Configuring nVidia SATA controllers for use with VMware ESX

October 16, 2008

Part of the beauty of ESX 3.x from a hardware support standpoint was the addition of SATA as a viable install media for the hypervisor and service console.  However, opening up support for SATA also included a few hiccups along the way, most related to the SATA controllers officially supported by VMware.  For folks like myself who spent a lot of time with AMD-based platforms, the only real choices for SATA controllers (onboard the motherboard, not discrete) were offerings from Broadcom and nVidia.  This post will highlight how to configure your ESX 3.x host to use nVidia SATA controllers.

Note: This information is available within the VMware user community as well.  I am indebted to the person(s) in that community who provided this information, albeit in a slightly less “visual” way.

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Future Storage Systems: Part 4: Operating System – Conceptual Overview

October 13, 2008

In the previous Future Storage System articles, we’ve covered the basic hardware foundation for what I envision to be a powerful future-oriented storage solution for the commercial midrange.  However, as you’re probably aware, hardware is meaningless without software to provide the operational capabilities that are needed to mange information.  In this article, I will focus on a general design for an extensible software layer (an OS) that will provide future-oriented capability expansion as well as robust analytics, capabilities, and integration with business continuity principles.  As always, please reference the diagram below.

Future Storage System - Operating System - Conceptual

Future Storage System - Operating System - Conceptual

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Quick VMWare Links

October 7, 2008
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I get asked a lot of questions regarding VMWare setup, etc. and I thought I’d take the time to push this out to the front page on the blog.

This is for Virtual Infrastructure 3: 3.5 Update 2/3:

Main Documentation Page:

http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vi_pages/vi_pubs_35u2.html

Quick Start Guide:

Quick Start Guide

Installation Guide:

Installation Guide

Basic Systems Admin Guide:

Systems Administration Guide

Virtual Center Installation Guide:

Virtual Center 2.5 Installation Guide

Virtual Machine Backup Guide:

Virtual Machine Backup Guide

Server Config Guide:

Server Config Guide

iSCSI and Fibre Config Guides:

iSCSI & Fibre Channel

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