Create and Configure ViPR Virtual Arrays

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Overview

This article provides ViPR System Administrators the necessary information to create a virtual array, add storage systems to the virtual array, and configure the networks, storage ports, and storage pools assigned to the virtual array.

This article applies to EMC ViPR 2.0.

For more information about ViPR virtual arrays, refer to the What is a Virtual Array? article.

This article is part of a series

You can create and configure virtual arrays in ViPR at anytime. However, if you are setting up a ViPR Controller virtual data center for the first time, follow these steps.
  1. Add physical assets to ViPR:
  2. Create ViPR virtual assets:
    1. Create and configure a virtual array
    2. Create virtual pools:

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Create a virtual array

Before you begin

Procedure

  1. Select Virtual Assets > Virtual Arrays.
  2. If editing a virtual array, click the virtual array name.
    If adding a new array, click Add.
    1. Enter a virtual array name.
    The Edit Virtual Array page opens.
  3. Select the type of SAN Zoning:
    • Automatic to allow ViPR to automatically create the required zones in the SAN fabric when a provisioning request is made in this virtual array.
    • Select Manual to configure the zones outside of ViPR.
      • If there is an existing zone for the Host and Array:

        After the ViPR provisioning operation completes, check the Port Group within the Masking View to identify the FA ports that ViPR selected for the provisioning request. Compare the FA ports in the zone to the FA ports in the Port Group. If they match, no further action is required. If they do not match, reconfigure the zone to use the same FA ports. Alternatively, a new zone can be created.

      • If there is no existing zoning for the Host and Array:

        After the ViPR provisioning operation completes, check the Port Group within the Masking View to identify the FA ports that ViPR selected for the provisioning request. Create a zone with the appropriate initiator and target ports.

  4. If working in a multi-tenant environment, click Grant Access to Tenant, and select the tenants that will have access to the virtual array.
  5. Click Storage Systems to add a storage system to ViPR.
  6. Add the networks according to the type of storage that was added.
  7. Optionally, click Storage Ports to add, or remove the physical storage pools associated with the virtual array.
  8. Optionally, click Storage Pools to view, add, or remove the physical storage pools associated with the virtual array.
  9. Click Save.
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Add and configure the networks for block storage in the virtual array

Fibre Channel networks are automatically added, discovered, and registered in ViPR when the fabric switch is added to the ViPR physical assets.

Add the Fibre Channel network to the virtual array

If the Fibre Channel network has already been created, and configured in the Physical Assets > Networks, page you will just need to add the network to the virtual array.

Otherwise configure the Fibre Channel network as follows:

  1. Go to Virtual Assets > Virtual Array.
  2. Click the virtual array name.
  3. Click Networks in the Edit Virtual Array page.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Leave the selected virtual array, and select any other virtual array in which to add the network.
  6. If required: add host ports to the network. Click
    • Add > Add Host Ports to select from the list of discovered host ports.
    • Add > Add Ports to enter the host ports manually.
  7. Optionally, add storage ports to the network. Click
    • Add > Add Array Ports to select from the list of discovered array ports.
    • Add > Add Ports to enter the storage ports manually.
  8. Click Save.

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Add and configure the networks for file storage in a virtual array

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.

If the IP network has already been created, and configured in the Physical Assets > Networks, you will just need to add the network to the virtual array.

Otherwise configure the IP network as follows:

  1. Go to Virtual Assets > Virtual Array.
  2. Click the virtual array name.
  3. Click Networks in the Edit Virtual Array page.
  4. Click Create IP Network.
  5. Leave the selected virtual array, and select any other virtual array in which to add the network.
  6. Add host ports to the network. Click
    • Add > Add Host Ports to select from the list of discovered host ports.
    • Add > Add Ports to enter the host ports manually.

      If creating a network for a virtual array that will be used for file system exports to an ESXi cluster, add all ESXi server IP interface addresses (Management IP, vMotion IPs, and any other IP VMNIC visible in vCenter) per cluster.

  7. Add storage ports to the network. Click
    • Add > Add Array Ports to select from the list of discovered array ports.
    • Add > Add Ports to enter the storage ports manually.
  8. Click Save.
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