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VMax3/PowerMax Allocation Steps

Simplified steps and symcli commands to provision SAN storage volumes from Dell EMC VMax3 or PowerMax Storage Arrays to standalone server or cluster server.

1. Storage Provisioning to Standalone Server

Dell EMC VMax3/PowerMax Non Shared Allocation Setup

Requirement Details:

Allocate storage from VMax3/PowerMax array to a single server( Non Shared - NSHD )

VMax3/PowerMax sid : 1234
Server : Server1

Server1 HBA WWNs : 1000000000000001, 1000000000000002
FA Ports : 1d:04, 1d:31, 3d:04, 3d:31

Devices to be allocated :2 Devices
1 x 5GB - Gold SLO
1 x 15GB - Bronze SLO

Auto Provisioning Groups Structure:
Dell EMC VMax3/PowerMax Non Shared Allocation

 
1

Create Child Initiator Groups, Add WWNS and assign alias

# Create Child IG for Server1
symaccess -sid 1234 -name IG_Server1 -type initiator create -consistent_lun

# Add WWPns
symaccess -sid 1234 -name IG_Server1 -type initiator -wwn 1000000000000001 add
symaccess -sid 1234 -name IG_Server1 -type initiator -wwn 1000000000000002 add

# Assign Aliases to HBA WWPNs
symaccess -sid 1234 -wwn 1000000000000001 rename -alias Server1/A1
symaccess -sid 1234 -wwn 1000000000000002 rename -alias Server1/B1

2

Create Parent Initiator Group and add Child IGs to it

# Create Parent IG
symaccess -sid 1234 -name IG_Server1_NSHD -type initiator create -consistent_lun

# Add the Child Server IG to Parent IG
symaccess -sid 1234 -name IG_Server1_NSHD -type initiator add -ig IG_Server1

3

Create PG and add FA ports

# Create PG
symaccess -sid 1234 -name PG_Server1_NSHD -type port create

# Add FA Ports to the PG
symaccess -sid 1234 -name PG_Server1_NSHD -type port add -dirport 1d:4,1d:31,3d:4,3d:31

4

Create Parent SG and set the IOPS Max limit if required

# Create Parent SG
symaccess -sid 1234 -name SG_Server1_NSHD -type storage create

# Set the IOPS Maximum Limit
symsg -sid 1234 -sg SG_Server1_NSHD set -iops_max 30000

5

Create Child SGs and assign SLO

# Create Child SG for Gold Devices and assign SLO
symaccess -sid 1234 -name SG_Server1_NSHD_Gold -type storage create
symsg -sid 1234 -sg SG_Server1_NSHD_Gold set -slo Gold -srp SRP_1

# Create Child SG for Bronze Devices and assign SLO
symaccess -sid 1234 -name SG_Server1_NSHD_Bronze -type storage create
symsg -sid 1234 -sg SG_Server1_NSHD_Bronze set -slo Silver -srp SRP_1

6

Add Child SGs to the parent SG

symaccess -sid 1234 -name SG_Server1_NSHD -type storage add sg SG_Server1_NSHD_Gold
symaccess -sid 1234 -name SG_Server1_NSHD -type storage add sg SG_Server1_NSHD_Bronze

7

Create devices and add to the Child SGs

# Create 1 x 5GB device and add to the Gold SG
symdev -sid 1234 create -tdev -cap 5 -captype gb -N 1 -emulation FBA -sg SG_Server1_NSHD_Gold

# Create 1 x 15GB device and add to the Bronze SG
symdev -sid 1234 create -tdev -cap 15 -captype gb -N 1 -emulation FBA -sg SG_Server1_NSHD_Bronze

8

Create Masking View to tie all these objects together.

symaccess -sid 1234 create view -name MV_Server1_NSHD -IG IG_Server1_NSHD -PG PG_Server1_NSHD -SG SG_Server1_NSHD

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2. Storage Provisioning to Cluster Servers

Dell EMC VMax3/PowerMax Shared Allocation Setup

Requirement Details:

Allocate storage from VMax3/PowerMax array to the cluster servers( Shared Devices - SHRD)

VMax3/PowerMax sid : 1234
Clustered Servers : Server1, Server2

Server1 HBA WWNs : 1000000000000001, 1000000000000002
Server2 HBA WWNs : 1000000000000003, 1000000000000004

FA Ports : 1d:04, 1d:31, 3d:04, 3d:31

Devices to be allocated : 2 Devices( Shared to both servers )
1 x 10GB - Diamond SLO
1 x 20GB - Silver SLO

Auto Provisioning Groups Structure:
Dell EMC VMax3/PowerMax Shared Allocation

1

Create Child Initiator Groups, Add WWNS and assign alias

# Create Child IG for Server1
symaccess -sid 1234 -name IG_Server1 -type initiator create -consistent_lun

# Add WWPns
symaccess -sid 1234 -name IG_Server1 -type initiator -wwn 1000000000000001 add
symaccess -sid 1234 -name IG_Server1 -type initiator -wwn 1000000000000002 add

# Assign Aliases to HBA WWPNs
symaccess -sid 1234 -wwn 1000000000000001 rename -alias Server1/A1
symaccess -sid 1234 -wwn 1000000000000002 rename -alias Server1/B1

# Create Child IG for Server2
symaccess -sid 1234 -name IG_Server2 -type initiator create -consistent_lun

# Add WWPns
symaccess -sid 1234 -name IG_Server2 -type initiator -wwn 1000000000000003 add
symaccess -sid 1234 -name IG_Server2 -type initiator -wwn 1000000000000004 add

# Assign Aliases to HBA WWPNs
symaccess -sid 1234 -wwn 1000000000000003 rename -alias Server2/A1
symaccess -sid 1234 -wwn 1000000000000004 rename -alias Server2/B1

2

Create Parent Initiator Group and add Child IGs to it

# Create Parent IG( Shared )
symaccess -sid 1234 -name IG_Server1_SHRD -type initiator create -consistent_lun

# Add Child IGs to the Parent IG
symaccess -sid 1234 -name IG_Server1_SHRD -type initiator add -ig IG_Server1
symaccess -sid 1234 -name IG_Server1_SHRD -type initiator add -ig IG_Server2

3

Create PG and add FA ports

# Create PG
symaccess -sid 1234 -name PG_Server1_SHRD -type port create

# Add FA ports to the PG
symaccess -sid 1234 -name PG_Server1_SHRD -type port add -dirport 1d:4,1d:31,3d:4,3d:31

4

Create Parent SG and set the IOPS Max limit if required

# Create Parent SG( Shared )
symaccess -sid 1234 -name SG_Server1_SHRD -type storage create

# Set the IOPS Maximum Limit
symsg -sid 1234 -sg SG_Server1_SHRD set -iops_max 30000

5

Create Child SGs and assign SLO

# Create a Child SG for the Diamond devices and assign the SLO
symaccess -sid 1234 -name SG_Server1_SHRD_Diamond -type storage create
symsg -sid 1234 -sg SG_Server1_SHRD_Diamond set -slo Diamond -srp SRP_1
# Create a Child SG for the Silver devices and assign the SLO
symaccess -sid 1234 -name SG_Server1_SHRD_Silver -type storage create
symsg -sid 1234 -sg SG_Server1_SHRD_Silver set -slo Silver -srp SRP_1

6

Add Child SGs to the parent SG

symaccess -sid 1234 -name SG_Server1_SHRD -type storage add sg SG_Server1_SHRD_Diamond
symaccess -sid 1234 -name SG_Server1_SHRD -type storage add sg SG_Server1_SHRD_Silver

7

Create devices and add to the Child SGs

# Create 1 x 10GB device and add to the Diamond SG
symdev -sid 1234 create -tdev -cap 10 -captype gb -N 1 -emulation FBA -sg SG_Server1_SHRD_Diamond

# Create 1 x 20GB device and add to the Silver SG
symdev -sid 1234 create -tdev -cap 20 -captype gb -N 1 -emulation FBA -sg SG_Server1_SHRD_Silver

8

Create Masking View to tie all these objects together.

symaccess -sid 1234 create view -name MV_Server1_SHRD -IG IG_Server1_SHRD -PG PG_Server1_SHRD -SG SG_Server1_SHRD

3. Add more devices to Servers

Dell EMC VMax3/PowerMax Shared Allocation

Requirement Details:

Allocate few more devices from VMax3/PowerMax array to the cluster servers( Shared Devices - SHRD)

VMax3/PowerMax sid : 1234
Clustered Servers : Server1, Server2

Devices to be allocated : 2 Devices( Shared to both servers )
2 x 30GB - Diamond SLO
[ refer above diagram : CCCCC and DDDDD will be the new devices ]

1

Create devices and add to the Child SGs

# Create 2 x 30GB device and add to the Diamond Child SG
symdev -sid 1234 create -tdev -cap 30 -captype gb -N 1 -emulation FBA -sg SG_Server1_SHRD_Diamond

Note: Assumed that the newly created devices are CCCCC and DDDDD.