Moving to ESXi Introduction and Best Practices

Lee Marzke 4AERO

lmarzke

Overview

What is ESXi ?

ESXi architecture

I. Why move to ESXi ?

New Patching model

Hypervisor Footprints

Vmware Blog - Hypervisor Sizes

Hypervisor Footprints (cont)

II. Other ESXi changes

ESXi variants

ESXi interface changes

ESX vs ESXi services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Examples of Agents

 

 

vCLI console

 

vCLI

 

Hardware Monitoring via CIM

 

CIM Monitoring

 

CIM Monitoring

 

Logging 

View ESXi Logs via web

Logs/Config viewer

DataStore viewer

Booting ESXi

ESX boot process

ESX boot

 

ESX boot process

ESX boot 2

 

ESX boot process

ESX boot 3

 

ESX / ESXi Upgrades Notes

Who is using ESXi

III. VMA Vsphere Management Assistant

Vmware Management Assistant - VMA

VMA Requirements

IV. VMA DEMO

VMA Installation / Setup

VMA - Setting up viLogger

Other vCLI commands

vCLI v4

vCLI 4.1

Other vCLI commands

Scratch Config

vifpinit servername
vicfg-advcfg -g /ScratchConfig/CurrentScratchLocation
vicfg-advcfg -g /ScratchConfig.ConfiguredScratchLocation

Backup

vicfg-cfgbackup

 

 

V.  About 4AERO

VI.  Links

  1. VEEM free monitor: http://www.veeam.com/esxi-monitoring-free.html
  2. Nagios with CIM: http://www.virtuallifestyle.nl/2009/01/enabling-cim-on-esxi/
  3. UPS shutdown: http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-11902
  4. ESXi chronicles: http://blogs.vmware.com/esxi/
  5. ESX/ESXi comparison: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1023990
  6. Resxtop: http://www.simonlong.co.uk/blog/2010/03/24/using-esxtop-with-vmware-esxi/
  7. CLI community: http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vsphere/automationtools/vsphere_cli
  8. Ghetto Scripts:  http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/
  9. Killing unresponsive VM ESXi 4.0 http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1014165
  10. Killing unresponsive VM ESXi 4.1 
  11. Using VMA as syslog server: http://www.simonlong.co.uk/blog/2010/05/28/using-vma-as-your-esxi-syslog-server/
  12. ESXi rapid deployment system: http://www.simonlong.co.uk/blog/2010/02/23/a-simple-vmware-esxi-rapid-deployment-system-part-1/
  13. 60MB size of ESXi 4 http://www.vcritical.com/2009/08/if-vmware-esxi-4-is-so-small-why-is-it-so-big/
  14. USB flash drive from Workstation: http://www.vcritical.com/2009/08/create-esxi-4-usb-flash-drives-with-workstation/
  15. Jumbo Frames: http://www.vladan.fr/enable-jumbo-frames-in-esxi-4/
  16. Running ESX  in Workstation: http://www.vmwarevideos.com/running-vmware-esxi-4-vsphere-in-vmware-workstation-video
  17. Finding thin provisioned disks with Powershell: http://www.vcritical.com/2009/01/finding-thin-provisioned-virtual-disks-with-powershell/
  18. VMware hypervisor footprints BLOG: http://blogs.vmware.com/virtualreality/2009/08/our-position-on-hypervisor-footprints-patching-vulnerabilities-and-whatever-else-microsoft-wants-to-throw-into-a-blog-post.html
  19. ESXi installable and Vcenter Setup Guide: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_esxi_i_vc_setup_guide.pdf
  20. PXE booting ESXi 4.0: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsp_4_pxe_boot_esxi.pdf
  21. NetApp mbrscan/mbralign: http://blogs.netapp.com/storage_nuts_n_bolts/2009/01/mbrscanmbralign.html
  22. NetApp using mbrscan/mbralign with ESXi: http://blogs.netapp.com/storage_nuts_n_bolts/2009/10/esxi---mbrscanmbralign.html
  23. Data Alignment (VMdamentals): http://www.vmdamentals.com/?p=328
  24. VMA 4.0 docuementation: http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/vima/vma40/doc/vma_40_guide.pdf
  25. Google Trends esx, esxi : http://www.google.com/trends?q=esx%2C+esxi&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=0
  26. VMware Hardware Compatibility List: http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl/
  27. The architecture of ESXi: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vmware_esxi_architecture_wp.pdf
  28. Cloudburst Hacking tool allow guest breakout in Vmware Workstation: http://www.darkreading.com/securityservices/security/app-security/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=217701908
  29. Enable CIM on ESXi: http://www.virtuallifestyle.nl/2009/01/enabling-cim-on-esxi/
  30. Add VIM and ESX to AD domain: http://www.mcgeown.co.uk/2010/10/21/managing-esxi-4-1-with-vma-4-1-on-vmware-workstation/