How to delete the RAID configuration from drives managed by the Cisco 12G SAS Modular Raid Controller

The content of this blog post was created by a couple of colleagues of mine, David Boone and Bradford Garvey. These guys do a phenomenal job making sure VMware Virtual SAN customers get a great experience with the product by helping them plan, configure, and test VSAN. Because of this, they end up uncovering interesting … Continue reading How to delete the RAID configuration from drives managed by the Cisco 12G SAS Modular Raid Controller

How To Configure the Cisco 12G SAS Modular Raid Controller for Pass-Through Mode

Yesterday I was at the New England VTUG event which is always a great event to meet up with familiar faces and be introduced to some new ones. I met up with a relatively new VMware Virtual SAN customer and we discussed lots of fun things about VSAN and their implementation experience. One frustrating thing they … Continue reading How To Configure the Cisco 12G SAS Modular Raid Controller for Pass-Through Mode

Queue Depth and the FBWC Controller Cache module on the Cisco 12G SAS Modular Raid Controller for Virtual SAN

If you scan the bill of materials for the various Cisco UCS VSAN ReadyNodes you’ll see a line item for: Controller Cache: Cisco 12Gbps SAS 1GB FBWC Cache module (Raid 0/1/5/6) If you’ve followed Virtual SAN for awhile you might wonder, why would the ReadyNodes include controller cache when VMware recommends disabling controller cache when … Continue reading Queue Depth and the FBWC Controller Cache module on the Cisco 12G SAS Modular Raid Controller for Virtual SAN

Steps to Implement the Correct I/O Controller Driver for the Cisco 12G SAS Modular Raid Controller for Virtual SAN

This is my third post this week, possibly a record for me. All three are centered around ensuring the correct firmware and drivers are installed and running. The content of this post was created by my colleague, David Boone, who works with VMware customers to ensure successful Virtual SAN deployments. When it comes to VSAN, … Continue reading Steps to Implement the Correct I/O Controller Driver for the Cisco 12G SAS Modular Raid Controller for Virtual SAN

Verifying the Correct Version of the Cisco UCS C240 Server I/O Controller Firmware – Cisco 12G SAS Modular Raid Controller

Today I was working with Cisco to setup UCS C240 servers for Virtual SAN. As part of the process we needed to verify the Cisco 12G SAS Modular Raid Controller had the correct Firmware Version. First we went to the VMware Compatibility Guide for Virtual SAN, navigated to the bottom of the page to the … Continue reading Verifying the Correct Version of the Cisco UCS C240 Server I/O Controller Firmware – Cisco 12G SAS Modular Raid Controller

Edge and IoT VMware Compatibility Guide (VCG) is now live!

You can check out the VCG supported devices for Edge and IoT here: Edge Gateways for Pulse IoT CenterEmbedded Systems for Pulse IoT Center This is a result of some great work by our Edge and IoT product and engineering teams to test and validate gateway vendor hardware with our Pulse Agent and Pulse IoT … Continue reading Edge and IoT VMware Compatibility Guide (VCG) is now live!

vSAN

Here is a list of my vSAN related posts (most recent at the top) Operationalizing VMware vSAN™ VMworld 2018 – Achieving a GDPR-Ready Architecture Leveraging VMware vSAN (HCI3452BU) VMworld 2018 – vSAN Technical Customer Panel on vSAN Experiences (HCI1615PU) vSAN and Data-At-Rest Encryption – Why SED’s are not Supported (i.e. Part 3) VMworld 2018 – … Continue reading vSAN

Virtual SAN – Disk Hotplug

Yesterday the VMware Compatibility Guide for Virtual SAN was significantly updated to reflect recent certification completed by the team. I should point out that one of the great things about Virtual SAN is that it is a true Software Defined Storage solution in that VMware doesn’t force specific hardware upon customers. This being said, we know … Continue reading Virtual SAN – Disk Hotplug

VSAN Sessions at VMworld 2014

I’m really looking forward to attending VMworld 2014 in a few weeks.  Its a great time to catch up with friends and meet new ones.  For me the week kicks off on Thursday at the VMware SE Tech Summit.  Then vOdgeball on Sunday afternoon with a team of former EMC vSpecialists.  This is a great event … Continue reading VSAN Sessions at VMworld 2014

Configuring LSI MegaRAID 9271CV-81 I/O Controller for VSAN

A few colleagues of mine recently worked with a customer deploying VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) with Cisco UCS hosts using the LSI MegaRAID 9271CV-81 I/O Controller and documented the configuration choices below. Note, in general the VSAN guidance has been to disable all controller cache so these choices follow this theme. Also note that we are … Continue reading Configuring LSI MegaRAID 9271CV-81 I/O Controller for VSAN