Author: vmtek

VIRTUAL LAB – PART 8 – Deploying a VM and testing vMotion

Now we have shared Storage attached to all our Hosts, we can upload an ISO and deploy a new VM. As I only have the one Datastore, I will create an ISO Folder on this.

Select the Datastore, Click New Folder and give it a name

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Installing, Configuring and Enabling SNMP on Turbonomic and Linux VMs

This tutorial outlines how to Install, Configure and Enable SNMP on a Turbonomic instance and Linux Virtual Machines. This is a document I wrote over at the Turbonomic Green Circle Community.

The instructions cover how to setup Linux-based VMs that are under Turbonomic’s control including those running in the Public Cloud.  This process has been used when unable to use Public Cloud providers tools when gathering Memory metrics.

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Viewing Wasted Storage (Unattached Volumes) in AWS using Turbonomic

In this post, I will discuss how to view Wasted Storage or Unattached Volumes in AWS using Turbonomic. This is also posted HERE

Pre-requisites:
Datastore Browsing Enabled in Turbonomic – If this cannot be enabled across the whole environment, I will show how to do this at a Group level.

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Adding a Virtual Router into Home Lab using VyOS

I wanted to add a Virtual Router into my portable Lab – the reason for this was, I want to have a bunch of my VMs on a Private Network for testing – but no and again I want to patch them or give them temporary access to the Internet.  For this I am going to use a VyOS Virtual Machine and test with an Ubuntu Server I have.  I am using VMware Fusion on my Mac but the same process can be used in Workstation but using the Network Editor

For this example, I have created a Custom Network 192.168.10.0 and called vmnet3

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VIRTUAL LAB – PART 7 – Adding Shared Storage

Now we have the Networking in place, we need some Shared Storage.  Im going to refer to a few older posts of mine to set this up with FreeNAS which works really well.  I may look at other solutions at some point but for now this does exactly what I need.

Installing FreeNAS into VMware Workstation Pt1
Installing FreeNAS into VMware Workstation Pt2
Installing FreeNAS into VMware Workstation Pt3 (iSCSI)

This should be enough to get going (May add some NFS Later)

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VIRTUAL LAB – PART 6 – ESXi and vCenter Networking

This post will cover the setup of the Hosts networking.  I plan to simulate (as much as possible) a real world deployment, so separating all traffic over different networks.  This will mean adding a few additional Interfaces to each Host and deploying a few Virtual Switches to them also.

The first thing I need to do is add a few Network Interfaces to each of my Hosts, Im going to add 3 Interfaces; 1 for Shared Storage, 1 for FT and 1 for vMotion.

Open up Virtual Machine Settings and select Add

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VIRTUAL LAB – PART 5 – vCenter Setup

So my VCSA is now up and running, I just need to go into vCenter and do some config

  • Licenses
  • Create Datacenter, add Hosts etc..

First thing to do is log in using URL structure: https:////vsphere-client

NOTE: If you just go to the IP of your vCenter it will give you options to use either HTML5 or Flash

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I selected the Flash client which uses the URL above

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VCSA (vCenter) Log Locations

Here are a few log files I found useful when deploying the VCSA (vCenter Appliance)

  • /var/log/firstboot
    • rpmInstall.json – A JSON formatted file containing status messages.  Contains progress information, and error messages.
    • cloudvm.log – Log messages created throughout the vCenter Server Appliance installation process.
    • firstbootStatus.json –  A JSON file containing the current status of the installation process.