ViPR 2.1 - Add EMC VPLEX Storage to ViPR

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Overview

ViPR System Administrators can learn about ViPR support requirements, prerequisite information to prepare VPLEX storage systems for ViPR integration, and the steps to add the storage to ViPR.

This article further describes:

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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Support and configuration requirements

Before adding VPLEX storage systems to ViPR, validate that the VPLEX environment is configured as follows:

Supported versions

For supported versions, see the EMC ViPR Support Matrix on the EMC Community Network (community.emc.com).

Configuration requirements

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Add VPLEX storage to ViPR

Add the VPLEX management server to ViPR.

Before you begin

Only System Administrators can add storage to ViPR.

The following steps describe how to add the storage system to ViPR using the ViPR UI. To use the REST API to add the storage system to ViPR see the Add EMC VPLEX Storage to ViPR Using the REST API article.

Procedure

  1. Select Physical Assets > Storage Providers.
  2. Click Add.
  3. Type the storage provider name.
  4. Select VPLEX for the type.
  5. Type the FQDN or IP Address for the VPLEX management server in the Host field.
  6. Enable or disable SSL.
  7. Leave the default or enter the port.
  8. Type the credentials for the storage system. Storage system administrator privileges are required.
  9. Click Save.
    • The VPLEX management server is listed in the Storage Provider page.
    • Storage systems discovered with the VPLEX management server are displayed in the Storage Systems page.
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VPLEX Configuration for ViPR

There are optional configuration steps that can be performed on the storage system resources after the storage system is discovered. The configuration steps are not available until the resources are discovered and registered in ViPR.

Once the storage system is discovered, optionally configure the following:

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Define the storage system resource allocation limit

By default, storage systems are configured with unlimited resources that ViPR can use. You can set resource limits, which define the amount of storage in the storage system that is available for use by ViPR.

Procedure

  1. Select Physical Assets > Storage Systems.
  2. Click the storage system name in the Storage System table.
  3. In the Edit Storage System page, disable Unlimited Resource Allocation setting.
  4. Specify the maximum number of volumes ViPR is allocated for provisioning on this storage system. The amount must be 0 or higher.
    The Resource Limit value is a count of the number of volumes allowed to be provisioned on the storage system.
  5. Click Save.
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Deregister storage ports

By default, all storage ports are available for provisioning in ViPR after ViPR discovers the storage system. To make storage ports unavailable to ViPR for provisioning, deregister them.

Procedure

  1. Select Physical Assets > Storage Systems.
  2. Locate the row for the storage system where the port resides.
  3. In the Edit row, click Ports.
  4. Check the row for each port that you want to make unavailable to ViPR for provisioning.
  5. Click Deregister.
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Network configuration requirements for storage

After you add the storage system to ViPR, add the corresponding SAN Switch from the ViPR Physical Assets > Fabric Manager page.

When you add a SAN switch 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 more information, see Add Fabric Managers and SAN Networks to ViPR.

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