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Best Practice for using fiber channel attachted storage as storage pool in scdpm VM RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I want to install a new scdpm 2010 which will run in a VM on window server 2008 R2. I was wondering what would be the best approach for adding storage pool space to this VM.

    On the physical server SAN is attached via Fiber Channel. There is 9 TB of space. I didn't find any information how to attach Fibre Channel storage directly to a VM. I read that it is possible but I didn't find any meaningful information how that is done.

    So the only thing I found in documentation/internet is to attach those 9 TB SAN storage via creation of .vhd of 1.5 TB in size (according to SCDPM documentation that is recommende size of hard disks - so should this be also applicable for vhd?) and attach those 6 created vhd to the scdpm VM.

    Is this truly the best approach? Is there another way/better way to do it? Any information/ideas are highly appreciated.

    Tuesday, October 26, 2010 2:05 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    If you are going to run DPM in a VM, the requirement ia that the disk(s) in the storage pool need to be either iSCSI attached, or use pass thru disks located on the hyper-V host.  So, I would create a 9TB Lun on the SAN, attach it to the hyper-V host, then in the properties of the DPM VM, attach the 9TB disk as a pass thru disk (select Physical hard disk).  Once DPM sees the 9TB disk, convert it to GPT and then add it to the DPM storage pool - DPM will convert it to Dynamic at that time.

     

    Reference: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff399280.aspx

     


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    Friday, October 29, 2010 10:57 PM
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