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Learning Storage Foundation

Created: 26 Apr 2013 • Updated: 29 Apr 2013 | 4 comments
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Hi All,

I am interested in learning storage foundation for unix / solaris and windows. I have discussed with my fellow colleagues at work to get some understanding of the product itself and have seen some videos too.

Can someone guide me on setting up a lab for storage foundation, my understanding is :

Storage Foundation is a Suite of products, which includes :

Veritas filesystem

Veritas Volume Manager

Veritas Volume Replicator

What is Storage Foundation HA ? Is it a software or a suite with the above products and HA funcionality?

Also, any tips in learning this product and having a play around testing will be really helpful


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mikebounds's picture

Yes SFHA adds HA funcionality - i.e VCS

Veritas Volume Replicator (VVR) is part of Veritas Volume Manager (VxVM), but requires an additional license.

You can setup this up in VMWare using Linux - you can learn VxVM and Vxfs (filesystem) on one node and you can learn a fair bit if VCS with one node, but 2 nodes are better.  VVR requires 2 nodes and VVR will replicate storage over IP.

From 5.1 onwards an eval license for 60 days is built-in.


UK Symantec Consultant in VCS, GCO, SF, VVR, VxAT on Solaris, AIX, HP-ux, Linux & Windows

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rihatum's picture

Thanks Mike, for a prompt response - Much appreciated.

So, I have already setup 2 x Solaris 11 Virtual Machines on ESX 5.1 ( i have got around 48GB RAM on my ESX cluster) I have allocated 4GB RAM to each Solaris 11 VM.

I have used "Think Disks" for the VM's  - is that OK ?

Now as ZFS is the filesystem on Solaris 11, so I should be adding another DISK to each of the VM's and then upload the binaries / installer I will download for storage foundation, then follow the install guide for solaris ?

Once the additional disk is mounted, shall i create a zfs filesystem or a vertias file system (vxfs) ?

Also, when they say Storage Foundation HA - they refer to Veritas Cluster Server, which basically joins two node in a veritas cluster ?

Sorry - I have never used these products and given there complexity I want to get a good grip on it's understanding, deployment and maintenance !!

Thanks again for your assistance !!

EDIT : Also, once I have successfully installed Veritas Volume Manager, Veritas filesystem - what will you suggest to test and or do as a lab to get to know the benefits of this product ?

mikebounds's picture

I would create a vxfs filesystem on a Veritas volume (in a diskgroup) as this is what you want to test.

Yes, VCS joins two node in a veritas cluster 

What you test depends on what you want to get out of the product - gives a good overview of the features, but seems to be missing mentioning the ability to mirror across arrays in conjuction with site awareness feature.

I would also recommend installing VOM in another VM which is a centralised management tool which is installed on a Windows/Linux/Unix server such as Windows 2003/2008 or RedHat Enterprise Linux and  you access VOM via a web browser on a client desktop.  VOM can manage VCS and SF nodes installed on Windows, Linux and UNIX.


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stinsong's picture

Hi rihatum,

Install and practise Storage Foundation only is recommended for you for entry level understanding the product. It's generally a more powerful and functional product for volume and filesystem.

You can start with creat, recover, modify volume groups, volume mirrors(with/without GCO), snapshot, filesystem. And you could understand the product by having LVM knowledges if you do.

VCS is a cluster product which could say more powerful in high availability. Usually it needs VxVM resource in it for application usage.