Deploying HP StoreOnce VSA with HP Data Protector – Part I

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The HP StoreOnce VSA is a virtual storage appliance, that is designed for backups between 1 TB and 10 TB and it’s based on HPs StoreOnce technology. I wrote a short overview about the HP StoreOnce VSA some weeks ago. Take a look at this blog posting if you are not familiar with HP StoreOnce VSA. This article is focuses on the deployment of the HP StoreOnce VSA in a VMware vSphere environment. A second and third blog post covers the configuration of the HP StoreOnce VSA with HP Data Protector.

Deploying HP StoreOnce VSA with HP Data Protector – Part I
Deploying HP StoreOnce VSA with HP Data Protector – Part II
Deploying HP StoreOnce VSA with HP Data Protector – Part III

Get the software

HP offers a 60-day free trial license for the HP StoreOnce VSA and HP StoreVirtual VSA. Just follow this link. You need a HP Passport account to download the software. When you follow the link, you will get to the download page. Click “Receive for Free”.

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Now you need to login with your HP Passport account. If you have no account, please create an account.

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Acknowledge, that you have read the accept the software and license termins for this order. Click “Next”.

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You need to download two files: One ISO with th StoreOnce VSA and the HP StoreOnce Enterprise Manager. You can choose between the standard, browser-based download, and the HP Download Manager. I usually choose the browser-based download.

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This is the second file you need to download. You can download both files at the same time. You don’t have to wait until the first download has finished. After the first download has started, simply click the second file and click “Download”.

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Proceed further after the downloads are finished.

Deploy the StoreOnce VSA

There are two ways to deploy a StoreOnce VSA:

  • using the OVF
  • using StoreOnce Enterprise Manager (SEM)

I will show you the way using the OVF. The cause for this is the behaviour of the SEM, that checks the required space before the deployment. If there is not enough space in the datastore, SEM will refuse the deployment. Deploying an OVF isn’t a big deal. I used the vSphere Client (not the Web Client).

Start the wizard and browse to the OVF. Click “Next”.

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Click “Next”.

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Enter a name for the VM and select the datacenter.

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Select the cluster, into which the VSA should be deployed.

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Because I use vApps, I selected the vApp used for my backup tests. If you use resource pools, select the desired resource pool.

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Select the datastore for the StoreOnce VSA. Please note, that the VSA will use ~ 500 GB when thick provisioned.

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Due to the space requirements, I decided to use thin-provisioned disks.

I got an email from Anshul Nagor (StoreOnce/ Storage R&D Lab, HP Bangalore). Anshul wrote that HP recommends to use thin-provisioning for the system disk. The system disk holds the OS and the software. No data will be written to it. The next release of the VSA will have a smaller system disk.
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I have a dedicated port group for iSCSI. My backup server has also a NIC attached to this port group.

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Check the summary and start the deployment. Don’t power on the VM!

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The VSA needs an additional disk for the data. The disk must have at least a capacity of 1 TB. Otherwise the instant-on licence is not applied and the StoreOnce services will not start. Due to the space requirements, I decided to use thin-provisioned disks. This is not recommended for production use.

I’d like to thank Anshul Nagori, Patrick Osborne and Calvin Zito for helping to solve a problem, that only existed because I didn’t had read carefully enough.
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Now you can power on the VSA. The VSA will run a couple of scripts. When you see the message “Services are up – activating the instant-on license” everything’s fine.

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If you have DHCP available, the VSA will try to get a IP via DHCP. If you don’t have a DHCP server available, you can use “net set wizard” to start the network configuration wizard.

Username: Admin
Password: admin

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I captured the output of the wizard:

At the end the network configuration is applied and you should see this message:

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Now you should be able to access the web interface of the VSA. Use a browser and try to access https://<ip address>. Congratulations! Now you have 60 days to play with your brand new HP StoreOnce VSA. Part II of this series covers the configuration of the VSA. Part III covers the steps to use the StoreOnce VSA in combination with HP Data Protector 8.1.

Feel free to leave a comment if you have further questions or notes.

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2 thoughts on “Deploying HP StoreOnce VSA with HP Data Protector – Part I

  1. Mihai

    Hello, Patrick

    Succesfully deployed/configured VSA… But that value of 512kb for block size isn’t globally applied and must be supported by the physical cell’s manager HBA/OS?

    VTL’s can be presented to multiple hosts so I can use multipathing? How do I know data is going thru SAN or LAN?

    Sorry for my noob question and thanks for your very good guide.

    Reply
    1. Patrick Terlisten Post author

      Hi,

      usually the block size isn’t a problem when using iSCSI or FC. You can present a VTL to multiple hosts. It just like act like a physical tape library, so the media changer is managed by one host and the drives can be accesses by multple hosts. Usually the media changer is presented through the first drive. If a host has a media agent and can access the drive directly, data should travel from the host over the SAN to the VTL. Otherwise the disk agent contacts a media agent over LAN.

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