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VMware Guided Consolidation tool

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by Theprof, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    For the VM guys, do you guys use the guided consolidation tool often when deploying VMware infrastructure to P2V VM's using the wizard? I've always just did the P2V manually but I am just curious to know, perhaps I could be using a better method to do this. I can see this coming in handy when running it for the ratings, etc... but the actual automated P2V process kind of makes me nervous. I never used guided consolidation so I apologize ahead of time if I am missing something :biggrin
     
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    ThomasMc Gigabyte Poster

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    Its been a while since I used it but I never noticed it doing the actual P2V from what I seen it only monitored CPU and Memory loads to advise if it was a P2V candidate or not and missed the important IOPs data, SimonD recommended one from Microsoft but for the life of me can't remember the name of it :oops:
     
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    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    From my understanding, once it gathers all the necessary information which could take 1-2 days and displays it for you, with star rating from 1-5, you can initiate a wizard that will guide you through P2Ving the physical servers with the use of an agent I believe, unless I am mistaking.
     
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    If you're talking IOPS tool then you could be thinking Iometer, the Microsoft tool was probably the Microsoft Assessment and Planning toolkit.
     
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    The only problem with metric data that's collected over 1 or 2 days is that it won't ever give you a true representation of your environment, with the VMware Capacity Planner they usually expect the metric data to be collected for at least 1 month, preferably more as that gives you a truer idea of how your servers react with peaks and troughs of usage, whats to say that your 1 - 2 days worth of data wasn't collected on the two slowest or, conversly the two busiest days as such that collected data can't really offer you too much reliability.
     
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  6. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    True, that's a good point.
     
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