HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 1: Installation

What is HCI Bench

HCIBench stands for “Hyper-converged Infrastructure Benchmark”. It’s essentially an automation wrapper around the popular and proven VDbench open source benchmark tool that makes it easier to automate testing across a HCI cluster. HCIbench aims to simplify and accelerate customer POC performance testing in a consistent and controlled way. The tool fully automates the end-to-end process of deploying test VMs, coordinating workload runs, aggregating test results, and collecting necessary data for troubleshooting purposes.

HCIBench is not only a benchmark tool designed for vSAN, but also could be used to evaluate the performance of all kinds of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Storage in vSphere environment.


User Guilde:


  • vSphere 5.5 environment or higher with vCenter (doesn’t support deployment on a standalone ESXi host).
  • Good to have DHCP on VLAN where the benchmark VM will be deployed.
  • vMotion configured


  • Select name and location for your VM

  • Review details

  • Accept license agreement
  • Select storage. Put it outside the VSAN datastore

  • Select destination network
    If there’s no DHCP Server on the VLAN which Vdbench client VMs will be deployed on, or the VLAN for Vdbench client VMs can not be routed from the Public Network, map this Network to the VLAN and Enable DHCP Service in the Web UI if needed

  • Customize the VM. As I am using DHCP in my LAB so all Network fileds are empty. And at the bottom enter your password for root.

  • Review configuration data before deployment

  • Hit “Finish” and watch progress in “Recent Tasks”

Related parts:

HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 1: Installation
HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 2: Configuration
HCI Bench – vSAN performance tool – Part 3: Tests and Results

Source: http://labs.vmware.com/flings/hcibench

VMware User Group Czech Republic – meeting – 4.12.2017

It’s almost a 2months back, but you know.. a lot of other stuff was more important.



8:00 8:50 Registration / Welcome tea/coffee
8:50 9:00 VMUGCZ Leader’s – Welcome…
9:00 9:45 Duncan Epping – “(r)Evolution of vSAN” – Keynote speaker
9:50 10:35 Andrey Zhelezko – Veeam and VMware Best Practices 2017 edition
10:35 10:55 Coffee break
10:55 11:40 Mark Brookfield – Moving Code from Dev to Prod using vRealize Automation and Code Stream
11:45 12:30 G2 server CZ – Michal Hampl (Chief Technology Officer), Martin Javorský (Infrastructure Director),
Vojtěch Morávek (Chief Product Officer) – Jak děláme cloud v G2
12:30 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 14:15 David Pasek – CLI for VMware Distributed Switch (Community project)
14:20 15:05 HPE – presentation
15:10 15:55 Andrea Mauro – The dark side of stretched cluster
15:55 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 17:00 Runecast – presentation
17:05 17:50 Vladan Laxa – vSphere Automation

Speakers Experts:

Duncan Epping:

Chief Technologist @VMware | Author of http://Yellow-Bricks.com , Essential Virtual SAN, Clustering Deepdive | Hyper-Converged, Software-Defined Storage, vSphere

Mark Brookfield:
PSO Consultant @VMware specialising in cloud infrastructure & management. vExpert, VCAP5-DCA/DCD, VCP-DT, MCITP, MCSE, CCNA, ITIL. Tweets are my own.

Andrew Mauro
ITPro. Accreditations: vExpert 2010-17,MVP 2014-16,NTC.Some certifications: VCDX-DCV,VCAP-*,VCP-*, MCSA,MCSE,MCITP,CCA,NPP. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member.

 David Pasek
An IT Pro specializing in next gen computing (virtualized compute/storage/networking). IT geek who knows he know nothing but everyday learns. VCP,VCAP,VCDX #200

Vladan Laxa
virtualization enthusiast and opensource fan, VCP6.5-DCV

Automated VMware expertise – Proactively use VMware KBs, best practices and security hardening guidelines to protect your environment

Official agenda:

And some photos from event:

Duncan Epping – “(r)Evolution of vSAN” – Keynote speaker

Coffee break

Mark Brookfield – Moving Code from Dev to Prod using vRealize Automation and Code Stream

G2 server CZ – Michal Hampl (Chief Technology Officer), Martin Javorský (Infrastructure Director), Vojtěch Morávek (Chief Product Officer) – Jak děláme cloud v G2

David Pasek – CLI for VMware Distributed Switch (Community project)

HPE – presentation

Andrea Mauro – The dark side of stretched cluster

Runecast – presentation

And a lottery 🙂

Upgrade Veeam Backup & Replication from 9.0 to 9.5


Check status of Veeam services

Get-Service Veeam*


Status   Name               DisplayName
------   ----               -----------
Running  VeeamBackupSvc     Veeam Backup Service
Running  VeeamBrokerSvc     Veeam Broker Service
Running  VeeamCatalogSvc    Veeam Guest Catalog Service
Running  VeeamCloudSvc      Veeam Cloud Connect Service
Running  VeeamDeploySvc     Veeam Installer Service
Running  VeeamMountSvc      Veeam Mount Service
Running  VeeamNFSSvc        Veeam vPower NFS Service
Running  VeeamTapeSvc       Veeam Tape Access Service
Running  VeeamTransportSvc  Veeam Data Mover Service

Before upgrade stop all your Veeam jobs and disable all Veeam services and restart server.

 Set-Service VeeamBackupSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamCatalogSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamCloudSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamDeploySvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamMountSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamNFSSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamTapeSvc -StartupType Disabled
 Set-Service VeeamTransportSvc -StartupType Disabled

Once the server is back online run the setup.exe, accept the license and click Next



Setup will inform you about detected previous version



and recognize that you have already licenced version. If you want to provide new license number just click Browse and add new license file.


Veeam 9.5 require Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL2014 and Management Objects. And if you didnt install it already, it will inform you. You have the option to install it now .. just press Install.



once installed  you can click Next and continue with upgrade.veeam6

Choose under which account will be your Veeam Backup & Replication service running.


Choose a database instance. I am using local MSSQLDB.


Setup will ask if you are sure to use this database and if required upgrade it.


Now all prerequisities are done and you can isntall upgrade.






.. and finished. Your Veeam Backup & Replication was upgraded to version 9.5veeam12

You can connect ..



after login as a last step server componnents will be upgraded.veeam14


Once done you can use Veeam Backup & Replication and do backups.


All services which were stopped and disabled before installation are automatically set as Automatic startup.

VCSA – vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 – backup


  • Login to admin environment of vCenter appliance



  • Choose backup



And in wizard fill all the info:

  • Protocol [HTTPS or HTTP or SCP or FTPS or FTP]
  • Location [server_IP_or_DNS/EmptyDirectory]
  • Port [if you use standard ports for protocols above, then you can skip]
  • UserName
  • Password

Continue reading “VCSA – vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 – backup”

CZ VMUG – Praha – 6.12.2016

Few days back was 2nd CZ VMUG.


Katarina Wagnerova [@_KatkaW_] presenting her way to VDM (Virtual Design Master). This was an awesome presentation. Really breath taking. Where she found all the time to do it in such a short time.




Paudie ORiordan [@oriorp] was doing live scripted demo of 2node vSAN. Amazing presentation from the VMware guy. Who know a lot about VSAN.



Presentation of “Metro Cluster HA or DR“ was from Czech TAM’s David Pasek  (VCDX200) and Standa Jurena. A lot of information from the field. And they give us a lot of information from Metro Cluster HA and DR. At the end of the presentation you should know the main reasons for “what to choose” Metro Cluster HA or DR.



Veeam presentation was full of practical information about the new version of their backup software Veeam Backup & Replication presented by Boris Mittelmann.



at the end I want to thank you to our VMUG leaders..