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 […]

SRM Tutorial Part 5: Configure NetApp SnapMirror

After we created the datastores for the ESXi hosts in the last part of this tutorial it´s now time to implement the replication to the secondary site. 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 […]

SRM Tutorial Part 4: NetApp Ontap Simulator – Setup & configuration

Before I proceed with the SRM configuration, I show in part 4 & 5 of the tutorial how to setup & configure the NetApp Ontap Simulator including the replication with SnapMirror. Even if you are not using a NetApp system you should take at least a look on the second half of this part, where […]

SRM Tutorial Part 3: SRM installation

In this post I will show a walkthroug of the VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0 (SRM) installation. 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 […]

SRM Tutorial Part 2: Components & design

This part will give you an understanding of each of the components required in a SRM environment and also information you should consider for your own design. 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 […]

SRM Tutorial Part 1: Lab setup

In this first part of the SRM tutorial I want to give you a quick overview of how my lab setup looks like and which scenario I am going to show within the following parts. In all parts I assume everyone to have a basic understanding of SRM (and of course also vSphere). I´m not […]

EMC PowerPath/VE – Licensing

In this post I will describe how to license PowerPath/VE on an ESXi 5.0 host. Please note that EMC PowerPath can be licenced / activated in two different ways: SERVED & UNSERVERD. Served licenses require a central licensing server, which provides your ESXi hosts with licenses. To activate a host you just need to assign […]

EMC PowerPath/VE – Installation with VUM

In this post I will describe how to install PowerPath/VE on a ESXi 5.0 host using the VMware Update manager. Also I will show how to verify the installation with a tool provided by EMC. 1.) Download the latest build of PowerPath/VE from your EMC Powerlink account. After you logged into Powerlink follow this menu-path: […]

VAAI status “Unknown” on EMC array using > 2TB LUNs (Update)

Today I noticed that some new created LUNs on an EMC Clariion CX4 array stuck on the VAAI status “Unknown” below the storage configuration on vSphere 5. This was quite strange, because I was creating and adding multiple LUNs and only the 2TB LUNs (on SATA drives) seems to have this problem. All other LUNs […]

New White Paper: Stretched Clusters and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager

VMware just released a very interessting white paper about stretched clusters compared with Site Recovery Manager (SRM). I just can recommend to have a closer look at it! http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/Stretched_Clusters_and_VMware_vCenter_Site_Recovery_Manage_USLTR_Regalix.pdf “This paper is intended to clarify concepts involved with choosing solutions for vSphere site availability, and to help understand the use cases for availability solutions for […]