Requirements for the SAN Shared Storage Option

Article:HOWTO24285  |  Created: 2010-01-01  |  Updated: 2014-06-18  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO24285
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Requirements for the SAN Shared Storage Option

The following are the minimum system requirements for running this release of the SAN Shared Storage Option:

  • Windows 2003/2008 must be installed. You cannot use SAN SSO with the Windows Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008.

  • Physical Memory Available, as shown in the Windows Task Manager, plus the File Cache should exceed 256 MB.

  • The SAN Shared Storage Option must be locally installed at each server that will be sharing secondary storage devices.

  • The devices in your SAN must be on the supported device list.

    You can find a list of compatible devices at the following URL:

    Hardware Compatibility List

  • All hardware drivers must be up to date and started.

    You can find a list of compatible drivers at the following URL:

    http://entsupport.symantec.com/rd/bews-drivers.htm

  • The primary server must have enough space for the catalogs of all the servers in the SAN.

For a fibre channel-connected installation, note the following additional requirements:

  • A fibre channel host adapter and its device drivers must be installed and connected to the SAN.

  • A hub or switch must be connected to all the fibre to SCSI bridges or to the fibre libraries on the SAN.

  • All the robotic libraries must be connected to the SCSI bridges or to the fibre switches/hubs.

  • The hub or switch must be powered up before the bridges or fibre channel libraries.

  • All robotic libraries must be powered up before the bridges.

  • The bridges must be powered up before Windows loads the fibre channel driver (usually during the boot phase).

Note:

If the SAN Shared Storage Option is installed on a media server, Backup Exec disables all fibre channel-connected devices in Removable Storage. You cannot re-enable the devices in Removable Storage until the SAN Shared Storage Option and Symantec Device Drivers are uninstalled.

See About installing the SAN Shared Storage Option



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