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Report Card Definitions Grade Definition Needs Attention Specific items of concern identified Caution Potential for possible items of concern of either low criticality or further investigation needed OK Adherence to best practices guidelines with no obvious signs of items of concern No Data Unable to gather data to evaluate, or not applicable
Report Card: Virtual Infrastructure Needs Attention Management Enable VT within BIOS for 64bit OK Troubleshooting Use fixed IP address for service console Needs Attention Troubleshooting Properly configure all service console network settings (VI2 only) OK Performance Troubleshooting Allocate sufficient service console memory resources Needs Attention Management Troubleshooting Minimize differences in number of storage paths Needs Attention Troubleshooting Minimize differences in LUNs visible across hosts OK Management Minimize differences in number of active NIC ports across hosts Needs Attention Management Troubleshooting Apply consistent naming conventions for shared storage and networks OK Management Troubleshooting Utilize uniform servers, particularly CPU types OK Management Troubleshooting Configure storage and networking consistently Needs Attention Troubleshooting Maintain the same software versions across hosts OK Performance Place host devices in proper order/location No Data Performance Troubleshooting Consider enabling Hyper Threading, if applicable Technical Analysis Status Impact Best Practice Guideline
Report Card: Networking None Performance Adjust vSwitch network load balance settings as needed OK Performance Segment network traffic by type of workload None Management Configure using minimum number of vSwitches and physical adapters per best practices to segment VM from management traffic while allowing redundancy OK Management Performance Separate user application traffic from management traffic Needs Attention Troubleshooting Configure VMotion network properly Needs Attention Troubleshooting Set VMware HA isolation response (power off VMs?) accordingly depending on network stability (VI3 only) Not Applicable Management Use vSwitch failover options Needs Attention Management Use vSwitch port groups to segment traffic OK Performance Avoid mixing network speeds on the same vSwitch OK Performance Troubleshooting Set network adapter speeds if necessary Needs Attention Management Troubleshooting Configure vSwitches with optimal redundancy Technical Analysis Status Impact Best Practice Guideline None
Report Card: Storage OK Performance Limit use of VM snapshots and independent disk REDO files OK Management Use shared storage for VMs instead of local storage Needs Attention Management Size storage LUNs appropriately OK Management Performance Allocate separate space for templates and media from VMs Needs Attention Troubleshooting Allocate space for VM snapshots and independent REDO files Needs Attention Troubleshooting Allocate space for VM memory swap (VI3 only) OK Performance Configure iSCSI properly if using software initiator (VI3 only) Not Applicable Troubleshooting Configure multipathing to storage properly Technical Analysis Status Impact Best Practice Guideline None
Report Card: VMs Needs Attention Performance Install VMware Tools OK Management Deploy workloads relative to host CPU and RAM capability Caution Performance Configure and use CD-ROMs and Floppy devices properly OK Troubleshooting Use proper Guest OS type when configuring VMs Technical Analysis Status Impact Best Practice Guideline None