Implementing VxRail HCI Solutions

Book description

Plan, design, deploy, and administer the solutions available in VxRail Appliance

Key Features

  • Learn how to plan and design the VxRail HCI system
  • Understand VxRail's administration, lifecycle management, and cluster scale-out
  • Explore migration methodologies for VxRail systems

Book Description

Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) can help you simplify the provisioning and daily operations of computing and storage. With this book, you'll understand how HCI can offload the day 0 deployment and day-to-day operations of a system administrator. You'll explore the VxRail Appliance, which is an HCI solution that provides lifecycle management, automation, and operational simplicity.

Starting with an overview of the VxRail Appliance system architecture and components, you'll understand the benefits of the VxRail system and compare it with the environment of traditional servers and storage. As you advance, the book covers topics such as disaster recovery and active-active and active-passive solutions for VxRail.

By the end of this book, you'll have gained the confidence to manage the deployment, administration, planning, and design of a VxRail system.

What you will learn

  • Set up the hardware and software requirements for a VxRail installation
  • Monitor the status of VxRail appliances with the VxRail Manager plugin
  • Get to grips with all the administration interfaces used to manage the VxRail appliance
  • Understand vCenter roles and permissions management in the VxRail cluster
  • Discover best practices for vSAN configuration in the VxRail cluster
  • Find out about VxRail cluster scale-out rules and how to expand the VxRail cluster
  • Deploy active-passive solutions for VxRail with VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM)

Who this book is for

If you are a system architect, system administrator, or consultant involved in planning and deploying VxRail HCI or want to learn how to use VxRail HCI, then this book is for you. Equivalent knowledge and administration experience with ESXi and vCenter Server will be helpful.

Table of contents

  1. Implementing VxRail HCI Solutions
  2. Contributors
  3. About the author
  4. About the reviewer
  5. Preface
    1. Who this book is for
    2. What this book covers
    3. To get the most out of this book
    4. Download the color images
    5. Conventions used
    6. Get in touch
    7. Reviews
  6. Section 1: Getting Started with VxRail HCI System
  7. Chapter 1: Overview of VxRail HCI
    1. What is a VxRail Appliance?
    2. What's in a VxRail Appliance?
      1. VMware SDDC
      2. VxRail HCI System Software
      3. Data protection options
    3. VxRail licensing
    4. VxRail system architecture
    5. VxRail system features
    6. VxRail system management
    7. VxRail resources
    8. Summary
    9. Questions
  8. Chapter 2: VxRail Installation
    1. Technical requirements
      1. Environment
    2. Site preparation for VxRail Appliance
      1. Top-of-Rack switch requirement
      2. DNS requirements
      3. Power and rack space requirements
    3. VxRail Appliance hardware installation
      1. Mounting the VxRail appliances
      2. Cabling VxRail appliances
    4. VxRail Appliance initialization
      1. Configuring a laptop for VxRail Manager connectivity
      2. Building a VxRail cluster
    5. VxRail validation
    6. Summary
    7. Questions
  9. Section 2: Administration of VxRail
  10. Chapter 3: VxRail Administration Overview
    1. Technical requirements
    2. VxRail management interfaces
    3. VMware vSAN
      1. Overview
      2. vSAN objects
      3. vSAN storage policy
    4. VxRail cluster configuration
      1. VxRail system virtual machines
      2. vDS and port groups
      3. VxRail disk groups
      4. vSAN services
      5. VxRail storage policy
    5. Summary
    6. Questions
  11. Chapter 4: VxRail Management Overview
    1. Technical requirements
    2. VxRail Manager overview
      1. The VxRail Manager plugin at the cluster level
      2. The VxRail Manager plugin at the host level
    3. VxRail monitoring
      1. The VxRail Manager plugin for vCenter
      2. VxRail events in vCenter
    4. VxRail roles and permission management
      1. Creating a user account with an HCIA Management role
    5. Summary
    6. Questions
  12. Chapter 5: Managing VMware vSAN
    1. Technical requirements
    2. VMware vSAN service configuration
      1. vSAN Deduplication and Compression
      2. vSAN Encryption
      3. vSAN Performance Service
      4. The vSAN iSCSI target service
      5. Advanced options
    3. Defining vSAN storage policies
      1. Overview of VM storage policies
      2. Creating VM storage policies
      3. Applying VM storage policies
    4. Monitoring a vSAN cluster
      1. vSAN health
      2. vSAN virtual objects
      3. vSAN resyncing objects
      4. vSAN capacity
      5. vSAN cluster level
      6. vSAN host level
      7. vSAN VM level
    5. vSAN availability
      1. Overview of vSAN fault domains
      2. Creating vSAN fault domains
      3. vSAN maintenance mode
    6. Building VMs
    7. Summary
    8. Questions
  13. Chapter 6: VxRail Upgrade
    1. Technical requirements
    2. VxRail disk group upgrade
      1. Drive expansion procedures
      2. Drive upgrade in the disk group
    3. VxRail software upgrade
      1. Accessing the VxRail upgrade procedure
      2. Downloading the VxRail software
      3. Upgrading the VxRail software from version 4.7 to version 7.0
    4. Summary
    5. Questions
  14. Chapter 7: VxRail Scale-Out Operations
    1. VxRail scale-out rules
      1. Environment
    2. VxRail cluster expansion
      1. Preparation
      2. Scale-out operation
    3. Summary
    4. Questions
  15. Section 3: Advanced Solutions for VxRail
  16. Chapter 8: Active-Passive Solution for VxRail
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Deploying an active-passive solution for VxRail
      1. Solution with VR and SRM
    3. SRM appliance deployment
    4. VR deployment
    5. Configuring SRM inventory mappings
    6. Protecting virtual machines
    7. Creating SRM recovery plans
    8. Summary
    9. Questions
  17. Chapter 9: Active-Active Solution for VxRail
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Overview of the active-active solution for VxRail
      1. VxRail cluster configuration
      2. vCenter Server requirements
      3. Network requirements
    3. Deploying the active-active solution for VxRail
      1. Deploying a vSAN stretched cluster witness
      2. Configuring the VxRail vSAN stretched cluster
    4. Overview of the active-active-passive solution for VxRail
    5. Summary
    6. Questions
  18. Chapter 10: Migrating Virtual Machines into VxRail
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Understanding migration methodologies for VxRail
    3. Migrating a virtual machine into VxRail with vSphere Replication
      1. Environment
      2. Migration flow
      3. Creating a virtual machine replication session
      4. Failing over a virtual machine
    4. Migrating a virtual machine into VxRail with Storage vMotion
      1. Environment
      2. Migration flow
      3. Using Storage vMotion
    5. Summary
    6. Questions
  19. Assessments
    1. Chapter 1 – Overview of VxRail HCI
    2. Chapter 2 – VxRail Installation
    3. Chapter 3 – VxRail Administration Overview
    4. Chapter 4 – VxRail Management Overview
    5. Chapter 5 – Managing VMware vSAN
    6. Chapter 6 – VxRail Upgrade
    7. Chapter 7 – VxRail Scale-Out Operations
    8. Chapter 8 – Active-Passive Solution for VxRail
    9. Chapter 9 – Active-Active Solution for VxRail
    10. Chapter 10 – Migrating Virtual Machines into VxRail
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Product information

  • Title: Implementing VxRail HCI Solutions
  • Author(s): Victor Wu
  • Release date: June 2021
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781801070485