UCSD - Add a new VMFS Datastore (FC) 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_VMFS_Datastore_to_ESXi_Cluster_on_Vblock_3XX_with_VisionIO_v1_0

    Add_New_VMFS_Datastore_to_ESXi_Cluster_on_Vblock_3XX_with_VisionIO_v2_0

     

    Description: 

     

    This workflow provisions a new VMFS Datastore (FC) 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 the 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
    • Atleast one ESXi Host (SAN Booted) exist in ESXi Cluster
    • The SAN Zoning between ESXi Hosts and VNX Storage Array was already configured.

     

    Workflow Tasks Included:


    1. Get Compliance Score for a Vblock POD
    2. Select ESXi Cluster (Custom Task, it is imported along with the workflow)
    3. Create VNX LUN
    4. Add VNX LUN to Storage Group
    5. Associate VNX LUN as Datastore

     

    User Inputs:


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


    User InputUser Input Description
    VBLOCK_PODSelect Vblock 3XX POD for checking RCM Compliance Score
    DATASTORE_NAMEEnter ESXi Datastore Name
    DATASTORE_SIZE (GB)Enter ESXi Datastore Size in GB
    ESXI_CLUSTERSelect ESXi Cluster from drop-down to add VMFS Datastore



    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 Input User Input Description
    MIN_VBLOCK_COMPLIANCE_SCOREEnter minimum RCM compliance score for a Vblock.
    VNX_SP_A_OR_BSelect VNX Controller SP A or SP B

     

    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 LUN (Create VNX LUN for ESXi VMFS Datastore): Open the Task ---> Click 'Next' ---> Click 'Next' ---> Select EMC VNX Account, Select Storage Pool Type, Select RAID Type, and Select Storage Pool / RIAD Group Name for New LUN, Click 'Next' ---> Click 'Submit'

     

    Instructions for Use:

     

    1. Download the attached .ZIP file below to your computer. *Remember the location of the saved file on your computer.
    2. Unzip the file on your computer. Should end up with a .WFDX file.
    3. Log in to UCS Director as a user that has "system-admin" privileges.
    4. Navigate to "Policies-->Orchestration" and click on "Import".
    5. Click "Browse" and navigate to the location on your computer where the .WFDX file resides. Choose the .WFDX file and click "Open".
    6. Click "Upload" and then "OK" once the file upload is completed, Then click "Next".
    7. Click "Import".
    8. 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)