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Make IT Life Simpler with Microsoft StorSimple (Part 2/2)

Anastasios Dionysatos | 14/02/2017 | Microsoft, Azure, StorSimple

…let's continue with some extra features of StorSimple.

Create Clones of your Volumes for Lab Purposes, Testing Environments etc.

After we have a success backup, we can go back to StorSimple Manager, on the Backup Catalog and choose the Volume we want to make a clone (pic 15)

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In the wizard's first task, we will enter the Volume Name of the Clone and the Target Device (pic 16) and after that, we will give access permissions to a specific host, that should have access to the Clone Volume (pic 17). 

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After these two simple steps, we go back to our server (TrainingServer) and turn online (pic 18) the Clone Volume.  Now we may see that our Computer has two volumes with the exact same data (pic 19).

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The following feature that I will show you is the most impressive of all!

Microsoft, through Azure, gives you the opportunity to create a Virtual Device, a smaller StorSimple, with 30TB Disk and use it for Disaster Recovery. Imagine all your important VMs being ready for failover on a Cloud Storage.

In the beginning, we should create a StorSimple 1100 Virtual Device:

  • Create a new Subnet on Azure Management Portal and StorSimple Network (pic 20).
  • After that, go on StorSimple Manager on Devices and select Create Virtual Device. A new wizard will start (pic 21).
  • Complete all the fields, like our example and select the tick button.
  • Now, we have to wait around 10 minutes before Azure Brings Online the Virtual Device (pic 22).

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When the device is online, you may select it on the first page and then you can complete the device configuration. After completing the above steps, the Virtual Device will be ready for use (pic 23).

As you may see, it is a device with the same features as the real StorSimple. We can create volume containers, backup policies, update it or configure it to have Chap Security. The only disadvantages are the facts that we have only 30TB Disk and only One Controller. But, are these disadvantages enough for a Failover Device? Not Really.

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At this point, as the Virtual Device is configured, we should try to make a failover from our real device. 

  • Connect again to Azure Portal and navigate to StorSimple Manager.
  • Select your 8100 Device from the menu.
  • Select the Failover Button and again a new wizard will start (pic 24).
  • Firstly, you must choose the volume you want to failover to azure virtual device.

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Next, you must select the target device (pic 25) and after that, you must confirm the failover (pic 26). On picture 27 you may see the progress on the Jobs Submenu.

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When the failover is finished you will be able to go back to your server and connect directly to the new Virtual Device from ISCSI (pic 28). After you connect to the Virtual Device, the TrainingVolume is online and ready for use (pic 29, pic 30).

A very simple procedure and yes, we have performed a Failover in 20 minutes approximately!!

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