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How to install Dell MD Storage Array vCenter Plug-in.

The Dell Modular Disk Storage Array vCenter Management Plug-in is a plug-in for your vCenter (doh! 🙂 ) that provides integrated management of Dell MD series of storage arrays through the vSphere Client. This plug-in allows you to configure the hosts with the storage arrays and to create, map, and delete virtual disks from the storage arrays. It also allows you to create hardware snapshots, virtual disk copies, and remote replication but these are premium […]

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Lessons Learned: Dell PowerConnect 5524 switches and vSphere 5.

Some time ago, I configured a pair of Dell PowerConnect 6224 switches for iSCSI storage network and wrote a small blog post about the configuration. This time I had a chance to work with the Dell PowerConnect 5524 switches which were also used for an iSCSI storage network. These switches are cheaper and a bit less powerful than the 6224 series but still good for a small, dedicated iSCSI network. Before you begin with the […]

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Preparing Internal Flash Cards on Dell R710 for ESXi 5.x Installation.

On my last project I worked once again with the Dell PowerEdge R710 servers but this time the customer followed our advice and purchased the servers with internal 2 GB flash cards. Auto deploy would of course be more awesome 🙂 but due to the limited knowledge of vSphere at our customer, we decided to go with the flash cards. During the installation of ESXi 5.0 I noticed something unusual. The flash cards were detected […]

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Install Dell OpenManage on ESXi 4.1 using vSphere CLI or vMA.

Here is a quick step-by-step guide on how to install the Dell OpenManage software on an ESXi host using the VMware vSphere Command Line interface (vSphere CLI) or the VMware vSphere Management Assistant (vMA). After the installation you’ll have to enable the CIM OEM provider so you can manage the host with Dell OpenManage Server Administrator. Before you begin make sure you have the following: VMware vSphere CLI installed on your system or VMware vMA […]

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Dell PowerEdge R710 BIOS settings for VMware vSphere 4.x.

Recently, I was involved in a big infrastructure refreshment project for one of our customers across different locations in Europe. The old hosts were replaced with the brand new Dell PowerEdge R710 hosts with Intel X5650 processor and 96 GB of memory. All hosts were installed with the vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi). Here are some best practice BIOS settings that we used during the project. Power on the server and press F2 during the initialization process to […]

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Dell PowerConnect 6224 – Lessons Learned.

A few days ago I had a chance to configure a Dell EqualLogic PS4000XV iSCSI SAN connected through two Dell PowerConnect 6224 switches during a virtualization project at one of our customers. Although the configuration of the switch is quite straightforward, there are some configuration settings that should be considered. Enable the Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol on the switch as well as the “spanning-tree portfast” feature on all ports connected to the SAN Enable Jumbo […]