Hello again! In this post I will show you how to install HP VSA, also sometimes called as HP LeftHand appliance in a vSphere environment. This is very helpful if you are looking for Array based Replication in an SRM enabled site. There are many appliances out there in the market with similar functionality, I somehow found this better for the lab environment.
Let’s get started with the installation. Register yourself with the HP website to be able to download the required software. You should have two files as below to proceed further.
Run the HP StoreVirtual VSA Installer for vSphere and a self extracting winzip wizard opens up, specify the location and click Unzip.
Once Winzip extraction is done, Virtual SAN Appliance Launcher opens up automatically and if it does not, navigate to the unzipped folder and find the VSA Appliance Launcher and run it. Hit 2 at the below screen for the GUI based installation.
On the next screen, the Installer gives you list of what all is needed for the installation to complete. Keep the information handy and click Next and accept EULA and click Next.
Skip the CMC installation unless you want that to be installed in the same machine. I would a different machine for this. Click Next
Make sure the name resolution is good for all vsphere components. On the next screen, enter the vCenter Server or ESXi host details on which you want to deploy the VSA; provide the credentials and click Next.
Select the host from the drop down and click Next.
Select the type of Installation for the HP VSA, and click Next.
Select the datastore you want the VSA to be deployed to. Click Next.
Give a name and configure an IP address for the VSA. Click Next.
On the next screen, click Next.
Select the datastore for the VMs to be protected and click Next.
VSA details once entered cannot be modified later and hence it is recommended to verify the settings. Click Next
Click Deploy after verifying the settings.
Let the installation finish, takes some time. VSA will be powered on after deployed.
Once the installation is done, its time we install HP CMC to be able to manage all the storage and replication. This is one way of setting up HP VSA for lab, in our next post i will be showing how HP VSA can be installed directly on VMware Worstation.
Hope this was informative. Thanks!