Booting VMware vSphere 6.5 From A Mac mini (7,1)


As I tried a bare metal installation of VMware vSphere 6.5 on a fresh Mac mini I ran into the condition that I wasn’t able to boot from a USB stick. It simply didn’t show up as a Startup Disk in macOS in the respective application to flag it as a boot device! That’s something that always had been working flawlessly.

After hours of intensive research and trial and error I finally was able to boot into vSphere 6.5 from a USB stick.

Here’s how: Continue reading “Booting VMware vSphere 6.5 From A Mac mini (7,1)”

VMware vSphere 6: Das umfassende Handbuch


 … is now available to order online or in stores across Germany, Switzerland, and Austria!

It’s a compendium about VMware vSphere 6 totalling 1’239 pages (ISBN 978-3-8362-3816-8). It includes Best Practices, and know-how transfer with real-world tips and walk-through for installation, implementation, and integration of physical as well as software components. It is based on VMware vSphere 6.0 Update 1.

A brief description in German (as the book is written in that language):

In diesem umfassenden Handbuch zu VMware vSphere 6 erfahren Sie alles über die Planung und Administration komplexer IT-Landschaften mit den mächtigen Virtualisierungslösungen von VMware. Die Autoren, allesamt branchenweit anerkannte und ausgezeichnete VMware-Spezialisten, erklären zunächst, wie Servervirtualisierung funktioniert und worauf Sie bei der Konzeption achten müssen. Installation, Konfiguration und Nutzung aller Komponenten und Funktionen von vSphere 6 werden ausführlich und mit Fokus auf den Praxiseinsatz vorgestellt: ESXi, vCenter, VMFS, RDM, HCL, VMotion, DRS, VMsafe, konvergente Systeme u.v.m. Profitieren Sie von der Erfahrung der Autoren und lernen Sie, wie Sie vSphere 6 effizient im Unternehmen einführen und administrieren. Inkl. Hochverfügbarkeit, Sicherheit und Kommandozeile!

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Personally, I have contributed four chapters:

  • vSphere Storage Architecture (contributing Virtual SAN 6.1, and Virtual Volumes leveraging EMC vVNX Tech Preview)
  • EMC VNX2 for vSphere (including EMC Solutions Integration Services for vSphere Webclient)
  • Data Protection with VDP (including EMC Data Domain, and EMC Avatar integration)
  • Converged Systems (including EVO:RAIL)

 

You are able to pre-order the book at the following stores (excerpt, not a full list of stores offering the book):

Enjoy reading!

 

VMware vSphere 6: Das umfassende Handbuch – Preliminary Information


 

is slated to be published on January, 28th in 2016 by Rheinwerk Verlag (formerly known as Galileo Computing)! It’s a compendium about VMware vSphere 6 totalling 1’150 pages (ISBN 978-3-8362-3816-8). It includes Best Practices, and know-how transfer with real-world tips and walk-through for installation, implementation, and integration of physical as well as software components.

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Personally, I have contributed four chapters:

  • vSphere Storage Architecture (contributing Virtual SAN 6.1, and Virtual Volumes leveraging EMC vVNX Tech Preview)
  • EMC VNX2 for vSphere (including EMC Solutions Integration Services for vSphere Webclient)
  • Data Protection with VDP (including EMC Data Domain, and EMC Avatar integration)
  • Converged Systems (including EVO:RAIL)

As you can imagine these contributions were quite tedious and work-intense (totalling more than 400 pages, of which 110 pages are net new). Thanks to VSAN, NUCs, and Mac Mini systems I was able to move my lab to a vacation rental in Southern France. See below 😉

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You are able to pre-order the book at the following stores (excerpt, not a full list of stores offering the book):

Enjoy reading as soon as it’s available!

Continue reading “VMware vSphere 6: Das umfassende Handbuch – Preliminary Information”

vSphere: Removing An Inaccessible NFS Datastore


Ever came across the message: 

Step 1

Despite the fact, it seems to be mounted you can’t access the datastore. Here’s how you quickly can resolve this issue:

Enable it through the WebSphere Client: <target host> – Manage – Settings – Security Profile – Services; select ssh and Edit… to enable it

Step0

Log into ESXi via your terminal application using the ssh command ssh -l root <target host>

Step2

Run the  command  esxcli storage filesystem list (and optionally  esxcfg-nas -l afterwards)

Step1

Run the  command   esxcli storage filesystem unmount -u 62a6d60c-dc04dc3c (you need to copy the UUID of NFS Datastore from file system list) 

Step2

Change to the directory  cd /vmfs/volumes/ (doesn’t work directly when working with the full path in the command below – at least not in my case)

Run the  command   esxcli storage nfs remove -v NFS\ Datastore 

Step3

Remount your NFS Datastore using the vSphere Web Client and you’re done.

Have fun!

Booting vSphere ESXi 6.0 From USB Stick To Successfully Build a VSAN 6.0 – Including An Apple Mac Mini Late 2014 (7,1)


Finally, I bought a brand-new Apple Mac Mini Late 2014 (Code 7,1) with a Fusion Drive (1.13TB) to complement my two legacy 2011 models. My intention was to build a VSAN (version 6.0) rather to replace my NAS device that is slowly but steadily running out of capacity! Before I bought the new Mac mini I extensively read blog posts about VSAN and the Mac mini systems (huge thank you to William Lam, Cormac Hogan, and Duncan Epping!).

The following blog posts and resources most helped me to make it work (in random order):

It was quite a journey until I got Mac mini 7,1 booting from the USB stick whereas my other two systems (version 5,2) were booting OotB from the stick. Not at all true for the latest version as I disappointedly found out! This was followed by hours of intense research on the web. Please use this post as your shortcut.

Continue reading “Booting vSphere ESXi 6.0 From USB Stick To Successfully Build a VSAN 6.0 – Including An Apple Mac Mini Late 2014 (7,1)”

EMC TechBook: Using EMC VNX Storage with VMware vSphere – Rev 4.0


With great joy I just realized that I made it on the TechBook for vSphere and VNX (link to download) by contributing subchapters to backup and recovery!  The book covers Best Practices on vSphere 5.5 and EMC VNX/VNX2 technologies.

  • EMC AppSync p.148ff
  • VMware Data Protection p.165ff (see also Figure 139, p.181)

 This subchapters are an English excerpt from the chapters I wrote for the German book “vSphere 5.5  Das grosse Handbuch” published in April 2014.

Enjoy reading.

VMware vSphere 5.5 – Das umfassende Handbuch ist im Handel erhältlich!


… ist ab sofort im Handel erhältlich!

“VMware vSphere 5.5 – Das umfassende Handbuch” behandelt technische Themen rund um VMware vSphere 5.5. Das Wissen wird anhand von praktischen Beispielen vermittelt. D.h. Sie finden im Buch Best Practices und Tipps direkt aus der Quelle der Hersteller.

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Auszug von Galileo Computing über das Handbuch:

In diesem umfassenden Handbuch zur Virtualisierung mit VMware vSphere 5.5 erfahren Sie alles über die Planung und Administration komplexer IT-Landschaften. Wie Sie mit VMware Server virtualisieren und worauf Sie bei der Konzeption achten müssen – all das erläutern die Autoren ausführlich und leicht verständlich. Installation, Konfiguration und Nutzung aller Komponenten und Funktionen von vSphere 5.5 werden im Detail und mit Fokus auf den Praxiseinsatz vorgestellt: ESXi, VirtualCenter, VMFS, RDM, HCL, vMotion, DRS, VMsafe, Storage, Hochverfügbarkeit u. v. m. Profitieren Sie von der Erfahrung der Autoren und lernen Sie, wie Sie vSphere 5.5 effizient im Unternehmen einführen und administrieren.

Ich selbst leistete einen Beitrag über zwei Kapitel: “EMC VNX – Speichersystem unter vSphere” und “Datensicherung von vSphere-Umgebungen”.


Habe ich Ihr Interesse geweckt?

Das Buch ist im Buchhandel erhältlich: „VMware vSphere 5.5: Das umfassende Handbuch“ (ISBN 978-3-8362-2935-7) oder Sie bestellen es bequem in folgenden Online Shops:

Viel Spass bei der Lektüre!