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paul_cusick | 04 Dec 2009 | 3 comments

Overview

Starting with Storage Foundation HA 5.1, you can enable features using keyless licenses. The primary objective of keyless is to improve the customer experience with Storage Foundation HA (SFHA) and make it easier to deploy, manage and use our products. Keyless licensing continues to apply for all future releases starting with SFHA 5.1. Starting with Storage Foundation HA 6.1, ApplicationHA supports keyless licensing. Note that a customer continues to be required to have valid licenses for the product he/she is running. Entitlement does not change in 5.1 and beyond.

Review the information provided below as well as the attached pdf to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • What is the advantage of using keyless versus standard licensing?
    • Keyless simplifies the task of a system admin deploying SFHA in a production environment. It also results in better overall system...
dshupp | 10 Nov 2009 | 0 comments
Veritas Cluster Server One 5.0 is released on November 2nd 2009
 
Product Overview
 
Product Description:
 
Veritas Cluster Server One is the next generation of high availability solution to solve the emerging availability problems in virtualized, consolidated modern data centers. Veritas Cluster Server One provides rich awareness and control of both the applications as well as virtual machines. Veritas Cluster Server One maximizes application availability while minimizing capital and operational expenditure in virtual and scale-out environments. At the core is a flexible, scalable architecture which provides key capabilities such as local and remote failover, multi-tier application control, active/active data centers, prioritized availability, role-based access control, automation and standardization across physical and virtual environments.
 ...
Rishi Manocha | 10 Nov 2009 | 0 comments

Symantec is proud to announce the launch of Veritas Operations Services 2.0 (VOS 2.0). This release is a culmination of months of development based on customer feedback, and represents a significant step forward in the overall value that Veritas Storage Foundation, Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows and Veritas Cluster Server customers can expect to receive from VOS.

This underpinning of the release is an integrated customer experience which encompasses VOS services that customers have used for over two years. Below are key highlights of the release:

  • Updated look and feel of the site, reports, notifications, and search capabilities including a customizable dashboard
  • Increased visibility of vital information through integrated searches for patches, documentation, and UMI codes
  • Improved efficiency of data collection and reporting through an integrated data collector
  • Better data center coverage with increased  integration of...
Sandeep Agarwal | 27 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

Recently we got an escalation from the field on AIX in which we saw that gab paniced the node because it got a packet with a wrong sequence number. On further debugging we found that everything was correct except that 1 bit in the gab sequence number was flipped from 0 to 1 thus causing gab to panic the node since it suspected data corruption.
 
So, we asked the customer to enable LLT checksums (which are disabled by default) and see what happens. With LLT checksums enabled we saw that one of the LLT links reported a few LLT checksums errors and then again gab paniced the node with the same error - same sequence number bit flipped from a 0 to a 1.
 
So, we then asked the customer to turn on LLT checksum level 2. This level basically calculates 2 checksums, one for the messages received from gab (called mcksum - which is verified for corruption just before we deliver the msg to gab on the receiver) and one for the full...

Rick Stallcop | 26 Oct 2009 | 0 comments
CommandCentral Storage 5.1.1 is now available
 Product Overview
 New Features, Functionality, and Highlights:
 
·         EMC Celerra Support
·         Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM) Support
·         User Group Support
·         Non-system user discovery of Microsoft SQL Server
·         Default Discovery of ESX Servers is through VI SDK
·         Microsoft SQL 2008 Support
·         Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Support
·      ...
Rick Stallcop | 26 Oct 2009 | 0 comments
Veritas Storage Foundation and High Availability Solutions 5.0.1 on HP-UX 11i v3 is now available
The product documentation is available at http://sfdoccentral.symantec.com
 
The Late Breaking News is available at http://support.veritas.com/docs/331560
 
Storage Foundation and High Availability Solutions 5.0 RU3 for IBM Power on Linux is now Available
jdangelo_symc | 25 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

This Presentation is an overview and customer example on how to leverage Storage Foundation HA/DR for Oracle when using Solaris Zones.  Architecture detail, cluster examples and best practices are highlighted throughout the document.  This was developed as a co-presentation for the 2007 Symantec Vision conference.

mobilegleed | 23 Sep 2009 | 1 comment

A few weeks back a large number of Product Managers, Technical Product Managers, and Sales Engineers (SEs) gathered for our annual SE Symposium in Las Vegas.  VCS One was definitely on everyone's mind, especially with the upcoming 5.0 release.  Here's a summary of the Q & A from the VCS One sessions I attended.

Question:   How many Policy Masters (PMs) are needed for a VCS One Cluster?
Answer:      One PM per cluster.  Larger environments will implement multiple VCS One Clusters per data center.

Question:  Does the PM have to run in an active/passive cluster?
Answer:     Do to the critical role of the PM dedicating hardware is best to ensure performance, reliability, and availability.   

Question:  Can we run other apps on the PM cluster?
Answer:  ...

Samuel Brunacini | 14 Sep 2009 | 0 comments

This presentation was given at Collaborate2009 and covers how to create virtualized Oracle servers utilizing Solaris Zones and make them completely portable, even to another data center.

The solution is accomplished with the Solaris OS, Oracle RDBMS, and Symantec (Veritas) Storage Foundation HA/DR. The portable “Oracle zones” are storage and replication-method agnostic, and the database files are “wrapped” so they can even be transported to other *nix platforms for backup or migration purposes.

Sandeep Agarwal | 10 Sep 2009 | 0 comments

If you want to reduce extra traffic on the LLT links one small thing to do would be to add the following line to /etc/llttab on all the nodes in your cluster (say 2 node cluster):
exclude 2-31

What the above line does is that it assumes that your cluster will always have only 2 nodes (0 and 1) and hence extra packets will not be sent to discover the other nodes periodically. One caveat is that you won't be able to add a node to your cluster on the fly. You could also change the above line to be:
exclude 8-31
and in that case you can grow your 2 node cluster to a maximum of 8 nodes on the fly.

One more thing to note when using LLT is to never have spanning-tree enabled on the switch ports which are used to connect the LLT links. Spanning tree causes a delay in sending pkts when the port is enabled and this can cause the cluster nodes to not join properly.