3 weeks is a long time to work on something. I think that is longer than any Celerra VSA revision, tool, or project I have worked on since EMCWorld. It is funny really. Doing this video helped me find two different bugs with the Celerra UBER VSA (see here & here) and a discover a bug with the Celerra Replicator SRA (here). The results are though are worth it.
Below you will find a video on how to build a complete UBER VSA 3.2 / SRM 4.1 lab using VMware Workstation. This tutorial will walk you through the install of the VSA’s, SRM, plug-ins, networking, storage configuration, mounting to ESXi, configuring SRM with the Celerra Replicator SRA, and finally testing and running a live failover. This includes both NFS and iSCSI configurations and the final test shows you how to setup SRM to failover both NFS and iSCSI datastores within the same configuration.
I am not kidding when I say this was a lot of work. And I have taken a different approach to making a technical tutorial video than most. My goal was to make this somewhat interesting and as short as possible given the amount of config. Hopefully I will make you crack a smile. Even with cutting out loading screens and how fast I talk, this still weighs in at a pretty long length (1 hour 13+ min.). I am pretty sure I can build this in my sleep now and as great as both products are, I am going to do something else for a while to remember why I like being a geek 🙂
This is a video tutorial on how to configure a lab using the EMC Celerra UBER VSA (virtual storage appliance) and VMware’s SRM (Site Recovery Manager). This will show you how to configure all aspects including networking, ESX, VCenter, SRM, replication, NFS, iSCSI, and more.
Hopefully this guide helps those that would like to setup SRM in their own labs and will show them how to use the free Celerra UBER VSA to do this easily. Great tool for the VMware SRM-curious.
This is the first effort of this type I have attempted so feedback is appreciated. I am sure I made mistakes in my play-by-play so forgiveness is cool too 🙂
Comments = possible free beers later. And I will see some of you peeps next week at VMworld Europe!