Unity VSA NAS Replication

We will cover the replication of a NAS Server within a UnityVSA Deployment.  Listed below are the prereqs:

  • Unity VSA deployed as a source and a target
  • Storage Pools created at Source and Target
  • NAS server deployed at Source

Creating a Replication Interface

The first step in the process is creating replication interfaces at both the Source and Target Unity VSA systems.

Go to the Data Protection section and select Replication.  Under the Interface tab, create a new interface.

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Specify your replication interface, IP address, Subnet, Gateway and VLAN ID if necessary

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The replication interface will then be created

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Verify the Replication Interface.  Create the Replication Interface at the Source and Target

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Replication Connections

One you have created your Replication Interfaces you should create the Replication Connection to your Target Unity VSA. Go to the Connections tab under Data Protection, Replication and create the connection.

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Put in your information of your target system.  Management IP, User Name, Password, Local System admin password and connection Mode.

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The connection process will begin

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Once the connection has showed up you may have to Verify and Update

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Once the Connection is successful you will have a green check.

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Replicating NAS Servers

Once you have created your Replication Connection to your target it’s now time to replicate your NAS Servers

Go to Storage, File and select the NAS Servers Tab.  Select the Properties of the NAS Server you need to replicate.

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Go to the Replication tab and Configure Replication

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Provide the Replication Mode and RPO

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Configure the Destination NAS Server. Specify Name, Storage Pool, and SP.  The associated File Systems will show up as they will be replicated as well.

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Summary of the replication

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Replication session will be created.

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Verify successful Session Creation

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The Replication Tab will now show the active Replication status of the NAS Server.

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Under the session tab the status of the NAS Server as well as the File System will be listed.

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The next blog in this series will cover NAS Server failover.

New Beginnings at RoundTower Technologies!

On 8/8 I took the position of Senior Systems Engineer at RoundTower Technologies.  I will continue implementing storage solutions as well as adding new skills involving Isilon, Data Protection, and getting into the full Data Center stack.

I look forward to what RoundTower has to bring in the area that I have grown my career, The Carolina’s.  On this day EMC is referring to “A New Dawn” I wanted to share this information.

My blog will pick back up with more Unity as well as some new categories like Unisphere Central and Isilon.  I will also be attending Dell World in October and look forward to sharing my thoughts there as well.