HPE 3PAR plugin for VMware vRealize Orchestrator

The HPE 3PAR Plug-in for VMware vRealize Orchestrator is free for all customers to download and includes prebuilt workflows that allow a vSphere administrator to quickly and easily deploy and manage many of the common tasks that might be needed to manage your HPE 3PAR StoreServ storage system with vSphere.

The HPE 3PAR Plug-in for VMware vRealize Orchestrator is free for all customers to download and use. Once the plugin is installed and you have your HPE 3PAR StoreServ array registered, the fastest and easiest way to start working with the new vRO plugin is to leverage the prebuilt workflows included.

These workflows allow a vSphere administrator to quickly and easily deploy and manage many of the common tasks (create, query, modify, and delete) that might be needed to manage your storage system with vSphere. Some examples of tasks that can be automated include:

  • Connect and manage HPE 3PAR storage resources
  • Provision volumes
  • Create host groups
  • Export volumes
  • Create VMFS data stores from volumes
  • The HPE vRealize Orchestrator plug-in communicates directly with the HPE 3PAR StoreServ REST API (WSAPI) and provides the following objects that provide additional management capabilities that can be used within workflows or passed to vRealize Automation as a resource:
  • 3PAR Connection
  • CPG
  • VVSets
  • Hostsets
  • Hosts
  • Volumes
  • Snapshot
  • Tasks

The workflows included in the plugin should cover most common use cases and storage provisioning tasks. For those that want to extend the capabilities of the plugin, many built-in Actions can be leveraged to create custom workflows.

The HPE 3PAR plugin for vRealize Orchestrator also includes composite workflows that simplify and automate complex or tedious tasks within vRealize Orchestrator.

Examples:

  • Create 3PAR Datastore
  • Create 3PAR Snapshot for datastore
  • Delete 3PAR Datastore
  • Restore VMFS Datastore from Snapshot
  • And more!

We need to install HPE 3pAR Plugin on vRO and enabled this feature.

Finally we need to import its certificate and register the 3PAR array on VMware vRealize Orchestrator.

Then we can use its prebuilt workflow and design the complex workflow.

The workflow of creating the Virtual Volume on 3PAR array.

The workflow of deleting the Virtual Volume on 3PAR array.

The demo of HPE 3PAR plugin for VMware vRealize Orchestrator

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HP 3PAR OS upgrade 3.2.1 to 3.2.2

  1. My Lab Environment:
    1 x HPE 3PAR StoreServ 7200c (two nodes, 3PAR OS 3.2.1)
    1 x VSP 4.4 (Virtual Service Processor)

Before you 3PAR OS upgrade, you must check the compatibility of running SP and new 3PAR OS in HP SPOCK. When you finished upgrade pre-check and the 3PAR OS loaded to the Service Processor(SP). You can login to SPOCC and start the 3PAR OS upgrade.

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You can select two upgrade methods: Online 0r Offline.

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Online: (HPE Recommended) Update is installed to all nodes one at a time. Nodes are rebooted one at a time automatically.

Offline: All hosts connected to the storage system must be shut down before the update is installed.

It has some valiaditon for each component before the 3PAR OS upgrade.

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Then it starts the OS upgrade.

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When the OS upgrade is successfuly completed, you can see the status displays “Updated successed”.

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The last task is Cage and Drive Firmware Upgrade, you can upgrade on either cli mode or SPOCC.

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After the final task is finished, the 3PAR OS upgrade 3.2.1 to 3.2.2 is successfully completed.

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