Four Clustered vSphere Version 4.0 Implementation
Closed     Case # 10018     Affiliated Job:  New Trier Township District 2031
Opened:  Monday, June 1, 2009     Closed:  Monday, August 31, 2009
Total Hit Count:  30799     Last Hit:  Tuesday, July 23, 2024 5:00:45 PM
Unique Hit Count:  8964     Last Unique Hit:  Tuesday, July 23, 2024 5:00:45 PM
Case Type(s):  Server, Vendor Support
Case Notes(s):  All cases are posted for review purposes only. Any implementations should be performed at your own risk.

Summer 2009 project was to implement a four server clustered vSphere version 4.0 infrastructure. This was to include vCenter, Update Manager and VMware Data Recovery Manager. We used the services of a consulting company to assist with the server acquisition , best practice deployment of this environment, build and follow through. My role was to perform the migration while the consulting group planned, carved out the data in the SAN and supervised/instructed the process.

Action(s) Performed:
Total Action(s): 1
Action # Recorded Date Type Hit(s) User Expand Details
10067 2/16/2010 3:54:53 PM Server 3482 We purchased the servers through Dell, extended our already existing EMC SA  More ...

Following completion of the prior activities and our contract with our consultants, we began to experience issues with the server hardware acquired from Dell. Power redundancy failures on the R710 servers were popping up and in the end we replaced an entire system which required me to rebuild that system from scratch and re-introduce it into the 4 server cluster.

In the end we have experienced a number of issues with the newly released version 4.0 of vSphere and the Dell PowerEdge R710 servers. Everything operating well while under ESX 3.5, following the upgrade to vSphere we have encountered numerous issues which has been both hardware and software related. As we come close to U2 of vSphere version 4.0 I feel we are finally arriving at a point where we can operate adequately at this revision.

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