SRM with VMAX 20K Part VII: Installation of Storage Replication Adapters

In this post, I’m going to cover the installation of the Storage Replication Adapter (SRA) for Site Recovery Manager. When using array-based replication, this is an absolute must piece of software that the vendor providers as it enables SRM to integrate and work the specific array. The SRA needs to be installed into each SRM host on both recovery and protected sites.

The main things to consider with the SRA are:

– Site Recovery Manager needs to be installed first, before proceeding (obviously!).

– Check SRA availability for your storage array type by checking the VMware Compatibility guide for SRM

– Make sure the same very is installed on each site.

Installing the SRA

1) Make sure you have downloaded the necessary SRA for configuration. For me, this was the EMC SRDF SRA v5.6.0.0

2) Login to the primary site server via RDP.

3) Run the installer and at the welcome prompt, hit next.

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4) At the EULA, read fully and carefully. Print out a copy, take out an entire rainforest, and make sure your legal team fully investigate any ramifications, click next.
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5) The wizard now auto detects the installation path for Solutions Enabler, which I thought was cool. Click Install.
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6) When all is done, click Finish.
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7) At this stage, restart the Site Recovery Manager service.

8) Repeat steps 1-7 on the Recovery Site SRM Host.

9) Open up vCenter on the primary SRM Server, navigate to the plugin and enter in your credentials.

10) On the Array Managers tab, select “Add Array Manager”.
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11) Enter in the information for the Array Manager servers that have been previously configured.
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12) On the next configuration screen, enter in the details of the Primary Protected Site Array Manager server. Fill out the details of the Recovery site Array Manager in the second section.
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13) Click Next and ensure there is a success Screen.
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14) Now login to the Protected Site SRM Server and repeat steps 9-13 and configure the Array Manager in the opposite direction:
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15) Once this is complete. Login to the first site and select the Array Managers tab. There should be a discovered Array Pair available, click “Enable”.
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16) If you select the “Devices” tab and refresh, you should see all the volumes that are available on the VMAX that are created as SRDF pairs which are contained in a device group, which are also presented to VMware.
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This will only be present if you have configured SRDF and RDF1/2 volumes, which I will cover in more detail in my next post.


Conclusion

This section of the guide is relatively straight forward. For documentation purposes I have put this software installation side of the SRA before configuring volumes to be presented. In reality, this can be done first and then you can create your replicated volumes and discover them once you have presented storage at a later date.

As I stated in my previous post, to link up the SRA to the remote array manager, port 2707 must be open between the SRM server and the Array Manager servers.

Nothing too difficult here, I’ll be going into more detail about the EMV Virtual Storage Integrator in my next post!

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