Part 6 – Creating Management Groups, Volumes and Presenting them to ESXi – HP VSA

Hey guys! As promised in my earlier post, we are going to continue using CMC for creating Management Groups and Assigning the storage to the ESXi hosts. In this post i will be showing you how to do that and I will be using this for my SRM Lab. So, let’s get to the actual stuff.

Launch HP CMC console that we installed earlier. Make sure it’s updated and once done,  make sure both the VSA appliances show up in the CMC console.

Right click on the VSA and then select Add to New Management Group.

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A new wizard opens up, enter the name of the Management Group and select the VSA that you want to be part of this group. Click Next.

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Create a user account with administrative privileges that can manage the group later. Click Next.

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Configure NTP servers, since i do not have one in my lab, i am going to set the date and time manually. Click Next.

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Provide the DNS server details. Click Next.

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Enter the SMTP server details and configure an email address that will be used for sending alert messages. Click Next and Accept Incomplete in case you do not have one. Ideally the Storage team’s DL is added to the distribution list so they are aware of the changes happening.

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Select the type of cluster on the next screen. Since we are doing only one site replication, we select Standard Cluster and click Next.

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Give a name to the Cluster and click Next.

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Configure a virtual IP address that is used to connect to the Management group. Since we are doing a Standard Cluster, there is only one virtual IP. In case of Multi Site Cluster, we can configure many or one VIP for the entire cluster.

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Click Next.

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On the next screen, Create a Volume, enter the Volume Size and select the Provisioning Type and click Finish. With this we are done with Creating Management Groups and Vollumes that are ready to be consumed by ESXi hosts.

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Make sure that the Management Groups that we created appear on the CMC now. Right Click on the Servers and select New Server Cluster if you have more than one server that needs access to a Volume and create a Cluster else you can just select New Server and add a single host.

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Note down the iSCSI Name of the ESXi host from the web client

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Go back to the New server wizard and enter the ESXi name, vCenter Server IP ( Controlling Server IP) and the iSCSI Name and click OK.

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The procedure for Cluster and Server is the same and once you have the servers added to the CMC, right click on the host and select Assign and Unassign Volumes and Snapshots to assign the previously created Volume to the Cluster/Server.

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Select the Volumes and check the box and assign the permissions as needed and click OK.

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Repeat the same for the Recovery Site as well and once you are done with all the configuration, you should have your CMC as below.

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Hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as i did writing it. Thanks!

Part 1 – Introduction to SRM 6.1

Part 2 – SRM 6.1 Home Lab Setup

Part 3 – Installing SRM 6

Part 4 – Installing HP VSA on VMware Worstation – Step By Step

Part 4 – Installing HP Virtual Store VSA on ESXi – Step By Step

Part 5 – Install HP CMC for VSA – Step by Step

Part 6 – Creating Management Groups, Volumes and Presenting them to ESXi – HP VSA

Part 7 – Scheduling Array Based Replication – HP VSA

Part 8 – Pairing Sites and Installing HP-SRA on SRM 6

Part 9 – Configure and Rescan SRM Array Managers

Part 10 – Understanding Inventory Mappings and Other Terms.

Part 11 – Configure Inventory Mappings

Part 12 – Creating Protection Group

Part 13 – Creating a Recovery Plan

Part 14 – Configuring a Recovery Plan

Part 15 – Test a Recovery Plan

Part 16 – Cleanup after testing a Recovery Plan

Part 17 – Running a Recovery

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