UCSD - Add a new NFS Datastore to ESXi Cluster on Vblock 3XX with Vision IO

Version 4
    Version NumberComments
    1.0Initial Version
    2.0Uploaded newer version of workflow which is validated on UCS Director 5.2 release (Note: If workflow version 1.0 is already configured on UCS Director 5.1, it should work fine even after upgrading the UCS Director to 5.2)



    Workflow Name:

     

    Add_New_NFS_Datastore_to_ESXi_Cluster_on_Vblock_3XX_with_VisionIO_v1_0

    Add_New_NFS_Datastore_to_ESXi_Cluster_on_Vblock_3XX_with_VisionIO_v2_0

     

    Description: 

     

    This workflow provisions a new NFS Datastore to ESXi Cluster running on Vblock 3XX Converged Stack. Before provisioning a new VMFS Datastore on an ESXi Cluster, this workflow checks the current RCM (Release Certification Matrix) score of a Vblock 3XX from VCE Vision IO and continues only if the RCM score is equal or greater than the defined score.

     

    Compatible UCS Director Versions:

     

    UCS Director 5.1 (Workflow Version 1.0)

    UCS Director 5.2 (Workflow Version 1.0 and 2.0)

     

    Category:

     

    Virtualization, Compute, Network and Storage

     

    Components:

     

    Cisco UCS Director

    VCE Vblock 3XX with Vision IO

     

     

    Prerequisites:

     

    • The Vblock 3XX Infrastructure components (VMware vCenter, Cisco UCSM, Cisco Nexus 5Ks, MDS Switches (If any), Cisco Nexus 1000v & EMC VNX Storage Array) are added into UCS Director
    • VCE Vision IO VM is deployed and configured on Vblock 3XX
    • ESXi Cluster is configured and each ESXi host is configured with VMkernel Interface for NFS Storage Access.
    • The VNX Datamovers are configured with NFS Storage Access Interface.
    • VNX Disk Volumes or Stripe Volumes are pre-created.

     

    Workflow Tasks Included:


    1. Get Compliance Score for a Vblock POD
    2. Create VNX Volume (Slice Volume)
    3. Create VNX Volume (Meta Volume)
    4. Create VNX File System
    5. Add VNX NFS Export
    6. Select ESXi Cluster (Custom Task)
    7. Mount NFS Datastore

     

    User Inputs:


    The below user inputs should be provided by user after executing the workflow.

     

    User InputsUser Input Description
    VBLOCK_PODSelect Vblock 3XX POD for checking RCM Compliance Score
    DATASTORE_NAMEEnter ESXi Datastore Name
    DATASTORE_SIZE (MB)Enter ESXi Datastore Size in MB
    SELECT_VNX_DISK_OR_STRIPE_VOLUMESelect VNX Disk Volume or Stripe Volume for ESXi Cluster NFS Datastore
    SELECT_ESXI_CLUSTERSelect ESXi Cluster to which the Datastore is being added

     

    Admin Inputs:

     

    The Admin Input values are pre-defined in the workflow by the admin user. Edit the Workflow properties, go to user inputs section and modify the below inputs appropriately.

     

    User InputsUser Input Description
    MIN_VBLOCK_COMPLIANCE_SCOREEnter minimum RCM compliance score for a Vblock.
    VNX_ACCOUNTSelect VNX Storage Account
    ESXI_CLUSTER_NFS_STORAGE_SUBNETEnter NFS Storage Access Subnet of ESXi Cluster (Ex: 192.168.100.0/24)
    VNX_DATAMOVERSelect Datamover on which the NFS Datastore Filesystem is created
    VNX_DATMOVER_IP_ADDRESSEnter VNX Datamover IP Address on which NFS Export is created (Please make sure same Datamover is selected inside 'Create VNX File System' task.)

     

    Workflow Additional Configuration:


    After configuring the admin inputs, open the workflow using workflow designer and modify the below "TASKS" with appropriate user inputs. (Note: In upcoming versions, the below inputs should be able to configured as admin input values as well)

     

    • Create VNX Volume (Create VNX Slice Volume for Datastore): Open the Task ---> Click 'Next' ---> Click 'Next' ---> Select EMC VNX Account, Click 'Next' ---> Click 'Submit'
    • Create VNX Volume (Create VNX Meta Volume for Datastore): Open the Task ---> Click 'Next' ---> Click 'Next' ---> Select EMC VNX Account, Click 'Next' ---> Click 'Submit'

     

     

    Instructions for Use:

     

    • Download the attached .ZIP file below to your computer. *Remember the location of the saved file on your computer.
    • Unzip the file on your computer. Should end up with a .WFDX file.
    • Log in to UCS Director as a user that has "system-admin" privileges.
    • Navigate to "Policies-->Orchestration" and click on "Import".
    • Click "Browse" and navigate to the location on your computer where the .WFDX file resides. Choose the .WFDX file and click "Open".
    • Click "Upload" and then "OK" once the file upload is completed, Then click "Next".
    • Click "Import".
    • A new folder called 'Vblock-3XX-Validated' should appear in "Policies-->Orchestration" that contains the imported workflow. You will now need to update the included tasks with information about the specific environment. (See Above)