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Installing the SVP software on an Oracle Linux KVM host

Hitachi Vantara supports configurations where a single SVP communicates with a single VSP Gx00 or VSP Fx00 model. This configuration can coexist with, or replace, all other physical, virtual, and bare-metal SVP configurations.

Physical network connection for an Oracle Linux KVM-based SVP

SVP and storage system connections are performed using the ports on the back of these devices.

The following figure shows the physical network connection for an Oracle Linux KVM-based SVP configuration using the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G800. Adjust your connections appropriately if you use different VSP Gx00 models or VSP Fx00 models.

NoteThe Oracle Linux KVM server running the VM instance cannot be used with the storage system if it belongs to different subnets, and if a router or a firewall is filtering packets according to a defined condition. There is no distance limit between the server running the SVP application and the storage array being managed if they belong to the same subnet.

NoteIn this figure, the HCS instance can also run as a VM instance.

If the controllers are connected to a physical SVP, remove the Ethernet cables from the LAN3 and LAN4 ports on the SVP, and connect them to the network switch.

Minimum requirements for an Oracle Linux KVM SVP

An SVP that will be used in an Oracle Linux KVM environment requires the following minimum requirements.

Prerequisites

Linux KVM Server (provided by the customer)

  • Oracle Linux 7.x server
  • Two quad core processors, Intel Xeon 2.29 GHz
  • One-port NIC
  • SVP guest OS
  • 128-GB RAM

SVP Guest OS (1 DKC) (maximum 1 DKC per SVP guest OS)

  • Two vCPUs
  • One virtual network adapter
  • 4-GB RAM
  • 120-GB disk space
  • Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)

Miscellaneous

  • WinZip

Hyper-threading

Verify that hyper-threading is active for the Oracle Linux KVM server and VM guest host. (Hyper-threading is enabled by default.)

The following figure shows an example of hyper-threading on an Oracle Linux KVM server.

The following figure shows an example of hyper-threading on a VM guest host.

Configuring the Oracle Linux KVM-based SVP

After preparing the environment, activating hyper-threading on both the Oracle Linux KVM server and VM guest host, and verifying the configuration layout, configure the SVP in the Oracle Linux KVM environment.

Procedure

  1. On the Oracle Linux KVM host, create a VM that is appropriate for the Windows operating system being used.

  2. Verify that the virtual network connection is properly assigned to the appropriate virtual machine network.

  3. Configure the network settings for the VM. The IP address must allow communication with the storage system controllers.

  4. Configure a Remote Desktop connection.

Where to go from here

To complete the installation, perform the following steps. For details, refer to the equivalent instructions for installing the SVP on a VMware ESXi host.

Procedure

  1. Configure the SVP guest OS.

  2. Install the SVP software.

  3. Deploy a cloned virtual SVP (optional).

  4. Change the locale setting if the currently configured language is not appropriate.