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
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/product?p_id=64
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/product?p_id=64
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/
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 **
- 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/
- 1x Synology 10Gb Ethernet Adapter 2 SFP+ Ports (E10G21-F2), Black https://www.amazon.com/Synology-Ethernet-Adapter-Ports-E10G21-F2/dp/B08WLJQYL2
- 10x Cable Matters 5-Pack Snagless Short Cat6A (SSTP, SFTP) Shielded Ethernet Cable in Black 7 ft https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HEM5FEI
- 2x ASUS XG-C100C 10G Network Adapter Pci-E X4 Card with Single RJ-45 Port https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072N84DG6/
- 1x MikroTik 9-Port Desktop Switch, 1 Gigabit Ethernet Port, 8 SFP+ 10Gbps Ports (CRS309-1G-8S+IN) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NFXN4SS/
- 8x FLYPROFiber 10GBase-T SFP+ to RJ45 for MikroTik https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FXBFZP8/
- 10x HP 684517-001 TWINAX SFP+ 10GBE 0.5M DAC Cable Assy 611980001 4N6H4-01 https://www.ebay.com/itm/264745339079?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Rosewill RISE Glow EATX (Newegg $54)
- 128GB DDR3 ECC RAM (Ebay $170)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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:
Battery Backup UPS:
- 2 x APC NS1250
Windows 10 Workstation:
- Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro series PH-ES614PC_BK Black Steel
- Motherboard: MSI PRO Z390-A PRO
- CPU: Intel Core i7-8700
- RAM: 64GB DDR4 RAM
- 1TB NVMe
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!
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
|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.
|VMware PowerCLI 12.1.0 introduces the following new features, changes, and improvements:
Added cmdlets for
Added support for
|Ensure the following software is present on your system
|In VMware PowerCLI 12.1.0, the following modules have been updated:
|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|
|VMworld 2020 Sessions||PowerCLI: Into the Deep [HCP1286]|
|Hands On Labs||HOL-2111-04-SDC – VMware vSphere Automation – PowerCLI|
VMware announced the GA Releases of the following:
- VMware vCenter 7.0 Update 1
- VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 1
- VMware vSAN 7.0 Update 1
See the base table for all the technical enablement links, now including VMworld 2020 OnDemand Sessions
|vCenter Server 7.0 Update 1 | ISO Build 16860138
ESXi 7.0 Update 1 | ISO Build 16850804
VMware vSAN 7.0 Update 1 | Build 16850804
|What’s New vCenter Server|
|Inclusive terminology: In vCenter Server 7.0 Update 1, as part of a company-wide effort to remove instances of non-inclusive language in our products, the vSphere team has made changes to some of the terms used in the vSphere Client. APIs and CLIs still use legacy terms, but updates are pending in an upcoming release.
|Upgrade/Install Considerations vCenter|
|Before upgrading to vCenter Server 7.0 Update 1, you must confirm that the Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) mode is set to enhanced, which enables the Multiple Link Aggregation Control Protocol (the multipleLag parameter) on the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) in your vCenter Server system.
If the LACP mode is set to basic, indicating One Link Aggregation Control Protocol (singleLag), the distributed virtual port groups on the vSphere Distributed Switch might lose connection after the upgrade and affect the management vmknic, if it is on one of the dvPort groups. During the upgrade precheck, you see an error such as Source vCenter Server has instance(s) of Distributed Virtual Switch at unsupported lacpApiVersion.
For more information on converting to Enhanced LACP Support on a vSphere Distributed Switch, see VMware knowledge base article 2051311. For more information on the limitations of LACP in vSphere, see VMware knowledge base article 2051307.
Product Support Notices
|What’s New ESXi|
|Upgrade/Install Considerations ESXi|
|In vSphere 7.x, the Update Manager plug-in, used for administering vSphere Update Manager, is replaced with the Lifecycle Manager plug-in. Administrative operations for vSphere Update Manager are still available under the Lifecycle Manager plug-in, along with new capabilities for vSphere Lifecycle Manager.
You can also update ESXi hosts without using the Lifecycle Manager plug-in, and use an image profile instead. To do this, you must manually download the patch offline bundle ZIP file from the VMware download page or the Product Patches page and use the esxcli software profile command.
|What’s New vSAN|
|vSAN 7.0 Update 1 introduces the following new features and enhancements:
Scale Without Compromise
Note: vSAN 7.0 Update 1 improves CPU performance by standardizing task timers throughout the system. This change addresses issues with timers activating earlier or later than requested, resulting in degraded performance for some workloads.
|Upgrade/Install Considerations vSAN|
|For instructions about upgrading vSAN, see vSAN Documentation Upgrading the vSAN Cluster Before You Upgrade Upgrading vCenter Server Upgrading Hosts
Note: Before performing the upgrade, please review the most recent version of the VMware Compatibility Guide to validate that the latest vSAN version is available for your platform.
vSAN 7.0 Update 1 is a new release that requires a full upgrade to vSphere 7.0 Update 1. Perform the following tasks to complete the upgrade:
1. Upgrade to vCenter Server 7.0 Update 1. For more information, see the VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 1 Release Notes.
Note: vSAN retired disk format version 1.0 in vSAN 7.0 Update 1. Disks running disk format version 1.0 are no longer recognized by vSAN. vSAN will block upgrade through vSphere Update Manager, ISO install, or esxcli to vSAN 7.0 Update 1. To avoid these issues, upgrade disks running disk format version 1.0 to a higher version. If you have disks on version 1, a health check alerts you to upgrade the disk format version.
Disk format version 1.0 does not have performance and snapshot enhancements, and it lacks support for advanced features including checksum, deduplication and compression, and encryption. For more information about vSAN disk format version, see KB2145267.
Upgrading the On-disk Format for Hosts with Limited Capacity
During an upgrade of the vSAN on-disk format from version 1.0 or 2.0, a disk group evacuation is performed. The disk group is removed and upgraded to on-disk format version 13.0, and the disk group is added back to the cluster. For two-node or three-node clusters, or clusters without enough capacity to evacuate each disk group, select Allow Reduced Redundancy from the vSphere Client. You also can use the following RVC command to upgrade the on-disk format: vsan.ondisk_upgrade –allow-reduced-redundancy
When you allow reduced redundancy, your VMs are unprotected for the duration of the upgrade, because this method does not evacuate data to the other hosts in the cluster. It removes each disk group, upgrades the on-disk format, and adds the disk group back to the cluster. All objects remain available, but with reduced redundancy.
If you enable deduplication and compression during the upgrade to vSAN 7.0 Update 1, you can select Allow Reduced Redundancy from the vSphere Client.
For information about maximum configuration limits for the vSAN 7.0 Update 1 release, see the Configuration Maximums documentation.
|Release Notes vCenter||Click Here | What’s New | Earlier Releases | Patch Info | Installation & Upgrade Notes | Product Support Notices|
|Release Notes ESXi||Click Here | What’s New | Earlier Releases | Patch Info | Product Support Notices | Resolved Issues | Known Issues|
|Release Notes vSAN||Click Here | What’s New | VMware vSAN Community | Upgrades for This Release | Limitations | Known Issues|
|docs.vmware/vCenter||Installation & Setup | vCenter Server Upgrade | vCenter Server Configuration|
|Docs.vmware/ESXi||Installation & Setup | Upgrading | Managing Host and Cluster Lifecycle | Host Profiles | Networking | Storage | Security|
|docs.vmware/vSAN||Using vSAN Policies | Expanding & Managing a vSAN Cluster | Device Management | Increasing Space Efficiency | Encryption|
|Compatibility Information||Interoperability Matrix vCenter | Configuration Maximums vSphere (All) | Ports Used vSphere (All)|
|Blogs & Infolinks||What’s New with VMware vSphere 7 Update 1 | Main VMware Blog vSphere 7 | vSAN | vSphere | vCenter Server|
|Download||vSphere | vSAN|
|VMworld 2020 OnDemand
(Free Account Needed)
|Deep Dive: What’s New with vCenter Server [HCP1100] | 99 Problems, But A vSphere Upgrade Ain’t One [HCP1830]|
|VMworld HOL Walkthrough
(VMworld Account Needed)
|Introduction to vSphere Performance [HOL-2104-95-ISM]|