We have recently released a new version of the NetApp Storage Best Practices for VMware vSphere technical report TR-3749. I’m very excited as version 3.0 includes a number of new content that is highlighted by the addition of support for vSphere 5.
TR-3749 is “the bible” for configuring VMware on NetApp. it’s contents provide the basis for the rest of our VMware solutions based TRs in areas such as vCD, SRM, View, virtualizing Microsoft applications, XenDesktop on vSphere, etc. The contents provide an introduction with NetApp storage, VMware storage options, and storage networking design. These initial constructs are followed by chapters on architectural design best practices and configuration and provisioning automation via the NetApp VSC plug-in for vCenter.
Peter Learmonth led the team who updated the TR, and trust me here, this was no small feat. These engineering efforts led to a 28% increase in size from 92 to 118 pages! Below is a list of just some of the content that’s new in version 3.0.
- An introduction to storage concepts in vSphere 5
- Updated storage maximums, supported options, and NetApp integration tables
- Support for the VSC with the vCSA or vCenter Server Appliance
- Host Profiles
- VMFS 5
- Storage DRS, affinity rules and maintenance mode
- SIOC or Storage I/O Controls
After you download the TR, please share your feedback with us. Peter & team are working diligently on the next update and your feedback will help shape the content and structure of version 3.1, which is currently scheduled for the March 2012 time frame.