Posts Tagged ‘vCenter’

Whiteboxing part 1: Deciding on your ultimate ESX Whitebox

So you’ve decided: You want to build yourself an ESX(i) environment while minimizing cost. But how do you choose between available hardware? In this blogpost I will be focussing on my recent Whitebox server selecgtion and how I got to my configuration out of all available components.

Different ways of getting to a successful Whitebox config

There are several different ways of getting to a cheap Whitebox configuration. So far I’ve been seeing four approaches:

  1. Build one big Windows/Linux server and run everything virtual (so virtual ESX nodes on VMware Workstation);
  2. Build one big ESX(i) server and run everything virtual (so virtual ESX nodes on the physical ESX node);
  3. Build two smaller ESX(i) servers (surprise suprise… this can actually be cheaper over one big node!);
  4. Buy a complete (supported) system (Like Dell or HP).

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Rid yourself of superfluous vCenter datastore alarms

New and improved in vSphere: Datastore alarms. Very nice to have, but some of these alarms are so generic, that datastores are simply always in an alarmed state. Errors like “non-VI workload detected” on your ISO LUN, “Datastore usage on disk” and so on. Here’s how to loose these errors on certain stores while enforcing them on others.

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