This is a very short and sweet post about implementing the EMC Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI). This is a plug-in for the vSphere client which enables further management of your specific array. There are advanced options made available for SRDF, Storage Views and Management. It is quite useful to have although I haven’t really used it in any anger.
The process is really quite simple.
1) Download the install media for the latest version of the VSI Supported. For me that was VSI 5.7.0
2) Login to the Primary (protected) SRM Server via RDP.
5) Run the vSphere client as Administrator (this is a bug with UAC and VSI in the version I was using) and login.
11) Repeat steps 1-10 on the Recovery Site SRM Server.
Nothing extreme here in the slightest, a very simple bit of software. It is worth noting that once you are logged in you might want to change the default admin password that the VSI uses to connect to the array via the vSphere client.
I believe this tool can be quite powerful so please use at your own risk and be very careful using it!
In the next blog post, I will get around to configuring replicated volumes on the VMAX Arrays for use with SRM.