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VPLEX/RecoverPoint Installation Procedures: Install both VPLEX and RecoverPoint

 

 

Contents

Work flow: install both RecoverPoint and VPLEX.. 4

Before you begin – 24 hours before installation.. 5

Determine your RP/VPLEX configuration. 5

Verify VPLEX and RecoverPoint software revisions. 5

Collect required IP addresses and passwords. 5

Select or configure VPLEX virtual volumes. 6

Repository volume. 6

Production volumes. 6

Replica volumes. 7

Journal volumes. 7

Plan your VPLEX consistency groups. 8

Before you begin – Day of installation. 9

Login to the RecoverPoint Deployment Manager 9

Login to the VPLEX management server 9

Procedure. 11

Task 1:   Install and configure VPLEX. 11

Task 2:   Run the RecoverPoint installer wizard in the RecoverPoint Deployment Manager up to, but NOT past the step “Zoning and LUN masking”. 11

Task 3:   Select/rename the virtual volume to use as the RecoverPoint repository volume. 11

Task 4:   Configure RecoverPoint “system” consistency group and add the repository volume. 12

Task 5:   Zone VPLEX front-end ports to the RPAs. 14

Task 6:   Register the RecoverPoint initiators. 14

Task 7:   Create a storage view for the RPA cluster, and add the VPLEX FE ports, RecoverPoint initiator ports, and RecoverPoint repository volume. 15

Task 8:   Starting at the step to run SAN diagnostics, use the RecoverPoint installer wizard to complete RecoverPoint installation. 19

Task 9:   Install RecoverPoint license and activation code. 19

Task 10: Import the RecoverPoint security certificate to the VPLEX management server 19

Task 11: Add RecoverPoint to the VPLEX CLI 20

Task 12: Validate the RPA to VPLEX configuration. 21

Task 13: Enable RecoverPoint on the RP “system” consistency group, and configure RecoverPoint-enabled consistency groups for each application to be replicated. 22

Task 14: Add journal volumes to the RecoverPoint “system” consistency group. 25

Task 15: Add production, replica, and journal volumes to the RecoverPoint storage view. 26

Task 16: Zone RPAs to VPLEX back end. 27

Task 17: Add VPLEX splitter credentials, import the VPLEX splitter certificate, and add VPLEX splitter to RP cluster 28

Task 18: Create a RecoverPoint consistency group with the same member volumes as the VPLEX (sources, system and replicas) consistency groups. 28

Task 19: Verify RecoverPoint/VPLEX alignment 28

 


 

Work flow: install both RecoverPoint and VPLEX

VPLEX tasks                                                  RP tasks

1 Install and configure VPLEX

Refer to the VPLEX Configuration Guide

2 Run the RecoverPoint installer wizard up to but not past “Zoning and LUN masking”.

Do not continue.

8 Starting at SAN diagnostics, use the RecoverPoint installer wizard to complete RecoverPoint installation

9 Install RecoverPoint license and activation code.

Refer to the RecoverPoint Administration Guide

17 Add VPLEX splitter credentials, import the VPLEX splitter certificate, and add VPLEX splitter to RP cluster

Note: If replicating to a remote site, the remote site must be installed and configured before proceeding.

18 Create a RecoverPoint consistency group with the same member volumes as the VPLEX (production, replica, and journal) consistency groups

19 Verify RecoverPoint/VPLEX alignment

10 Import the RecoverPoint security certificate to the VPLEX management server

11 Add RPA cluster to the VPLEX CLI

12 Validate RPA cluster to VPLEX configuration

13 Enable RecoverPoint on the RP “system” CG, configure RecoverPoint-enabled VPLEX consistency groups for each application to be replicated, and add the production and replica volumes to their respective VPLEX consistency groups

14 Add journal volumes to the RecoverPoint “system” consistency group

15 Add production, replica, and journal volumes to the RecoverPoint storage view

16 Zone  RPAs to VPLEX back end

Refer to EMC® RecoverPoint Deploying with VPLEX™ Technical Notes

20 Wait for VPLEX/RecoverPoint synchronization to complete

3 Select the virtual volume to be the RecoverPoint repository volume

4 Configure a RecoverPoint “system” consistency group, and add the repository volume

5 Zone VPLEX front end to RPAs

Refer to EMC® RecoverPoint Deploying with VPLEX™ Technical Notes

6 Register the RecoverPoint initiators

7 Create a storage view for the RPA cluster, and add the VPLEX FE ports, RecoverPoint initiator ports, and RecoverPoint repository volume

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Before you begin – 24 hours before installation

This section describes the information you need to collect and tasks you need to complete before installing RecoverPoint in conjunction with VPLEX:

·    Determine your RP/VPLEX configuration

·    Verify VPLEX and RecoverPoint software revisions

·    Collect required IP addresses and passwords

·    Select or configure VPLEX virtual volumes

·    Plan your VPLEX consistency groups

Determine your RP/VPLEX configuration

The steps to install and configure VPLEX and RecoverPoint vary depending on the configuration.

The following configurations are supported in the current release:

·    VPLEX Local with RecoverPoint CDP

·    VPLEX Local with RecoverPoint CRR/CLR replicating to a VPLEX site

·    VPLEX Local with RecoverPoint CRR/CLR replicating to a non-VPLEX (Clariion or Symm splitter) site

·    VPLEX Metro with RecoverPoint CDP at one VPLEX cluster

·    VPLEX Metro with RecoverPoint CRR/CLR at one VPLEX cluster replicating to third (VPLEX) site

·    VPLEX Metro with RecoverPoint CRR/CLR at one VPLEX cluster replicating to third (Clariion or Symm splitter) site

Determine which configuration you are installing.

Verify VPLEX and RecoverPoint software revisions

Verify that the VPLEX and RecoverPoint software are at the following revisions:

·    VPLEX Release 5.1 or later

·    RecoverPoint Release 3.5 or later

Collect required IP addresses and passwords

This section describes the information you need to install RecoverPoint.

To add RecoverPoint to the VPLEX CLI, you will need:

·    Administrative username and password for the target RPA cluster

·    Site management IP address of the target RPA cluster

To configure the login credentials for the VPLEX splitter in RecoverPoint, you will need:

·    IP address of the VPLEX splitter – This is the management IP address of the management server on the VPLEX cluster that is attached to the RPA cluster

·    Username/password  of the VPLEX splitter – This is a user on the VPLEX cluster that is attached to the RPA cluster. The default values are:

·     Username – service

·     Password – Mi@Dim7T

Select or configure VPLEX virtual volumes

Use the information in this section to select or configure VPLEX virtual volumes to be used with RecoverPoint.

The following types of volumes are required in all RecoverPoint configurations:

Repository volume – A repository volume holds the license key and metatdata for a given RPA cluster. One repository volume is required per RPA cluster.

Existing RecoverPoint configurations may already have a repository volume configured. For these configurations, continue to use the existing repository volume.

For new RecoverPoint deployments, you can configure the repository volume on either VPLEX or non-VPLEX storage. A non-VPLEX repository volume cannot be moved, so the best practice is to select VPLEX-hosted storage for the repository volume.

To use VPLEX-hosted storage for a repository volume, select or configure a virtual volume with the following properties:

·    5.72 GB. Capacity beyond 5.72 GB is not used.

·    RAID-1 device based on volumes in two different arrays

·    Provisioned on non-thin storage

·    Provisioned on highly available storage

·    Local device only (not a DR1)

·    NOT a remote exported volume

Note:  Availability is critical for the repository volume, but performance is not critical.

Name (or rename) the virtual volume so that the volume name indicates it is a repository volume and includes the RPA site address or name.

For example:

·    Boston_Cluster-1_RP_repository, or

·    10.6.210.75_RP_repository

Production volumes – Production volumes are VPLEX virtual volumes written to by a given application. These virtual volumes may already be configured and operational. RecoverPoint can replicate the following VPLEX volumes:

·    Local volumes

·    Distributed RAID-1 volumes

IMPORTANT:    RecoverPoint protection for VPLEX DR1 devices is enabled only for volumes which are local to the VPLEX cluster where the RPA cluster is attached.

To prepare for RecoverPoint installation, identify the local and/or RAID-1 virtual volumes associated with each application you want to protect using RecoverPoint.

Collect the following information:

·    Name of application

·    The name and exact size of every virtual volume written to by the application

You will use this information to configure or select virtual volumes to be the replica volumes and to configure VPLEX consistency groups.

Replica volumes – Volumes to which application writes from production volumes are replicated. Each production volume protected by RecoverPoint requires one or more replica volumes. The number of replica volumes required varies depending on the RecoverPoint deployment.

·    RecoverPoint CDP requires one replica volume on the production site for each production volume.

·    RecoverPoint CRR requires one replica volume on the remote site for each production volume.

·    RecoverPoint CLR requires one replica volume on production site AND one on the remote site for each production volume

Select or configure the VPLEX virtual volumes to be used as replica volumes for each application you want to protect using RecoverPoint.

Select or configure volumes with the following properties:

·    Size – The replica volume must be exactly the same size as its associated production volume.

·    Performance – In order for failover to work correctly, the performance of the replica volume should be very close to that of the production volume.

CAUTION:    Replication fails if the replica volume is not exactly the same size as its production volume.

Journal volumes – Journal volumes contain data waiting to be distributed to target replica volumes and copies of the data previously distributed to the target volumes. Configure at least two journal volumes for each application protected by RecoverPoint:

·    Production journal volumes - Volumes that hold system delta marking information.

·    Replica journal volumes - Volumes that hold snapshots either waiting to be replicated or already distributed to the replica, metadata for each image, and bookmarks.

There are no restrictions as to the number of journal volumes configured per replica or production volume.

Select or configure the VPLEX virtual volumes to be used as the production journal and replica journal volumes for each application you want to protect using RecoverPoint.

Select or configure volumes with the following properties:

·    VPLEX local device (NOT a DR1) or a remote exported volume

·    Non-thin storage

·    Size – Minimum size is 5 GB. The journal volumes must be large enough to support the business requirements of the application being replicated. If the policy for the application being replicated is to store all snapshots for the past 24 hours, the replica and production journal volumes must be large enough to accommodate the expected amount of data.

If multiple journal volumes are required, best practice is to select or configure virtual volumes with roughly the same capacity.

Refer to the RecoverPoint Administrator’s Guide for the formula to calculate journal volume sizing.

·    Performance – In order for replication to have as small an impact on performance as possible, provision journal volumes on the fastest storage available.

Best practice is to select virtual volumes hosted on arrays that are faster than the arrays hosting the production volumes.

Plan your VPLEX consistency groups

RecoverPoint can replicate only those VPLEX virtual volumes that are members of a VPLEX consistency group with the recoverpoint-enabled attribute set to true.

The number of VPLEX recoverpoint-enabled consistency groups you will need varies depending on the configuration and the number of applications being replicated.

Number of VPLEX consistency groups

You will need the following recoverpoint enabled VPLEX consistency groups:

·    For each application to be replicated:

·     1 Production consistency group - contains all production volumes for the application.

·     1 Replica consistency group - contains all replica volumes for the application.

·    For each RecoverPoint cluster:

·     1 System consistency group per RP cluster - contains the cluster's repository volume, all production journal volumes, and replica journal volumes.

If multiple RecoverPoint clusters are attached to a single VPLEX cluster, each should have its own RecoverPoint consistency group as well as its own RecoverPoint storage view.

Note:  Assign a name to “system” consistency group that includes an identifier for the RPA cluster.

Settings for VPLEX consistency groups

IMPORTANT:    It may take up to 2 minutes for the RecoverPoint cluster to take note of changes to a VPLEX consistency group. Wait for 2 minutes after making the following changes to a VPLEX consistency group before creating or changing a RecoverPoint consistency group:
- Add/remove virtual volumes to/from a VPLEX consistency group
- Enable/disable the recoverpoint-enabled property of a VPLEX consistency group
- Change the detach rule of a VPLEX consistency group

In both VPLEX Local and VPLEX Metro systems, configure the consistency groups to support replication by RecoverPoint with the following properties:

·    Recoverpoint-enabled set to true.

In VPLEX Metro systems, configure these additional properties:

·    visibility set to one or both VPLEX clusters.

·    storage-at-clusters set to the cluster or clusters where the production storage is located.

·    detach-rule set to winner -c cluster -d seconds where cluster is the VPLEX cluster attached to the RPA cluster.

Before you begin – Day of installation

Login to the RecoverPoint Deployment Manager

Refer to the RecoverPoint Deployment Manager Product Guide.

On the login page select Other Operations (EMC personnel):

Login to the VPLEX management server

You can complete the VPLEX tasks to install and configure RecoverPoint using either the CLI for the entire procedure, or a combination of the CLI and GUI.

Login to the VPLEX GUI:

                   

  1. [   ]    Type the following into your web browsers address line:

https:// < public IP address of the management server >

  2. [   ]    If this is the first time you are logging in to the server, a security warning is displayed.

Click Proceed.

The EMC VPLEX Management Console login screen is displayed.

  3. [   ]    Login with username service and password.

The EMC VPLEX Management Console main screen is displayed:

 

Login to the VPLEX CLI:

Connect to the VPLEX management server.

·    Use a service laptop connected to the service port on the management server, or

·    PuTTy or SSH on any computer able to connect to the management server’s public IP address.

IMPORTANT:    Ensure that the SSH protocol is version 2.

                   

  1. [   ]    Open a session to the management server on cluster 1 and login with username service.

  2. [   ]    At the prompt, type vplexcli:

service@ManagementServer:~> vplexcli

Trying 0.0.0.0...

Connected to 0.

Escape character is '^]'.

 

A prompt for user name appears.

  3. [   ]    Login to the VPLEX CLI with username service and password.

Enter User Name: service

Password:

creating logfile:/var/log/VPlex/cli/session.log_service_localhost_T18377_20100922142015

 

VPlexcli:/>


 

Procedure

Task 1:    Install and configure VPLEX

                   

Refer to the EMC VPLEX Configuration Guide for the steps to complete this task.

Task 2:    Run the RecoverPoint installer wizard in the RecoverPoint Deployment Manager up to, but NOT past the step “Zoning and LUN masking”.

                   

Refer to the RecoverPoint Deployment Manager Product Guide for this task.

CAUTION:    Do not continue past “Zoning and LUN masking”. Proceed to the next Task in this procedure.

                   

Task 3:    Select/rename the virtual volume to use as the RecoverPoint repository volume

Select and rename a repository volume for each RPA cluster attached to this VPLEX cluster.

IMPORTANT:    Select a VPLEX local volume as the RecoverPoint repository volume.  The detach rules associated with DR1 devices introduce additional complexity and should not be used as the repository volume.

                   

  1. [   ]    In your web browser, open a session to the public IP address of the management server on the VPLEX cluster where the RPA cluster is deployed:

https:// < public IP address of the management server >

  2. [   ]    In the menu bar, click Provision Storage -> cluster -> Virtual Volumes.

The cluster Virtual Volumes page is displayed.

  3. [   ]    Identify a virtual volume that is:

·     At least 5.72 GB. Capacity beyond 5.72 GB is not used.

·     RAID-1 device based on volumes in two different arrays

·     Provisioned on non-thin storage

·     Provisioned on highly available storage

Note:   Availability is critical for the repository volume. Performance is not critical.

  4. [   ]    Click on the selected virtual volume.

The Properties page for the volume is displayed.

  5. [   ]    Click in the Virtual Volume Name field and remove the volume name. For example:

  6. [   ]    Enter a new name for the virtual volume. The new name should include:

·    RPA site address or name

·    Indication this is a repository volume

For example:

Boston_Cluster-1_RP_repository, or

10.6.210.75_RP_repository

  7. [   ]    Click OK

Task 4:    Configure RecoverPoint “system” consistency group and add the repository volume

                   

  1. [   ]    From the drop down menu select:

Provision Storage > Cluster Name > Consistency Groups > Create Consistency Group

The Create Consistency Group – Select Name and Type page is displayed:

  2. [   ]    Enter a name for the consistency group.

Assign a name that identifies the RPA cluster. This will prevent confusion if the VPLEX cluster is attached to more than one RPA cluster.

The name may not include spaces.

  3. [   ]    Click the Local: cluster-n radio button.

Do not check the Global visibility checkbox.

  4. [   ]    Click Next.

The Create Consistency Group – Select Virtual Volumes page is displayed:

  5. [   ]    Locate the virtual volume selected/configured as the RecoverPoint repository volume.

  6. [   ]    Click to highlight the repository volume and use the Add > button to move it to the Selected Virtual Volumes column.

Click Next.

The Create Consistency Group – Review and Finish page is displayed.

  7. [   ]    Click the Commit button.

The Create Consistency Group – View Results page is displayed.

  8. [   ]    Click the Close button.

Task 5:    Zone VPLEX front-end ports to the RPAs

Refer to the EMC® RecoverPoint Deploying with VPLEX™ Technical Notes for this task.

CAUTION:    Do NOT zone the VPLEX back-end ports.  Zone ONLY the VPLEX front-end ports to the RecoverPoint ports at this time.

Task 6:    Register the RecoverPoint initiators

                   

  1. [   ]    From the drop down menu, select Provision Storage > Cluster Name > Initiators

The Cluster: Initiators page is displayed:

  2. [   ]    Click to select all the RecoverPoint initiators (those that start with 0x5001248)

  3. [   ]    Click on the Register button (bottom of page).

A dialog box is displayed.

  4. [   ]    Use the pull-down tabs to set Host Type to RecoverPoint:

  5. [   ]    Click OK. .

A confirmation dialog box is displayed.

  6. [   ]    Click the Close button.

Task 7:    Create a storage view for the RPA cluster, and add the VPLEX FE ports, RecoverPoint initiator ports, and RecoverPoint repository volume

This task exposes the VPLEX volumes that will be used by RecoverPoint (journal, production, replica, and repository volumes) to the RecoverPoint site.

                   

  1. [   ]    From the drop down menu select:

Provision Storage > Cluster Name > Storage Views > Create Storage View

The Create Storage View > Select Initiators page is displayed:

  2. [   ]    Enter a Storage View Name for the storage view.

Note:   Assign a name to the storage view that identifies the RPA site name or cluster so it is easy to identify. This is particularly important when multiple RPA sites/clusters are attached to the same VPLEX cluster.

  3. [   ]    Click to select and use the Add > button to add all the RecoverPoint Initiators for the RP cluster.

Click Next.

The Create Storage View > Select Ports page is displayed:

  4. [   ]    Click to select and use the Add > button to add all the VPLEX FE ports.

Click Next.

The Create Storage View > Select Virtual Volumes page is displayed:

  5. [   ]    Scroll to locate the virtual volume configured as the RecoverPoint repository volume.

  6. [   ]     Use the Add > button to add the repository volume.

Click Next.

The Create Storage View > Edit LUNs page is displayed:

  7. [   ]    Click the Auto-assign LUN numbers starting with radio button, enter 0 in the field, and click the Apply button.

  8. [   ]    Click Finish.

The Create Storage View > Review and Finish page is displayed:

  9. [   ]    Click Commit.

The Create Storage View > View Results page is displayed:

10. [   ]    Click Close.

Task 8:    Starting at the step to run SAN diagnostics, use the RecoverPoint installer wizard to complete RecoverPoint installation

                   

Refer to the RecoverPoint Deployment Manager Product Guide for this task.

Task 9:    Install RecoverPoint license and activation code

                   

Refer to the RecoverPoint Administration Guide for this task. 

Task 10: Import the RecoverPoint security certificate to the VPLEX management server

                   

  1. [   ]    At the CLI root context, type the rp import-certificate command.

Note:   On VPLEX Metro systems, run this command on both clusters.

The command runs an interview to import the RecoverPoint security certificate to the VPLEX management server.

IMPORTANT:    This command causes the VPLEX CLI to restart. All GUI and CLI sessions to the management server are terminated. Users must re-login.

VPlexcli:/> rp import-certificate

This command will cause the VPLEX CLI process to restart if security settings are modified.  This will require a new log in from all connected CLI and GUI clients.

 

To proceed type CONTINUE or hit enter to abort:CONTINUE

 

Please enter the IPv4 address of the RecoverPoint cluster:10.6.210.85

 

-----Certificate Details-----

 

Owner: CN=RecoverPoint, OU=Unified Storage Division, O=EMC Corporation, L=Ramat-Gan, ST=Israel, C=IL

Issuer: CN=RecoverPoint, OU=Unified Storage Division, O=EMC Corporation, L=Ramat-Gan, ST=Israel, C=IL

Serial number: 4d907d4c

Valid from: Mon Mar 28 12:21:32 UTC 2011 until: Thu Mar 25 12:21:32 UTC 2021

Certificate fingerprints:

         MD5:  CF:38:C3:55:A9:99:AC:A6:79:12:7C:83:C3:95:23:CB

         SHA1: 4D:D6:29:30:ED:0A:77:6D:38:4E:10:D3:2E:37:29:CB:45:DC:9E:C0

         Signature algorithm name: SHA1withRSA

         Version: 3

 

 

Trust this certificate? (Y/N): Y

The VPLEX CLI process will now restart, press enter when you are ready.  Please wait a minute before reconnecting.

 

Press '<Enter>' to continue ...<Enter>

Stopping EMC VPlex Management Console: Connection closed by foreign host.

 

The VPLEX CLI and GUI sessions restart.

  2. [   ]    Wait one minute before logging in to the VPLEX CLI or GUI.

  3. [   ]    If the VPLEX system is a Metro, repeat Steps 1 and 2 on the second cluster.

Task 11: Add RecoverPoint to the VPLEX CLI

                   

Before a VPLEX cluster can work in conjunction with RecoverPoint, the RPA cluster must be added to the VPLEX CLI.

                   

  1. [   ]    At the root context in the CLI, type the rp rpa-cluster add command to add the specified RPA cluster to the VPLEX cluster.  The syntax for the command is:

rp rpa-cluster add -o rpa-site-management-address -u admin-username -c cluster-id

where:

rpa site management-address is the site management IP address of the RPA cluster.

admin-user-name is the administrative username of an RPA.

cluster-id  is the context path of the VPLEX cluster associated with this RPA cluster. If no VPLEX cluster is specified, the default value of 1 is used.

For example:

VPlexcli:/>rp rpa-cluster add -o 10.6.210.79 -u admin -c cluster-1

 

Enter rpa-cluster administrative password: Admin-password

Enter rpa-cluster administrative password again for verification: Admin-password

 

  2. [   ]    Type the ll /recoverpoint/rpa-clusters command to confirm addition of the RPA cluster. For example:

VPlexcli:/>ll /recoverpoint/rpa-clusters

 

/recoverpoint/rpa-clusters:

RPA Host     VPLEX Cluster  RPA Site  RPA ID  RPA Version

-----------  -------------  --------  ------  -----------

10.6.210.75  cluster-1      Site1     RPA 1   3.5(l.26)

Task 12: Validate the RPA to VPLEX configuration

                   

  1. [   ]    On the VPLEX cluster where the RPA cluster is installed, type the rp validate-configuration command to check the system configuration.

IMPORTANT:    When RPAs are zoned to VPLEX using single-channel mode (2 RPA ports are zoned to VPLEX front end ports, and 2 RPA ports are zoned to the VPLEX back end ports) this command reports the ports as "WARNING". This is because the command checks that all 4 ports on the RPA are zoned to both VPLEX front end and backend ports (dual-channel mode).

Best practice is to zone every RPA port to both VPLEX front end and backend ports. For configurations where this is not possible or desirable, this command detects the port configuration, displays a warning. Administrators who have purposely configured single-channel mode can safely ignore the warning.

For example:

VPlexcli:/> rp validate-configuration

This command may take several minutes to complete. Please be patient.

==============================================================================

Validate the VPLEX Splitters

==============================================================================

Validating that VPLEX Splitters are installed                                OK

Validating that all splitter versions agree                                  OK

Validating the VPLEX Slitter status                                          OK

==============================================================================

Validate Storage Views

==============================================================================

Validating that storage views do not have mixed non-recoverpoint and recoverpoint initiator ports                                                 OK

Validating that recoverpoint storage views have access to multiple recoverpoint ports                                                                        OK

==============================================================================

Validate Initiator Ports

==============================================================================

Validating that all the recoverpoint initiator ports are registered          OK

Validating that all the registered recoverpoint initiator ports are used     OK

==============================================================================

Validation Summary

==============================================================================

Your system appears healthy.  There were no problems found in the system.

 

If problems are detected, the command displays appropriate messages.

For example, when a storage view is not configured correctly:

VPlexcli:/> rp validate-configuration

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Validating that storage views do not have mixed non-recoverpoint and recoverpoint initiator ports                                               ERROR

Storage view rp-view-demo has mixed types of initiator ports.

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==============================================================================

Validation Summary

==============================================================================

The following potential problems were found in the system:

1 problem(s) were found with storage views.

 

  2. [   ]    Correct any errors, and re-run the rp validate-configuration command.

CAUTION:    Do not proceed until this command returns no errors.

Task 13: Enable RecoverPoint on the RP “system” consistency group, and configure RecoverPoint-enabled consistency groups for each application to be replicated

Enable RecoverPoint on the RP “system” consistency group

                   

  1. [   ]    From the drop down menu select:

Provision Storage > Cluster Name > Consistency Groups

The Consistency Group page is displayed.

  2. [   ]    Scroll to locate the RecoverPoint “system” consistency group and click on it.

The Consistency Group Properties dialog box for the consistency group is displayed:

  3. [   ]    Check the RecoverPoint Enabled? checkbox.

  4. [   ]    Click OK. The dialog box closes.

Configure RecoverPoint-enabled consistency group for each application’s production volume(s)

 

a.    For each application to be protected by RecoverPoint create:

·    1 production consistency group and add all the application's production volumes to it.

·    1 replication consistency group and add all the application's replication volumes to it.

Note:  Applications may already have consistency groups configured.  These consistency groups can serve as the production consistency group.

b.   For all production and replication consistency groups ensure the recoverpoint-enabled property is set to true.

c.     For all production and replication consistency groups that contain globally visible volumes (DR1s) ensure that:

·    the visibility property is correctly set

·    the storage-at-cluster property is correctly set

·    the detach-rule property is correctly set

·    If an application’s production volumes are already in a VPLEX consistency group, navigate to the consistency group’s Consistency Group Properties dialog box and check the RecoverPoint Enabled? checkbox.

·    If an application’s production volumes are not in a VPLEX consistency group: start at Step 5. [   ] to create the consistency groups.

 

  5. [   ]    Click the Create button (in the lower left corner of the page).

The Create Consistency Group – Select Name page appears:

  6. [   ]    Enter a name for the consistency group.

Create a name to clearly identify the application, the role of the virtual volumes (production)  and the RP cluster.

Names may not include spaces.

Click Next.

The Create Consistency Group – Select Detach Rule page is displayed.

  7. [   ]    Use the Rule Set pull-down list to select the detach rule for the consistency group.

CAUTION:    Select the Winner: cluster (5 seconds) rule where cluster is the VPLEX cluster where the RPA cluster is attached. Failovers will not work if the No Automatic Winner detach rule is selected.

  8. [   ]    Click Next.

The Create Consistency Group – Select Virtual Volumes page is displayed:

  9. [   ]    Locate the production virtual volume(s) associated with the application.

10. [   ]    Click to highlight the volumes and use the Add > button to move them to the Selected Virtual Volumes column.

11. [   ]    Click Next.

The Create Consistency Group – Review and Finish page is displayed

12. [   ]    Click the Commit button.

13. [   ]    The Create Consistency Group – View Results page is displayed

14. [   ]    Click the Close button.

15. [   ]    On the Consistency Group page, scroll to locate the new consistency group and click on it.

The Consistency Group Properties dialog box for the consistency group is displayed.

16. [   ]    Check the RecoverPoint Enabled? checkbox.

17. [   ]    Click OK. The dialog box closes.

IMPORTANT:    A RecoverPoint cluster may take up to 2 minutes to take note of this change. Please allow 2 minutes between making this change and creating or changing a RecoverPoint consistency group.

Configure RecoverPoint-enabled consistency group for each application’s replica volume(s)

 

18. [   ]    Click the Create button (in the lower left corner of the page).

The Create Consistency Group – Select Name page appears:

19. [   ]    Enter a name for the consistency group.

Create a name to clearly identify the application, the role of the virtual volumes (replica) and the RP cluster.

Names may not include spaces.

Click Next.

The Create Consistency Group – Select Detach Rule page is displayed.

20. [   ]    Use the Rule Set pull-down list to select the detach rule for the consistency group.

Note:   Detach rules are applicable only for DR1 volumes in VPLEX Metro configurations.

21. [   ]    Click Next.

The Create Consistency Group – Select Virtual Volumes page is displayed.

22. [   ]    Locate the replica virtual volume(s) associated with the application.

23. [   ]    Click to highlight the volumes and use the Add > button to move them to the Selected Virtual Volumes column.

24. [   ]    Click Next.

The Create Consistency Group – Review and Finish page is displayed

25. [   ]    Click the Commit button.

26. [   ]    The Create Consistency Group – View Results page is displayed

27. [   ]    Click the Close button.

28. [   ]    On the Consistency Group page, scroll to locate the new consistency group and click on it.

The Consistency Group Properties dialog box for the consistency group is displayed.

29. [   ]    Check the RecoverPoint Enabled? checkbox.

30. [   ]    Click OK. The dialog box closes.

31. [   ]    Repeat Steps 5. [   ] through 27. [   ] for each application to be replicated by RecoverPoint.

Task 14: Add journal volumes to the RecoverPoint “system” consistency group

IMPORTANT:    In VPLEX Metro configurations, only local volumes can be used as journal volumes.

                   

                 

  1. [   ]    From the drop down menu select:

Provision Storage > Cluster Name > Consistency Groups.

The Consistency Group page is displayed.

  2. [   ]    Click to select the RecoverPoint  “system” consistency group.

The Selected Consistency Group > Virtual Volumes pane is displayed on the right side of the page.

  3. [   ]    Click the Add/Remove Virtual Volumes button at the bottom of the Selected Consistency Group > Virtual Volumes pane.

The Add/Remove dialog box is displayed:

  4. [   ]    Use the Add> button to add the VPLEX virtual volumes to be used as RecoverPoint journal volumes to the consistency group.

  5. [   ]    Click OK.

Task 15: Add production, replica, and journal volumes to the RecoverPoint storage view

This step varies depending on the role of the RP site attached to this VPLEX cluster and the type of RP deployment.

A single site doing CDP needs both production and replica volumes added here.

If a VPLEX-based journal volume is required, the system configuration must be changed from array-based to VPLEX-based journaling.

                   

  1. [   ]    From the drop down menu select:

Provision Storage > Cluster Name > Storage Views

The Storage Views page is displayed.

  2. [   ]    Click on the storage view created to support RecoverPoint.

The selected storage view is highlighted.

Details about the selected storage view are displayed in “Components of the Selected Storage View” on the right side of the page.

  3. [   ]    Click the Virtual Volumes tab in Components of the Selected Storage View.

The virtual volumes in the storage view are displayed:

  4. [   ]    Click the Add/Remove Virtual Volumes button at the bottom of the page.

The Add/Remove Virtual Volumes dialog box is displayed:

Note:   If production volumes are exposed to other storage views, check the "Show virtual volume already exported to other storage views" check box to list the volumes.

  5. [   ]    Use the Add> button to add all the production, replica, and journal volumes for applications being replicated by RecoverPoint.

  6. [   ]    Click OK.

Task 16: Zone RPAs to VPLEX back end

Refer to the EMC® RecoverPoint Deploying with VPLEX™ Technical Notes for this task.

Task 17: Add VPLEX splitter credentials, import the VPLEX splitter certificate, and add VPLEX splitter to RP cluster

Refer to the RecoverPoint Administrator's Guide for the steps to complete this task.

 

Login credentials for the VPLEX splitter:

·    Splitter IP address: IP address of the VPLEX management server  at the splitting cluster

·    Splitter Username (default): service

·    Splitter Password (default): Mi@Dim7T

·    Certificate file: The VPLEX management server Security Certificate File

Task 18: Create a RecoverPoint consistency group with the same member volumes as the VPLEX (sources, system and replicas) consistency groups

                   

Refer to the RecoverPoint Deployment Manager Product Guide for this task. 

Task 19: Verify RecoverPoint/VPLEX alignment

                   

This procedure verifies that the RecoverPoint consistency group is aligned with the VPLEX consistency group.

If a virtual volume in a VPLEX consistency group is a member of a RecoverPoint consistency group, then every virtual volume in the VPLEX consistency group MUST also be a member of the SAME RecoverPoint consistency group, in the same RPA site. Alignment checks verify that:

·    All virtual volumes in the VPLEX consistency group belong to the same RecoverPoint consistency group

·    All virtual volumes in the VPLEX consistency group have the same RP Role, either Production Source or Local/Remote Replica.

·    All virtual volumes in the VPLEX consistency group have the same RPA cluster IP address.

·    If a virtual volume is a member of the RecoverPoint consistency group with the same role as other virtual volumes in the VPLEX consistency group, it should be added to the VPLEX consistency group.

                   

  1. [   ]    From the drop down menu select:

Provision Storage > Cluster Name > Consistency Groups

The Distributed Consistency Groups page is displayed.

  2. [   ]    Click the Check RecoverPoint Alignment button at the bottom of the page.

The Check RecoverPoint Alignment page is displayed.

If the Alignment Status is not, “ok”, the Alignment Errors: field displays detailed information to help fix the mis-alignment. For example:

 

  3. [   ]    Click the Show: RP Site, RP Host IP, and RP Manage Link check boxes to display additional information.

  4. [   ]    Fix any alignment problems.

  5. [   ]    Repeat Steps 1. [   ] and 2[   ] to verify that all alignment problems are fixed.

CAUTION:    Do not proceed until all alignment errors have been fixed.