SolidFire and HCI

Solidfire Volume replication


Hi all,


I've created 5 volume replications between 2 nodes of an HCI cluster. The original volumes have been around for some time and each have about 10TB of data. How can I monitor the percentage of data that has already been replicated, or even if it has started and has no errors? The only messages available in the web interface are "PausedDisconnected" and "ResumingConnected," which doesn't seem to be replicating.



Carlos Baptista



Hi Carlos,


> I've created 5 volume replications between 2 nodes of an HCI cluster. 


Do you mean between two storage clusters in an HCI cluster? You can't replicate within one and the same NetApp HCI storage cluster; you can snapshot & clone volumes in the same cluster, but for replication - sync or async - you need 2 separate storage clusters.


If you have 1 cluster, then that can't be set up. Assuming you have 2 clusters, I think replication cannot start because of MTU or some other problem.


Can you try to create 2 junk vols (one 1GiB on one cluster, another 1GiB on another cluster) and see if those empty volumes can be replicated? If you have a network problem than that will likely fail as well.


You'd need MVIP to MVIP connectivity (so CL1NODES->CL2MVIP:443, and CL2NODES->CL1MVIP:443) and the same for SVIP (where MTU 9000 are used, unlike MVIP which can be smaller, like the standard MTU 1500).


Other than that possibility, are the both clusters the same major version of SolidFire (Element OS)?



Thanks for the reply.

I apologize, but I explained the problem incorrectly.
Yes, there are 2 HCI clusters and the volumes are replicating between the two clusters.
The versions are slightly different, one has 12.3 and the other 12.7.
But is there any way to see if replication is happening, what percentage has already replicated, or the errors that exist?



Nothing is likely replicated as replication in my estimate can't even start.

It's resuming because it's set up to replicate, but every time it tries it gets disconnected as no connection can be established. The messages could be more verbose, but they are documented (one example below).

The solution is in my earlier comment - make sure the network is configured properly.

You can find more in the TR & KB although my earlier comment contains the key details.

Minor versions of SolidFire should be compatible for replication purposes.


1) KB -

2) TR -