I uploaded version 0.6 today. I've added the ESX host section and there have been a couple of other small improvements.
Let me know of anything you think I should add (or remove).
If you've got the room, a quick summary of the esxcfg-vswitch and esxcfg-vswif commands might be useful.
Since, if there's ever a problem with VirtualCenter connectivity, it's likely those are what you're going to need.
Thanks for the comment. I was starting to think no-one was listening
Absolutely. Networking and Storage will be done in the next version, and I'll definately include the basics of esxcfg-vswitch and esxcfg-vswif. If I've got the space I'd like to include a bit on what to do if your service console is trashed, i.e. delete and recreate.
However, I want to avoid it just being a command-line reference guide though. This is really meant to help the average user. If it can be done in VCI then I won't bother.
I am thinking about an additional guide for the new Remote CLI appliance for 3.5, which would detail all the commands available there. These are a subset of the full blown ESX Service Console commands, but cover the interesting ones. There's a listing on Eric Sloof's blog here
Version 0.7 is done.
I've been fiddling with the networking section to get it as good as I can. This is the one section where I do need to use a few COS commands, as sometimes its the only way. I'm pretty happy with its"facts to size" ratio.
Unfortunately, I think the planned section for the common hardware management agents (IBM Director, Dell OpenManage & HP InsightManager) is going to have to be dropped. I just don't think I'm going to have space. I think I could do IBM director in 4 lines, but I'm not so familiar with the other two (anyone got any links to Dell's and HP's setups?) I'll just need to wait and see. I've still got Storage (FC, iSCSI & NFS), Resources (DRS, Resource Pools, Clusters & HA) and VCB, all to squeeze into one column. Eek.
As usual, let me know if you have any comments.
(anyone got any links to Dell's and HP's setups?)
Dell Documents can be found at www.dell.com/vmware > support documents. The user guide for OpenManage installation on ESX is at http://www.dell.com/downloads/global/solutions/installing_dell_openmanage_on_esx.pdf
Bala, Dell Inc.
For the HP stuff, there's not a lot in it. Just copy the installation file down there, and run it.
To be honest, I think you're right not to include it. Certainly put a notation to install the server hardware management agents, but I don't think you need any more than that. If people don't know how to do it, or at least to a google search for installation instructions, then they probably shouldn't be managing a server environment in the first place.
I think you're right. I've stuck a note in the install checklist to "install hardware and backup agents as required", and I think that would be enough.
It's more a nice to have thing really; to save someone digging around, just to install an agent. I know from experience, that for the IBM one it took quite a bit of searching around to find the right documentation for the latest version. Also, its one of those things that can't be done from the VIC, which might confuse a Windows Engineer unfamiliar with Linux. In my experience, windows server guys aren't scared of the command line, but its just not obvious to them to have to chmod a script before running it.
Ok, I've decided on a bit of a compromise for now. After reading the excellent pdf from Dell, I thought I would just link to these sorts of documents. I can squeeze it into the Install bit. Something like this:
• Install hardware management agents as required:
VMware overview: http://www.vmware.com/support/esx25/doc/sys_mgmt_links.html
VMware latest tech note: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/esx302_cfg_mgmt_tools.pdf
• Install backup agents as required
The IBM link is the best one I have found to date. Actually the VMware technical note is very useful and succinct.
I have tried searching on the forums here and on the HP site, but haven't found a good equivalent link. Anyone know of an HP guide for Insight manager?
Thanks! As a relative newcomer, this is extraordinarily helpful. If I could give you points for being helpful, I would.
its always nice to hear that someone finds it useful. Most of the people that get hold of this are probably old veterans of ESX, so its interesting to see if people new to it find it useful, confusing, too detailed, not detailed enough, set at too high a level or too nitty-gritty.
At last. Version 0.9 is online.
I consider this to be pretty much "feature complete". I just need help
to tell me if you think there is anything inaccurate, missing or out-of
date. I will tidy up the general formatting in the meantime, but please
let me know what you all think. Once I've released version 1.0 sometime
later this week or next, I won't update it very often. So if you think
it can be improved then speak now!
I'm already thinking about what to do for the 3i guide, but I leave for
Vancouver at the end of next week, so things might slow for a few
weeks. Hopefully my next job will involve lots of VMware work again, so I can continue to create similar guides. Let me know if you have any advice here
Thanks Forbes, keep up the good work