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Storage node on virtual machine

Hi,

I have a physical Networker server V 8.1.1.9 running on a Win2008-R2 server. This server is connected to a FC switch and sees a taperobot with 4 LTO5 tapedrives. I now want to install a Storage node that sees 1 tapedrive of that robot. I would like to use a virtual Win2008-R2 server for that that runs on a Win2008-R2 or Win2012-R2 (later) Hyper-V host.

My questions:

- Is that possible anyhow ?

- What do i have to do ?
- Is there any documentation about this setup ?

- IS there anybody with experience on that ?

Best regards,

Johan

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Re: Storage node on virtual machine

Johan,

   if you want to use a Windows 2008 as a storage node while also act as a Storage node, i don't see any issues there. In my my environment we have a number of Hyper V hosts which are also NetWorker servers (small data zone) with no issues. I would however ensure the HBA used to connect to SAN storage are not used for tape connections.

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Re: Storage node on virtual machine

Hi,

I would put a separate Fibre HBA on the Hyper-V Host where a virtual Windows 2008-R2 server called SNSRV runs as a storage node. On the virtual switch on the host i would configure the Fibre card as seen by the - storage node SNSRV.
I would connect the HBA on the Host to my fibre switch. I hope that with this config, the Storage node SNSRV would see the jukebox/tapedrices that are connected to the same FC switch.

Does this sound reasonable ?

Rgds,

Johan

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Re: Storage node on virtual machine

I would not use a virtual machine as a storage node with a physical tape drive.

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Re: Storage node on virtual machine

That is the essence of my question .... can i use a virtual server as a storage node ? Does it work ? Can it work ?

Rgds,

Johan

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dmathew1
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Re: Storage node on virtual machine

We have a new implementation and with few test i dont see any limitations. My vm has 10 gig NICs. I do see performance issues with our NDMP Isilon backups, but that might be another issue. Anyone do NDMP Isilon backs? If so, what performance are you getting?

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Re: Storage node on virtual machine

article-virtual-storage-node.JPG.jpgHi,

I read on the webpage nsrd.info the following. See picture. Apparently there is/was an internel document at EMC concerning virtualize Networker storage nodes. Somebody wrote that in March 2015. Is the document widely available now ? How can i get it ?

Tx

Johan

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Re: Storage node on virtual machine

Johan,

You might have to reach out to support in case this is an internal KB. for anything else you might have to look for Networker while papers on the support site.

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