Microsoft Exchange, Lync and SharePoint Server 2013 on Dell PowerEdge VRTX with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

Source Dell TechCenter global:

This reference architecture is intended for customers interested in deploying a virtualized Unified Communication and Collaboration (UC&C) solution on Dell PowerEdge VRTX with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. This reference architecture provides a high level design and implementation scenario for 500 users with Microsoft Exchange, Lync and SharePoint Server 2013 in a single VRTX chassis.

The Dell PowerEdge VRTX shared infrastructure platform resolves the complexities managing IT infrastructure due to hardware sprawl and proliferation of various system management tools by combining servers, storage and networking into an easy-to-deploy chassis.

A Microsoft Unified Communication and Collaboration (UC&C) solution enabled by Microsoft Exchange, Lync and SharePoint Servers provides organizations with mission-critical productivity tools—such as email, instant messaging, document sharing and web conferencing—to accomplish daily tasks. It is important to configure, deploy and maintain the applications for daily functioning. Architectural changes and feature enhancements in Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013 enable better integration between the three applications and further improve end-user productivity.

Implementing the three applications together on a shared virtualized infrastructure results in greater consolidation and efficiency than implementing each application on dedicated hardware. The study in this technical guide describes the reference architecture for Microsoft UC&C solution leveraging the pre-engineered PowerEdge VRTX with Hyper-V reference architecture. This reference architecture has been used as the underlying platform to build a virtualized Microsoft UC&C solution. Certain percentages of PowerEdge VRTX resources are reserved for the solution while the remaining resources can be leveraged for running additional applications that are at the administrator’s discretion.

This reference architecture provides the design considerations for implementing the three applications on Dell PowerEdge VRTX and describes the observations from the verification of infrastructure and application performance.

You can download the document here.

Dell and Microsoft clustered Storage Spaces on PowerEdge VRTX

Dell recently published a blog, where they explained Clustered Storage Spaces support with PowerEdge VRTX. Please be aware that Dell not supports Storage Spaces on VRTX because it’s uses a shared RAID Controller.

To read more about the requirements for Storage Spaces please consult MSDN and read blogpost “How to Configure a Clustered Storage Space in Windows Server 2012

Please remember, if you want to run your cluster on a shared RAID (maybe for Hyper-V) or Direct Attached Storage you need to configure it in Windows registry. You can find my PowerShell Script, to configure it here.

To read the original Dell TechCenter blogpost, please click here.

Edit note:

Thank you Paul giving me advice on my mistake 🙂

Dell PowerEdge VRTX Chassis PCIe Management using Windows PowerShell

Source: www.delltechcenter.com

The Dell VRTX Chassis is a converged infrastructure solution that includes separate compute nodes, network infrastructure, and a shared storage subsystem. This blog post illustrates system management tasks related to the management of the PCIe slots and adapters in the VRTX chassis.

Dell Chassis Management Controller (CMC) helps manage, monitor, configure and deploy different hardware components in Dell PowerEdge VRTX Solution.

To read more, please click here.

Retrieving the Dell PowerEdge VRTX hardware and firmware inventory using Windows PowerShell

I found this blog on Dell TechCenter.

The Dell VRTX Chassis is a converged infrastructure solution that includes four separate compute nodes, network infrastructure, and a shared storage subsystem. This blog post illustrates how you can get information about the server blades.

Dell Chassis Management Controller (CMC) helps manage, monitor, configure and deploy different hardware components in the Dell PowerEdge VRTX Solution. CMC lets you access all iDRACs from the server nodes as well. Thus, CMC provides a holistic remote management capability that enables you to manage the VRTX solution from anywhere at any time irrespective of the operating system status.

Integration of PowerShell in Windows Server 2012 / 2012 R2 along with Dell iDRAC7 provides a rich set of remote management capabilities on the VRTX solution. You can install either Windows Management Framework 3.0 or Windows Management Framework 4.0 on your Windows 2008 R2+ or Windows 7 client systems and remotely manage the servers!

The following script creates a CIM session to the CMC of the VRTX chassis and retrieves the server information of all compute nodes present in the chassis using the WSMAN protocol.

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To read more please visit the original blog here.

Retrieving the Dell PowerEdge VRTX hardware and firmware inventory using Windows PowerShell

I found a cool blog at the Dell TechCenter about inventorying the Firmware of a PowerEdge VRTX by using PowerShell.

If you want to read more, click here.