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VMware Storage VMotion (Migrate powered on/off VM's)

vSphere Storage DRS or vSphere Storage I/O Control support in a vSphere Metro Storage Cluster environment (2042596)

This article describes supported configurations for vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) environments relating to vSphere Storage DRS (SDRS) and vSphere Storage I/O Control (SIOC).

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VMware vSphere 5.5 vMotion on EMC VPLEX Metro

As the scope of virtualized infrastructure continues to grow beyond a traditional single physical site to geographically dispersed multi-site environments, the ability to vMotion transparently across large distances will be a critical requirement. vMotion ...
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Can Storage DRS now detect dedupe on the array?

The answer right now is no, but if you are interested in how this query came about, and why I decided to blog about it, continue reading. It has something for those of you interested in some of the underlying workings of Storage DRS.The initial query came ...
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Storage DRS and Nutanix – To use, or not to use, that is the question?

Storage DRS (SDRS) is an excellent feature which was released with vSphere 5.0 in late 2011. For those of you who are not familiar with SDRS I recommend reading the following article prior to reading the rest of this post as SDRS knowledge is assumed from ...
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vSphere 5.1 Storage DRS Interoperability

A while back I did this article on Storage DRS Interoperability. I had questions last week about this so I figured I would write a new article which reflects the current state (vSphere 5.1). I also included some details that are part of the interoperabili ...
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New Technical White Paper - Understanding vSphere 5.1 Storage DRS

Virtual machine storage provisioning historically has imposed operational challenges. Monitoring datastore capacity and I/O load has proven to be very difficult and as a result is often neglected. During the provisioning process for virtual machines, virt ...
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vSphere 5.1 Update 1 – comeback of the “Storage vMotion rename feature”

Today I have read the release notes from vSphere 5.1 Update 1 (released per 25. April 2013) and I noticed the comeback from the long-awaited “Storage vMotion rename feature”. It is not really a feature – more a bug – but it was very helpful in the past. ...
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vSphere 5.1 update 1 release fixes Storage vMotion rename “bug” (Frank Denneman)

vSphere 5.1 update 1 is released today which contains several updates and bug fixes for both ESXi and vCenter Server 5.1. This release contains the return of the much requested functionality of renaming VM files by using Storage vMotion. Renaming a virtu ...
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Write-Same vs XCopy when using Storage vMotion

I had a question last week about Storage vMotion and when Write-same vs XCopy was used. I was confident I knew the answer, but I figured I would do some testing. So what was the question exactly and the scenario I tested?

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Example Architectural Descision – Storage DRS Configuration for VMFS Datastores in a vCloud Environment

Problem Statement In a production , self service vCloud Director environment, What is the most suitable Storage DRS configuration to improve storage utilization , performance, as well as reduce administrative effort for BAU staff?

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Example Architectural Descision – Storage DRS Configuration for NFS Datastores

In a vSphere environment, a NAS array is presenting Thin Provisioned NFS mounts (Datastores) to the vSphere environment. The storage has deduplication enabled across the datastores being used for the SDRS cluster. What is the most suitable configuration f ...
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vSphere 5.x Storage vMotion does not rename virtual machine files on completing migration (2008877)

You rename a virtual machine in the vSphere Client, but the .vmdkdisks are not renamed following a successful Storage vMotion task. You perform a Storage vMotion of the virtual machine to have its folder and associated files renamed to match the new ...
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Storage DRS Initial placement workflow

Last week I received the question how exactly Storage DRS picks a datastore.   On a SDRS the initial placement of a vm is done on the weight calculated based on the storage free and IO. My question is: when I have a similar weight between all the ...
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Storage vMotion does not rename files?

A while back I posted that 5.0 U2 re-introduced the renaming behavior for VM file names. I was just informed by our excellent Support Team that unfortunately the release notes missed something crucial and Storage vMotion does not rename files by default. ...
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Automate your SDRS Anti-Affinity rules PowerCLI

One of the hot new features in vSphere 5 was the introduction of SDRS. And with SDRS came the concept of affinity rules for VMs and VMDKs. Cormac, aka @VMwareStorage, posted a nice overview of the SDRS affinity rules in Storage DRS Affinity & Anti-Aff ...
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Why do you manually select a datastore while using Storage DRS?

On the community forums a couple of threads are active about the Storage DRS Automation level behavior when trying to manually migrate a virtual machine between datastores in the same datastore cluster. When migrating within the datastore cluster, Storage ...
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vSphere 5.1 web client: VM overrides -Storage DRS automation level overview

Overall the vSphere 5.1 web client attempts to mimic the behavior of menus and settings workflows of the (old) vSphere client. When editing the settings of a datastore cluster, the web client provides the same set of options that can be edited as the vSph ...
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Storage DRS and Storage vMotion bugs solved in vSphere 5.0 Update 2.

Today Update 2 for vSphere ESXI 5.0 and vCenter Server 5.0 were released. I would like to highlight two bugs that have been fixed in this update, one for Storage DRS and one for Storage vMotion

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Storage DRS: Automated Management of Storage Devices In a Virtualized Datacenter

Abstract Virtualized datacenters contain a wide variety of storage devices with different performance characteristics and feature sets. In addition, a single storage device is shared among different virtual machines (VMs) due to ease of VM mobility, bett ...
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