This post covers how to provision a LUN (less than 239GB) for vSphere on an EMC Symmetrix VMAX using the Unisphere for VMAX GUI. The basic architecture of the VMAX is covered here. If you want to build LUNs greater than 238GB, you follow the same procedure, but with the
This article builds upon my previous post, plus the existing white papers and blogs listed below, to provide a VCDX-style guide to the design decisions that need to be considered for Enterprise-level Network Attached Storage (NAS) with vSphere 5.1 and the EMC Symmetrix VMAX 20K with VNX VG8 NAS Gateways.
My VCDX design architecture was based upon the EMC Symmetrix VMAX 20K. I spent a lot of time with EMC SMEs learning everything I could about it. The first step was learning the major building blocks of the VMAX and how it all fits together. The examples I provide below
This article builds upon the white papers and blogs that are available (listed below). It took me a long time to understand how these mechanisms work together, since there was no single document (that I could find) describing their integration and correct usage; which left experimentation in my Pre-Production environment.