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izy
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ESXi Lab Setup

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Sonicwall TZ105 Firewall
HP 1810G-24 Switch
CenturyLink bonded DSL, business class

ESXi Hosts:
2x Shuttle SH67H3 Systems
»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···56101117
Each with Intel i7-3600, 32GB PC1333RAM

Qnap TS-219II w/2x 3TB Seagate Drives(mirrored) - iScsi Target
»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···22107078

Thecus N3200PRO (BackupNAS)
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cool setup.


sk1939
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Impressive ESXi ran on those without throwing a kernal fit. I can't even get it to run on an HP DL165 reliably.


izy
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No issues at all loading ESXi 5.1 on these. I did add a 2nd Intel NIC to each host but the onboard works fine too.

»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···33106033

Host on the right I loaded ESXi from flash drive. No cdrom drive.
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DarkLogix
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If you're using the iScsi as a datastore I'd add the following

ensure each host has 2 nics that are each on their own vswitch and don't have management traffic, use those 2 for iSCSI multi path

next after connecting to the iscsi and seeing that it sees 4 paths, set the load balancing policy to round-robin.

Now all 4 paths should be "active (i/o)"

now ssh to the host and do
esxcli storage nmp psp roundrobin deviceconfig set -d naa.xxx --iops 1 --type iops

replace xxx with the UID of the storage (Its a long alphanumeric string)

this will make it go to the next path for each IO operation, as opposed to the stock of (1000) which will wait for 1000 iops before it uses another path.

Just went through this at work with a TS-569 pro and a DL380 G6
I also enabled jumbo frames on the 2 iscsi vswitches, the 2 nics on the server used for iscsi, the 4 switch ports involved (juniper ex4200) and on the qnap.

Though we're only using the qnap as a backup to store clones of production VM's in case the main sas array on the blade center were to fail.
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Paulg
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Enterprise plus for a lab?


izy
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60 day trial.
»my.vmware.com/web/vmware/evalcen···re51-ent

Was a nice tool to use for help passing VCP5 test.
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NytOwl

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What software did you use to make that diagram of your switch ports?


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said by NytOwl:

What software did you use to make that diagram of your switch ports?

That's not a software. That's how it looks on the vsphere client.
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izy
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Correct. From the client open your Inventory>Network, select the DV switch on the left then open the configuration tab for the layout.
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I really need to get my ESX lab up and running...maybe one day.

Nice setup.
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DarkLogix
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said by izy:

Correct. From the client open your Inventory>Network, select the DV switch on the left then open the configuration tab for the layout.

Wish I had known about the DVswitch when I setup the cluster here, instead I just have a vswitch setup and have to manually make sure they match, to scared to mess with it now.
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Asterix
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Interesting. How do I get the DV Switch option to show up in ESXi? All I see is vSwitch creation option.
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said by Asterix:

Interesting. How do I get the DV Switch option to show up in ESXi? All I see is vSwitch creation option.

You need to make a cluster

buckweet1980

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said by Asterix:

Interesting. How do I get the DV Switch option to show up in ESXi? All I see is vSwitch creation option.

Has to be done with vSphere Server too.. Right click on your Datacenter in the client that contains your clusters. There is an option for it there.

rlxo

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reply to izy
Where did you purchase 32gig of ram for i'm looking to do the same for my lab project


izy
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said by rlxo:

Where did you purchase 32gig of ram for i'm looking to do the same for my lab project

»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···20231556
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