You can manage vSphere Bitfusion by using the vSphere Bitfusion plug-in, CLI commands, and the vSphere Client. For example, you can back up, restore, configure, and monitor vSphere Bitfusion.

Back up and Restore a vSphere Bitfusion Cluster

You can back up and restore your vSphere Bitfusion database. The distributed database includes the configuration, connectivity, health state, and history data of your vSphere Bitfusion cluster.The backup operation saves a snapshot of the database information and if your cluster fails, the restore operation recovers the cluster to a previously healthy state.

Managing vSphere Bitfusion with the vSphere Bitfusion Plug-In

After a vSphere Bitfusion server starts for the first time, the server registers a plug-in with vCenter Server. The vSphere Bitfusion plug-in provides a graphical user interface (GUI) in the main navigation pane and the drop-down menu of vCenter Server. The GUI displays the following data.
  • GPU allocation
  • Memory and compute resources use
  • Network traffic
  • Logging reports
  • Health reports

You can use the plug-in to manage allocation limits and idle intervals. You can also perform other management functions, such as ending client connections, gracefully taking servers offline, and removing hosts from the vSphere Bitfusion cluster.

Managing vSphere Bitfusion with the vSphere Client

  • You can create a snapshot of a vSphere Bitfusion server virtual machine (VM), but first you must power off the VM. Taking a snapshot while the VM is powered on may result in failure of the operation due to the pass-through devices that are connected to the server.
  • You can perform a graceful shutdown or restart of a server VM by using the Shut Down Guest OS and Restart Guest OS options in the vSphere Client. Using the power on, power off, suspend, and reset options may result in failure of the vSphere Bitfusion appliance.

Managing vSphere Bitfusion with CLI commands

You can start and stop the vSphere Bitfusion service, start applications with an alternative vSphere Bitfusion server list that is a subset of the primary server list of GPU servers, and monitor vSphere Bitfusion by using CLI commands.