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SRM User Guide: Configuration of Replication for SRM with the FlashArray Plugin for the vSphere Client

Creating Datastores

Note this requires the 4.3.0 release or later of the FlashArray Plugin for the vSphere Client.

To create a new VMFS datastore the simplest option is through the use of the FlashArray Plugin for the vSphere Client. Instructions for installation can be found here:

HTML-5 vSphere Web Client Plugin Support

To create a new datastore, right-click on a vSphere Cluster, choose Pure Storage > Create Datastore:

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Choose VMFS and the version (recommended is version 6):

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Then a name and a size:

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Choose a cluster:

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Then choose the FlashArray. You can either choose a FlashArray or a pod. FlashArrays and available unstretched pods will be listed under Local:

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Stretched pods will be listed under Clustered:

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Any FlashArray or pod with periodic replication-enabled protection groups will be marked with a green check in the Async column. If you would like choose an option without a green check it means that you will need to configure a protection group on the pod or FlashArray prior to SRM management.

Choose a protection group:

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And finally optionally QoS configuration or volume group:

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This will create the datastore:

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Viewing Replication Configuration

To see how a datastore is protected, click on the datastore in the vSphere Client and choose the Summary tab:

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The summary view will show if the datastore is in a pod, how many arrays that pod is protected by. If you look at the bottom of the table, the number (if any) of protection groups that volume is in will be listed as well:

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To view the protection group a volume belongs to, right-click the datastore and choose Update Datastore Protection:

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This will list (if any) the protection groups and their high-level configuration that include the specified volume:

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Changing Replication Configuration

To change the protection group a volume belongs to, right-click the datastore and choose Update Datastore Protection:

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This will list (if any) the protection groups and their high-level configuration that include the specified volume:

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You can then select the protection groups you would like to add the volume too (and keep any groups you would like it to stay in selected) and deselect the protection groups you would like it removed from:

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You can have a volume in more than one protection group at once. Click Update Protection to commit the changes.