Readying the home lab for vSphere 5.1 and Iomega Performance tuning/monitoring.


Since the latest information coming from VMworld 2012 regarding the new releases of vSphere 5.1 and other products, I decided to strip my home lab down to the bare minimum to get ready for the releases.  I decided to do fresh installs as this lab has been up for a year through many updates and a couple of upgrades, I wanted to start fresh.  This also included my storage.

I decided to move my additional Samsung 830 256GB SSD that I purchased for my Macbook Pro mobile lab and move it over to my PX4.  Besides, I already have an SSD for the OS that was large enough to satisfy the Mobile Autolab deployment.

I carefully backed up my data to an external USB drive and removed one of the four 2TB drives.  I removed everything and started from scratch.  Make sure that you are running the latest software as Iomega has fixed many things with their releases.

Here  you see the SSD installed in the top drive bay and it detects it as SSD.

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I then created some Volumes for two tiers, one 2TB mirror for the lower tier which will house my infrastructure VM’s, a couple of View Desktop Delta Disk storage, and the low tier for the new vCloud install.  I then created two Volumes off of the SSD, one for a View Replica, and one for the high performance tier for vCloud.  I will be using SDRS and Storage Clustering for the vCloud deployment since 5.1 now supports those features.

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I also wanted to see if there was a utility on the NAS side that would monitor CPU, Memory, and Cache as well as I/O.  I did some fishing around and found a great utility that would suit my needs at the https://lifelineapps.com .

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You can download resource monitor my clicking the learn more link  and then upload the application under add application in Application Manager.  You then start the application and it will show up in Application Manager as a valid application.

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Here you can see the output from the application.  Very useful indeed!

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Stay tuned for my final installment on deploying Autolab within Fusion5 on my Macbook Pro.  It was fairly straight forward but there is a lot of detail and have a lot of screeshots to take and organize.  I’ll try to have it this week before I start heavy travel for work starting mid-month.  I’ll be rolling out View for a 5000 user deployment and doing my first UCS-B installation!  Very exciting stuff.  My hope is to post some findings and lessens learned from these two projects!

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