EMC vRPVM Cluster configuration

In last post, we learnt vRPA OVA deployment. In this post, you will use the Deployer tool to deploy RecoverPoint for VMs. This Deployer tool is integrated into on the vRPAs that you deployed vRPA. The tool will allow users to deploy the RecoverPoint for VMs with guided pre-deployment validation as well as install Splitters and Plugin without any intervention from the user.

1. Open the browser and input the vRPA management IP address which is defined in vRPA deployment. Click EMC RecoverPoint for VMs Deployer to get started.

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2. You will see the RecoverPoint for VMs deployer and the available tasks that can be performed are listed at the bottom. There are four primary sets of wizards: Click Install a vRPA Cluster to get started.
Install vRPA cluster
Connect newly installed clusters
Non-disruptive Upgrade
More actions: Network modifications, adding, removing and replacing vRPAs.

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3. You have the option to check if the RecoverPoint for VMs version you are about to deploy is the latest and recommended version. If you have EMC Online Support credentials, you can enter those or if you have downloaded a newer version, you can provide that manually. Alternatively, you can continue by selecting Do not check
version requirements to proceed with the deployment. Click Next to continue.

Note: There are Import and Export options shown at the top right corner of the screen. Those can be used to import the cluster configuration in JSON format or export them in order to rapidly deploy clusters in the future. You can build the first cluster manually, then import and modify its JSON to deploy additional clusters in a more automated way.

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4. The Deployer tool will attempt to automatically pre-populate the IP address of vCenter and the default port of 443. If those are different, you can manually update them. Specify the vCenter credentials, click Connect to retrieve the certificate.

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Deployer will reterive the certificate from vCenter, review and then click Confirm to proceed.

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5. After connectivity with vCenter is established, the tool will run the pre-installation validation. It will print out a list of tests performed and possible issues. If the tool is able to address any of the issues, it will, otherwise, it will print out instructions on what needs to be done manually. The environment is confirmed as ready for deployment. Review the list of tests and click Next.

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6. Enter the name of the RecoverPoint for VMs, this could be any name you choose, it’s recommended to use a name that indicates the vCenter environment where the RecoverPoint for VMs cluster is being deployed and even a sequence number if that are multiple RecoverPoint for VMs clusters sharing the same vCenter environment.

Also, here you can select the communication between vRPAs. There are two options, no authentication or encryption which will still use the proprietary communication protocol or you can enable authentication and encryption. Authentication refers to the key authentication among the appliances (not user authentication) and encryption refers
to encrypting data path for replicated data. In this configuration, select Not authenticated nor encrypted.

In General Settings, select the Time Zone, input the IP address of DNS Servers and NTP Servers.

By default the vRPA where you are accessing Deployer is selected (vRPA1). However, if you want to deploy a cluster with multiple vRPAs, you can select here additional vRPAs which you deployed earlier. Select Cluster1_vRPA2 to select the 2nd vRPA.
After the vRPAs which will participate in the cluster have been selected, click Retrieve Associated Datastores to select a datastore that can be used for the Repository volume; a 6GB VMDK that will be auto-provisioned by deployer and used to save the cluster settings. Deployer will reterive all available and shared datastores that can be used to provision a 6GB Repository volume for the RecoverPoint for VMs cluster that is being deployed. Select your target Datastore and click Next to proceed.

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7. You will specify the Network adapters configuration and IP addresses for the cluster.

In the Cluster Management IPv4 field, type vRP Cluster Management IP addresss

In Network Adapters Configuration:
In RecoverPoint for VMs 5.0 and later, you can combine LAN, WAN and Data interfaces on 1 interface, 2, 3 or 4. In this deployment, we will deploy LAN and WAN on the same interface and a single separate interface for Data (iSCSI).
Note: All those interfaces (fields) can be reduced to one.

In the Topology for WAN and LAN list box, select WAN and LAN on same network adapter

In the Topology for Data list box, select Data (iSCSI) on separate network adapter from WAN and LAN

In Network Mapping, these mappings will depend on the environment and the selection you made above in the Network Adapters Configuration. LAN mapping is dimmed out as it is based on the network chosen during the OVA deployment.

In Netmask Configuration, specify the gateways to use for LAN, and WAN. The required one here is for LAN. WAN gateways can be added now or later on when connecting to a remote cluster.

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8. Now you will enter the IP addresses of the vRPAs. Depending on number of vRPAs, and the network adapter topology,the number of required interfaces, IPs and fields can be greater or less, however here in this deployment, we are using a traditional 2-vRPA with separate NICs topology.

NOTE: If you use the Export & Import JSON file for the settings, you would not need to enter these fields manually. The file exported from one cluster can be updated with the appropriate settings and used for another cluster.

In Advanced Settings, allows you to adjust the MTU size for each used network. Default is 1500, in this deployment, we will use the default. However, it’s quite common to use Jumbo frames in WAN and Data networks. You are now ready to proceed, click Install to being the deployment of the cluster.

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9. Then the Deployment will begin, deployer will apply the settings to the vRPAs, configure the repository VMDK, create the vRPA cluster, install the Splitters on the ESXi hosts and push out the plugin.

Monitor the tasks during deployment until deployment has completed. This step can take approximately 15 minutes.

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When complete, click Finish.

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10. When deployment of the RecoverPoint cluster has completed. You will see the cluster in Deployer as indicated in the following screen.

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11. The last procedure in this deployment is to register the ESX cluster where VMs will be protected with the RecoverPoint for VMs cluster. This step is necessary to ensure that communication between the vRPAs and the Splitters is established. Registered ESX clusters do not necessarily need to be the same ESX cluster where the vRPAs are deployed, those can be other ESX clusters where the Splitters will be pushed out to and VMs protected.

Login into vCenter by Administrator and go to the Home screen, click RecoverPoint for VMs.

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12. To proceed with registering the ESX Cluster, click Administration.

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Click ESX Clusters.  Click Add. Select your ESXi Cluster, and then click OK.

The ESX cluster registration is complete and the deployment of this RecoverPoint for VMs cluster is complete. Click Validate to ensure that the communication between Splitter(s) and vRPAs is correctly established.

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