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Storage foundation VVR for windows 2008 file server

Created: 16 Oct 2013 • Updated: 17 Oct 2013 | 2 comments
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Hi,

I need help

I am quite new to storage foundation,

Environment -

I have 2 location (site 1 as production and site 2 as DR) 2 file server (windows 2008 SP2) in each location with 3 TB and 10 TB of storage, by using Storage foundation VVR, I need to replicate file server data from site 1 to site 2.

question 1 - is this necessary that I need to manage disk by Storage foundation Volume Manager (VxVM) to replicate between 2 site ?

question 2- is this necessary that I need to VCS between 2 servers between site 1 and site 2 to replicate between 2 site ?

question 3 - how can i configure VVR between 2 site with storage foundation VVR

can anyone guide me to install and configure storage foundation  VVR.

Thank you,

Operating Systems:

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Donald Cook's picture

Hello, I have included your questions in my answers for easy answering.

question 1 - is this necessary that I need to manage disk by Storage foundation Volume Manager (VxVM) to replicate between 2 site ?

  • Storage Foundation / Dynamic Disk Groups are required to use VVR
  • The configuration information for VVR is stored in the private region of each disk in the dynamic disk group.
  • Because you must use Dynamic Disk Groups for VVR at a minimum you must use SFW

question 2- is this necessary that I need to VCS between 2 servers between site 1 and site 2 to replicate between 2 site ?

  • If you have two servers at a site you will need VCS
  • VCS will move the IP address used for VVR & the disk group containing the volumes being replicated back and forth between the nodes
  • If you only have 1 node per site you do not need VCS

Other reasons to use VCS regardless:
-You can use VCS to monitor VVR and keep it highly available
- You can use VCS to Migrate (Change the direction of replication) when you switch to site 2 (GCO feature required). Without this it is all done manually in SFW by you the administrator.

question 3 - how can I configure VVR between 2 site with storage foundation VVR

In summary you need the following (High Level):
- An AD account that can access all the nodes that will run VVR
- Run the Security Configuration wizard to configure the account (selected above) for use with VVR
- A network that can maintain the constant flow of data at a reasonable rate (VVR Advisor)
- 1 unique IP on the Primary site and 1 unique IP for each secondary site. (Each RDS uses a unique IP at each site, this IP should only be used for VVR)
- Select your volume, replication mode
- Set the size of your log file (SRL) for replication.
- VVR advisor will help you pick the log file (SRL) size etc…. It is a seperate tool\program

Here is the link to the installation and configuration guide for the main versions of our product.

All Storage Foundation & Storage Foundation-HA Guides for 5.1 SP2
https://sort.symantec.com/documents/doc_details/sfha/5.1%20SP2/Windows/ProductGuides/

Storage Foundation 5.1 SP2 VVR Admin Guide
http://sort-cdn.symantec.com/public/documents/sfha/5.1sp2/windows/productguides/pdf/VVR_Admin_51SP2.pdf

All Storage Foundation & Storage Foundation-HA Guides for 6.0
https://sort.symantec.com/documents/doc_details/sfha/6.0/Windows/ProductGuides/

Storage Foundation 6.0 VVR Admin Guide
http://sort-cdn.symantec.com/public/documents/sfha/6.0/windows/productguides/pdf/VVR_Admin_60.pdf

VVR Network ports used
http://sfdoccentral.symantec.com/sf/5.0.1/hpux/html/vvr_planning/ch01s06s03.htm

If you run into any problems or have any questions please feel free to open up a support case with us. We are here to help.

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NBU_13's picture

Hi Donald,

Thank you so much for your detail information..