My first question is :
Do I need to stand up a server for RTOOL to work with rpowermt for Powerpath/VE "VMware/ESX servers) commnads?
To use SE with VMware do I have to deploy an ESX server, install full viritaul SE on this server to manager the Symm and storage for other ESX servers and can I have both RTOOL for PowerPath and viritual SE on an ESX server?
If I understand you question correctly, you can do the following:
- have a VM (i.e. Windows or Linux)
- attach Symmetrix Gatekeepers to this VM as Raw Device Mappings (best is if you put them on a different scsi bus), ofcourse you have to map & mask your gatekeepers to your VMware environment first.
- install Solutions Enabler on this VM
- install rpowermt tools on this VM
This way you can use also ESXi. Also you do not need a dedicated ESX host for this VM.
By using raw device mapping for your gatekeepers, Solutions Enabler can issue commands across the gatekeepers even while it is a VM. This way you can also run other Symmetrix software, such as SMC in a VM.