VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 5.5.6 Release Notes
Updated on: 04 APR 2016
vSphere Storage Appliance Manager Installer 5.5.6 | 04 APR 2016 | Build 3671407
vSphere Storage Appliance Automated Installer 5.5.6 | 04 APR 2016 | Build 3671148
Standalone VSA Cluster Service 5.5.6 | 04 APR 2016 | Windows Build 3671148 | Linux Build 3670316
Check frequently for additions and updates to these release notes.
What's in the Release Notes
The release notes cover the following topics:
These release notes provide information about VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 5.5.6, a distributed shared storage solution.
What's New in vSphere Storage Appliance 5.5.6
This release of vSphere Storage Appliance 5.5.6 addresses the glibc security vulnerability that has been documented in the Resolved Issues section.
Features and known issues of VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 5.5 are described in the release notes for each release. The for earlier releases of VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 5.5 are listed below
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 5.5.2 Release Notes
VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 5.5.1 Release Notes
vSphere Storage Appliance supports the VSA Manager Installer wizard and the VSA Automated Installer script as installation workflows. The following table shows a comparison of the requirements for each workflow. Read the vSphere Storage Appliance Installation and Administration documentation to learn more about each workflow.
||VSA Manager Installer
||VSA Automated Installer
Two or three servers with homogenous hardware configuration
- CPU 64-bit x86 Intel or AMD processor, 2GHz or faster
- 6GB, minimum
- 24GB, recommended
- 72GB, maximum tested
Note: You can use more than 72GB memory for each ESXi host as there is no memory limitation for the VSA cluster.
- NIC 4 single-port, or 2 dual-port 1 Gigabit Ethernet NICs or 10 Gigabit Ethernet NICs, or 1 quad-port NIC (does not provide NIC redundancy)
- RAID controller RAID controller must support RAID10, RAID6, or RAID5
- Hard disks All disks that are used in each host must be of the same capacity and performance characteristics. The maximum number of disks per host is 28.
Do not mix SATA and SAS disks. For possible configurations, see RAID Settings and Requirements. Although disk drive configurations with heterogeneous vendor and model combinations, drive capacity, and drive speed might work, the write I/O performance of the RAID adapter will be a multiple of the slowest drive in the RAID set, and the capacity will be a multiple of the smallest drive in the RAID set. VMware strongly recommends that you do not use hybrid disk drive configurations except where you must rebuild a RAID set after acquiring a replacement drive from the server manufacturer that differs only slightly. Substituting a smaller drive than the current minimum capacity drive causes the RAID set rebuild to fail and is not supported.
vCenter Server installed on a physical or virtual machine. You can run vCenter Server on one of the
ESXi hosts in the VSA cluster. The following configuration is required for vCenter Server installation:
For VSA Manager, additional hard disk space is required:
- CPU 64-bit x86 Intel or AMD processor, 2GHz or faster
- Memory and hard disk space The amount of memory and hard disk space needed depends on your vCenter Server configuration. For more details, see the vSphere Installation and Setup documentation.
- NIC 1 Gigabit Ethernet NIC or 10 Gigabit Ethernet NIC
- VSA Manager 10GB
- VSA Cluster Service 2GB
|Network Hardware Requirements and Configuration
- Two 1 Gigabit/10 Gigabit Ethernet switches, recommended
Note: Network configuration with two switches eliminates a single point of failure in the physical network layer
- One 1 Gigabit/10 Gigabit Ethernet switch, minimum
- In a VSA environment, network must operate at speeds of 1 Gigabit or higher to support the configuration.
|Static IP addresses. vCenter Server and VSA Manager do not need to be in the same subnet as VSA clusters. Members of each VSA cluster, including the VSA cluster service for a 2-member configuration, need to be in the same subnet.
|(Optional) One or two VLAN IDs configured on the Ethernet switches
|ESXi on each host
|Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 64-bit
|vCenter Server installed on a physical system or a virtual machine. You can run vCenter Server on one of the
ESXi hosts in the VSA cluster.
|vSphere Web Client
Note: The VMware Product Interoperability Matrix provides details about the compatibility of current and earlier versions of VMware vSphere Storage Appliance with ESXi and vCenter Server. For more information, see VMware Product Interoperability Matrix.
See the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance Installation and Administration document for more information about each workflow.
RAID Settings and Requirements
|| The following RAID configurations show a sample of valid combinations of number of drives and maximum drive capacities for SAS disks. Capacities smaller than those shown in this sample are also supported:
- 10 X 0.5T => 4.5T VMFS data store
- 8 X 0.75T => 5.25T VMFS data store
- 7 X 1T => 6T VMFS data store
- 6 X 1.5T => 7.5T VMFS data store
- 5 X 2T => 8T VMFS data store
- 3 X 3T => 6T VMFS data store
- 4 X 2.5T => 7.5T VMFS data store
- 4 X 3T => 9T VMFS data store
||Maximum supported VMFS datastore limit per host is 24T.
||Maximum supported VMFS data store limit per host is 24T. This capacity maximum applies in aggregate across all VMFS data stores created on the ESXi host.
||Maximum supported VMFS datastore limit per host is 8T. This is not a VMFS datastore limit, it is the limit imposed by the expected aggregate disk drive resiliency for a RAID set. Beyond this limit, the storage resiliency is below the acceptable limit.
|Disk Rotational Speed
||At least 7200 RPM
||At least 10000 RPM
|Note: For best performance, select 15000 RPM disks.
If you use earlier versions of vSphere Storage Appliance, upgrade you environment to version 5.5 or later.
The upgrade process you use depends on the current version of vSphere Storage Appliance.
For an upgrade from vSphere Storage Appliance version 1.x, you can use the VSA Manager Installer to upgrade
all components at the same time. The single upgrade procedure upgrades VSA Manager, the VSA cluster
service, and the VSA cluster appliances.
If you upgrade from a 5.1.x version, the VSA Manager Installer upgrades VSA Manager only. Any existing
cluster appliances remain at their original version and you can upgrade them separately.
Note: The VSA Manager and VSA cluster appliance should be of the same version after the upgrade is complete. A particular version of VSA manager is only compatible with its corresponding version of VSA cluster appliance.
For upgrade procedure, please see Upgrading
vSphere Storage Appliance
Environment in the vSphere Storage Appliance Installation and Administration guide
- Update to glibc package to address a security issue
The vSphere Storage Appliance glibc package is updated to resolve a security issue. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2015-7547 to this issue. For more information, see KB 2144491.
The known issues in vSphere Storage Appliance 5.5.6 are grouped as follows:
Known issues not previously documented are marked with the * symbol.
- In the registry, go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VMware, Inc.\vSphere Storage Appliance Manager\VC
- Update the entry VCServerAddress with the new IP address of the vCenter Server
This address is stored in the registry during installation.
vSphere Web Client Issues
- The VSA Manager page in the vSphere Web Client might not automatically refresh as expected
Typically, the VSA Manager page automatically retrieves and displays new information. In certain circumstances, this does not happen.
Workaround: Manually refresh the VSA Manager page by pressing the F5 button. If this operation does not help, restart the vSphere Web Client.
- The VSA Manager page fails to load in the vSphere Web Client
When the VSA Manager page does not load, you might see the following error message:
An internal error has occurred - Unable to load resource module from /vsa-ui/locales/vsa-ui-en_US.swf
Workaround: Disable 5.5 VSA plug-in and revert to 5.1 vSphere Web Client plug-in for accessing VSA:
- In webclient.properties, set the following values to revert the VSA specific configuration:
Delete cached vSphere Web Client data for theVSA 5.5 plug-in from the following locations on the vCenter Server:
- C:\ProgramData\VMware\vSphere Web Client\vc-packages\vsphere-client-serenity
- C:\ProgramData\VMware\vSphere Web Client\catalog\VirtualCenter\5.5.0\en
- Restart the vSphere Web Client service on the vCenter Server.
- Use the 5.1 version of the vSphere Web Client to access VSA Manager.