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So a few updates. I just updated my vSphere Best Practices guide and it can be found here:
I normally do not create a blog post about updating the guide, but this one was a major overhaul and I think is worth mentioning. Furthermore, there are a few documents I have written and published that I want to mention.
First of note, this guide has been updated for vSphere 6.5 (up to patch 1 in fact)–this is probably the most important addition in terms of content. So automatic UNMAP, VMFS-6 etc.
Also, I have pretty much retired the MaxHWTransferSize recommendation to change it from 4 MB (the default) to 16 MB (the max). The original reasoning for this change was to increase the speed of XCOPY sessions, but frankly, it has minimal, if not zero, impact on this when the FlashArray is involved. So it doesn’t really make sense for it to be a default best practice. So Pure Storage no longer requires (we never really did anyways) or even recommends it. But we certainly still support making this change.
The next change is explanation. A bit of a brain dump. I spent a lot more time explaining recommendations and considerations for common questions that I get. How do we work with SIOC? SDRS? Disk.SchedQuantum? Capacity management? Alerting? UNMAP? Etc.
I have also removed pretty much all of it “integration” stuff in there. This guide focuses on using ESXi and vCenter with the FlashArray. Obviously the integration helps dramatically, but this guide is more about understanding the concepts then necessarily how to integrate. I certainly recommend using the integration though as it makes everything even better. But I felt it was out of the scope of the document–as there was simply too much and it overwhelmed the core message of the paper.
I have written two other documents as well, here are the links:
The second is more of general integration of the FlashArray into the vRealize Suite. How do I configure a FlashArray with Log Insight (our content pack), Operations Manager (our management pack), Orchestrator (our plugin), and Automation (XaaS)? Basics on installations and configuration and use. Should get you started for sure.
Don’t forget about this Webinar I did with Jon Harris at VMware on vRA and vRO:
Look for a more detailed vRA white paper in the coming months.