Neil Anderson over at Flackbox.com has written a guide giving step-by-step instructions on how to build a full NetApp ONTAP 9 lab. It’s all built with free virtualized software meaning you can build and run it for free of cost.
It features two NetApp simulator clusters along with Windows and Linux clients and it’s networked via a VyOS router. It gives you a working replica of a production storage environment which you can use for testing or study.
Download Link : http://www.flackbox.com/netapp-simulator/
Lab Topology Diagram
Lab Topology Notes
IP Addressing Tables
VMware Workstation Player Install
VyOS Router Build
NetApp Simulator Build
Windows Server Build
This training course focuses on deploying and managing a software-defined storage solution with VMware Virtual SAN 5.5. This course looks at how Virtual SAN is used as an important component in the VMware software-defined data center. The course is based on VMware ESXi 5.5 and VMware vCenter Server 5.5.
Module 1: Introduction to Virtual SAN
The Benefits of Virtual SAN
Advantages of Virtual SAN over Traditional Storage and VSA.
Senior staff engineer Melina McLarty discusses Virtual SAN functionality which virtualizes local physical storage resources of ESXi hosts and turns them into storage pools that can be carved up and assigned to virtual machines and applications according to their quality of service requirements.
VMDirectPath I/O is a VMware technology that can be used with I/O hardware to reduce the CPU impact of high-bandwidth throughput workload’s by ‘‘bypassing’’ the hypervisor. It is supported for specific networking adapters in vSphere ESX 4, and it is experimental for specific storage adapters in vSphere ESX 4.
By allowing virtual machines to directly access the underlying hardware devices, VMDirectPath I/O device access enhances CPU efficiency in handling workload’s that require constant and frequent access to I/O devices. VMDirectPath I/O for networking I/O devices is fully supported with the Intel 82598 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller and Broadcom 57710 and 57711 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller.
1. To use VMDirectPath, verify that the host has Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) or AMD I/O Virtualization Technology (IOMMU) enabled in the BIOS. Refer to my earlier post.
2. Verify that the PCI devices are connected to the host and marked as available for passthrough.
3. Verify that the virtual machine is using hardware version 7.
Use of the VMDirectPath disables many advanced VMware functions for the virtual machine, so be careful before you start using VMDirect Path.
2. High availability
3. Suspend and resume
4. Record and replay
5. Fault tolerance
6. Memory overcommitment and page sharing
7. Hot add/remove of virtual devices
8. No Snapshot backup
I have been concentrating on storage for some time now and if you are trying to understand storage basis, here is a great list of documents covered by Josh Townsend in his blog.
I was lucky to hit this early than many of you wanted to, I hope this helps you to get a clear understanding on the basic ground of storage. Josh has smartly split down storage in VIII different units starting from basic to advanced concept, which makes it very easy to understand. I have added topic and link to respective portion in Josh blog. I am sure you will find it very useful.