is displayed as the real size […]