Storage

10Gbe NAS Home Lab Part 6 Initial Setup Synology 1621+

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In this video I start to setup the DS1621+. I cover where to find the basic information on this NAS and its alignment to the VMware HCL. From there I demonstrate the initial setup of the DS1621+.

** URLS Seen in this Video **

Synology DiskStation DS1621+

1621+ Data Sheet

Synology Products Compatibility List

VMware HCL

10Gbe NAS Home Lab Part 5 Initial Setup DRIVESTOR 2 Pro and LOCKERSTOR 10

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In this super long video I review over some of the basic key features with the DRIVESTOR 2 Pro (AS3302T) and LOCKERSTOR 10 (AS6510T). From there I demonstrate the initial setup of both NAS devices. Finally, I install Asustor Control Center and review the VMware HCL around Asustor products.

** Products / Links Seen in this Video **

DRIVESTOR 2 PRO

asustor – https://www.asustor.com/en/product?p_id=72 and https://www.asustor.com/datasheet?p_id=72

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Asustor-Drivestor-Pro-AS3302T-Attached/dp/B08ZD7R72P

LOCKERSTOR10

asustor – https://www.asustor.com/product?p_id=64 and https://www.asustor.com/datasheet?p_id=64

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Asustor-Lockerstor-Enterprise-Attached-Quad-Core/dp/B07Y2BJWLT/

10Gbe NAS Home Lab Part 4: asustor DRIVESTOR 2 PRO and LOCKERSTOR10 Teardown

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In part 4 of this series I tear down the asustor DRIVESTOR 2 PRO and LOCKERSTOR10. These are demo non-warranty units which allow me to tear them down. I highly recommend you work with asustor prior to any disassembly and warranty information.

** Products Seen in this Video **

DRIVESTOR 2 PRO

asustor – https://www.asustor.com/en/product?p_id=72

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Asustor-Drivestor-Pro-AS3302T-Attached/dp/B08ZD7R72P

LOCKERSTOR10

asustor – https://www.asustor.com/product?p_id=64

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Asustor-Lockerstor-Enterprise-Attached-Quad-Core/dp/B07Y2BJWLT/

10Gbe NAS Home Lab Part 3: asustor DRIVESTOR 2 PRO and LOCKERSTOR10 Unboxing

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In part 3 of this series asustor joins the 10Gbe NAS Home Lab build! In this video I take a first look and unbox the asustor DRIVESTOR 2 PRO and LOCKERSTOR10. I also go over some of their features.

** Products Seen in this Video **

DRIVESTOR 2 PRO

asustor – https://www.asustor.com/en/product?p_id=72

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Asustor-Drivestor-Pro-AS3302T-Attached/dp/B08ZD7R72P

LOCKERSTOR10

asustor – https://www.asustor.com/product?p_id=64

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Asustor-Lockerstor-Enterprise-Attached-Quad-Core/dp/B07Y2BJWLT/

10Gbe NAS Home Lab Part 2: Dissecting the Synology DiskStation DS1621+

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In part 2 of this series I dissect the Synology DiskStation DS1621+. This is a pretty long video – best to watch it at 2x speed :) Note: This was a loaner unit and I do not recommend others doing this as it may void the warranty. I made this video to simply show others what the insides look like. Reach out if you have questions.

** PART Seen in this Video **

1x Synology 6 bay NAS DiskStation DS1621+ https://www.amazon.com/Synology-Bay-DiskStation-DS1621-Diskless/dp/B08HYQJJ62

2x Synology M.2 2280 NVMe SSD SNV3400 800GB https://www.amazon.com/Synology-2280-NVMe-SNV3400-800GB/dp/B08WLJYY76/

10Gbe NAS Home Lab Part 1: Parts Overview and Synology DS1621+

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In this new video series I’ll be testing serval NAS products with in my NAS test lab.

My plan is to setup a new 10GBe network with 2 x Windows 10 PCs w/10gbe NICs, Laptops, Cell Phones, VMware ESXi and various other devices to see how they perform with the different NAS devices. Additionally, I’ll be going over the NAS devices and their software options too. A big part of my Home Network is the use of PLEX. Seeing how these devices handle PLEX and their other built in apps should make for some interesting content.

It all starts with this blog and in this initial video I go over some of the parts I’ve assembled for my NAS development lab. As the series progresses I plan to enhance the lab and how the devices interact with it.

** Advisement **

  • 07/30/21: I am just starting to work with these components and set them up. Everything tells me they should work together. However, I have not tested them together.
  • Any products that I blog/vblog about may or may not work – YOU ultimately assume all risk

** PARTS Seen in this Video **

Quick overview of the Rosewill RSV-SATA-Cage-34 Part II

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A few of you reached out and asked that I create a video that shows the SATA cage installed. The point of this video is to show what a Rosewell SATA cage looks like when installed Antec Sonata III 500, its over all noise levels, and its activity lights.

Quick overview of the Rosewill RSV-SATA-Cage-34

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In this vblog I go over the Rosewill RSV-SATA-Cage-34 and some of its features. I plan to use it in a host where I have a RAID group for file storage.

Home Lab Generation 7: Updating from Gen 5 to Gen 7

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Not to long ago I updated my Gen 4 Home Lab to Gen 5 and I posted many blogs and video around this.  The Gen 5 Lab ran well for vSphere 6.7 deployments but moving into vSphere 7.0 I had a few issues adapting it.  Mostly these issues were with the design of the Jingsha Motherboard.  I noted most of these challenges in the Gen 5 wrap up video. Additionally, I had some new networking requirements mainly around adding multiple Intel NIC ports and Home Lab Gen 5 was not going to adapt well or would be very costly to adapt.  These combined adaptions forced my hand to migrate to what I’m calling Home Lab Gen 7.  Wait a minute, what happen to Home Lab Gen 6? I decided to align my Home Lab Generation numbers to match vSphere release number, so I skipped Gen 6 to align.

First: I review my design goals:

  • Be able to run vSphere 7.x and vSAN Environment
  • Reuse as much as possible from Gen 5 Home lab, this will keep costs down
  • Choose products that bring value to the goals, are cost effective, and if they are on the VMware HCL that a plus but not necessary for a home lab
  • Keep networking (vSAN / FT) on 10Gbe MikroTik Switch
  • Support 4 x Intel Gbe Networks
  • Ensure there will be enough CPU cores and RAM to be able to support multiple VMware products (ESXi, VCSA, vSAN, vRO, vRA, NSX, LogInsight)
  • Be able to fit the the environment into 3 ESXi Hosts
  • The environment should run well, but doesn’t have to be a production level environment

Second – Evaluate Software, Hardware, and VM requirements:

My calculated numbers from my Gen 5 build will stay rather static for Gen 7.  The only update for Gen 7 is to use the updated requirements table which can be found here >>  ‘HOME LABS: A DEFINITIVE GUIDE’

Third – Home Lab Design Considerations

This too will be very similar to Gen 5, but I do review this table and made any last changes to my design

Four – Choosing Hardware

Based on my estimations above I’m going to need a very flexible Mobo, supporting lots of RAM, good network connectivity, and should be as compatible as possible with my Gen 5 hardware.  I’ve reused many parts from Gen 5 but the main change came with the Supermicro Motherboard and the addition of 2TB SAS HDD listed below.

Note: I’ve listed the newer items in Italics all other parts I’ve carried over from Gen 5.

Overview:

  • My Gen 7 Home Lab is based on vSphere 7 (VCSA, ESXi, and vSAN) and it contains 3 x ESXi Hosts, 1 x Windows 10 Workstation,  4 x Cisco Switches, 1 x MikroTik 10gbe Switch, 2 x APC UPS

ESXi Hosts:

  • Case:
  • Motherboard:
  • CPU:
    • CPU: Xeon E5-2640 v2 8 Cores / 16 HT (Ebay $30 each)
    • CPU Cooler: DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX 400 (Amazon $19)
    • CPU Cooler Bracket: Rectangle Socket 2011 CPU Cooler Mounting Bracket (Ebay $16)
  • RAM:
    • 128GB DDR3 ECC RAM (Ebay $170)
  • Disks:
    • 64GB USB Thumb Drive (Boot)
    • 2 x 200 SAS SSD (vSAN Cache)
    • 2 x 2TB SAS HDD (vSAN Capacity – See this post)
    • 1 x 2TB SATA (Extra Space)
  • SAS Controller:
    • 1 x IBM 5210 JBOD (Ebay)
    • CableCreation Internal Mini SAS SFF-8643 to (4) 29pin SFF-8482 (Amazon $18)
  • Network:
    • Motherboard Integrated i350 1gbe 4 Port
    • 1 x MellanoxConnectX3 Dual Port (HP INFINIBAND 4X DDR PCI-E HCA CARD 452372-001)
  • Power Supply:
    • Antec Earthwatts 500-600 Watt (Adapters needed to support case and motherboard connections)
      • Adapter: Dual 8(4+4) Pin Male for Motherboard Power Adapter Cable (Amazon $11)
      • Adapter: LP4 Molex Male to ATX 4 pin Male Auxiliary (Amazon $11)
      • Power Supply Extension Cable: StarTech.com 8in 24 Pin ATX 2.01 Power Extension Cable (Amazon $9)

Network:

  • Core VM Switches:
    • 2 x Cisco 3650 (WS-C3560CG-8TC-S 8 Gigabit Ports, 2 Uplink)
    • 2 x Cisco 2960 (WS-C2960G-8TC-L)
  • 10gbe Network:
    • 1 x MikroTik 10gbe CN309 (Used for vSAN and Replication Network)
    • 2 ea. x HP 684517-001 Twinax SFP 10gbe 0.5m DAC Cable (Ebay)
    • 2 ea. x MELLANOX QSFP/SFP ADAPTER 655874-B21 MAM1Q00A-QSA (Ebay)

Battery Backup UPS:

  • 2 x APC NS1250

Windows 10 Workstation:

Thanks for reading, please do reach out if you have any questions.

If you like my ‘no-nonsense’ videos and blogs that get straight to the point… then post a comment or let me know… Else, I’ll start posting really boring content!

GA Release VMware PowerCLI 12.1.0 | Announcement, information, and links

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VMware announced the GA Releases of the following: VMware PowerCLI 12.1.0

See the base table for all the technical enablement links including a VMworld 2020 session and new Hands On Lab

 

Release Overview
VMware PowerCLI is a command-line and scripting tool built on Windows PowerShell, and provides more than 700 cmdlets for managing and automating vSphere, VMware Cloud Director, vRealize Operations Manager, vSAN, NSX-T, VMware Cloud Services, VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware HCX, VMware Site Recovery Manager, and VMware Horizon environments.

 

What’s New
VMware PowerCLI 12.1.0 introduces the following new features, changes, and improvements:

Added cmdlets for

  • vSphere Lifecycle Manager
  • Managing Workload Management clusters in vSphere with Tanzu
  • Specifying cluster’s EDRS policies in VMware Cloud on AWS
  • Managing Cloud Native Storage volumes
  • Managing vSAN secure disk wipe
  • Managing Virtual Volume (vVol) storage containers

New Features

  • VMware Cloud on AWS module is extended with support for i3en host type, large appliance size SDDCs and support for adding new hosts to specific clusters
  • Implemented seamless integration between the VMware Cloud on AWS module and the vSphere module to allow easier way to connect to the cloud SDDC
  • Content Library enhancements to allow uploading from internet and datastore URLs

Added support for

  • Secure Encrypted Virtualization
  • Added support for Site Recovery Manager 8.3.1
  • Added support for VMware Horizon 7.13
Upgrade Considerations
Ensure the following software is present on your system

OS Type .NET Version PowerShell Version
Windows .NET Framework 4.7.2 or later Windows PowerShell 5.1
Linux .NET Core 3.1 PowerShell 7
macOS .NET Core 3.1 PowerShell 7
Updated Components
In VMware PowerCLI 12.1.0, the following modules have been updated:

  • VMware.PowerCLI: Provides a root module which other modules are dependent on. This ensures the PowerCLI product can be installed, upgraded, and removed as a complete package if needed.
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Core: Provides cmdlets for automated administration of the vSphere environment.
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Common: Provides functionality that is common to all PowerCLI modules. This module has no cmdlets, but is required for other modules to function correctly.
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Sdk: Provides SDK functionality that is needed by all PowerCLI modules. This module has no cmdlets, but is required for other modules to function correctly.
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Vds: Provides cmdlets for managing vSphere distributed switches and distributed port groups.
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Cis.Core: Provides cmdlets for managing vSphere Automation SDK servers.
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Storage: Provides cmdlets for managing vSphere policy-based storage.
  • VMware.VimAutomation.StorageUtility: Provides utility scripts for storage.
  • VMware.VumAutomation: Provides cmdlets for automating vSphere Update Manager features.
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Srm: Provides cmdlets for managing VMware Site Recovery Manager features.
  • VMware.VimAutomation.HorizonView: Provides cmdlets for automating VMware Horizon features.
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Vmc: Provides cmdlets for managing VMware Cloud on AWS features.
  • VMware.Vim: Provides vSphere low-level binding libraries. This module has no cmdlets.
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Security: Provides cmdlets for managing vSphere Security, including virtual Trusted Platform Module.
  • VMware.VimAutomation.Hcx: Provides cmdlets for managing VMware HCX features.
  • VMware.VimAutomation.WorkloadManagement: Provides cmdlets for managing Project Pacific.
  • VMware.CloudServices: Provides cmdlets for managing VMware Cloud Services
Enablement Links
Release Notes Click Here  |  What’s New in This Release  |  Resolved Issues  |  Known Issues
docs.vmware.com/pCLI Introduction  |  Installing  |  Configuring  |  cmdlet Reference
Compatibility Information Interoperability Matrix  |  Upgrade Path Matrix
Blogs & Infolinks VMware What’s New pCLI vRLCM  |  VMware What’s New pCLI with AWS  |  PM’s Blog pCLI SSO
Download Click Here
VMworld 2020 Sessions PowerCLI: Into the Deep [HCP1286]
Hands On Labs HOL-2111-04-SDC – VMware vSphere Automation – PowerCLI