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    LAST UPDATED: 06/23/2020

    HOST POWERTOOLS FOR VMWARE USER GUIDE

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    Table of Contents 1 Introduction to Host PowerTools for VMware ________________________________4

    1.1 What is INFINIDAT Host PowerTools for VMware ........................................................................ 4

    1.2 Locating the INFINIDAT View ........................................................................................................ 6

    2 Configuring Host PowerTools for VMware ___________________________________8

    2.1 Installation prerequisites ............................................................................................................. 8

    2.2 Host PowerTools for VMware installation instructions............................................................... 9

    2.3 Upgrading Host PowerTools for VMware................................................................................... 11

    2.4 Uninstalling Host PowerTools for VMware ................................................................................ 17

    2.5 Changing the Host PowerTools IP settings................................................................................ 20

    3 Preparing the ESXi hosts ________________________________________________21

    3.1 ESXi hosts and clusters readiness .............................................................................................. 21

    3.2 Setting up iSCSI hosts via Host PowerTools for VMware .......................................................... 23

    3.3 Registering ESXi hosts and clusters ........................................................................................... 24

    3.4 Adding new ESXi hosts to a registered cluster .......................................................................... 26

    3.5 Moving ESXi host between clusters............................................................................................ 26

    4 Storage managment using Host PowerTools for VMware ______________________27

    4.1 Provisioning storage to vSphere ................................................................................................ 27

    4.2 Viewing mapped volumes on Host Powertools for VMware ..................................................... 31

    4.3 Mapping an existing volume to vSphere.................................................................................... 31

    4.4 Creating a datastore on an existing volume .............................................................................. 32

    4.5 Renaming the device name to the volume name...................................................................... 33

    4.6 Resizing datastores and volumes............................................................................................... 34

    4.7 Unmap datastores and volumes ................................................................................................ 35

    4.8 Reclaiming freed space............................................................................................................... 36

    5 Backing up virtual machines _____________________________________________37

    5.1 How to backup virtual machines................................................................................................ 37

    5.2 Modifying the snapshot name and description......................................................................... 39

    5.3 Restoring VMs from snapshot..................................................................................................... 39

    5.4 Exposing VMs from snapshot...................................................................................................... 41

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    5.5 Deleting a snapshot .................................................................................................................... 43

    5.6 Restoring the VM from the Snapshot Catalog............................................................................ 44

    6 Host PowerTools for VMware appendices __________________________________45

    6.1 Host PowerTools for VMware administrative tasks................................................................... 45

    6.2 Appendix: Viewing volumes and hosts on the InfiniBox GUI .................................................... 46

    6.3 Upgrading to Host PowerTools for VMware 5.3 (or later) from a previous version ................. 46

    6.4 Recommended step when restoring from a consistent snapshot ........................................... 49

    7 Active-Active replication with vSphere _____________________________________51

    7.1 Preparing ESXi hosts when using Non-uniform connectivity ................................................... 51

    7.2 Settings Optimized/Non-optimized ESXi hosts......................................................................... 52

    7.3 Viewing Active-Active volumes and datastores......................................................................... 54

    7.4 Snapshots for Active-Active virtual machines ........................................................................... 56

    7.5 Other operations on Active-Active datastores .......................................................................... 61

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    INTRODUCTION TO HOST POWERTOOLS FOR VMWARE  –  4

    1 Introduction to Host PowerTools for VMware

    1.1 What is INFINIDAT Host PowerTools for VMware

    1.1.1 About INFINIDAT Host PowerToolsTM for VMware is an application that provides the VMware administrator with provisioning capabilities and with an easing of the process of volumes backup and recovery.

    INFINIDAT encourages a close cooperation between the storage administrator and the VMware administrator, as well as other applications administrators. According to this vision, the storage administrator maintains an overall control over the storage environment, and sets policies to be followed by all of the applications. Application administrators are granted with an autonomy to provision storage and to operate within the policies set by the storage administrator. This approach enables InfiniBox to intelligently automate most of the processes, and to monitor the administrator actions so as to prevent mistakes that can lead to downtime.

    Combining these advanced management capabilities provided by InfiniBox in tight integration with VMware's newest and most advanced tools enables the storage and VMware administrators to provide a faster, better and more agile service to the business.

    INFINIDAT strongly encourages organizations to adopt this policy-driven approach which accelerates business processes, but of course customers may also opt out of it. Working in this approach, Host PowerTools for VMware offers a read-only mode for the VMware administrator, where all changes are carried out by the storage team only.

    Host PowerToolsTM is a trademark of INFINIDAT.

    Terminology

    InfiniBox The INFINIDAT storage system that Host PowerTools connects to.

    Host A computer system to which the InfiniBox  is attached and accessible for data storage and I/O.

    Volume A set of disk blocks presented to an operating environment as a range of consecutively numbered logical blocks with disk-like storage and I/O semantics.

    OVF / OVA OVF (Open Virtualization Format) is an industry standard developed by VMware for distribution purposes. It describes, in XML format, metadata related to virtual machine image.

    This format is supported, among other platforms, by VMware vCenter 4.0 and above.

    The OVA contains an OVF file along with other files needed for the deployment of the virtual machine.

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    INTRODUCTION TO HOST POWERTOOLS FOR VMWARE  –  5

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    VASA Provider VASA (VMware vSphere® API for Storage Awareness) is a set of APIs that allows storage vendors to provide vSphere with information about specific disk arrays for a tighter integration between storage and the virtual infrastructure.

    The shared information includes details on storage virtualization, including health status, configuration, capacity and thin provisioning.

    LUN Logical Unit Number. An identifier of the volume.

    Pool The pool is a logical space that contains volume, snapshot and clones. The pool allocates physical and virtual storage space for these entities. The pool also determines a policy for automatic extension in case of space depletion.

    Role-based access control INFINIDAT restricts system access to users according to roles and operations.

    The available roles are system administrator, a read-only user, pool administrator (that is restricted to a given set of pools) and the host_tools (see below).

    host_tools This user accesses the InfiniBox using the Host PowerTools.

    This user has access to all of the InfiniBox pools.

    Supported Platforms

    See an up-to-date list on the INFINIDAT Support website.

    Note:

    HPTVM is not supported on hosts that have an Active-Active volume mapped as LUN 0. HPTVM is compatible with SnapRotator according to the following matrix:

    HPTVM 5.2.1 and later

    SnapRotator 7.0.1 and later

    Guide supported versions

    This guide applies to Host PowerTools for VMware 4.x and above.

    Last updated

    March 11, 2020.

    https://infinidat.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/a