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Lab 4: Virtual Provisioning with iSCSi

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Lenovo Storage S2200

Lenovo Storage S3200

Lab Guide

Lab 4. Virtual provisioning with iSCSI Estimated time

00:30

What this lab is about

This lab is centered on virtual provisioning of Lenovo S Series Storage with iSCSI connections to the host.

This is version 1.1 of this document.

What you should be able to do

At the end of this lab, you should be able to:

Create a pool

Create a volume (LUN)

Map a volume to an iSCSI host

Assign a global spare

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Lab instructions

Section 1. Beginning the Lenovo Storage S2200 and S3200 Virtual Lab

Now that you have registered and reserved hardware for a specific date and time, the next step is to navigate to the portal at your scheduled time and begin the labs.

__ 1. In your confirmation email, click Quick Login.

An alternative would be to open any web browser, navigate to website shown in your confirmation email (for example, http://lenovolabs.labgear.net), type in the Username and Password in the email, and click Login.

__ 2. The Topology window is shown.

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Some important sections of the Topology web page are:

Information banner (across the top of the page)

Its easy to keep track of how much time is left to perform the labs by using the Time Left field. This information in the top of the window is always visible (unless in Full Screen View).

Tools section

o Documentation: Links to download all lab guides and any additional

documentation (for example, the Read Me First guide).

o Request Support: Use this if you have any issues with performing lab steps or

storage hardware, select Open a Support Request Partners and open a trouble ticket.

Devices section

Use this section to start the labs (see below).

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Finally, Notice the important information shown in the lower part of the window:

__ 3. From the Devices section, hover your mouse over the ThinkServer text and left-click.

__ 4. Click the ThinkServer text to begin the labs.

Another way to begin the labs is, from the main Topology graphic, hover your mouse over the graphic of the ThinkServer and left-click.

__ 5. The Windows Server login window is shown.

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If you cannot view the entire Windows Server 2012 window due to the video resolution of your

display, clicking this icon from the Devices section switches into full screen mode.

Section 2. Connecting to the storage system

The starting point for these labs is a remote connection (RDP) to a remote system running Windows Server 2012. From there, a web browser is used to connect to the Lenovo Storage S2200 and S3200 Arrays and perform all the lab steps.

__ 6. From the Windows Server 2012 desktop, double-click the Google Chrome browser icon.

The address of the Lenovo Storage S2200 and S3200 Arrays to use should be already configured so the Lenovo Storage Management Console window is shown.

__ 7. The Lenovo Storage Management Console (or SMC) window is shown.

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Figure 1 The Lenovo Storage Management Console (or SMC) login web page

__ 8. In the User name and Password fields, use the default management user name and password: manage / !manage.

__ 9. Press Enter or click Sign in to continue. The Lenovo S3200 Storage Management Console window is shown.

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Figure 2 Lenovo S3200 Storage Management Console

The Lenovo S3200 Storage Management Console is a web-based application for configuring, monitoring, and managing the Lenovo Storage S2200 and S3200 Arrays. The SMC will be the starting point for the labs.

Some things to keep in mind as you use the SMC web-based interface (WBI):

Do not use the browser's Back, Forward, Reload, or Refresh buttons. The SMC has a single page for which content changes as you perform tasks and automatically updates to show current data.

In an action panel, an asterisk (*) identifies a required setting. If an action panel has an Apply button and an OK button, click Apply to enable your

changes and keep the panel open or click OK to apply any changes and close the panel. After clicking Apply you can click Close to close the panel without losing changes already applied.

To display context-sensitive help for the content of the topic pane, click the help icon in the banner.

The main areas of the interface are the banner, the topic tabs, the topic pane, and the footer, as represented by the following graphic:

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Figure 3 Main areas of the SMC web interface

Section 3. Verify state of Lenovo Storage S2200 and S3200 Arrays

The Lenovo Storage S2200 and S3200 Arrays that you are connected to should not contain any disk groups, pools, host mappings of any kind, or global spares. Before we get started, you will verify that Lenovo Storage S2200 and S3200 Arrays is in a clean state.

__ 10. From the Topics Tabs, select Pools. The Pools topic pane is shown. __ 11. Verify no Pools are shown.

__ 12. If any Pools are shown, do the following for each:

__ a. From the Pools Name column, select the pool name. The Related Disk Groups are shown.

__ b. Select any Disk Group shown. __ c. Click the Action button and select Remove Disk Groups. The Remove Disk Groups

window is shown.

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__ d. Click OK to continue. Acknowledge any messages that are displayed. __ e. The Processing the Request window is shown. __ f. When finished, the Success window is shown. __ g. Click OK to continue. __ h. Repeat Steps b. - g. for each Disk Group that is still shown.

__ 13. Verify that no Pools are shown.

__ 14. From the Topics Tabs, select System. The System topic pane is shown. __ 15. Click the Action button and select Change Global Spares. The Change Global Spares

window is shown.

__ 16. If any disks are being used as Global Spares (for example, disks 4 and 5), do the following:

__ a. Uncheck each disk that is being used as a global spare. __ b. Click Change. The Processing the Request window is shown. __ c. When finished, the Success window is shown. __ d. Click OK to continue.

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At this point, you can start the lab with a Lenovo Storage S2200 and S3200 Arrays that is in a clean state.

Section 4. Creating a pool (Standard tier)

A pool is an aggregation of one or more disk groups that serves as a container for volumes. A disk group is a group of disks of the same type, using a specific RAID type that is incorporated as a component of a pool, which stores volume data. Volumes are added to a pool and the data is distributed across the pool's disk groups.

The system supports a maximum of two pools, one per controller module: A and B. You can add up to 16 virtual disk groups for each pool. If a pool does not exist, the system will automatically add it when creating the disk group. Once a pool and disk group exist, volumes can be added to the pool. Once you add a virtual disk group, you cannot modify it. If your organization's needs change, you can modify your storage amount by adding new virtual disk groups or deleting existing ones.

Depending on the type of disks selected and license installed, virtual disk groups belong to one of the following tiers:

Performance Tier (SSDs): o Optional license is required for tiering with SSDs o No license is required for SSD Read Caching o No license is required for HDD tiering (no SSDs)

Standard Tier (2.5 15k and 10k SAS) Achieve Tier (3.5 or 2.5 7.2k SAS)

The Lenovo Storage manager automatically assigns drives to different storage tiers based on their speed. In this section, you create a pool by creating a Standard tier disk group consisting of several of the 10K SAS drives in the Lenovo Storage S2200 and S3200 Arrays.

__ 17. From the Topics Tabs, select Pools. The Pools topic pane is shown.

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