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Preparing vSphere 5.0 for VMware vFabric Data Director (2006198)

Purpose

This article explains how to configure the required settings in vSphere 5.0 for Network Time Protocol (NTP), VMware High Availability (HA), and Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), before deploying vFabric Data Director.
 
Note: For more information, see vSphere Settings for Data Director in the VMware vFabric Data Director Installation Guide. The guide contains definitive information. If there is a discrepancy between the guide and this article, assume that the article is correct.

Resolution

Before installing vFabric Data director, you must configure NTP, HA, and DRS in vSphere 5.0.

To set up NTP on the ESXi host:

  1. Log in to the vCenter Server using the vSphere client.
  2. Click Host and Clusters under Inventory on the vCenter Server home page.
  3. Expand the ESXi inventory and click the ESXi host.
  4. Click the Configuration tab, then click Time Configuration under Software.
  5. Click Properties. This causes the Time Configuration window to display.
  6. In the Time Configuration window, click Options and then click NTP settings in the Options window.
  7. Click Add. An Add NTP Server dialog box opens.
  8. In the Add NTP Server dialog box, type a valid NTP server address and click OK.
  9. Enable Restart NTP service to apply changes and click OK.
  10. In the Time Configuration dialog, confirm that the NTP Client Enabled option is enabled:
    • If it is enabled, click OK.
    • If it is not selected, click the Options button. In the Service Commands section of the NTP Daemon (ntdp) Options dialog, click Start and then click OK.

  11. Repeat these steps for the other ESXi hosts in the Data Director cluster.

To enable the HA and DRS solutions:

  1. Log in to the vCenter Server using the vSphere Client.
  2. Click Host and Clusters under Inventory on the vCenter Server home page.
  3. Right-click a datacenter or a folder within a datacenter and select New Cluster.
  4. Enter the name of the datacenter for Data Director.
  5. Enable Turn On vSphere HA and Turn On vSphere DRS, then click Next.
  6. On the vSphere DRS page, set the automation level to Partially automated or Fully Automated, then click Next.
  7. On the Power Management page, leave power management set to Off or select a power management setting appropriate for your environment, then click Next.
  8. On the vSphere HA page, leave the default HA settings to default, then click Next.
  9. For Virtual Machine Options, leave the default settings.
  10. For the VM monitoring settings, select Application Monitoring. Leave Monitoring sensitivity to default. Click Next.
  11. Leave VMware Enhanced vMotion Compatibility disabled, then click Next.

    Note: You can change this setting if your environment requires it. For more information, see Enhanced VMotion Compatibility (EVC) processor support (1003212).

  12. Leave the Swap file policy for Virtual Machines set to default, then click Next.
  13. Review the summay of settings, then click Finish to complete the configuration.
  14. Drag and drop ESXi hosts to this new cluster, if they are available in the inventory, or right-click the new cluster and click Add Host to launch the wizard.

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