ViPR 2.1 - Create ViPR Virtual Pools for File Storage

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Overview

ViPR System Administrators can learn to create and configure ViPR virtual pools for file storage systems.

This article is part of a series

Before you can create virtual pools in ViPR, complete the steps in Step by Step: Setup a ViPR Virtual Data Center

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Create ViPR virtual pools for file storage

Create a file virtual pool by specifying the criteria that physical storage pools must match.

Before you begin

Procedure

  1. Go to the Virtual Assest > File Virtual Pools page.
  2. Click Add or select an existing virtual pool name to edit.
  3. Enter a Name and a Description for the virtual pool.
    The virtual pool will used for provisioning operations, so its name should convey some information about the type of storage that it provides (its performance and protection levels) or how it should be used. For example, "gold", "tier1", or "backup" etc.
  4. Select the Virtual Arrays for which the virtual pool will be created.
  5. Check or uncheck Enable Quota. If enabled enter the maximum amount of storage, in GB, that can be allocated to this virtual pool.
  6. While defining the virtual pool criteria, it is recommended to change the criteria one at a time and expand Storage Pools to check which storage pools matching the criteria are available.
    The pool matching algorithm runs shortly after a criteria has been selected and the matching pools will be from all systems that can provide pools that support the selected protocol.
  7. Expand Hardware to define the following criteria:
    Option Description
    Provisioning Type Must be set to Thin.

    File systems are only thinly provisioned. When adding file storage to the virtual pool, set the pool to Thin provisioning.

    Protocols The file protocols supported by the physical storage pools that will comprise the virtual pool. Possible protocols are CIFs and NFS. Only the protocols supported by the virtual array networks are listed.
    Drive Type The drive type that any storage pools in the virtual pool must support.

    NONE will allow storage pools to be contributed by any storage pool that support the rest of the defined criteria

    System Type The system type that you want the storage pools to be provided by.

    NONE will allow storage pools to be contributed by any array that supports the rest of the defined criteria. Only the systems supported by the networks configured in the virtual array are selectable.

  8. Expand Protection to define the maximum number of local snapshots allowed for resources from this virtual pool.
    To use the ViPR Create Snapshot services, a value of at least 1 must be specified.
  9. Expand Access Control to restrict access in a multiple tenant environment.
    1. Enable Restrict Tenant Access.
    2. Select the Tenants that will have access to this Virtual Pool.
  10. Expand Storage Pools to view the discovered storage pools, and to choose how the Pool Assignment will be performed:
    • Automatic — the storage pools that make up the virtual pool will be updated as pools that meet the criteria are added or removed from the virtual array. This can occur when new pools that meet the criteria are added or removed from the system, or their registration or discovery status changes.
    • Manual — provides a checkbox against each pool to enable it to be selected. Only the selected storage pools will be included in the virtual pool.
    The pool matching algorithm runs shortly after a criteria has been selected and the matching pools will be from all systems that can provide pools that support the selected protocol.
  11. Select Save.
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