Dell VxRail at a Glance
This article will show you how VxRail will help simplify your IT through standardisation and automation. Dell VxRail is a hyper-converged compute node which includes storage (powered by vSAN) and is easily scalable. Layering tools from VMware’s SDDC stack like the management and automation enables these nodes to be the ideal hybrid cloud option with full lifecycle management.
- Brief overview of the plugin and VxRail panels
- Brief overview of VxRail Manager services to monitor the health of the appliance
- See where to monitor the hardware, for example add or replace a disk in a node, or add a node to an existing cluster
- How to upgrade (LCM) the software and firmware used to power the VxRail cluster
- G Series – General-purpose appliances for broad hyper-converged use cases. Up to four nodes fit in a single 2U chassis. Available in all-flash or hybrid configurations.
- E Series – Everywhere from data center core to edge deployments, the combination of density, drive groups, and balance of resources in a low profile 1U form factor enables it to be deployed for a wide range of use cases.
- V Series – VDI-optimised graphics ready appliances with support for up to three graphics accelerators for specialised use cases such as high-end 2D/3D visualization. Each appliance has one node per 2U chassis. Available in all-flash or hybrid configurations.
- P Series – Performance intensive appliances optimised for heavy workloads such as databases. Each appliance has one node per 2U chassis. Available in all-flash or hybrid configurations.
- S Series – Storage dense appliances for demanding applications such as virtualized Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange, big data, and analytics. Each appliance has one node per 2U chassis. Available in hybrid configurations only.
Viewing the plugin
As from VxRail version 4.7, it is now integrated into the vSphere client rather than the old VxRail Manager GUI.
The bulk of the functions can be found in the menu highlighted and provides these options:
- Version and installation date information
- Links to the product documentation, privacy statement
- Update button. This is a Link & Launch to the same LifeCycle Management (LCM) page as in previous VxRail Manager versions (Dashboard > Config > System).
- Market: This is a Link & Launch to the same Market view page as in previous VxRail Manager versions (Dashboard > Config > Market).
- Add VxRail Hosts: Shows any available new hosts that can be added to the cluster from this page.
- Hosts: Overview of the hosts in the cluster, providing information such as: service tag, appliance id, model, operation status, ESXi host management IP, hostname. Changing the hostname or management IP of a host is now possible from this host overview.
- Support: Shows information about (and allows setting of) the Dell EMC Support Account and the Dell EMC Secure Remote Services.
- Networking: Allows setting of the Internet Connection Status and Proxy Settings.
- Health Monitoring: Allows enabling/disabling of VxRail cluster’s health monitoring, which can be helpful while certain planned maintenance tasks are performed.
- Troubleshooting: Allows creation and download of log bundles for the VxRail cluster. The following data can be collected into a log bundle:
- VxRail Manager
Monitoring and maintenance