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  • 1.NetApp Virtual Storage Console 2.1.1for VMware vSphereInstallation and Administration GuideNetApp, Inc.495 East Java DriveSunnyvale, CA 94089 U.S.A.Telephone: +1 (408) 822-6000Fax: +1 (408) 822-4501Support telephone: +1 (888) 4-NETAPPDocumentation comments: doccomments@netapp.comInformation Web: http://www.netapp.comPart number: 215-06241_A0September 2011

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Table of Contents | 3ContentsVirtual Storage Console overview ............................................................... 7 About Monitoring and Host Configuration ................................................................. 7 About Provisioning and Cloning ................................................................................. 8 About Backup and Recovery ..................................................................................... 10Online help .................................................................................................. 11Installing Virtual Storage Console for VMware vSphere ...................... 13 Virtual Storage Console supported configurations ................................................... 14 Installing Virtual Storage Console ............................................................................ 14 Registering Virtual Storage Console with vCenter Server ........................................ 16 Upgrading Virtual Storage Console .......................................................................... 17 Adding or removing Virtual Storage Console capabilities ....................................... 18 Uninstalling Virtual Storage Console ....................................................................... 18Virtual Storage Console configuration ..................................................... 21 Storage system discovery and credentials overview ................................................. 21Default controller credentials simplify administration .................................. 22 Enabling discovery and management of vFiler units ................................................ 22 Enabling discovery and management of vFiler units on private networks ............... 23 Discovering and adding storage resources ................................................................ 23 Correcting a controller name displayed as "unknown" ............................................. 24 Removing controllers from the Monitoring and Host Configuration capability ....... 25 Adding storage systems to Backup and Recovery .................................................... 25 How to configure Role Based Access Control for Virtual Storage Console ............ 26Administering the Monitoring and Host Configuration capability ....... 27 Inventory panel selection limits what Virtual Storage Console displays .................. 27 Configuring ESX server multipathing and timeout settings ..................................... 28ESX host settings set by Monitoring and Host Configuration capability ..... 28 Launching FilerView ................................................................................................. 29 The Monitoring and Host Configuration capability displays configurationdetails ................................................................................................................... 30 MultiStore vFiler units are displayed differently ...................................................... 30 Collecting diagnostic information ............................................................................. 31 3. 4 | Virtual Storage Console 2.1.1 for VMware vSphere Installation and Administration Guide Changing the service account for data collection on Windows Server 2008 ......................................................................................................... 32 Downloading and running tools ................................................................................ 33 Enabling the ESXi secure shell ..................................................................... 33 Downloading MBR tools .............................................................................. 33 Installing GOS scripts ................................................................................... 35 Troubleshooting .......................................................................................... 37 Getting information about storage controllers with an Alert status .......................... 37 Getting information about an ESX and ESXi host with an Alert status ................... 37 Collecting the VSC log files ...................................................................................... 38 Troubleshooting error message "The client cannot communicate with theVirtual Storage Console Server" ......................................................................... 39 Updating vCenter credentials for background discovery .......................................... 39 Using ESX hosts with NetApp storage ..................................................... 41 LUN type guidelines ................................................................................................. 41 Manually provisioning storage .................................................................................. 41 How to set up VMware ESX ..................................................................................... 42 Configuring the VMware ESX host .............................................................. 43 Manually setting the path selection policy for Microsoft clusterconfigurations .......................................................................................... 43 Setting timeout values for guest operating systems .................................................. 44 Running the GOS timeout scripts for Linux ................................................. 44 Running the GOS timeout scripts for Solaris ................................................ 45 Running the GOS timeout script for Windows ............................................. 46 How to identify and fix VMDK partition alignment issues ...................................... 46 Checking VMDK partition alignment with mbralign ................................... 47 VMDK partition alignment with mbralign overview .................................... 48 Fixing VMDK partition alignment using mbralign ....................................... 49 Reinstalling GRUB for Linux guests after running mbralign ....................... 51 Fields and commands described by the online help ................................ 55 Overview panel fields and commands ...................................................................... 55 Storage Details - SAN panel fields and commands .................................................. 60 Storage Details - NAS panel fields and commands .................................................. 62 Data Collection panel fields and commands ............................................................. 64 Tools panel fields and commands ............................................................................. 65 Discovery Status panel fields .................................................................................... 65 4. Table of Contents | 5Copyright information ............................................................................... 69Trademark information ............................................................................. 71How to send your comments ...................................................................... 73Index ............................................................................................................. 75 5. 6 | Virtual Storage Console 2.1.1 for VMware vSphere Installation and Administration Guide 6. 7Virtual Storage Console overview The Virtual Storage Console (VSC) software is a single vCenter Server plug-in that provides end-to- end virtual machine lifecycle management for VMware environments running NetApp storage. The plug-in provides storage configuration and monitoring using the Monitoring and Host Configuration capability (previously called the Virtual Storage Console capability), datastore provisioning and virtual machine cloning using the Provisioning and Cloning capability, and backup and recovery of virtual machines and datastores using Backup and Recovery capability. As a vCenter Server plug-in, the VSC is available to all vSphere Clients that connect to the vCenter Server. This availability is different from a client-side plug-in that must be installed on every vSphere Client. You can install the VSC software on a Windows server in your data center; do not install it on a client computer. The software adds a NetApp icon to the Solutions and Applications panel of the vSphere Client home page. When you select the About panel, the VSC displays its version information as well as version information for each of the installed capabilities. Lock management Some provisioning, cloning, and recovery features become unavailable when the Backup and Recovery capability or the Provisioning and Cloning capability attempt to use the target datastores or virtual machines at the same time. See the Provisioning and Cloning Administration Guide and the Backup and Recovery Administration Guide for details.About Monitoring and Host Configuration The Monitoring and Host Configuration capability enables you to manage ESX and ESXi servers connected to NetApp storage systems. You can set host timeout, NAS, and multipathing values, view storage details, and collect diagnostic data. You can use this capability to: View the status of storage controllers from a SAN (FC, FCoE, and iSCSI) perspective View the status of storage controllers from a NAS (NFS) perspective View SAN and NAS datastore capacity utilization View the status of VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) support in the storage controller View the status of ESX hosts, including ESX version and overall status Check at a glanc