2015-05-22 05:24 AM
Hi all, I'm new to NetApp and have just installed a shiny new FAS8020 (switchless HA) with 3x DS2246 disk shelves
I have been reading through the latest version of the NetApp whitepaper, "VMware vSphere 5 on NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP - Best Practices", but it is not clear to me how to layout my SVMs and LUNs.
We will have all our VMware virtual machines .vmdks (around 20) on the NetApp as our host servers only have an SD card in them to boot ESXi from.
Do I need to create just one SVM, with one volume per virtual machine, and multiple LUNs within the volume for each disk I'll want to create for the virtual machine's O/S??
I hope I'm making sense!
Any advice greatly appreciated
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2015-05-22 10:57 AM - edited 2015-05-22 11:02 AM
2015-05-26 11:09 AM
Thanks for your detailed reply!
I've created a single FlexVol SVM with Security Style "UNIX". 90% of the volumes I create will host CentOS-based VMs.
One thing that came up was whether I should create an SVM management LIF?? I chose not to, but the guidelines seem to think I'd need one for SAN protocols (I'm using FC). Can you advise on that at all?
Many thanks, Mark
2015-05-26 12:05 PM
i'll do my best.
It is a Best Practice to create a Mgmt LIF, as it is used by SW like i.e. SnapDrive to help you manage your SVM and Data in it.
It also let's you seperate networks in case you have a data network (10G or FC) and a mgmt. network. This might come in handy in case you would like to delegate SVM mgmt. to an application owner and don't want him to have full access to you cluster (as you can also manage your SVM through the cluster mgmt lif)
Reasons for not creating a mgmt. lif could be a constrain on IP Adresses or LIFs.
hope that makes sense.