HP LeftHand CMC 10.0 Changes

HP’s Lefthand / P4000/ StoreVirtual product has had a major version upgrade with it’s announcement of Lefthand OS 10.0. This release will be the first to drop the SAN/iQ moniker in favor of the company name that created the product before HP’s aquisition a few years ago.

The release of this software upgrade was slated for the 4th December if I’m not mistaken but interestingly their FTP site now has the updated patches/upgrades as of the 26th of November.

I had the chance to download the new files (with some difficulty, I get the feeling their FTP site is taking a hammering at the moment!) and have since installed the new version of their Centralised Management Console or CMC.

Going into this upgrade I had high hopes for its new support for an internet proxy for the downloading of patches, something that has really let the product down previously in my opinion. In any case, the new version now allows you to specify a SOCKS proxy…yay!

Now, the bad news…

It does not allow you to specify any authentication for the proxy…argh!!!! In our environment this is a real pain from a security perspective and as such is not going to help. For now it will be back to downloading the media from an alternative location and copying it to the CMC. This in itself can prove to be tedious, particularly when the CMC decides that the downloaded media is corrupt and needs to re-download it! Oh well…baby steps eh šŸ˜›

CMC 10.0 Proxy Setting

On a more positive note, the new version now supports ActiveDirectory integrated authentication. So far I can’t see where this is configured but I’m guessing you’ll need to have your nodes upgraded to version 10 first…i’ll post an update on this shortly.

Further to this there is now an additional SAN status page panel showing all active tasks which should prove to be extremely useful, something that was lacking previously, especially when managing multiple clusters from a single CMC by more than one administrator. Again I’ll post more on this when I see it in action. In the meantime here’s a shot of the Active Tasks pane, not very exciting but gives you an idea.

CMC 10.0 Active Tasks

So that seems to be about it for now, I’d be keen to hear from any others that have found more new features that I’ve missed. Once I’ve fully downloaded all of the new patches I’ll upgrade one of my test VSA clusters and post about that, hopefully I’ll then be able to integrate the cluster security into AD šŸ™‚

Thanks for reading!

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vSphere 5.1 – VMware Tools filling event logs on a Terminal Server

I just stumbled across this bug while working on an ESXi 5.1 server running a Windows Server 2008 R2 Terminal Server VM.

The VM had been crashing randomly and throughout the Application event logs were the following messages:

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Reading the event details showed the following:

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After a bit of digging around I found this KB article:Ā http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2036350

As it turns out this is a known issue and currently a workaround exists to helpĀ alleviateĀ the symptoms.

First disable VMware Tools Application logging by modifying the tools.conf file, normally found under C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Tools on Server 2008/R2/2012. If this file does not exist you can create it manually via notepad or similar. Add the following line to the file:

[logging]
vmusr.level = error

Save the file and restart the VMTools service from the Services snap-in tool.

Secondly,Ā disableĀ the virtual machine general logging via the vSphere client. Edit the virtual machine settings, click on the Options tab, select Advanced->General and un-tick the “Enable Logging” tick box.

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Save the configuration and then restart the VM. If you are unable to restart the VM you can also vMotion the VM to another host to make this setting take affect.

Anyway, hope this helps šŸ™‚