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Symmetrix VMAX Business Continuity Management

Course Details

In this course, you will gain the knowledge required to deploy and manage Symmetrix-based local and remote replication solutions for business continuity needs. Operational details and implementation considerations for EMC TimeFinder, SRDF, and Open Replicator are covered. Lessons include considerations for and performing local and remote replication operations in physical and virtualized environments.

Hands-on lab exercises using Symmetrix Command Line Interface (SYMCLI) and Unisphere for VMAX provide you with the opportunity to learn and validate the material covered in the lectures. Lab exercises will be performed in physical (Sun Solaris and Windows 2008) and virtualized (VMware ESXi) environments. Servers will be SAN attached to Symmetrix VMAX series arrays.

Course Prerequisites

  • Experience with Windows and/or UNIX operating systems
  • Ability to utilize host-based GUI and/or command line interfaces to perform all hands-on labs
  • Knowledge of Symmetrix architecture, concepts, and theory of operations
  • TimeFinder, SRDF, and Open Replicator for Symmetrix fundamentals
  • Symmetrix configuration management experience
  • VMware vSphere ESXi fundamentals

Course Agenda

1. Symmetrix Business Continuity Concepts

  • Device Groups, Consistency Groups, and Device Files
  • VMware Storage Presentation Methods
  • Host Considerations when Accessing Replicated Devices in Physical and Virtual Environments

2. TimeFinder/Clone and TimeFinder VP Snap Operations

  • TimeFinder/Clone
  • TimeFinder VP Snap
  • TimeFinder/Clone Operations in a Virtualized Environment - Replicating a VMFS Datastore
  • TimeFinder/Clone Operations in a Virtualized Environment - Replicating a VM Accessing RDM Hard Disks
  • Using Unisphere for VMAX to perform TimeFinder/Clone and TimeFinder VP Snap Operations

3. TimeFinder/Snap Operations

  • TimeFinder/Snap Overview and Considerations
  • Managing TimeFinder/Snap Using SYMCLI
  • Using Unisphere for VMAX for TimeFinder/Snap Operations

4. SRDF/Synchronous Operations

  • SRDF Initial Setup Operations
  • SRDF Disaster Recovery Operations
  • SRDF Decision Support/Concurrent Operations
  • SRDF/S for VMFS Disaster Recovery
  • SRDF/S Disaster Recovery for a VM Accessing RDM Hard Disks
  • Using Unisphere for VMAX to Perform SRDF/S Operations

5. SRDF/Asynchronous Operations

  • SRDF/A Overview and Operations
  • SRDF/A Resiliency Features
  • SRDF/A Multi-Session Consistency
  • SRDF/A Consistency Exempt Feature

6. Open Replicator for Symmetrix Operational Details

  • Open Replicator Overview and Modes of Operation
  • Zoning and LUN Masking Requirements
  • Using SYMCLI to Perform ORS Operations
  • Using Unisphere for VMAX to Perform ORS Operations