Contents. Dell AX-750, AX-640, AX-6515, AX-740XD, AX-7525, AX-650


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Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction................................................................................................................. 6

Document overview............................................................................................................................................................ 6

Audience and scope............................................................................................................................................................ 6

Chapter 2: Solution overview.........................................................................................................7

Introduction........................................................................................................................................................................... 7

Stretched clusters and Storage Replica...................................................................................................................7

Solution integration and network architecture.............................................................................................................8

Chapter 3: Solution deployment...................................................................................................10

Introduction......................................................................................................................................................................... 10

PAL and DPOR registration for Azure Stack.............................................................................................................. 10

Install roles and features.................................................................................................................................................. 10

Configuring a cluster witness.......................................................................................................................................... 11

Deployment prerequisites for stretched clusters........................................................................................................11

Customer network team requirements.........................................................................................................................12

Design principles and best practices............................................................................................................................. 12

Validated network topology.............................................................................................................................................14

Chapter 4: Creating a stretched cluster....................................................................................... 16

Introduction......................................................................................................................................................................... 16

Test-Cluster........................................................................................................................................................................ 16

Cluster creation.................................................................................................................................................................. 16

Volumes................................................................................................................................................................................ 18

Storage efficiency..............................................................................................................................................................19

Test-SRTopology............................................................................................................................................................... 19

Chapter 5: Virtual Machines........................................................................................................ 20

Introduction........................................................................................................................................................................ 20

VM and storage affinity rules......................................................................................................................................... 20

Preferred sites................................................................................................................................................................... 20

Chapter 6: Failure/Recovery from failure of Site/Node................................................................ 21

Planned failover.................................................................................................................................................................. 21

Operation steps.................................................................................................................................................................. 21

Chapter 7: Appendices................................................................................................................ 23

Appendix A: Sample PowerShell cmdlets for end-to-end deployment.................................................................23

Appendix B: Supported hardware................................................................................................................................. 26

Chapter 8: Day 1 operations......................................................................................................... 27

Day 1 operations overview...............................................................................................................................................27

Known issues...................................................................................................................................................................... 27

Microsoft HCI Solutions from Dell Technologies overview..................................................................................... 27

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Deployment guidance....................................................................................................................................................... 28

Azure onboarding for Azure Stack HCI operating system...................................................................................... 29

Creating virtual disks........................................................................................................................................................ 29

Chapter 9: Managing and monitoring clusters with Windows Admin Center................................. 30

Overview............................................................................................................................................................................. 30

Install Windows Admin Center....................................................................................................................................... 30

Add the HCI cluster connection..................................................................................................................................... 31

Access the HCI cluster.................................................................................................................................................... 32

View server details............................................................................................................................................................33

View drive details.............................................................................................................................................................. 34

Managing and monitoring volumes............................................................................................................................... 35

Creating volumes in Storage Spaces Direct......................................................................................................... 36

Managing volumes.......................................................................................................................................................37

Enabling data deduplication on Storage Spaces Direct............................................................................................37

Monitoring and managing VMs...................................................................................................................................... 37

Managing virtual switches...............................................................................................................................................39

Chapter 10: Dell OpenManage Integration with Windows Admin Center........................................41

Overview.............................................................................................................................................................................. 41

Prerequisites for managing AX nodes........................................................................................................................... 41

Installing the OMIMSWAC license.................................................................................................................................42

Managing Microsoft HCI-based clusters..................................................................................................................... 42

Overview........................................................................................................................................................................42

Prerequisite checks.....................................................................................................................................................43

Health status................................................................................................................................................................ 44

Inventory........................................................................................................................................................................44

Locating physical disks and viewing their status.................................................................................................45

Viewing update compliance and updating the cluster........................................................................................45

Full Stack Cluster-Aware Offline Updating.................................................................................................................46

Full Stack Cluster-Aware Updating for Azure Stack HCI clusters using the OpenManage Integration snap-in............................................................................................................................................................................. 47

Updating a standalone node before adding it to the cluster.................................................................................. 48

Secure cluster with Secured-core................................................................................................................................ 48

Enabling operating system features.............................................................................................................................. 51

Protect your infrastructure with infrastructure lock................................................................................................52

Enable or disable infrastructure lock...................................................................................................................... 53

Manage CPU cores in Azure Stack HCI clusters ..................................................................................................... 53

Cluster expansion .............................................................................................................................................................54

Validate and remediate Azure Stack HCI clusters.................................................................................................... 56

View HCP compliance summary.............................................................................................................................. 57

Onboard Dell policies to Azure Arc from Windows Admin Center to manage Azure Stack HCI clusters....58

View recommendations for storage expansion.......................................................................................................... 59

View node level storage configuration details......................................................................................................60

Known issues.......................................................................................................................................................................61

Chapter 11: Updates and maintenance......................................................................................... 63

Annual feature update for an Azure Stack HCI Solution......................................................................................... 63

Recommended methods for feature update.........................................................................................................64

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Firmware and driver updates using the manual method..........................................................................................66

Preparing for maintenance operations...................................................................................................................66

Placing an AX node in maintenance mode............................................................................................................ 66

Obtaining the firmware catalog for AX nodes or Ready Nodes using Dell Repository Manager............. 67

Updating the AX node by using iDRAC out of band............................................................................................67

Updating the out-of-box drivers..............................................................................................................................68

Exiting the AX node from maintenance mode......................................................................................................69

Restarting a cluster node or taking a cluster node offline...................................................................................... 69

Expanding the Azure Stack HCI cluster.......................................................................................................................70

Azure Stack HCI node expansion............................................................................................................................ 70

Storage Spaces Direct storage expansion............................................................................................................. 71

Extending volumes............................................................................................................................................................ 72

Performing AX node recovery........................................................................................................................................ 72

Configuring RAID for operating system drives..................................................................................................... 72

Operating system recovery.............................................................................................................................................74

Manual operating system recovery......................................................................................................................... 74

Factory operating system recovery........................................................................................................................ 75 iDRAC Service Module (iSM) for AX nodes and Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes............................. 75

FullPowerCycle.............................................................................................................................................................75

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