Free, Step by step: How to deploy EMC Unity VSA
Updated: Jun 16, 2018
Dell EMC UnityVSA runs the same software as Dell EMC Unity storage platforms and supports up to 4 TB of capacity in a VMware ESXi environment. A licensed version will allow to setup up to 50TB of unified storage.
Minimum System Requirement:
vCenter version 5.5. update 2 or later
ESXi 5.5 - 6.5
Type of HDD SATA, SAS, SSD
Let us start, How to download, Import in VMware ESXi, Install and Configure.
Click here to download Dell EMC UnityVSA
Import EMC UnityVSA to VMware ESXi
Step 1: Browse vSpehre client and click on Create\Register VM to deploy EMC Unity ova file
Step 2: Browse and Locate UnityVSA ova file and then import it.
Step 3: Select datastore you want to import UnityVSA disk (Minimum Capacity : 84GB)
Step 4: Select network for EMC UnityVSA, Best practices are separate network for management accessible from management workstation and data accessible to host
Step 5: Enter IP Adress and system name
Step 7: Click finish to complete import wizard.
Note: Sometime the management IP address configured during the ova import wizard may not work. In this case, you can configure IP address manually using bellow command
Login to EMC UnityVSA from vSphere console using service account (User name: service Password: service)
svc_initial_config -4 "192.168.1.112 255.255.255.0 192.168.1.1"
Configure Unity VSA Initial Settings:
Step 1: Login to EMC Unisphere, Enter management IP address and credentails
Step 2: Once you login, Initial configuration wizard will automatically popup.
Step 3: Accept license agreement and change admin and service pasword.
Step 4: Configure DNS Server and click Next
Step 5: Click Add and enter your NTP server address.
Step 6: Unisphere license need to obtain from EMC website, Copy system UUID.
Step 7:Browse https://www.emc.com/auth/elmeval.htm and enter System UUID and Select product name and then submit to download license.
Step 8: Browse and locate license file downloaded in previous step and click finish for activation.
Step 9: In this step, We are going to create pools. Unisphere scans for virtual disk available to the UnityVSA. By default no virtual disk is availble to Unity VSA.
Step 10: Go to UnityVSA VM settings from vSphere client and add virtual disk as per your requirement.
Step 11: Virtual added to UnityVSA will immediately appear in the tier assignment area. click in Storage tier and select a tier from drop-down list.
Step 12: Select Storage Tiers
Step 13: Select virtual disk
Step 14: Verify and click finish to complete Pool creation.
Step 15: Pool1 has created. Click Close and complete the initial configuration wizard.
Step 16: Setup Alert settings
Step 17: Click Add iSCSI interface, 4 iSCSI interfaces are available. All four interface will be added to SPA and this will bring high availability between host and storage.
Step 18: First Port, Configure Ethernet Port0, Repeat it for all four ports with different IP address.
Step 19: Once you complete all interface configuration, You will see all link status up and green tick.
Step 20: Your initial configuration has completed now. Enjoy with Dell EMC UnityVSA