NetApp SANtricity Storage Replication Adapter for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager

by Member ‎2014-08-06 10:44 AM - edited ‎2014-10-17 12:34 PM

NetApp SANtricity Storage Replication Adapter (SRA)

E-Series and EF-Series SRA for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager

 

Overview:

VMware® vCenter® Site Recovery Manager interacts with the storage arrays via the storage SRA to discover and replicate storage logical unit numbers (LUNs), or virtual disks, between DR sites. In addition, the SRA interacts with the storage array to provide failover and test failover capabilities to SRM allowing for automated failover between DR sites. SRAs are developed and provided by the storage array vendors.

 

Features:

The NetApp Storage Replication Adapter for E-Series and EF-Series has been updated to work with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.5 and the new features of the 08.10 firmware. This means that this version of the SRA will only work with vCenter Server 5.5 and 5.1, with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.5 and 5.1. This version of the NetApp SRA will only work with the NetApp E-Series and EF-Series storage arrays. This SRA will not work with prior versions of vCenter Server nor VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager. For vCenter Server and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager version 5.0 support, please reference the previous version of this product. These older versions are supported with the LSI SRA version 01.01.30.09, which is also maintained on the VMware download site under Site Recovery Manager 4.x.

 

The SRA supports the following features:

  • TestFailover
  • Failover
  • Reprotect
  • "Failback" (ability to failover VMs from the recovery site to the original protected site)
  • Full management from a single SRM server (no need to switch between protected and recovery)
  • iSCSI remote volume mirroring via Asynchronous Mirror Groups

 

Have a Question or Need Support?

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Download Software and Documentation:

Download the SRA from the NetApp Support Site (NSS)

Download Installation Guide and other important documents

Download the SRM from the VMware SRM Download Site

 
Comments

Hi, I would to know exactly what does it mean that for asynchronous replication iSCSI has to be used...

Regards

Member

The SRA supports both types of replication, RVM and aRVM.  aRVM is the new asynchronous mode of replication based on point-in-time copies versus the legacy RVM replication that maintained an always syncronized replica.  iSCSI only supports the new form of replication for remote mirroring aRVM.

 

Cheers,

Rick

 

We've tried to define two E5500 iSCSI arrays in SRM where 5.5 relase of the SRA plugin has been installed. We've got this error.

 

SRA command 'discoverArrays' failed:

 

Cause:

Array at IP x.y.z.w nad x.y.z.z is not manageable via SRA.

Unknown storage array type, not supported by SRA.

 

Where of course x.y.y.z and so on are the management IP addresses.

 

We've then discovered that customer has installed 5.8 version of the SRM plugin. Customer report also, see image, that VMware state SRM 5.5 compatible with SRA plugin for E-Series. So customer would not remove 5.8. NetApp best practice guide and other docs state that SRA 5.5 is ok for SRM 5.0, 5.1 and 5.5 only. 
The error we've got could depend by SRM 5.8 or not?

 

Regards,

 

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Member

SRM 5.8 is supported with NetApp SRA 05.50.3000.0005.

 

The screen shot above is a bit worrysome, as it is showing 05.10.3000.0021 supporting 5.8, but it does not support E5500s with 08.xx firmware.

 

The User Guide and Best Practices are packaged with the SRA and since no changes were required to support SRM 5.8, the documentation was not updated to show support for 5.8.  This will be added to the documentation on the next update of the SRA.

 

I would need more information on the environment to understand why they are encountering the discovery error.  Note, iSCSI only support aRVM configured mirrors and they should be defined before discovering the storage arrays.

 

Good Luck,

Rick

Hi,

sorry but is not clear this statement: " but it does not support E5500s with 08.xx firmware"

 

On the download page, on the docs also, it's reported that E5500 are supported and they need 8.10 fw: our case.
aRVM is used and we've already setup two AMG with some replicated volumes, a -> b and b -> a sites. They work fine.

 

Can you confirm that the management IP addresses of the two controllers (for each array of course, primary and secondary) need to be used? (I guess it but better to repeat than fail).

Once inserted the IPs for local and remote site that message appear.

 

This change must be performed just to allow failover test, right? Not before the configuration.

 

show controller[A] NVSRAMByte[0x3b];
set controller[A] NVSRAMByte[0x3b]=2;
show controller[A] NVSRAMByte[0x3b];
reset controller[A];

 

 

Member

E5500 and other storage arrays using firmware version 08.xx must use the SRA 05.50.3000.00xx.  

 

When configuring the Array Manager within SRM, you need to specify the storage array's controller management ports and not the iSCSI initiator ports.

 

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Reverse the IPs for the Recovery Array listing (configure paired array manager). 

 

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You should then see the replicated volumes once the array pairs are enabled.

 

 

Thanks,

Rick

 

 

This has been done as from manual instructions. Just to be clear

 

SITE "A" - Controller 1 (A) 10.254.149.31

               Controller 2 (B) 10.254.149.32

These 2 IPs in the first 2 lines

 

SITE "B" (peer) - Controller 1 (A) 10.254.249.31

                        Controller 2 (B) 10.254.249.32

 

These 2 IPs in the secondo 2 lines

 

This has been done. But the error remains clicking next after the 1st screen. No choice to get the screen where to put the reverse...

 

 

 

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