Integrating vSphere with Dell EqualLogic PS Series Storage

This 2-day course is designed to help you understand how to effectively use PS Series Storage in VMware environments and implement VMware integration tools including Virtual Storage Manager for VMware (VSM/VE) in order to build an efficient and fully optimized storage environment. Discussions on design considerations when deploying PS Series Storage in a vSphere environment are supplemented with hands-on exercises in order to provide practical knowledge and real-world experience prior to deploying in a live environment, resulting in less downtime.

Retail Price: $1,695.00

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Course Days: 2

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Skills Gained

You will learn:

  • The key components of the vSphere environment that interact with the EqualLogic SAN environment
  • The setup requirements for using iSCSI volumes on ESX servers
  • How to create and present PS Series volumes to Guest VMs
  • How to install the Multipath Extension Module (MEM)
  • How to use the PS Series data protection features in a VMware environment
  • How the Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware are used
  • How Dell EqualLogic Virtual Storage Manager for VMware is used to: Protect and recover VMs, Manage Datastores, Deploy VDI desktops, Configure VASA
  • vSphere API for Array Integration (VAAI)

Who Can Benefit

  • Storage Administrators
  • IT Professionals
  • Technical Support



  • Course: Dell EqualLogic PS Series Advanced Management and Data Protection Tools

Course Details

Module 1: vSphere and Dell EqualLogic Storage Interoperability Overview

  • Review Dell EqualLogic storage
  • Review vSphere components: Virtual Storage Manager (VSM), vSphere API for Array Integration (VAAI) functionality

Module 2: VMware MPIO and Multipath Extension Module (MEM)

  • Configure ESX to use PS Series Volumes
  • Requirements for PS Series volumes to be used by ESX servers in a vSphere Datacenter
  • MPIO requirements and configuration
  • Configuration settings that must be performed on ESX servers to use PS Series volumes as Datastores

Module 3: Dell EqualLogic Virtual Storage Manager (VSM)

  • Discuss requirements, capabilities and how to install a VSM
  • Configuring vSphere API for Storage Awareness (VASA)

Module 4: Working with Groups and Data Stores Using Dell EqualLogic Virtual Storage Manager (VSM)

  • Groups Menu and functionality in VSM
  • Datastore Menu and functionality in VSM
  • Demonstrate the creation, resizing and removal of data stores using VSM
  • Adding PS groups to VSM for management

Module 5: Guest Attached Volumes

  • Providing Storage to Virtual Machines
  • Methods for attaching volumes to Guest Operating Systems
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using the iSCSI initiator inside a guest OS
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using VMFS based virtual disks for data volumes
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using RDMs initiator inside a guest OS

Module 6: Working with Smart Copies in VSM

  • Describe VSM Smart Copies
  • Protection of VMs by making Smart Copies
  • Methods of recovery for virtual machines from Smart Copies

Module 7: Working with Smart Copy Replication in VSM

  • Configuring replication partners
  • Replicating datastores
  • Recovery methods with VSM

Module 8: Working with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Tool in VSM

  • Describe VSM VDI integration
  • Demonstrate the VDI deployment process

Module 9: Troubleshooting

  • Describe some of the issues that can occur with Host Integration Tools for VMware
  • Describe some troubleshooting tools
  • Demonstrate how to collect diagnostics from the Virtual Storage Manager (VSM)

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