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Cisco Nexus 1000v and vSphere HA Slot Sizes

by Harley Stagner on August 19, 2010

When implementing the Cisco Nexus 1000v, High Availability (HA) Slot Sizes can be affected on your vSphere Cluster. HA slot sizes are used to calculate failover capacity for HA when the “Host Failures” HA setting is used. By default the slot size for CPU is the highest reservation of CPU among all VM’s in the cluster (or 256 MHz if no per VM reservations exist). The slot size for Memory is the highest reservation of Memory among all VM’s in the cluster (or 0 MB + Memory Overhead if no per VM reservations exist). If you want to really dive further into HA and slot size calculations, I would highly recommend reading Duncan Epping’s HA Deepdive at Yellow-Bricks.com.

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Each Cisco Nexus 1000v Virtual Supervisor Module (VSM) has a reservation of 1500 MHz on the CPU and 2048 MB on the Memory so that these resources can be guaranteed for the VSM’s. …
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