Delegate For Storage Field Day 13

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I am very excited to say that I have been chosen as a delegate for Storage Field Day 13 in Denver, Colorado June 14-16. Storage Field Day is just one of the many events of the Tech Field Day program. Tech Field Day brings in various vendors and leaders in tech to present on various topics. The delegates then can interact and ask all kinds of questions. I have been following the Tech Field Day program for a few years now. Ever since my good friend Michael Wood introduced it to me.

I first became interested in becoming a delegate after my friend Thom Greene was invited to join Tech Field Day.  Up to this point I had never met anyone who had been a part of it.  After talked to him it seemed like something I really would like to be a part of.  I know it is going to be an amazing  and humbling experience.  I am going to be with some of the smartest people in the industry.  Just take a look at the event page, and look at everyone that is going to be there.
As of now there is six presenters:

I already know a little about all of these companies, but I am eager to learn more. I am looking forward to the deep dives and white board sessions detailing all of the technology that they offer.

I will be following twitter so if you have anything you want me to find out, tweet at me @brandongraves08 I will try to ask as many questions as I can.  You can also follow #SFD13 to ask questions and keep up with event.

Strange Issues With Microsoft Clustering and ESXi

I have some legacy applications that require Microsoft Clustering which are running on ESXi 6.0.  Using Microsoft Clustering on top of VMware does not give you many benefits.  Things like HA and moving workloads across nodes is already available using virtualization.  What clustering does do is create more places for things to break and give you downtime.  Really the only benefit I see with clustering in a virtualized environment is the ability to restart a server for system updates.

RDM’s are required for using Microsoft Clustering.  RDM “Raw Device Map” gives the VM control of the LUN such as it was directly connected to it. To set this up you need to add a second SCSI controller and set it to physical mode.  Each disk must then share the same SCSI controller settings for every VM in the cluster. The negative side to doing this is that you lose such features as snapshot and vmotion.  When using RDM’s with physical mode you should treat those VM’s as if they were physical hosts.

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The problem occurred when one of the clustered nodes was rebooted.  The node never came back online, and when checking the console it looked like the Windows OS was gone.  Powered off the VM and removed the mapped RDM’s.  When powering on the VM Windows booted up fine.  I Found that very strange so powered it off again and added the drives back.  That is when  I got the error invalid device backing.  VMware KB references the issue, and it basically says there is an issue with inconsistent LUN’s The only problem was I did have have consistent LUN’s.  I put in a ticket with GSS, and the first level support was not able to help.  They had to get a storage expert to help out. He quickly found this issue which was the LUN ID had changed. I am not sure how that occurred, but it was not anything I could change  When adding the drives in the VM’s the config it makes a mapping from the VM to the LUN.  When the LUN ID changed the mapping did not.  The only fix was to remove the RDM’s from all VM’s in that cluster and then add them back.

Weathervane, a benchmarking tool for…

Weathervane, a benchmarking tool for virtualized infrastructure and clouds – now open source!

Weathervane, a benchmarking tool for…

Weathervane is a performance benchmarking tool developed at VMware. It lets you assess the performance of your virtualized or cloud environment by driving a load against a realistic application and capturing relevant performance metrics. You might use it to compare the performance characteristics of two different environments, or to understand the performance impact of some change in an existing environment.


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ECC Errors On Nutanix

When logging into a Nutanix cluster I see that I have 2 critical alerts.

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With a quick search I found KB KB 3357 I SSH into one of the CVM’s running on my cluster, and ran the following command as one line.

ncc health_checks hardware_checks ipmi_checks ipmi_sel_correctable_ecc_errors_check

Looking over the output I quickly found this line.

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I forwared all the information to support, and will replace the faulty memory module when it arrives.  Luckly so far I have not seen and issues from this memory issue, and I really liked how quick and easy it was to resolve this issue using Nutanix.

vCenter Fails after Time Zone Change

We recently changed our NTP server, and I needed to update all or hosts and vCenters.  I have a handy powershell script to update the ESXi hosts, but that script does not work on the vCenter servers.  I log into the server using port 5480 to gain access to the vCenter Management. I login as root and notice that the time zone is UTC.  I am in the Central time zone so I wanted to change it from UTC.  Turns out if you do that it break everything.  I had to learn this the hard way, and once I changed the time zone I was not able to log into vCenter.  I had to then go back and change the time zone back to UTC to regain access. Capture.

VMworld 2017 Call for Papers is now open!

Inspire the VMware community, VMworld 2017 Call for Papers is now open!

VMworld 2017 Call for Papers is now open!

We’re looking for speakers who will inspire the VMware community. Have you integrated VMware solutions and technologies in an innovative way? Do you have a best practice or individual technical tips and tricks to recommend? Can you tell us about an amazing app that leverages VMware solutions to improve your business? If so, please join us at VMworld 2017.


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After SQL Installation Drives Inaccessible

Recently I setup a VM using standard best practices.  Such as using PVSCSI for the Database drives, and formatting them GPT.  Everything checked out so I passed it on to the DBA to finish up with the SQL installation.  Soon later I received an email from him saying the drives were inaccessible.  I had no idea why because I had setup a lot of VM’s the same way without any issues.  I did a quick Google search for “drive inaccessible after SQL installation”.  It turns out a lot of people have the same issue as me.  It is the result of Microsoft locking down the security for the data on the drives.  They set it up so only SQL could have access to the files to prevent certain security issues.  You can read more about it here.

Nutanix .NEXT

I was honored this year to be chosen to be a part of the Nutanix Technology Champions.  I have only recently started using Nutanix, but I could clearly see what made it different.  In an age with the Public Clould all the rage.  I could see something like Nutanix really keeping the private data center alive.  The Public Cloud is so popular because it is such an easy way to consume resources as you need them.  I see what Nutanix is doing how it is really converging everything.  Not only are storage and compute converged, but so are the underlying software.  One software package to rule them all instead of a seperate piece of software for every feature you need.

That is why I am so excited about being a part of the NTC, and the free pass I received to go to the Nutanix .NEXT conference.  Conferences can be really expensive, and I would like to thank Nutanix for investing in its community and showing its appreciation.  I know at it I will meet a lot of new people and learn a lot of new things.  Conferences are really about networking with your peers, and sharing knowledge.  For that reason I see them as valuable as any training.  Hopefully I will meet everyone who reads this post, and if you have not registered yet you can at .NEXT

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