Creating All-Flash Diskgroups on DL380 Gen 9 using PowerCLI

In a previous post, I discussed how the Web Client makes it difficult to create hybrid diskgroups grouped by array controller. I provided a PowerCLI script to automate diskgroup creation for this case. With All-Flash, the same issues around array controller grouping exists. A new issue that I encountered is that the “new-vsandiskgroup” cmdlet that… Read More »

Site Recovery Manger 6.1 addfoldermapping API and matching folders across sites

Update March 22, 2017: Added ” | Where-Object { $_.Type -eq “Folder”}” to primaryfolder.extensiondata.childentity (and the subfolder one) to filter the childentities to just folders. SRM added a feature in which you map folder inventories across vCenters by assuming the folders had the same name and same structure. I already had one method for replicating folder… Read More »

How to connect to SRM 6.1 using powershell and WSDL/SOAP

I hit some issues finding the addfoldermapping function through the api exposed with connect-srmserver cmdlet, so I decided to use WSDL based on this post. The main problems I encountered were that the ports changed and an issue I described in my previous post about logging into remote sites in a shared-sso domain. If you… Read More »

Uninstalling Site Recovery Manager 6.X

I had a situation where one of my SRM installs would not start. Support could not figure out the issue but thought that there may be something corrupted in the database. I had been reconfiguring my SRM installs anyways so I decided to uninstall. First off, uninstall and reinstall per http://pubs.vmware.com/srm-61/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/srm-install-config-6-1.pdf does not seem to… Read More »

Smaller vCenter Log Bundles through dmp file cleanup

After upgrading one of my vCenters to 6.0u1 (and subsequently to 6.0u2), I noticed that the vCenter log bundles progressively grew larger and larger. So large that I could no longer upload them to sftpsite.vmware.com through the browser. I had to upload the logs via FTP (which would often timeout). I asked support if there… Read More »

Creating Hybrid Diskgroups on DL380 Gen9 using Powercli

One of the downsides of the web interface is that it is very difficult to group the disks by array controller when creating a diskgroup. You would have to determine the disks manually and then manually select the disks. From my discussions with VMware TMMs, the only reason to have a diskgroup span PCI controllers… Read More »

Storage Policy Blank when Enabling VSAN Performance Service

I recently upgraded a VSAN cluster to ESXi 6.0u2 and was interested in enabling the new VSAN Performance service. I also had a net-new cluster to install. For both instances, in Cluster -> Manage -> Health and Performance -> “Turn ON VIrtual SAN performance service” I was seeing this   The storage policy is blank… Read More »