ViPR 2.2 - Add Storage Systems Using the ViPR UI

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ViPR System Administrators can learn how to add storage systems to ViPR.

This article is part of a series.

You can add storage to ViPR at anytime. If, however, you are setting up the virtual data center for the first time, complete the steps described in Step by Step: Setup a ViPR Virtual Data Center.

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Add storage to ViPR using the ViPR UI

When you add a storage system to ViPR, ViPR discovers, and registers the storage system, and the storage system resources.

Before you begin


  1. Log into the ViPR UI with System Administrator privileges.
  2. Select Physical Assets > Storage Systems
    Block storage systems can also be added to ViPR from the Physical Assets > Storage Providers page.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Select the storage system, or storage provider type.
  5. Type the storage system name.
  6. Type the host IP address.
    • For ScaleIO, type the primary MDM host IP address.
    • ForVPLEX , type the FQDN or IP Address for the VPLEX management server
  7. If adding block storage, enable if SSL will be used.
    SSL is disabled for ScaleIO.
  8. Leave the default or enter the port.
    For ScaleIO, enter the port used to SSH into the primary MDM host.
  9. Type the user credentials with storage system administrator privileges.
    • The credentials entered when you add a storage system to ViPR are independent of the currently logged in ViPR user. All ViPR operations, which you perform on a storage system, are executed as the user that is entered when the storage system is added to ViPR. .
    • ViPR operations require that the ViPR user has administrative privileges.
    • If the OpenStack Block Storage System nodes are installed on separate servers, enter the OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) Controller node credentials.
    • For Block Storage Powered by ScaleIO enter the user that can SSH into the MDM host.
  10. If adding VNX for File:
    1. Type the Onboard storage provider host.
    2. Enable or disable SSL access to the storage provider.
    3. Leave the default or type the port to access the storage provider.
    4. Enter the user credentials to access the Onboard Storage Provider.
  11. If adding Block Storage Powered by ScaleIO,
    1. Type the MDM User and MDM Password with a user that can issue the ScaleIO CLI login.
    2. Type the Element Manager URL.
      The format must be: https://<element_manager_FQDN>/resources/dashboard.jnlp?host=<ip_address>&username=<admin_username>
  12. Click Save


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Configuration steps for storage registered in ViPR

After you add a storage system to ViPR you can configure the storage system and storage system resources in ViPR before adding them to a virtual array.

Third-party block storage (OpenStack) port configuration

The OpenStack API does not provide the storage port World Wide Port Name (WWPN) for Fibre Channel connected storage systems, or the IQN for iSCSI connected storage systems. Therefore, ViPR cannot retrieve the storage port WWPNs, or IQNs during discovery. If any of the third-party block storage ports will be configured for Fibre Channel, you will need to add the WWPNs to the FC ports using the ViPR CLI. For complete details see: Configure Third-party Block Storage System Ports for ViPR.

Optional storage system configuration steps

Once you have added the storage to ViPR, there are optional configuration steps you can perform on the storage system, and it's resources. For complete details see: Configure Registered Storage Systems Using the ViPR UI.

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Storage system data protection and network configuration

After you add a storage system to ViPR, you can add, and configure the associated data protection systems, and networks to ViPR.

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Data protection configuration

ViPR supports EMC RecoverPoint and SRDF protection.

EMC RecoverPoint

ViPR supports RecoverPoint protection for VMAX, and VNX for Block storage.

RecoverPoint is added to ViPR from the ViPR UI Physical Assets > Data Protection page.

For complete details see:


ViPR supports SRDF protection for VMAX storage.

ViPR discovers the SRDF protection with the storage system. If the storage system has been configured with SRDF, you configure the ViPR virtual arrays, and virtual pools for SRDF protection as required.

For more details see:

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Network configuration for block storage systems

After the storage system is added to ViPR, configure the SAN switches before adding the storage systems to a virtual array.

Fibre Channel

Add the corresponding SAN Switch from the ViPR UI Physical Assets > Fabric Manager page. When a SAN switch is added to ViPR, the Fibre Channel networks (Brocade Fabrics or Cisco VSANs), are automatically discovered and registered in ViPR. Additionally, through discovery of the SAN switch topology, ViPR discovers, and registers the host initiators for hosts on the network, and identifies which storage systems are associated with the SAN switch.

For complete details see either of the following documents:


For Storage Systems that use ViPR services with the iSCSI protocol, the iSCSI host ports must be logged into the correct target array ports before they can be used in the service.

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IP network configuration requirements for storage

After the storage system is added to ViPR, create the IP networks to include in the virtual array, and be sure to add the necessary storage and host ports to use to provision the storage to the hosts.

ViPR can discover the ports of IP connected storage systems and hosts , but it cannot discover the paths between them, so it is necessary to create IP networks, and then add the host, and storage system ports, which will be provisioned together, to the same IP network.

For more details see: Create and Configure a ViPR Virtual Array.

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