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VMM 2012 SP1: Installing and Configuring Dell EqualLogic PS Series SMP provider : NEW

June 28, 2012 6 comments

VMM 2012 SP1 supports the same storage arrays that were supported in VMM 2012, plus the SMP provider. For more info : (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/4583.scvmm-2012-storage-and-load-balancer-provider-downloads-en-us.aspx)

Below are the steps to install and connect your Dell EqualLogic PS Storage to VMM 2012 SP1 using the new SMP Provider

1. Install the Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools 4.5 on the VMM management server, and then restart the server.

Note: Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools compatible with SCVMM 2012 SP1 is planned for availability late this year. The new release is the next step in integrating Microsoft applications with EqualLogic storage arrays.
Contact Dell to obtain the Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools.

2. Start the VMM command shell as an administrator. Import the EqualLogic PowerShell Tools module and then add the storage provider by using the New-EqlGroupAccess cmdlet. Then, import the storage provider into VMM by using the Import-SCStorageProvider cmdlet. For example:

PS C:\> Import-Module -Name “C:\Program Files\EqualLogic\bin\EQLPSTools.dll”

PS C:\> New-EqlGroupAccess -GroupName “EqlGroup” -GroupWKAddress 10.0.0.0 -GroupMKAddress 10.0.0.1 -UserName Administrator -Password “AcctPassword”

PS C:\> Import-SCStorageProvider

It may take a while depending on the number of storage pools and logical units that already exist on the array.

To verify whether the provider was imported, in the Fabric workspace of the VMM console, in the Fabric pane, expand Storage, and then click Providers.

In the Providers pane, verify that the provider appears, with a status of Responding.

4. To bring the storage pools under management and to assign classifications, follow these steps:

a. In the Arrays pane, right-click the array, and then click Properties.

b. In the Array Name Properties dialog box, click the Storage Pools tab.

c. Under Storage Pools, select the check box next to each storage pool that you want VMM to manage.

d. Under Classification, select an existing classification or create a new one. To create a new one, click Create classification, enter a classification, click Add, and then in the Classification list, select the new classification.

e. When you are finished, click OK.

f. Open the Jobs workspace, and verify that the Sets Storage Array job completes.

5. Verify that you can create and delete logical units. To do this, follow these steps:

a. In the Fabric pane, under Storage, click Classifications and Pools.

b. In the Classifications, StoragePools, and Logical Units pane, click the desired storage pool.

c. On the Home tab, click Create Logical Unit.

d. In the Create Logical Unit dialog box, enter a name, optional description, and size.

e. If the storage pool is configured to support thin provisioning, optionally click Create thin storage logical unit with capacity committed on demand, and then click OK.

When the job completes, in the Classifications, StoragePools, and Logical Units pane, verify that the new logical unit is listed under the pool.

f. To remove the logical unit, click the logical unit. Then, on the Home tab, in the Remove group, click Remove. Review the warning message, and then click OK to continue. Verify that the logical unit is removed from the list.

To configure storage on a Hyper-V host, follow the procedures in in the System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager topic How to Configure Storage on a Hyper-V Host. Try assigning a logical unit to a host, with an assigned drive letter.

VMM 2012 SP1 storage providers supports : new SMP storage provider

June 25, 2012 Leave a comment

With the release of VMM 2012 SP1 CTP2, Microsoft added support to the SMP storage provider.

Now VMM 2012 with SP1, supports the following types of storage providers:

  • SMI-S CIM–XML
  • SMP

Besides the new SMP provider type, the VMM 2012 SP1 release adds the following new functionality:

  • Supports auto (dynamic) iSCSI target systems, such as the Dell EqualLogic PS Series. System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager supported only static iSCSI target systems.
  • Supports the thin provisioning of logical units through VMM. Your storage array must support thin provisioning, and thin provisioning must be enabled for a storage pool by your storage administrator

To evaluate the storage enhancements in this CTP, you must use the following storage arrays.

Provider Type Supported Arrays
SMI-S CIM-XML See the “Supported Storage Arrays” section of Configuring Storage Overview for the supported storage arrays.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/4583.scvmm-2012-storage-and-load-balancer-provider-downloads.aspx

SMP Dell EqualLogic PS Series using iSCSI

24 Hours in a Private Cloud‏

April 12, 2012 1 comment

Event Description

Every organization has the power to employ cloud technologies in their own way, at their own pace and with their own terms. The use of private cloud technologies help transform how organizations manage infrastructure resources, provision applications and automate services for their business. It also helps them leverage and manage public cloud services that expand their current infrastructure and application capabilities. As an end result, organizations increase IT operational agility, improved business focus and achieve value-add economics that evolves their IT infrastructure into a strategic asset.

Over 24 hours, you will hear from top industry and technical professionals from around the world to help you better understand the private cloud technology solutions that are available today. You will hear from industry organizations about how they view the public cloud and how the role of the IT Professional will evolve as more and more organizations begin a private cloud transformation. Listen to the number of technical professionals who will be on hand talking about the required components to simplify private cloud creation and management. Talk with them and your peers about the numerous operational efficiencies that come from deploying a private cloud with the reduction of servers and the benefits of provisioning and managing virtual applications across multiple platforms.

We hope that you will come away from this event with the knowledge and experience to help you in your private cloud infrastructure decisions and be prepared to have thought-leadership based discussions focused on building and managing your organization’s agile and efficient private cloud environment.

Keynote Speakers

· Jim Reavis, Founding Director, Cloud Security Alliance

· Kevin Smith, Marketing Director, Private Cloud, Dell

· Dejan Milojicic, TBD, IEEE

Technical Areas of Focus

· Private Cloud Infrastructure

· Infrastructure Components

· Application Management

· Service Delivery and Automation

Registration link : http://bit.ly/24hipc

Windows 8 : Why should my hardware have SR-IOV capabality ?

April 4, 2012 1 comment

Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV)

SR-IOV capability will significantly reduce the overhead on network IO operations.

It allows for a virtual machine to have near native IO against the physical NIC, allowing applications that require very low latency to work inside of virtual machines.

What does it require?

  • It must bypass teaming
  • Interrupt and DMA remapping
  • Access Control Services (ACS) on PCIe root ports
  • Alternative Routing ID Interpretation (ARI)
  • Hardware virtualization, EPT or NPT

Where to create:

– In the Hyper-V Manager, click on Virtual Switch Manager on the right panel

– Click Add New Virtual Switch

– Type the name of the virtual switch

– Tick box for Enable Single Root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV)

IMPORTANT :

More about SR-IOV here : SR-IOV feature (Single Root – I/O Virtualization)

Microsoft SR-IOV Support on Dell PowerEdge Servers (source : http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/os-applications/w/wiki/3459.dell-supported-platforms-for-windows-server-8-sr-iov-feature.aspx):

Dell PowerEdge 12th Generation servers support the SR-IOV servers but previous generations have exceptions.

Below is a list of Dell 11th Generation platforms that support the SR-IOV feature:

  • R910

The following platforms are also supported and must be an 11G Generation II server:

  • T410, R410, R510, R610, T610, R710, T710.

How to identify an 11G Generation II system:

  1. These servers will be physically marked with symbol “II” on the Express service tag.  The Express service tag is located in front panel of the system.
  2. These systems support Intel 56XX (Westmere) processors
  3. The System Revision Field in the iDRAC GUI will have “II”

Supported SR-IOV network cards:

  • Intel X520 10GB Ethernet adapters.

Because Windows Server 8 Beta is a pre-release product still in active development, Dell does not provide any support for this pre-release software and it is not recommended for use in a production environment.

Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) awarded Bronze Product of the 2011

January 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Dell’s Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) is one of the more interesting systems management products to hit the market in recent years. It is a heterogeneous product, able to work with a variety of different vendors to maximize data center compute resources. It also automates storage and network connectivity, which eases the burden of reconfiguring the environment every time something in the data center changes. It’s a combination of features worthy of a Bronze systems management Product of the Year award for 2011.

IT resource utilization is becoming a more important metric every year, especially as IT budgets continue to shrink with the economy. Dell’s Advanced Infrastructure Manager is a great tool to help system administrators maximize their compute environment while decreasing the administration workload.

Source: http://searchdatacenter.techtarget.com/guide/SearchDataCenter-Products-of-the-Year-Systems-Management-winners-2011

Technical Consultant of the Year

December 14, 2011 Leave a comment

I am thrilled!
Today, I awarded the Technical Consultant of the year by my employer : Dell Australia.
This award is certainly an honor. I truly do appreciate the recognition and I would like to thank my managers, Allan and Kiwa for all their support.

You know, I really enjoy my work 🙂

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Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track with Dell technology

January 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Curious about Cloud ?

  • Should you use public cloud offerings from providers, build your own private cloud, or develop a hybrid of both?
  • What cloud-based services are right for you?
  • What are the best practices and proven process for implementing cloud technologies that minimize risk and maximize success?

Microsoft in partnership with Dell

Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track is a reference architecture for building private clouds that combines Dell technology, including servers, networking and storage, with Microsoft software, technical guidance and validated configurations.

Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track solutions offer a turnkey approach to delivering scalable, preconfigured, validated infrastructure platforms for on-premises private cloud implementations. With local control over data and operations, your IT can dynamically pool, allocate, secure and manage resources for agile IaaS. Likewise, business units can deploy line-of-business applications with speed and consistency using self-provisioning and automated data center services in a virtualized environment.

Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track solutions offer:

  • Faster deployment — Rich features and support make private clouds easy to deploy.
  • Reduced risk — Validated configurations mean you can implement with confidence.
  • Dell advantage — Dell provides business-ready configurations for virtualization that are optimized for Microsoft Hyper-V. 

Dell Business-Ready Configurations for Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track

Dell offers a range of pre-engineered, business-ready configurations that conform to Microsoft’s Hyper-V Fast Track reference architecture:



Dell and Microsoft have partnered to deliver cloud solutions

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

 

At  Microsoft’s TechEd conference in Berlin, November/2010, Germany, Dell announced the availability of several “turnkey” Hyper-V based private cloud solutions comprised of pre-tested, pre-assembled and fully-supported hardware, software and services enabling customers to easily deploy and manage their cloud infrastructures with confidence.

Dell’s new Business-Ready Configurations (BRC) consist of PowerEdge servers, EqualLogic storage arrays, PowerConnect network switches and management capabilities through Microsoft Systems Center. Through the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program, Dell and Microsoft are offering private cloud solutions that deliver a variety of benefits including: 

  • Faster speed to deploy private cloud infrastructures
  • Reduced risk – validated configurations
  • Choice and Flexibility – broad offering of hardware and services

To learn more, take a look here : http://en.community.dell.com/dell-blogs/enterprise/b/inside-enterprise-it/archive/2010/11/06/dell-and-microsoft-partner-to-deliver-open-turn-key-cloud-solutions.aspx

New Dell’s smartphone Venue Pro running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7

October 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Hera are some of its key features of the new Dell’s smartphone, running Windows Phone 7 :

  • Stunning 4.1” WVGA AMOLED capacitive, multi-touch display
  • A full portrait QWERTY keyboard to provide a  better viewing & messaging experience
  • Supported with T-Mobile service
  • Elliptical, slender form provides elegance in a pocket-friendly size
  • Gorilla Glass for unprecedented durability and scratch resistance

Some of the highlights and use cases for the new Windows Phone 7 :

  • People hub:  Enter social central to scan Windows Live and Facebook feeds and photos, in addition to dialing or texting friends in the address book.
  • Pictures hub:  Share photos easily from pictures saved to the phone, Facebook and Windows Live. Go from pocket to picture in seconds with a press of the camera button, and send photos from the hub to friends or post to Windows Live or Facebook.
  • Games hub: Play games with friends, track scores and wins in the gamer profile. With more than 50 popular game titles available at launch, try-before-you-buy demos, Xbox LIVE leader boards, turn-based multiplayer, achievements and more, Windows Phone 7 brings the quality, consistency and community of the Xbox experience to gamers on the go.
  • Music + Video: Play movies, TV shows and music quickly. Enjoy custom playlists, listen to podcasts and recommend favorite songs to friends.
  • Office hub:  View, edit, share and sync Microsoft Office documents. Collaborate with co-workers through SharePoint Workspace Mobile.
  • Marketplace hub: Get quality applications like games, music, entertainment, news, sports, social networking, productivity, travel and many more. Apps are tested and certified to deliver a consistently great experience.  Marketplace is also accessible through a PC client that is integrated into Microsoft’s popular Zune software.

The question is when the Venue Pro is comming to Australia?

Want to hear what people are saying about the all-new Dell Venue Pro? Follow the conversation on Twitter using the #DellVenuePro and #windowsphone hashtags.