All posts tagged vCenter

VMware vCenter Port 80 invalid or already in use

While installing VMware vCenter 4.x with Microsoft SQL 2008 (R2) installed on the same system you might get the following error message: The following port numbers are either invalid or already in use. VMware VirtualCenter HTTP Port: 80 By default vCenter wants to use port 80 for the HTTP service and using the netstat command you […]

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 […]

Using LeftHand Snapshot techniques within a VMware Environment

I recently got a question from the backup architect asking me about LeftHand snapshot techniques to make backups of VM’s. The current storage design classifies VM’s based on their Recovery Point Objective (RPO) per LUN as shown in the overview below. Within this storage design it could be a good solution if we automate LeftHand […]

How to quickly discover a "VM to Resource Pool" mapping

Everyone knows the situation in where a (s)VMotion asks you to select a Resource Pool. I would love to see that VMware automatically selects the current VM’s Resource Pool but unfortunately we have to make a selection since it defaults to the cluster. When we leave it to default it obviously causes the VM to […]

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 […]

Automatic Rescan of your HBAs… How to enable this again

Duncan Epping wrote an helpful article about disabling the automatic rescan of HBA’s whenever you add, remove of expand a datastore. Remember, turning this off isn’t a best practise for production environments but could come in handy when building a new site while avoiding “rescan storms”.       Now the trick is to enable […]