Pairing the EMC CLARiiON with VMware’s Site Recovery Manager 5

I just completed an SRM install for a client with a couple EMC Clariion storage devices.  Unfortunately, on the SRM download page I noticed that the available SRA’s.  For those that don’t know, the VNX line of storage array’s replaced the aging Clariion arrays.  Due to the sheer number of Clarrion’s out there I knew that getting this to work just required some research.  Further digging on both EMC and VMware’s website didn’t reveal much info so I had to go a little deeper.  After piecing together various forum posts across the internet I was able to get everything up and running.  In this post I will show you the files required and steps taken to get this up and running.

The environment that I worked on had two vCenter servers, one in production and one in the DR site, installed in “Linked Mode”.  I had already installed SRM version 5 on the vCenter server itself.  Since we are only protecting 15 VM’s this won’t be an issue.  The EMC’s are Clariion CX4-120c’s with asynchronous replication provided by Mirrorview. 

FILES REQUIRED TO BE INSTALLED ON SOURCE AND TARGET SRM SERVERS

1. Navisphere CLI (Windows – all supported 32 & 64-bit versions) 7.31.33.0.41 –> EMC Powerlink  
2. EMC VNX Storage Replication Adapter –> VMware.com SRM download section
3. EMC MirrorView Enabler for VNX SRA 5.0.17 –> EMC Powerlink

See the below picture to reference the order in which to install the files on the SRM server.

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1.  Start the Navisphere CLI installation first, the default options were fine for my environment. (Remember that the three programs need to be installed on both source and destination SRM boxes.)
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2.  Once the Navisphere CLI is installed we can move on to the actual SRA adapter.  Once again, the installation defaults should be sufficient. 

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3. Finally, we will go ahead and install the Mirrorview enabler software.

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4. Let’s go ahead and open up SRM in the vSphere client.  Of course the SRM plug in should be enabled and installed.

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5. Once in SRM, click on “Array Manager” and click on “Add Array Manager" to start mating the software up with your EMC.

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6. Once in SRM, click on “Array Manager” and click on “Add Array Manager" to start mating the software up with your EMC.

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7. Populate the fields as stated.  Both your primary and secondary management IP’s need to be populated.

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8. If all went well you should see the “success” message.

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9. You will now notice that your array has been discovered by the SRA’s.  Go ahead and hit enable to “pair” everything up.

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10. Once this process completed my LUN’s that are replicated via Mirrorview/A populated.  As you can see the GUI is very intuitive and easy to navigate. 

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So, you are now finished with the pairing process.  At this point you will be able to create your Protection Groups and Recovery Plans.

-Justin Vashisht (3cVguy)

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