We are deploying remote offices with FAS2020 NetApp and two vSphere 4.1 (ESXi). As we are using ESXi instead of ESX (Recommended directly by VMWare), we don't know if it's necessary to install MBR Tools and how to do it, as they only works in ESX hosts.
Can anyone help me please?
Thank you so much, best regards.
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I think you might be asking 2 different things. With ESXi you do not install the Host Utilities Kit (HUK) since it will not work with ESXi. Instead you use the VSC which is installed with vCenter to configure the ESXi hosts (HBA settings, time out values ect.)
MBRalign is used to align the guest VM file system. You are correct that MBRalign does not work with ESXi so you have to align the VMs (if they require it!) using a full version of ESX or a 3rd party tool that is compatiable with ESXi (Quest, Paragon ect).
If your templates are aligned though evey VM deployed from the template will be aligned and it is a non issue.
We also have some solutions for ESXi and alignment in the works coming soon!
Ok Keitha I understand, but how can I be sure template is aligned, or how can I align it without an ESX host? All of our hosts are ESXi.
Thank you so much, regards
Until something more permanent comes along, what I use to make sure that legacy or new templates are fully aligned is a mixture of the following:
Also it's worth noting that this only affects operating systems prior to 2008/Vista as the correct starting offset is now the default.
I'd like to ask you related questions. If possible, could you provide us answers?
Since my system will be build using ESXi (and OracleVM), I look forward to seeing solutions for ESXi and alignment!