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February 12th, 2011 23:00

What software is required by VMWare replication on RM 5.3.1?

Dear All,

I read product guide & administration guide, and confuse me.

What software is required by VMWare replication on RM 5.3.1?

I would like to perform VMWare replication on CLARiiON

1. RM Server

     A. RM Server

     B. RM Agent

     C. RM Console

     D. Do I need solution enabler for CLARiiON support?

     E. Do I need NaviSphere Agent & CLI for CLARiiON support?

2. Proxy Host for VMFS replication   

     A. Windows Server

     B. RM Agent

     C. Do I need to install additional software on this host? or some software need to download for VMWare site?

     D. solution enabler?

     E. Naviphere Agent & CLI

Thank you for clarification.

Dennis

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February 16th, 2011 06:00

Dennis,

Hi!  First here are the licensing components for Replication Manager:

  • RM-SERVER (in general one RM-SERVER supports up to 30 RM-AGENTs - could be less depending on configuration)
  • RM-AGENT (one RM-AGENT license is needed per logical host – physical / virtual server)
  • RM-PROXY-VM (needed for VMware datastore VMFS or NFS replication via the proxy host)

I read product guide & administration guide, and confuse me.  What software is required by VMWare replication on RM 5.3.1? I would like to perform VMWare replication on CLARiiON

1. RM Server

     A. RM Server

     B. RM Agent

     C. RM Console

     D. Do I need solution enabler for CLARiiON support?

     E. Do I need NaviSphere Agent & CLI for CLARiiON support?

Licensing you would need:

  • RM Server (Qty 1)
  • RM Agent  - you need one RM-AGENT license per logical host – physical / virtual server
  • The Replication Manager Console is a GUI component which is installed on any Windows or Solaris workstation or laptop with a TCP/IP connection to the Replication Manager Server.  It is not priced separately, it’s included in the RM Server software bundle.

Software you need:

  •    You need Solutions Enabler and Navipshere CLI and Navisphere ADMSnap modules , on the RM Server host (refer to the EMC Support Matrix for EMC Replication Manager guide for specific versions needed for RM 5.3.1.)

  •   Replication Manager support for replication and mount on VMware with Raw Device Mapping (RDM) or Microsoft iSCSI initiator discovered LUN running Windows in a CLARiiON environment will require Microsoft iSCSI Initiator and  EMC PowerPath (Page 312 of the RM Admin Guide ver 5.3.1)

2. Proxy Host for VMFS replication  

     A. Windows Server

     B. RM Agent

     C. Do I need to install additional software on this host? or some software need to download for VMWare site?

     D. solution enabler?

     E. Naviphere Agent & CLI

Licensing you would need:

When you are doing VMFS replication using a proxy host, it requires an Replication Manager Proxy license.  The proxy is the client license so you don’t need a client/agent license So you would need:

  • RM Server (Qty1)
  • RM Proxy VM -  the RM Proxy quantity will depend on number of virtual centers being managed.  It is one per virtual center.
  • The RM Agent would be needed if you are planning to replicate Virtual Disks or RDMs
  • Proxy Agent will be needed only for VMFS type replication

Software you need:

  • You need Solutions Enabler and Navipshere CLI and Navisphere ADMSnap modules on the Proxy Host (refer to the EMC Support Matrix for EMC Replication Manager guide for specific versions needed for RM 5.3.1.)
  • If you configure VMWare with clariion LUN  visible to guest OS using windows iSCSI initiator, then EMC PowerPath may be required.

On PowerLink, we have all the user documentation for Replication Manager. In those documents, we list the software requirements for the various configurations.  Hope this helps.

360 Posts

February 12th, 2011 23:00

As I found:

1. RM Server

     A. RM Server

     B. RM Agent

     C. RM Console

     D. Do I need solution enabler for CLARiiON support? Yes.

     E. Do I need NaviSphere Agent & CLI for CLARiiON support? Agent is optional, CLI is must.

     F. AdmSnap

2. Proxy Host for VMFS replication  

     A. Windows Server

     B. RM Agent

     C. Do I need to install additional software on this host? or some software need to download for VMWare site?

     D. solution enabler? Yes.

     E. Naviphere Agent & CLI? Agent is optional, CLI is must.

     F. AdmSnap

Is above corret?

360 Posts

February 16th, 2011 07:00

Hi jespinoza1,

Thank you for your message.

Could I ask another question? you mentioned VMFS replication before,

  • Proxy Agent will be needed only for VMFS type replication.

Where can I find the proxy agent? I cannot see it at powerlink website.

Dennis

52 Posts

February 16th, 2011 08:00

Dennis,

Hi!  The Proxy Server software is not available on PowerLink.  It has to be purchased. It is not available for free download.

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February 24th, 2011 07:00

Hi All,

Proxy Agent doesn't have to be downloaded. It's only an option for the agent configuration. Once normal agent is installed and added to the replication manager server, selecting in options of agent "Enable VMWare" designates the agent as a Proxy agent. But anyway I think that a license for proxy agent is needed.

360 Posts

March 15th, 2011 06:00

Thank you for the clarification.

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