ViPR 2.1 - ViPR support for VPLEX Full Copies

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ViPR support for VPLEX full copies

ViPR provides services that allow you to create and delete full copies of VPLEX Local and VPLEX distributed virtual volumes.

You create and delete full copies by calling the following ViPR services from the service catalog:

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Create Full Copy

The following provides some information on the Block Protection Services > Create Full Copy service.

The volume copied can be either a VPLEX Local or VPLEX distributed virtual volume.

All data is copied when you create a full copy of a VPLEX virtual volume.

Exports, membership in consistency groups, snapshots and mirrors are not replicated when you create a full copy of a VPLEX virtual volume.

When you create a copy of a VPLEX Local virtual volume, the following occurs:
  1. ViPR creates a full copy of the back end volume using native full copy services provided by the back end storage system.
  2. ViPR uses the copy of the back end volume to form a new VPLEX local virtual volume.
When you create a copy of a VPLEX distributed virtual volume, the following occurs:
  1. ViPR selects one of the back end volumes of the VPLEX virtual volume being copied. This is the source back end volume. This volume is in the same virtual array as the VPLEX volume.
  2. ViPR creates a full copy of the back end volume using native full copy services provided by the back end storage system.
  3. ViPR uses the copy to form a new VPLEX local virtual volume.
  4. ViPR exports the new back end volume and zones it so that it is visible to the VPLEX.
  5. ViPR attaches the device built in step 4 to the virtual volume copy created in step 3 to form a distributed virtual volume copy.
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Create Full Copy service limitations

The ViPR service Create Full Copy fails if the target volume is included in a ViPR consistency group.

All volumes created with RecoverPoint protection are automatically added to a ViPR consistency group. Therefore, you cannot make a full copy of a RecoverPoint -protected volume with ViPR.

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Remove Full Copy

Remove Full Copy does the following:

  • Deletes the Volume from ViPR.
  • Deletes the Virtual Volume from the VPLEX.
  • Deletes all exports, snapshots, and mirrors associated with the volume.
  • Removes export and zones for the back end storage so it is no longer visible to the VPLEX.
  • Deletes the physical back end storage from the physical arrays
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Block Protection Services > Create Full Copy

The Create Full Copy service in the ViPR service catalog creates a clone of your VPLEX virtual volume.

Before you begin

You must have previously created a VPLEX Local or VPLEX Distributed virtual volume in ViPR. Refer to one of the following articles for more information:

Procedure

  1. Run Block Protection Services > Create Full Copy.
  2. Choose a project.
  3. Choose a volume from the list.
  4. Enter a name for the clone in the Name field.
  5. Choose a number of copies.
  6. Click Order.
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Block Protection Services > Remove Full Copy

Once you have built a full copy for a volume, you may want to remove it.

Before you begin

You must have previously created a VPLEX Local or VPLEX Metro virtual volume.

You must have successfully created a full copy of that volume.

Procedure

  1. Run Block Protection Services > Remove Full Copy.
  2. Choose the project that holds your cloned volume.
  3. Choose the copy you want to delete.
  4. Click Order.
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