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Archive for June, 2014

Backup with ODX enabled on HP 3PAR with Data Protection Manager

Categories: 3PAR, Data Protection Manager, DPM, Hyper-V, Windows Server 2012 R2
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So far we had a mixed experience with ODX and HP 3PAR  , backup was painfull with locked luns , moving vm around was even more painfull with data corruption

So until now we have disabled ODX on everything 3PAR related other arrays have issue with backup , and since its software the solution so far have been a mix between HP and Microsoft

This is “only” a issue when doing backup of a CSV volume standalone host havent been affected again back to the mix between HP and Microsoft

From what we seen so far

 

 

2012 R2 with April update and http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2966407 will fix

Assume that you install update 2919355 on a Windows 8.1-based or Windows Server 2012 R2-based computer. When you try to back up some Hyper-V virtual machines that reside on cluster shared volumes, you receive an error message that indicates the backup request has failed.
Here is a sample of the error messages that you may encounter when this issue occurs:

Error(s): vss_e_unexpected_provider_error
Csv writer is in failed state with unexpected error

 

On the 3PAR side we have upgraded to 3.1.3 and will apply some more patches tomorrow and continue testing

SCOPE

Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 hosts with ODX in use with HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage running HP 3PAR OS version 3.1.2 GA, 3.1.2 MU1, 3.1.2 MU2, 3.1.2 EMU2, or 3.1.2 MU3.

RESOLUTION

Upgrade the HP 3PAR OS on the HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage to 3.1.2 MU2 or later if running a lower HP 3PAR OS version. Next apply the patch as follows:

  • For 3.1.2 MU2 and 3.1.2 EMU2, apply Patch 11 followed by Patch 36.

  • For 3.1.2 MU3, apply Patch 30.

 

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So after Windows Patches and Upgraded 3PAR we can now backup mutiple VM (was 2 before) and move data around with ODX enabled.

What remains for the next week is to move VM around with storage migration to verify that the data corruptions also is history.

Basic Install NetApp OnCommand C-Mode NetApp FAS 2552

Categories: NetApp, Operations Manager, SCOM
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So we just to a new shiny FAS 2552 for use with NetApp Shift , we wanted to setup basic monitoring to start with to ensure that everything is in working order and status that way , NetApp will alert on critical errors though autosupport but putting everything together in a single place of glass eg Operations Manager makes a good case.

Sign in to your now account and download OnCommand 4.0.1 or newest version

 

This install will cover the basics and as soon as we get the box closer to production a new post will be added with further details

 

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The OnCommand PlugIn require a named user during install to host the webservice , the account MUST be local admin on the Operations Manager management server you install on , be aware that default Operations Manager installation will make this user full admin in Operations Manager , so ensure that the BUILINT\Administrators don’t have full admin rights to Operations Manager

 

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Start the installer on a Operations Manager management server

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Add Console Integration/Management Packs , for the purpose of this post we wont cover VMM integration or shell

 

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Add the named user created before install start

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The installer imports management packs , in our environment took less than 10 minutes

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Sucess :)

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In OnCommand System Manager create a user with api access and read only , this is to ensure that we keep high privilege access account to a few as possible

 

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Onder Cluster Data OnTap Management Servers Select Manage Storage Systems

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Add the IP/DNS name for the Cluster Node , during initial setup i got a “Value cannot be null”

This was due to no Storage Virtual Machines created as this was a brand new install

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As this is just a test install for now i just created a SVM just with CIFS just to get beyond the error during install

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And back to adding the Storage System to the Operations Manager

 

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Sucess :)

 

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To avoid waiting for the schedules discovery i ran a discovery task to speed up things

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And a few minutes later we start getting info about our shift FAS box

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And hardware status

If you install the Management Pack after configuration of the Filer you wont see the Null Error

Next step is looking at rules/monitors/reporting

 

Have Fun

You can help shape the future of Windows Azure Pack

Categories: Hyper-V, Windows Azure Pack, Windows Server 2012 R2
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The Product Group opened a feedback for Windows Azure Pack :) Sign Up and Vote

 

Windows Azure Pack delivers Microsoft Azure technologies for you to run inside your datacenter. It offers rich, self-service, multi-tenant services and experiences that are consistent with Microsoft’s public cloud offering.

You can help shape the future of Windows Azure Pack. The Windows Azure Pack team has created a user voice site where you can post feature suggestions and vote on the suggestions of others.

You can find the Azure Pack user voice site here http://feedback.azure.com/forums/255259-azure-pack

 

02 Vote for exisiting idea

Sign up and check for duplicate ideas and post a new idea

03 Post new idea

Describe the new idea

 

01 General

And vote for new ideas

Installing OpsLogix VMware Management Pack

Categories: Operations Manager, OpsLogix, SCOM, VMware
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This will be a small step by step to install the VMware management pack from OpsLogix to integration with Operations Manager 2012 R2

The purpose for this post is just to follow the install guidelines and get the basic up and running

(disclaimer as a parter with OpsLogix we get a NFR license for demo usage)

 

 

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Import the management pack provided from OpsLogix , the VMware specific MP and the base+licensing UI

 

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For security purpose its recommended to create a dedicated user for the management pack

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The user account should just be a regular user can be limited to logon to the Vsphere Server

 

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On the VCenter go to Permissions

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Add the newly created user as Read-Only

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In Operations Manager to to OpsLogix Licensing Dashboard and Add License

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Paste in the license for the Management Group

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Verify the license have been added

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Add the vCenter and “Check Connect”

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After connection have been verified click “Add/Update” to add the vCenter and objects to the monitoring

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And after a short while the Operations Manager console will be populated with objects from the VMware installation

 

 

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Optional you can control the resource pools used by OpsLogix with converting the pool to manual and selecting the Operations Manager Servers used