Thursday, September 27, 2012

vShield Manager 5.0.1 Installation and Configuration Part 1

vShield Manager 5.0.1 Installation and Configuration Part 1

VMware vShield Manager

vShield Manager is the centralized network management component of vShield, and is installed as a virtual appliance on any ESXi host in your vCenter Server environment. A vShield Manager can run on a different ESXi host from your vShield agents. The requirements to install vShield Manager are:

System Requirements

8GB for all vShield components
vShield Manager: 8GB allocated, 3GB reserved
vShield App: 1GB allocated, 1 GB reserved
vShield Edge compact: 256 MB, large: 1 GB, x-large: 8 GB
vShield Data Security: 512 MB
Disk Space
vShield Manager: 8GB
vShield App: 5 GB per vShield App per ESX host
vShield Edge compact: 200 MB, large and x-Large: 256 MB
vShield Data Security: 6GB per ESX host
vShield Manager: 2
vShield App: 1 per vShield App per ESX host
vShield Edge compact: 1, large and x-Large: 2
2 gigabit NICs on an ESX host for all vShield components

 Software Requirements 
These are the minimum required versions of VMware products.
1.VMware vCenter Server 4.0 Update 2 or later
2.VMware ESX 4.0 Update 2 or later for each server
NOTE vShield Endpoint and vShield Data Security require ESXi 5.0 Patch 1 and later or ESXi 4.1 Patch 3
and later.
3.VMware Tools
I am using ESXI 5.0.1 and vCenter 5.0.1
·         The network port requirements are:




Secure communication from, to, and among the ESXi host, the vCenter Server, and vShield Data Secrity


Communicates between vShield Manager and vShield App for time synchronization


Secure communication from the REST client to vShield Manager for using REST API calls

80 and 443/TCP

Used for the vShield Manager user interface and initiating connection to the vSphere SDK


Communication between the vShield Manager and vShield App and troubleshooting the CLI
Download the vShield manager ova from VMware website here.
Installation is valid for both version of vshield Manager 5.0.1 and 5.0.2.
Log in to the vSphere Client.

Select File > Deploy OVF Template.
Click Deploy from file and click Browse to locate the folder on your PC that contains the vShield Manager OVA File.

Give the vshield Manager Name as below and click next.

Select the sharded storage, so the vshield manager takes advantage of vmotion and click next.

I will be selecting thin provision, please select as needed and click next.

Select port group that has access to esxi management and vcenter server, Click Next.

Review the information of Name, Folder, Network and finish to complete the deployment.


Complete the installation. The vShield Manager is installed as a virtual machine in your inventory.

Power on the vShield Manager virtual machine.
Configuring the Network Settings of the vShield Manager
You must use the command line interface (CLI) of the vShield Manager to configure an IP address, identify the default gateway, and set DNS settings. You can specify up to two DNS servers that the vShield Manager can use for IP address and host name resolution. DNS is required if any ESX host in your vCenter Server environment was added by using the hostname (instead of IP address).
Right-click the vShield Manager virtual machine and click Open Console to open the command line interface (CLI) of the vShield Manager. The booting process might take a few minutes.
After the manager login prompt appears, log in to the CLI by using the user name admin and the password default.

Default username (admin) and password (default) combination as the
vShield Manager user interface. Entering Enabled mode also uses the password default.
Enter Enabled mode by using the password default.
manager> enable
Now configure the IP addess in the below screen.
(Optional) If you have configured network settings for the vShield Manager before, you must reboot the system.
Log out and log back in to the CLI by using the user name admin and the password default.
 Ping the default gateway to verify network connectivity.

Log In to the vShield Manager User Interface

After you have installed and configured the vShield Manager virtual machine, log in to the vShield Manage user interface, vai web browser.

1.Open a Web browser window and type the IP address assigned to the vShield Manager. The vShield Manager user interface opens in a web browser window using SSL.

2.Accept the security certificate.

3 Log in to the vShield Manager user interface by using the user name admin and the password default.

First thing to change the password, click on setting & reporting and in the right side top, click on change password.

4. Now logout and login with the changed password.
Synchronize and Register the vShield Manager with the vCenter Server and Plug-In with the vSphere Client
You must have a vCenter Server user account with administrative access to complete this task to synchronize. The vSphere Plug-in option lets you register the vShield Manager as a vSphere Client plug-in. After the plugin is registered, you can configure most vShield options from the vSphere Client.
1 Click Settings & Reports from the vShield Manager Inventory panel.
2 Click the Configuration tab.
3 Click the vCenter tab and provide all required information and click on save. 

After synchronize with vCenter inventory will appear under setting & Reports in the left side refer below.
4 Click vSphere Plug-in in the right side next to vcenter server information and  Click Register.
4 If you are logged in to the vSphere Client, log out and Log in.
5 Select an ESX host.
6 Verify that the vShield tab appears as an option.
Date and Time configuration:
vShield Manager can sync to the NTP server for date and time.
1 Logon to vShield Manager.
2 Click on setting & reporting go to configuration and Date\Time
Configuring backup for vShield manager database
Click on setting & reports
In the right side click on backups, fill the host ip and name details.
This installation and configuration is done with reference to quick start guide in VMware:
This covers Part 1 and Soon with installation of vshield endpoint and permission in part 2.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Uninstall Power Path VE on ESXi5, does not remove the powerpath VE plugin.

1. Use the following to verify the powerpath/VE plugin in ESXi
#esxcli software vib list | grep EMC

Before Uninstall power path VE you need to remove the claim rule of powerpath in ESXI5.

2. Use the below command to list the claimrule.
#esxcli storage core claimrule list
below will be the output of this query.

3. Remove the claim rule assigned for powerpath pulgin with the below command.

#esxcli storage core claimrule remove --rule 250 (starting from 250 to 350 as per above, you have to remove whatever is assigned by powerpath).

4. Once after removing the claimrule, run the following to take effect.
#esxcli storage core claimrule load

5. Verify if all the claimrule associated with powerpath is removed using the following command.

# esxcli storage core claimrule list
you will see the below output.

6. Now we can remove the powerpath plugin successfully using the following.
#esxcli software vib remove -n powerpath.cim.esx -n powerpath.lib.esx -n powerpath.plugin.esx

Reboot the server.

VMware kB reference:

Thursday, June 21, 2012

How to get Hardware serial Number, product version, etc in ESXi5(vSphere 5)

I just tried using dmidecode on ESXi5, which was not working, looked around for the command to gather information about the serial number, product information, firmware version. Want to keep this recorded.

Use the following command to get those information.

SSH to ESXi with root login.

go to /var/log
# cd /var/log

Now use the following command.

/var/log # smbiosDump

will provide all the available hardware details.

if you want to filter to certain things use grep with that as follows.

/var/log # smbiosDump | grep System -A10
System Info: #
Board Info:
Asset Tag: "(none)"

Monday, May 21, 2012

Check the HBA link status and wwn on esxi 5.0

To trouble storage path and link issue on esxi 5.0.

To list the available HBA ports and Link status use the following command.
~ # esxcli storage core adapter list
HBA Name Driver Link State UID Description
-------- ----------- ---------- ------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------
vmhba0 qla2xxx link-up fc.208000e08b000162:218000e08b000162 (0:6:0.0) QLogic Corp ISP2532-based 8Gb Fibre Channel to PCI Express HBA
vmhba1 qla2xxx link-up fc.20000024ff390e11:21000024ff390e11 (0:6:0.1) QLogic Corp ISP2532-based 8Gb Fibre Channel to PCI Express HBA
vmhba32 usb-storage link-n/a usb.vmhba32 () USB

Ports that are able to see LUNs.

# esxcli storage core path list | grep -i vmhba*
Runtime Name: vmhba0:C0:T1:L0
Adapter: vmhba0
Runtime Name: vmhba0:C0:T1:L1
Adapter: vmhba0
Runtime Name: vmhba0:C0:T1:L2
Adapter: vmhba0
Runtime Name: vmhba0:C0:T1:L3
Adapter: vmhba0
Runtime Name: vmhba0:C0:T1:L4
Adapter: vmhba0
Runtime Name: vmhba0:C0:T1:L5
Adapter: vmhba0
Runtime Name: vmhba0:C0:T1:L6
Adapter: vmhba0
Runtime Name: vmhba0:C0:T1:L7
Adapter: vmhba0
Runtime Name: vmhba0:C0:T1:L8
Adapter: vmhba0
Runtime Name: vmhba0:C0:T1:L9
Adapter: vmhba0

Vmware powercli command to get esxi host wwn

Friday, March 16, 2012

ESXi5.0 Update1 released on March 2012

Just want to share to all about ESXi5.0 Update1 released on March 2012

What's New?

New processor support.
Additional Operating System support like Mac OS X Server Lion 10.7.2 and 10.7.3.
New Device Drivers

45+ issue occured on ESXi 5.0 has been resolved with release of ESXI5.0 Update 1.

Refer release notes for more information at below link