PernixData FVP Freedom: Installation (Part 1)
PernixData has long been a sponsor for Louisville VMUG and, although I was very familiar with the concept, I finally had a chance to actually listen and engage during the most recent presentation. If you’re not familiar with PernixData, they are a software solution which allows you to decouple performance from storage by utilizing local cache for BOTH read and writes to your back-end storage. Unique from others in the market, they enable of caching with the ability to use local SSD/Flash and/or the host’s memory.
PernixData has graciously offered a “feature limited” version of FVP that is available to anybody for free. Freedom limits you to utilizing only RAM as the acceleration resource and it’s also limited to read only (PernixData can do write caching as well). In this fist post, I’ll demonstrate how to quickly install FVP Freedom using VMware Update Manager. This follow-up post will walk through the installation of the Windows application. Finally, check out my post on configuration and performance metrics.
1) Download the VMware Update Manager package from PernixData. (It’s a ZIP file…don’t extract)
2) In the VMware vSphere Web Client, head over to VMware Update Manager –> Manage –> Patch Repository.
3) Import the PernixData software by clicking the Import Patches… and select the ZIP file from step 1.
4) Now that the patch is uploaded, head over to VMware Update Manager –> Manage –> Hosts Baselines (assuming you’re on vSphere 6.0 U1 which now supports VUM)
5) Create a new baseline by clicking the green +. The New Baseline wizard appears.
6) Name it something meaningful, such as PernixData, and choose the Host Extension option at the bottom. Click Next.
7) Select the PernixData FVP patch and click Next. Complete the wizard by selecting Finish. Now that we’ve created a Baseline, let’s install the patch to our hosts.
8) In the Web Client, browse to Hosts & Clusters and select your host, or cluster, that you wish to install PernixData FVP. Under Hosts & Clusters –> Manage –> Update Manager, select Attach Baseline. Under Extension Baselines, select the PernixData baseline we created in the previous step.
9) Under the Attached Baselines section, click the PernixData Baseline to see what hosts it applies to. If it’s correct, click Scan for Updates and ensure that Patches and Extensions is selected (that’s the default option).
10) After the scan has completed, you should see that the PernixData baseline is Not-Compliant as shown below. This just shows that we have yet to actually install the PernixData patch to our hosts yet.
11) To install, click the Remediate button. Ensure that the PernixData baseline is selected and complete the wizard. (Hint: You might need to select “Disable HA Admission Control…” option in Step 6 if rebooting a host will violate those settings – this is typical in a small lab environment).
12) Once the installation is complete, you can rescan using Update Manager to ensure that the desired hosts are now compliant with the PernixData baseline as shown below. This completes the install of PernixData using vSphere Update Manager.