Monday, November 2, 2015

"Boot from SAN" step by step with Windows 2012 R2 and Cisco UCS using Brocade and EMC VNX.

"Boot from SAN" step by step with Windows 2012 R2 and Cisco UCS using Brocade and EMC VNX.

UCS:
  • Create service profile for windows server.
  • Create “Boot from san” boot policy
    • Setup SAN primary and secondary target.
    • The WWN required are that of your VNX array ports.


Brocade:
  • Login to create an initial zone for one of the ports.
  • Create new Alias
    • Type in the Alias name and select the WWN from blade
  • Create zone
    • Select the blade Alias and VNX Storage processor
  • Add to Zone configurations
  • Activate



VNX:
  • Start EMC Unisphere
  • Create Initiator
    • WWN/IQN can be obtained from UCS director
      • Open properties window for service profile of server
      • Select storage tab
      • At top copy the World Wide Node Name  (this is the first part of WWN/IQN)
      • Under vHBAs copy the WWPN
    • Now combine the WWNN and WWPN and with “:” as separator paste into WWN/IQN
  • Select “New Host” radio button
    • Type in the server name and IP address
  • Create LUNs
  • Create Storage Group per server
    • Associate the hosts
    • Associate the LUNs
Server:
  • Start the server and boot from Windows disk
  • Load the UCS disk drivers when asked for during installation and selection of the installation disk.
  • Verify disks show up and select where it will be installed.
  • After installation is completed and Windows is up and running, go ahead and install EMC Powerpath!