ViPR 2.1 - Add RecoverPoint Protection to a VPLEX Virtual Volume

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Add RecoverPoint Protection to a VPLEX Virtual Volume

Learn how to use the Change Virtual Pool service in the EMC ViPR service catalog to add RecoverPoint protection to a VPLEX Virtual Volume.

The Change Virtual Pool service enables you to perform the following operations:
  • Move a VPLEX Local virtual volume from a virtual pool that includes VPLEX Local High Availability to a virtual pool that includes both VPLEX Local High Availability and RecoverPoint protection.
  • Move a VPLEX Metro virtual volume from a virtual pool that includes VPLEX Metro High Availability to a virtual pool that includes both VPLEX Metro High Availability and RecoverPoint protection.

ViPR supports RecoverPoint protection for CLR, CDP and CRR configurations.

ViPR maintains the following objects and features associated with the VPLEX virtual volume when you move the volume to another virtual pool.
  • Continuous copies
  • Exports
  • Full Copies
  • Local Array Snapshots
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Volumes cannot be members of a ViPR consistency group. For ViPR 2.1, before you run Change Virtual Pool, remove the volume that you want to protect with RecoverPoint from any ViPR consistency group. ViPR creates a consistency group for your volume and places your volume in it.

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Run Block Storage Services > Change Volume Virtual Pool

The Change Volume Virtual Pool service includes many functions for moving a volume to a virtual pool. Adding a volume to a virtual pool adds that volume's storage capacity to the virtual pool. Additionally, volumes added to a virtual pool that includes RecoverPoint protection are automatically protected by RecoverPoint.

Before you begin

Before you can add RecoverPoint protection to a VPLEX virtual volume, your environment must meet the following requirements:
  • The VPLEX virtual volume must have been provisioned through ViPR. To learn more about how to provision VPLEX virtual volumes through ViPR, see:
  • The volume that you want to protect cannot be a member of a ViPR consistency group. Remove the VPLEX virtual volume from all ViPR consistency groups. When you run the Change Virtual Pool service, the service adds the ViPR volume to a ViPR consistency group.
  • The virtual pool to which you are add your volume must have Protection System set to EMC RecoverPoint. It also must have at least one RecoverPoint Copy.
  • The target virtual pool must have the same High Availability setting as the source virtual pool.
  • If the High Availability setting of your source virtual pool is VPLEX Distributed, the following notes apply:
    • The High Availability virtual pools of the source and target volumes must specify the same virtual arrays.
    • The High Availability virtual pools for the source and target can have different settings for the following fields: protocols, numPaths, provisioningType, useMatchedPools, arrayInfo, driveType, autoTierPolicyName, isThinVolumePreAllocationEnabled, assignedStoragePools

Procedure

  1. Log in to ViPR as a system administrator.
  2. Select Service Catalog > View Catalog > Block Storage Services > Change Volume Virtual Pool.
  3. Choose the project that contains the VPLEX virtual volume.
  4. Choose the volume to which you want to add RecoverPoint protection from the Volume list.
  5. From the Operation field, select Add RecoverPoint Protection.
  6. Select the target virtual pool.
  7. Click Order.
    The target volume is added to the virtual pool. It is now protected by RecoverPoint.
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Add RecoverPoint protection service orchestration

Learn about the orchestration ViPR performs when you select Change Virtual Pool to add RecoverPoint protection to a block volume. An orchestration is a series of functions performed by ViPR in a specific order that accomplishes a requested task.

Before you begin

Before you run the Change Virtual Pool service, the VPLEX has a back-end physical storage volume in the source virtual pool. When you run the service, ViPR performs these steps.

Procedure

  1. Copy the physical storage on the source virtual pool to the physical storage in the target virtual pool.
  2. Create a RecoverPoint journal volume, a RecoverPoint target volume, and a RecoverPoint target journal volume.
    These volumes protect the new physical storage in the target virtual pool. All three RecoverPoint volumes are virtual volumes that have backing storage.

  3. Attach the new physical storage to the VPLEX virtual volume.
  4. Delete the old physical storage.
  5. Build a ViPR consistency group using the name of the volume you specified in the service dialog.
  6. Add the new physical volume to the consistency group.
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