SRM Tutorial Part 6: SRA installation

If array replication is used it is required to install a SRA (storage replication adapter) on the SRM server. This part shows you the installation of the NetApp SRA 2.0.0.
Please note that each vendor has its own SRA, so the installation & configuration can vary depending on the used storage array.


SRM Tutorial Part 1: Lab setup
SRM Tutorial Part 2: Components & design
SRM Tutorial Part 3: SRM installation
SRM Tutorial Part 4: NetApp Ontap Simulator – Setup & configuration
SRM Tutorial Part 5: Configure NetApp SnapMirror
SRM Tutorial Part 6: SRA installation
SRM Tutorial Part 7: Configuration #1
SRM Tutorial Part 8: Configuration #2
SRM Tutorial Part 9: Advanced configuration & troubleshooting


You can download the SRA from the VMware SRM download section or on your storage vendor’s homepage. Make sure you selecting the correct one, because there can be multiple from a single vendor (one for each replication technology).
The SRA is responsible for the communication between SRM and the storage array. You will not be able to complete the SRM configuration if the SRA is not working properly.

The installation itself is quite simple. After starting the setup.exe it mostly nothing more like to click next next next install 🙂 Only on one point you can choose between two installation modes: Typical and Complete. To be honest: I don´t know what´s left on the typical mode. I always used the complete mode, which is also the default selection.

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After the installation finished switch back to the SRM GUI. Select Array Managers on the left and click on the SRA tab. You will find a link, which will scan the SRM server for installed SRAs.

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SRM shows the SRA we just installed. You will get a warning that a SRA isn´t found on the paired site. This you can ignore at this point, because we haven´t even configured the paired site. We will come back to this in the next part.

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You need to do these steps on both SRM servers.







Comments

  1. Thanks for your guide.
    Could you send me a link to download NetApp SRA 2.0. I don’t have Netapp /vmware account to download the tool and demo the my lab for your guide.

    Thanks

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