SRM with VMAX 20K Part VIII: Configuring EMC Virtual Storage Integrator

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.

Install VSI

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.

3) Run the installer. At the prompt, read and accept the EULA. Click Install, accept the UAC prompt if you get one:
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4) At the summary screen, select Finish.
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5) Run the vSphere client as Administrator (this is a bug with UAC and VSI in the version I was using) and login.

6) On the home screen in vSphere, there should now be an icon under “Solutions and Applications” for the VSI:
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7) Select the VSI icon. Enter in the information for the local Array Manager sever configured in Part VI.
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The admin is the default admin credential of the Solutions Enabler SMI-S service.

8) Take note of some EMC SRDF SRA Global Options presented.
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8) Once complete, login to the Primary SRM vCenter through the client. There is a top level tab for “EMC SRDF SRA Utilities”. Select the “Login” link at the top right hand corner:
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9) Enter in the details for the Recovery Site vCenter and Array Manager.
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10) Make sure the connection is successful and click Finish.
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11) Repeat steps 1-10 on the Recovery Site SRM Server.

Conclusion

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.

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