Hopefully you’ve heard that EMC has released version 2.0 of the Unified Plugin for VMware environments. It’s a great tool for managing your Unified Storage from within vCenter, and takes the load off your fellow storage administrators. This is a free tool, you can get it from Powerlink and then install it on your own client or on your vCenter server.
Be sure to have Navisphere CLI installed before you install the plugin, as that makes your life so much easier. Later, the installation process of the EMC Unified Storage plugin itself is pretty straightforward, meaning there are mostly “next-next” situations, and then it’s done. Fire up your vSphere Client and make sure the plugin is enabled.
Click “Home”, and you should see a nice icon at the bottom showing a black box and the text “EMC Unified Storage”. Click on it, and you’ll be taken to the administration interface of the plugin. Here you can add Celerras, CLARiiONs and/or VMware View Manager servers.
To add a Celerra, you first have to setup DHSM. You can do this from the interface itself by clicking on “Setup Dhsm”, but I’d prefer if you’d use the great new Uber DHSM tool from Nicholas Weaver here as it makes it even easier. When that’s done, click “Add”, choose “EMC Celerra”, then put in your Control Station IP, username, password and your already setup DHSM username and password.
Now to add a CLARiiON, click “Add”, then enter your SPA and SPB IP-addresses, username and password. It’s really that easy!
If you now go to the “Host & Clusters”-view, right-click a cluster or a host, you will see a new option saying “EMC Unified Storage; this will give you the option to compress/decompress VMs, refresh desktops (if integrated with VMware View), and provision storage. The storage provisioning is amazing, making it so much easier for VMware administrators to gain access to new storage for the VMs.
I hope you’ll enjoy this plugin as much as I’ve done!
If you are like me, and running the plugin on an OS that does not use English (US) locale, your provisioning of VMFS datastores will fail. To be able to do that you need to change your locale to the above mentioned.
And on a side note, if you’re running the plugin on a Windows 2008 server, your logfiles will be saved under “C:Users<username>AppDataLocalVirtualStoreProgram Files (x86)VMwareInfrastructureVirtual Infrastructure ClientPluginsEMC Unified Storagelog”, not under “C:Program Files (x86)VMwareInfrastructureVirtual Infrastructure ClientPluginsEMC Celerralog” as stated in the release notes.