Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL Version 1.2.1

Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL Version 1.2.1
Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware
EVO:RAIL
Version 1.2.1 Management and Maintenance
User’s Guide
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Contents
1 EVO:RAIL Management........................................................................................ 5
Access EVO:RAIL Management.............................................................................................................5
Create VMs.............................................................................................................................................5
Monitor VMs.......................................................................................................................................... 8
Monitor appliance health...................................................................................................................... 9
Add EVO:RAIL Appliances to an EVO:RAIL cluster.............................................................................10
Prerequisites.................................................................................................................................. 10
Procedure...................................................................................................................................... 10
Ongoing configuration........................................................................................................................ 11
Activating EVO:RAIL licenses......................................................................................................... 11
Localizing GUI................................................................................................................................12
Updating appliance software........................................................................................................ 12
2 EVO:RAIL Maintenance...................................................................................... 15
Access vSphere WebClient..................................................................................................................15
Logging and Events............................................................................................................................. 15
Events............................................................................................................................................. 15
vRealize Log Insight....................................................................................................................... 15
Support Logs..................................................................................................................................16
Live Logging...................................................................................................................................16
Hardware replacement .......................................................................................................................16
Appliance shutdown............................................................................................................................16
3 Appendix A – VM size by guest OS ................................................................. 17
4 Appendix B — Security profile details ............................................................ 19
Risk Profile 1.........................................................................................................................................19
Risk Profile 2........................................................................................................................................ 19
Risk Profile 3........................................................................................................................................20
5 Appendix C: EVO:RAIL appliance shutdown or restart................................21
EVO:RAIL cluster shutdown................................................................................................................ 21
EVO:RAIL cluster restart ..................................................................................................................... 27
EVO:RAIL single appliance shutdown................................................................................................ 28
EVO:RAIL single appliance restart ..................................................................................................... 29
6 Getting help......................................................................................................... 31
Contacting Dell....................................................................................................................................31
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Documentation matrix........................................................................................................................ 31
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EVO:RAIL Management
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After your initial EVO:RAIL Appliance is deployed and configured, EVO:RAIL Management is where you
perform your day-to-day tasks such as:
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Create virtual machines (VMs)
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Monitor virtual machines (VMs)
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Monitor the status of an EVO:RAIL cluster, appliances, and nodes
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Add EVO:RAIL appliances
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Enter appliance licenses
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Select localization setting
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Update EVO:RAIL software components
Access EVO:RAIL Management
To access EVO:RAIL Management:
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From your EVO:RAIL workstation or laptop, browse through the EVO:RAIL IP address https://
<evo:rail-ip-address>:7443.
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Log in to EVO:RAIL management console by using username as adminstrator@vsphere.local
and the password specified during EVO:RAIL Initial Configuration.
The latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer 10 and later are all supported. The minimum
recommended screen resolution is 1280x1024.
Create VMs
EVO:RAIL Management streamlines the creation of VMs with simple selections for:
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Guest operating system (OS)
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Virtual machine size
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Network segment (VLAN)
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Security options
In EVO:RAIL Management, use the following procedure to create a VM:
1.
Click Create VM in the left pane to begin the VM creation process. You have the option to either click
Cancel or Go Back to a previous step.
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Figure 1. EVO:RAIL Management — Create VMs
2.
In the Enter VM Name box, type a name for your VM.
3.
To load your ISO image file to be used for your Guest OS, follow one of these procedures:
a.
If you are uploading the ISO image file for local storage, click Upload Image.
1.
Click Choose File to open the standard file selection dialog box.
2.
Locate the ISO image file on your local file system and select it.
3.
Click Open to return to EVO:RAIL Management.
4.
Click Upload Image. The ISO image that is copied to the Virtual SAN datastore.
NOTE: If the file is too large to upload, see the resolution section of VMware Knowledge
Base Article 2109915.
b.
c.
If you are uploading the ISO image file from a network drive, click Mount NFS/CIFS.
1.
Click the protocol of the network drive you are accessing: NFS or CIFS
2.
Type the URL format:[protocol]:/[host]/path/to/file.iso.
3.
Click Mount Remote Image. The ISO image is copied to the Virtual SAN datastore.
If you are using a previously uploaded guest OS, you can reuse an existing image by doubleclicking the guest OS name.
NOTE: The ISO image file must have a unique name from those already loaded onto the Virtual
SAN datastore. If the name is identical to one or more, you are unable to proceed after the
message is displayed until you refresh your browser to clear the dialog box.
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NOTE: EVO:RAIL Management does not support importing existing prebuilt copies of VMs in
OVA/OVF format. Workaround is to use the vSphere Web Client interface to create VMs from an
existing OVA/OVF format. The template can then be viewed in EVO:RAIL Management as a VM,
which you can use to clone to make a VM from the template.
4.
Confirm Guest OS Version that was loaded from the drop-down menu, click Continue.
5.
Select a VM size: Small, Medium or Large.
NOTE: EVO:RAIL has a set of predefined VM sizes based on standard VMware
recommendations for each Guest OS. See the Appendix A section in this document.
6.
Click VM Size.
7.
Select one or more network segments the VM should connect to.
8.
Click Select VM Networks.
9.
Select the security policy: No Policy, Risk Profile 3, Risk Profile 2, or Risk Profile 1.
These profiles are a collection of VM Advanced Settings, based on a particular Risk Profile from the
vSphere 5.5 Security Hardening Guide, http://vmware.com/security/hardening-guides. For more
information about the technical settings, see the Appendix B section in this document.
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No Policy: Indicates that no security configuration options are applied to the VM.
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Risk Profile 3: Indicates guidelines that must be implemented in all environments. These are
VMware best practices for all data centers.
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Risk Profile 2: Indicates guidelines for more sensitive environments or small/medium/large
enterprises that are subject to strict compliance rules.
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Risk Profile 1: Indicates guidelines for the highest security environments, such as top-secret
government or military installations, or anyone with sensitive data or in a highly regulated
environment.
NOTE: By selecting a more secure policy, you lose some VM functionality, such as automated
tools, inability to shrink VM disks, persistent mode only, no logging and performance
information, blocked device interactions, and limited remote console connections. See the
hardening guides for more details.
10. Click Create and Start a New VM.
11. After the VM is created, the EVO:RAIL Management interface is displayed.
Monitor VMs
EVO:RAIL Management allows users to view all VMs in a grid. Use the Filter By and Sort By lists in the
upper-right corner to arrange the VMs. Use the Search box to search for VMs by name.
If you click a VM, you can have the following options depending on the state of your VM. To view all the
options, click the VM.
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Install VMware Tools
NOTE: To install VMware Tools, your guest OS must already be installed on your VM, and the guest
OS ISO disk must be ejected from the virtual CD drive.
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Rename VM
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Eject ISO
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Open console
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Clone VM
NOTE: The VM is same as the original. A message is displayed asking you to type a new CM
name.
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Suspend or Resume
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Delete
NOTE: Only accessible if VM is shut down or turned off.
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Turn on or turn off
Monitor appliance health
EVO:RAIL Management simplifies live compute management with health monitors for CPU, memory,
storage, and VM usage for an entire EVO:RAIL cluster, individual appliances, and individual nodes.
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Click Health in the left pane.
Status is displayed on the appliance health page for the nodes, HDD, SSD, ESXi device, and NIC. If
everything is normal, a green checkmark is displayed. In case of an issue, a yellow color triangle is
displayed. A critical alarm is indicated with a red color triangle. All alarms and warnings are from vCenter
Server.
Figure 2. EVO:RAIL Management — Monitor appliance health
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Add EVO:RAIL Appliances to an EVO:RAIL cluster
EVO:RAIL Management revolutionizes the scale-out feature. Increasing compute, network, and storage
resources is as easy as turning on a new appliance to join an existing EVO:RAIL cluster.
Prerequisites
Dell recommends that all VMware components (ESXi, vCenter Server, and EVO:RAIL) are of the same
version on all EVO:RAIL appliances in an EVO:RAIL cluster. See Appendix A in the EVO:RAIL Customer
Release Notes for supported configurations.
Procedure
Whenever EVO:RAIL detects a new appliance, the following message and button are displayed on the
EVO:RAIL Management page:
EVO:RAIL automatically distributes the configuration to seamlessly add new appliances with zero
additional configuration. All you do is supply the passwords you created in EVO:RAIL Configuration; the
other fields are grayed-out if you’ve configured enough IP addresses as shown in the following figure.
CAUTION: Only one appliance can be added at a time. To add multiple appliances; turn on one at
a time, making sure that each is properly configured before turning on the next appliance.
To add an EVO:RAIL appliance,
1.
Click ADD EVO:RAIL APPLIANCE.
2.
If more IP addresses are not required, the input areas are grayed out. If you are required to enter IP
addresses, you must ensure that none of them conflict with existing IP addresses in your network.
a. Enter the New Starting and Ending addresses for the ESXi IP Pool for the new appliance.
b. Enter the New Starting and Ending addresses for the vMotion IP Pool for the new appliance.
c. Enter the New Starting and Ending addresses for the Virtual SAN IP Pool for the new appliance.
3.
Type the Appliance ESXi Password.
4.
Type the Appliance vCenter Server Password.
5.
Click ADD EVO:RAIL APPLIANCE.
6.
When the process is complete, click Finish.
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Ongoing configuration
The ongoing configuration tasks in EVO:RAIL Management include licensing, localization, and updates. All
these can be found when you click Config in the left pane.
Activating EVO:RAIL licenses
To license your EVO:RAIL Appliance,
1.
You receives an e-mail from Dell with your Partner Activation Code (PAC).
2.
Go to https://www.vmware.com/oem/code.do?Name=DELL-AC and type your PAC(s).
3.
Click Config in the left pane.
4.
Under the Licensing tab, type your license key(s):
5.
Click License Appliance.
a. You receive an e-mail with your license key(s).
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6.
If the license is part of the vSphere Loyalty Program in EVO:RAIL Release 1.2, do the following:
a.
Go to https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/login to group the required set of licenses into a
single license key.
1.
Create a folder within MyVMware with the licenses called EVORAIL.
2.
Send a service request, to the VMware license team with the license keys you need
combined into a single license key.
b.
Type the single license key obtained above, and then click License Appliance.
c.
Ensure that you want to you use this license, and then click License Appliance.
d.
No other licenses are required. Your EVO:RAIL appliance is now fully licensed.
Localizing GUI
EVO:RAIL Management is available in English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and
Traditional Chinese. To select your language,
1.
Click Config in the left pane.
2.
Select General → Choose your Language → Selection.
Updating appliance software
EVO:RAIL supports vCenter, ESXi, and EVO:RAIL software patch and upgrade. With a minimum of four
independent ESXi hosts in an EVO:RAIL cluster, updates are nondisruptive and require zero downtime.
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Create a snapshot or backup copy of the vCenter Server virtual appliance. This can be accomplished
by connecting to VMware vSphere Web Client through https://<hostname>:9443, where
<hostname> is the IP address or hostname of EVO:RAIL.
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All files must be uploaded from www.my.vmware.com into a directory accessible from your EVO:RAIL
Management workstation or laptop. See the Release Notes for updated files list.
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To update an appliance software version:
1.
Click Config in the left pane.
2.
Under the Updates tab, click Upload, and browse through to the directory with the components you
are updating:
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<vmware-marvin-release-build>.rpm
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<EVO_RAIL_release-build.>.zip
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<VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-release-build-updaterepo>.zip (if applicable)
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<ESXI-release-build>.zip (if applicable)
a. Select a file, and click Open.
b. Repeat for each component in the EVO:RAIL Release
3.
Click Check now. If the EVO:RAIL check succeeds, the Offline Updates box adds a switch for you to
enable to perform the update.
4.
Click to change the state of Offline Updates from No to Yes.
5.
Click Update.
After the update is complete, you will receive a notification that you were disconnected from
EVO:RAIL Management. It can take up to 5 minutes for the new EVO:RAIL RPM to initialize. It can
take up to 15 minutes for the vCenter Server to restart and for all of services to initialize. The update
time for ESXi depends on the quantity of VMs and might take a few hours to complete; however, the
appliance will function as normal during that time.
6.
After EVO:RAIL Management restarts, you are prompted to log in.
NOTE: If EVO:RAIL Management is not fully present after the automatic restart, refresh the web
browser. For more information, see the VMware Knowledge Base Article 2101828.
Updating appliance firmware, driver, BIOS
Dell Power Tools Cluster Services Manager (CSM) provides a cluster-aware solution integrated into the
EVO:RAIL UI for updating firmware (FW), drivers and BIOS. CSM provides notification whenever a host
component’s firmware or software is determined to be out of date. By using the CSM user interface, you
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can update the system across the cluster automatically. The CSM manages the migration of the virtual
machines, performs all of the updates, and brings the host back online one at a time (also known as
rolling updates).
For more information, see the Dell Power Tools Cluster Services Manager User’s Guide at Dell.com/
support/home.
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EVO:RAIL Maintenance
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EVO:RAIL has provided many facilitated maintenance procedures. This section describes the EVO:RAIL
maintenance procedures such as:
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Access vSphere Web Client
Logging and Events
Hardware Replacement
Appliance Shutdown
Access vSphere WebClient
EVO:RAIL Management allows you to access the vSphere Web Client to perform more complicated tasks
than those found in the streamlined EVO:RAIL interface.
1.
Click the VMware vSphere Web Client icon in the upper right corner of the EVO:RAIL Management
VMS page.
2.
Log in with the administrator login and password you set up during EVO:RAIL Configuration.
NOTE: From vSphere Web Client, do not use service datastores when creating or moving VMs.
These datastores are only to be used by Dell for serviceability.
NOTE: If you use the vSphere Web Client to perform tasks that are automated by EVO:RAIL, you
may run into situations where the automated flow does not work properly.
Logging and Events
EVO:RAIL Management provides several ways to access log information:
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•
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Events — displays EVO:RAIL tasks and critical alarms in the EVO:RAIL Management interface.
vRealize Log Insight — provides access to the default EVO:RAIL logging mechanism. You may
alternately select an existing third-party syslog server during initial configuration.
Support Logs — combines diagnostic information for vCenter Server, ESXi, and EVO:RAIL into one
bundle to send to support.
Events
EVO:RAIL Management provides you access to the list of events occurring in EVO:RAIL Management,
either initiated by EVO:RAIL or by the user. This is available from Events in the left pane. Events can be
organized by on the basis of criticality (Critical) and time (Most Recent).
vRealize Log Insight
EVO:RAIL is deployed with vRealize Log Insight. However, you may choose to use your own third-party
syslog servers. To use vRealize Log Insight, point your browser to the configured IP address; the
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username is admin. If you ssh to Log Insight, the username is root. The password, in either case, is the
one you specified for vCenter Server. See VMware vRealize Log Insight Documentation.
If you configured an existing third-party syslog server, follow the instructions supplied with that product.
Support Logs
EVO:RAIL Management combines diagnostic information for vCenter Server, ESXi, and EVO:RAIL into one
log bundle. This log bundle can be uploaded to technical support as part of a support request (SR). To
gather the log information from your EVO:RAIL appliance, follow these steps:
1.
Click Config in the left pane.
2.
Under the Support tab, click Generate Support Bundle.
NOTE: This process can take from 20 minutes to several hours. It is run in the background, so
you can continue to use EVO:RAIL Management.
3.
After the Support Log is generated, click Download Support Bundle.
The .zip file is downloaded to your workstation.
Live Logging
EVO:RAIL Management provides you to access a live stream of EVO:RAIL log messages as each message
is created. To access this feature:
1.
Click Config in the left pane.
2.
Under the Support tab, click Show EVO:RAIL Live Logging.
A window opens at the bottom of the EVO:RAIL Management interface. You have the ability to
search for key words, show only alarms, only errors, or all messages. The arrows can be used to
expand or collapse the viewer.
3.
To turn off live logging, click Config in the left pane.
4.
Under the Support tab, click Hide EVO:RAIL Live Logging.
Hardware replacement
EVO:RAIL supports the replacement of the following Field Replacement Units (FRUs): node, CPU,
motherboard, memory, storage adapter, ESXi boot device, HDD, SSD, and the PSU. Contact Dell for
specific hardware replacement procedures.
Appliance shutdown
An EVO:RAIL appliance can be turned off and restarted manually. See the Appendix C section in this
document.
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Appendix A – VM size by guest OS
Table 1. VM size by guest OS
Guest OS
EVO:RAIL Size
vDisk
vCPU
Core
vMEM
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (64-bit)
Small
16 GB
1
1
1 GB
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (64-bit)
Medium
24 GB
2
1
2 GB
Large
32 GB
4
1
6 GB
Guest OS
EVO:RAIL Size
vDisk
vCPU
Core
vMEM
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (64bit)
Small
40 GB
1
1
1 GB
Medium
60 GB
2
1
4 GB
Large
80 GB
4
1
8 GB
Guest OS
EVO:RAIL Size
vDisk
vCPU
Core
vMEM
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (64bit)
Small
16 GB
1
1
1 GB
Medium
32 GB
2
1
4 GB
Large
60 GB
4
1
8 GB
Guest OS
EVO:RAIL Size
vDisk
vCPU
Core
vMEM
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
Small
32 GB
1
1
2 GB
Medium
40 GB
2
1
4 GB
Large
60 GB
2
1
8 GB
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (64-bit)
Ubuntu Linux (64-bit)
CentOS 4/5/6 (64-bit)
Table 2. VM size by guest OS
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (64bit)
Table 3. VM size by guest OS
Table 4. VM size by guest OS
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Table 5. VM size by guest OS
Guest OS
EVO:RAIL Size
vDisk
vCPU
Core
vMEM
Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit)
Small
32 GB
1
1
1 GB
Medium
40 GB
2
1
4 GB
Large
60 GB
2
1
8 GB
Guest OS
EVO:RAIL Size
vDisk
vCPU
Core
vMEM
Microsoft Windows XP
Small
16 GB
1
1
1 GB
Medium
32 GB
2
1
2 GB
Large
60 GB
2
1
4 GB
Table 6. VM size by guest OS
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Appendix B — Security profile details
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The policies that match the VMware Security Hardening Guide for vSphere 5.5 Update 1 (http://
www.vmware.com/security/hardening-guides) are found in the VM advanced settings (key/value) for
each of the three security risk profiles.
Risk Profile 1
Guidelines that should only be implemented in the highest security environments, for example, topsecret government or military-sensitive data.
isolation.tools.autoInstall.disable = true
isolation.tools.diskShrink.disable = true
isolation.tools.diskWiper.disable = true
isolation.tools.hgfsServerSet.disable = true
logging = false
isolation.monitor.control.disable = true
isolation.tools.ghi.autologon.disable = true
isolation.bios.bbs.disable = true
isolation.tools.getCreds.disable = true
isolation.tools.ghi.launchmenu.change = true
isolation.tools.memSchedFakeSampleStats.disable = true
isolation.tools.ghi.protocolhandler.info.disable = true
isolation.ghi.host.shellAction.disable = true
isolation.tools.dispTopoRequest.disable = true
isolation.tools.trashFolderState.disable = true
isolation.tools.ghi.trayicon.disable = true
isolation.tools.unity.disable = true
isolation.tools.unityInterlockOperation.disable = true
isolation.tools.unity.taskbar.disable = true
isolation.tools.unityActive.disable = true
isolation.tools.unity.windowContents.disable = true
isolation.tools.unity.windowContents.disable = true
isolation.tools.vmxDnDVersionGet.disable = true
isolation.tools.guestDnDVersionSet.disable = true
isolation.tools.vixMessage.disable = true
RemoteDisplay.maxConnections = 1
tools.setInfo.sizeLimit = 1048576
isolation.device.connectable.disable = true
isolation.device.edit.disable = true
Risk Profile 2
Guidelines that should be implemented for more sensitive environments. For example, those handling
more sensitive data, are subjected to stricter compliance rules.
isolation.tools.autoInstall.disable = true
isolation.tools.diskShrink.disable = true
isolation.tools.diskWiper.disable = true
RemoteDisplay.maxConnections = 1
log.keepOld = 10
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log.rotateSize = 100000
tools.setInfo.sizeLimit = 1048576
isolation.device.connectable.disable = true
isolation.device.edit.disable = true
Risk Profile 3
Guidelines that should be implemented in all environments.
isolation.tools.diskShrink.disable = true
isolation.tools.diskWiper.disable = true
RemoteDisplay.maxConnections = 2
log.keepOld = 10
log.rotateSize = 100000
tools.setInfo.sizeLimit = 1048576
isolation.device.connectable.disable = true
isolation.device.edit.disable = true
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Appendix C: EVO:RAIL appliance
shutdown or restart
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The following are manual procedures for: Appliance shutdown and appliance restart. For these
procedures, there are two categories of VMs:
Service: Includes VMware vCenter Server Appliance, VMware vCenter Log Insight, and any Dell Solution
VMs.
Client: Included of all other VMs.
EVO:RAIL cluster shutdown
The following manual procedure is for graceful cluster shutdown of a complete cluster (single or multiple
appliances):
1.
From the RAIL Management menu, click VMS in the left pane.
2.
Turn off all client VMs by doing the following
a. If a VM is turn on, click Power Off/Shutdown.
b. A confirmation message is displayed, click Confirm Shutdown.
c. Repeat for each VM.
NOTE: Do not turn off any Dell VMs.
3.
Click the VMware vSphere Web Client icon in the upper-right corner, and then login with
administrator privileges.
4.
Click vCenter in the left pane. The vCenter home page is displayed.
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5.
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Migrate all the Service VMs (VMware vCenter Server Appliance, VMware vCenter Log Insight, and any
Dell VMs) by using the following steps:
a.
From the Inventory Lists menu, select Virtual Machines.
b.
Right-click the VM and select Migrate.
c.
On Select Migration Type, select Change host, and then click Next.
d.
On Select Destination Resourcee, select Marvin-Virtual-SAN-Cluster-<id>, and then click
Next.
e.
On Select Host, select the first ESXi host, such as esxi-node01.vm.vmworld.local, and then click
Next.
f.
On Select vMotion Priority, select Reserve CPU for optimal vMotion performance
(Recommended), and then click Next.
g.
Review all information and click Finish.
h.
Repeat for all Service VMs. (VMware vCenter Server Appliance, VMware vCenter Log Insight, and
any Dell VMs)
6.
Enable Maintenance Mode on all but the first ESXi host by using the following steps:
a.
Return to the vCenter Home page.
b.
From the Inventory Trees menu, select Hosts.
c.
For each ESXi host 02, 03, 04, right-click and select Enter Maintenance Mode.
d.
Select the Move powered-off and suspended virtual machines to other hosts in the cluster
check box.
e.
Select No data migration from the Virtual SAN data migration drop-down menu.
f.
Click OK.
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7.
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Disable High Availably by using the following steps:
a.
Return to vCenter Home page.
b.
From the Inventory Trees menu, select Clusters.
c.
Select MARVIN-Virtual-SAN-Cluster-<id> in either the left or center panes.
d.
Select Manage, and then Settings in the center pane.
e.
Under Services, select vSphere HA.
f.
If the center pane says vSphere HA is Turned ON, click Edit.
g.
Clear the Turn ON vSphere HA check box.
h.
Click OK.
8.
Enable automatic start for all Service virtual machines (VMware vCenter Server Appliance, VMware
vCenter Log Insight, and any Dell VMs) by using the following steps:
a.
Return to the vCenter Home page.
b.
From the Inventory Trees menu, select Hosts.
c.
Select the first ESXi host, such as esxi-node01.vm.vmworld.local.
d.
Select Manage, and then Settings in the center pane.
e.
Under Virtual Machines, select VM Startup/Shutdown.
f.
Click Edit in the center pane.
g.
Select Automatically start and stop the virtual machines with the system.
h.
Select each service VM, use the up arrow key to move each to the Automatic Startup section in
the following required order:
i.
1.
VMware vCenter Server Appliance (Set Startup Delay to 30 seconds)
2.
VMware vCenter Log Insight
3.
Dell VMs, if any are present
Click OK.
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9.
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Turn off all Service VMs (VMware vCenter Server Appliance, VMware vCenter Log Insight, and any
Dell VMs) by using the following steps:
a.
Return to the vCenter Home page.
b.
From the Inventory Trees menu, select Virtual Machines.
c.
Right-click the Service VM and select Shut Down Guest OS.
d.
To turn off the services, click Yes.
e.
Repeat until all Service VMs are turned off.
10. For each appliance, turn off all nodes. The vSphere web Client is no longer accessible. Therefore,
your options are:
a.
Press the power button on each EVO:RAIL node, or
b.
Use out-of-band management if ACPI is available, or
c.
Use the vSphere C# Client to connect to each node and use the shutdown command.
EVO:RAIL cluster restart
The cluster is restarted in the reverse order:
1.
Turn on each EVO:RAIL appliance. Turn on Node 1, last.
NOTE: It may take up to 15 minutes for all services to be fully restored and for EVO:RAIL
Management to be accessible.
2.
Log in to vSphere Web Client as by using an account with administrator privileges.
3.
Click vCenter in the left pane and the vCenter Home page is displayed.
4.
Enable High Availably with the following steps:
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f.
g.
From the Inventory Lists, select Clusters.
Select MARVIN-Virtual-SAN-Cluster-id in either the left or center panes
Select Manage,, and then Settings in the center pane.
Under Services, select vSphere HA.
If the center pane says vSphere HA is Turned OFF, click Edit.
Check Turn ON vSphere HA.
Click OK.
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Figure 3. EVO:RAIL appliance restart
5.
Exit the Maintenance Mode on the ESXi by using the following steps:
a. Go to the vCenter Home page.
b. From the Inventory Lists menu, select Hosts.
c. Right-click the ESXi host and select Exit Maintenance Mode.
6.
From EVO:RAIL Management, click VMS in the left pane.
7.
For each client VM, click Power On.
EVO:RAIL single appliance shutdown
The following manual procedure is for graceful cluster appliance shutdown of a single appliance in a
multi appliance cluster:
1.
Identify the Appliance ID on the identification sticker on the physical appliance.
2.
From EVO:RAIL Management, identify the ESXi hostnames on the appliance that are shut down with
the following steps:
a. Click the Health icon in the left pane.
b. Click the Appliance ID that you identified in step 1.
c. Identify the ESXi hostnames on the four nodes on the appliance you are shutting down.
3.
Click the VMware vSphere Web Client icon in the upper-right corner, and then login with
administrator privileges.
4.
Enable Maintenance Mode on the four ESXi hosts identified in step 2 by using the following steps:
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f.
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Click vCenter in the left pane. The vCenter home page is displayed.
From the Inventory Tress menu, select Hosts.
For each of the four ESXi hosts, right-click and select Enter Maintenance Mode.
Select Move powered-off and suspended virtual machines to other hosts in the cluster.
Select Full data migration from the Virtual SAN data migration drop-down menu.
Click OK.
WARNING: Do one ESXi host at a time. Wait until the ESXi host has entered maintenance
mode before proceeding to the next. Full Data Migration can take a long time. For
information, see Place a Member of Virtual SAN Cluster in Maintenance Mode and Virtual SAN
— Maintenance Mode Monitoring.
Figure 4. EVO:RAIL Single Appliance Shutdown
5.
Turn off the four ESXi hosts by using the following steps:
a.
b.
c.
d.
From Inventory Trees, select Hosts.
Right-click the ESXi host, and then select Shut Down.
Type the reason for the shutdown and click OK.
Repeat for each ESXi host.
EVO:RAIL single appliance restart
The cluster is restarted in the reverse order:
1.
Turn on each EVO:RAIL appliance.
2.
Log in to vSphere Web Client as by using an account with administrator privileges.
3.
Click vCenter in the left pane and the vCenter Home page is displayed.
4.
Exit the Maintenance Mode on the ESXi by using the following steps:
a. Go to the vCenter Home page.
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b. From the Inventory Lists menu, select Hosts.
c. Right-click the ESXi host and select Exit Maintenance Mode.
d. Repeat for each ESXi host.
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6
Getting help
Contacting Dell
Dell provides several online and telephone-based support and service options. If you do not have an
active internet connection, you can find contact information on your purchase invoice, packing slip, bill,
or Dell product catalog. Availability varies by country and product, and some services may not be
available in your area. To contact Dell for sales, technical assistance, or customer-service issues:
1.
Go to Dell.com/support.
2.
Select your country from the drop-down menu on the bottom right corner of the page.
3.
For customized support:
a. Enter your system Service Tag in the Enter your Service Tag field.
b. Click Submit.
The support page that lists the various support categories is displayed.
4.
For general support:
a. Select your product category.
b. Select your product segment.
c. Select your product.
The support page that lists the various support categories is displayed.
Documentation matrix
The documentation matrix provides information on documents that you can refer to for setting up and
managing your system.
Table 7. Documentation matrix
To...
See the...
Install your system into a rack
Rack documentation included with your rack
solution
Set up your system and know the system technical
specifications
Getting Started With Your System that shipped with
your system or see Dell.com/poweredgemanuals
Install the operating system
Operating system documentation at Dell.com/
operatingsystemmanuals
Get an overview of the Dell Systems Management
offerings
Dell OpenManage Systems Management Overview
Guide at Dell.com/openmanagemanuals >
OpenManage software
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To...
See the...
Configure and log in to iDRAC, set up managed
and management system, know the iDRAC
features, and troubleshoot by using iDRAC
Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's
Guide at Dell.com/idracmanuals
Know about the RACADM subcommands and
supported RACADM interfaces
RACADM Command Line Reference Guide for
iDRAC at Dell.com/idracmanuals
Launch, enable, and disable Dell Lifecycle
Controller, know the features, use and
troubleshoot Dell Lifecycle Controller
Dell Lifecycle Controller User’s Guide at Dell.com/
idracmanuals
Use Dell Lifecycle Controller Remote Services
Dell Lifecycle Controller Remote Services Quick
Start Guide at Dell.com/idracmanuals
Set up, use, and troubleshoot OpenManage Server
Administrator
Dell OpenManage Server Administrator User’s
Guide at Dell.com/openmanagemanuals >
OpenManage Server Administrator
Install, use, and troubleshoot OpenManage
Essentials
Dell OpenManage Essentials User’s Guide at
Dell.com/openmanagemanuals > OpenManage
Essentials
Know the features of the storage controller cards,
deploy the cards, and manage the storage
subsystem
Storage controller documentation at Dell.com/
storagecontrollermanuals
Check the event and error messages generated by
the system firmware and agents that monitor
system components
Dell Event and Error Messages Reference Guide at
Dell.com/openmanagemanuals > OpenManage
software
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