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Monday, 14 December 2015

How to Collect GRAB in VMware ESX/ESXi

PFB the procedure to gather EMC Host Grabs in VMware ESX/ESXi:

You can get the GRAB utility from EMC Support Team or Partner Engineers.

      Open cmd in Windows.

2       Execute java -version command to verify that Java is installed properly or not. If you get the output of this command with the java version information, then the java is installed properly, otherwise you need to install Java first. If it is required to install java, you can download the latest version of JDK from > Java > Java SE.

3       Extract the ZIP files in your laptop.

4       Change your current working directory to the directory where you have placed EMC host grab utility. Suppose you have placed the grab utility in the C:\ drive then the command would be:

C:\> cd C:\EMC-ESXi-GRAB-1.3.X

5       Below is the command to gather the EMC host grabs for VMware host. Before running this command please gather the information from the customer like IP address, username and password of ESXi Server, IP address of SPA and SPB, username and password for all the storages attached to that host as this command will ask to enter these details.

C:\EMC-ESXi-GRAB-1.3.X> ./emcgrab.exe –host <IP_Address_of_ESXi> -user <username_of_ESXi> -password <password_of_ESXi> -vmsupport

6       It will ask you enter some information related to the customer site like name, address, site id etc. and after entering all the information, host grabs gathering process will start with “………………” and you will get cmd prompt back after some time. Let the command run properly.

7       Output will be saved under the folder name as “Output” in the same directory where you have placed ESXi host grab utility in your windows machine. In this case the path would be “C:\EMC-ESXi-GRAB-1.3.x\Output”. The output file will be in .zip format.