NetApp HCI: Hyper Converged or Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure?

NetApp Hyper Converged or Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure – What Might The Future Hold? from Gestalt IT on Vimeo. It is incredible that it already more than a year since my last post here at VDIcloud, and it’s even worse that I promised more content but never delivered. So let’s give it another try, and where … [Read more...]

New whitepaper available: vSphere Metro Storage Cluster Recommended Practices (6.5 update)

Advertise here with BSAI had many requests for an updated version of this paper, so the past couple of weeks I have been working hard. The paper was outdated as it was last updated around the vSphere 6.0 timeframe, and it was only a minor update. I looked at every single section and added in new statements and guidance … [Read more...]

Who is Netwrix?

During Tech Field Day 11 we had presentations from a lot of awesome companies. Some of them I knew, but others were new to me, and that while some of these already exist for multiple years. The first of these “older”companies was Netwrix. When writing a couple of VMware designs in which compliancy was a […] … [Read more...]

An overview of NetApp dataprotection tools

NetApp offers many solutions to protect data. There are so many options that you might not be able to understand the differences between all those solutions. Many share ‘Snap’ as part of the solution name which does not help to distinguish. The intention of this post is to provide a basic high level … [Read more...]

NetApp joins the EVO:RAIL party and includes a FAS

NetApp announced yesterday that they are now part of the EVO:RAIL partner program. Although I have been part of the EVO:RAIL team it is not something I would have seen coming. But I can see why they decided to join and find their announcement interesting. I wasn’t planning on writing about it as Mike Laverick … [Read more...]

VMware: Unable to remove an inaccessible NFS datastore

The backend storage volume corresponding to the datastore has been removed and the datastore appears as Inactive, when I want to remove (via vSphere Client connected to vCenter server) the NFS datastore I receive this error message: Unmounting the datastore in vCenter Server fails with the error: ‘Call … [Read more...]

vCops: Building a custom dashboard using the vCops NetApp adapter

In this article I will demonstrate how to build a custom dashboard in vCenter Operations Manager (vCops) allowing you to do some basic monitoring of a NetApp filer. The dashboard I've created and which will be discussed throughout this article is displayed in the following screen dump: The dashboard is composed … [Read more...]

Resolved: VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 1 NFS disconnects

A new issue has been discovered with vSphere 5.5 Update 1 that is related to loss of connection of NFS based datastores. The result is an All Paths Down (APD) of the NFS datastores meaning that vSphere loses connection to the virtual machine files and/or the virtual machines will not be able to do any IO to the … [Read more...]

VMware: vSphere 5.5 U1 patch released for NFS APD problem

After installation of VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 1 connectivity to NFS storage could be randomly lost with volumes reporting All Paths Down state. This issue was noticed around mid April and reported here.VMware documented the issue in KB article  2076392 Intermittent NFS APDs on VMware ESXi 5.5 U1 At June 10 … [Read more...]

NetApp as a Service with vCAC 6

In this series about vCloud Automation Center 6 (vCAC), it's time for another example of vCAC's Advanced Service Designer (ASD). In this specific article I will discuss an example in which vCAC offers NetApp as a service (NaaS). With NaaS, designated vSphere administrators (the vCAC users in this example) have the … [Read more...]