Thursday, 26 March 2015

Upgrading Site Recovery Manager 5.5 to 5.8.0.1

More messing around in my lab and it was time to upgrade SRM from 5.5 to 5.8, including an update of the vCenter itself to 5.5 u2d as well as the IBM SVC SRA as precursors to the SRM upgrade itself.

Upgrading vCenter is pretty simple as long as you run a custom installation and step through the components one at a time, SSO first through to vCenter 4th and last. Upgrading an SRA is also straightforward. I found moving from SRM 5.5 to 5.8.0.1 to be considerably more tricky.

The SRM installation seems easy enough, there's an upgrade option where all you need to do is confirm your password information for the account running the SRM service and the account connecting to vCenter itself (they might even be the same account). All the other settings can be retained, same certificates and everything. Coupled with the fact that SRM 5.8 comes with the web client plugin installed as part of the update, it should only take a few minutes, surely?

Wrong!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

vExpert Homelab 6 - vCenter Configuration

So, you've got a nice new vCenter 6 up and running, maybe you have an external PSC as well? Jolly good! Now what?

There's a whole bunch of additional configuration items that you should look at amending before too long. Log in as your SSO Admin account - administrator@vsphere.local (or whatever you changed it to during the installation) and away we go.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

vExpert Homelab 5 - ESXi 6.0 - Nuc Nuc Nuc

It was time to replace my old workhorse HP ML115's with some new kit ready for the vSphere 6 launch and given the amount of commentary around the community at large I decided to take the plunge and source a bunch of Intel NUC devices, namely the D54250WYK model.

No point doing things by halves, so I got three* and stuck 16GB memory in each, which should give me enough room to build a decent lab!

Friday, 13 March 2015

Synology DSM 5.2 Beta will run Docker containers

Synology have announced their latest beta this week. DSM 5.2 Beta now gives you the abilty to run Docker Containers natively.

This will be interesting for a bunch of vExperts, who use these devices. After I get vSphere 6.0 bedded in, I imagine that I will be looking at the option that this presents where I will be able to have a Docker implementation within the vSphere environment and play with the portability options by shifting them in and out of the Synology.

Nice!

Thanks to Kendrick Coleman for tweeting out on this one, cos I'd seem the emails but not read them yet.

Unfortunately, having had a look at the Beta release notes, I am out of luck. Due to "the hardware requirement", Docker will be only available on the following models:
  • 15-series: RS815RP+, RS815+, DS3615xs, DS2415+, DS1815+, DS1515+, DS415+
  • 14-series: RS3614xs+, RS3614RPxs, RS3614xs, RS2414+, RS2414RP+, RS814RP+, RS814+
  • 13-series: RS10613xs+, RS3413xs+, DS2413+, DS1813+, DS1513+, DS713+
  • 12-series: RS3412xs, RS812+, RS812RP+, RS3412RPxs, RS2212+, RS2212RP+, DS1812+, DS3612xs, DS1512+, DS412+
  • 11-series: RS3411RPxs, RS3411xs, DS3611xs
  • 10-series: RS810RP+, RS810+, DS1010+, DS710+

vExpert Homelab 4 - Installing a vCenter 6 VCSA using an external PSC

Following directly on from my previous post where I install a PSC, it's time for a vCenter. There's not a lot of point having one without the other. The webpage I used to install the PSC is still open so I can just click on Install again and accept the EULA again and it is right back to the connecting to target server options once more.


Thursday, 12 March 2015

vExpert Homelab 3 - Installing vCenter 6 as a PSC

So at last, vSphere 6 release day. Let's crack on with this new PSC stuff! vSphere 6.0 splits vCenters into a Platform Services Controller piece (SSO, licensing, Certificates - all the bits that really tie your setup together) and the vCenter installation itself. These can be on the same server (VM, right?) or different servers, creating stand-alone PSC's which can be load balanced and so on.

The vCenter Deployment Guide has been available for a few days already and that is really a step by step guide through the installations that you can do.

vExpert Homelab 2 - More Cisco 3550 Config


After setting up the basics of a Cisco 3550 in the previous blog in this series, it is time to carry out the more advanced setup. Here I'll step through some of the options that are good to set up if you want to run a vSphere homelab on one of this type of switch. Ideally, you will want one which is L3 capable so routes as well as switches (the 3550 series is one of those oddities that can be L2 only or L3 as well, depending on the age or model).

This post is a bit of a work in progress, published now so I can step on to other stuff as well.

LonVMUG vExpert shirt offer

Those of you who know my twitter handle may know that I am an international Diplomacy player, but I'm a big boardgamer generally and I order a game or 3 from the US most years, so I know all about customs import charges and $$ postage. I'm also a freshly minted vExpert so when I saw the recent email about vExpert branded gear, this was bound to pique my interest. There aren't too many customer track vExperts so I am proud enough of this to treat myself to something to reflect that, but this thought was immediately tempered by the realisation that it would most likely cost more to ship a polo shirt than the cost to buy one. I filled out a request for a quote and waited. Sure enough, the cost of an average shirt with custom logo and my twitter handle added would be eclipsed by the $52 cost to ship by air. So that was that.

Or was it?

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Site Recovery Manager Advanced Settings

At this point, I am not going to go in to detail about the installation of SRM 5.x, as there are already lots of good blog posts / series out there about this. SRM 6.x though, fair game!

However, I wanted to lay out some of the changes that should be made after an installation of your SRM environment before you start your testing, to give you the best chance of success as possible.

These are settings from SRM 5.5 / SRM 5.8 and work with the IBM SVC SRA's.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

vCenter 5.5 and SRM 5.x Services on Windows Server 2008 failing to start

A few oddities I have discovered recently when working on one of my lab environments, so I thought that I would note them here for my own ends if nothing else.