Installing Veritas Storage Foundation on Server 2008 R2

This is a step-by-guide on how to install Veritas Storage Foundation 6.0.1 on Windows Server 2008 R2. Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows provides a comprehensive solution to storage management in an integrated graphical view. Veritas SFW lets you configure and manage local and remote storage attached to your system while your system remains online. It is often used in campus/stretch cluster environments where SAN-based mirroring is not utilized.

1. Explanation of Campus Clusters

A campus cluster is a single cluster where the nodes of the cluster are located in different sites. Although two sites are the most common, more than two can be used for additional redundancy. These type of clusters are also known as stretched clusters.

This is how a typical campus cluster configuration might look like

As the figure shows, both nodes are at different sites, but are connected via a single subnet and Fibre Channel SAN. This means that both nodes are connected to the Storage Arrays, and the volumes are mirrored across the storage arrays. You can either utilize SAN-based mirroring, which means you will mirror at the hardware level, or you can utilize host-based mirroring, which means that you will mirror at the software level, by utilizing for example Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows.

Word of caution from Symantec regarding use of Veritas SFW in campus clusters

If a site failure occurs in a two-node campus cluster, the remaining cluster node will not be able to bring the cluster disk groups online because it cannot reserve a majority of disks in the disk groups. To allow for failover to the other site, a procedure forces the import to the other node, allowing a cluster disk group to be brought online on another node when that node has a minority of the cluster disks.

Implementing these force import procedures should be done with care. The primary site may appear to have failed but what really has happened is that both the storage interconnect between sites and the heartbeats have been lost. In that case, cluster disk groups can still be online on the primary node. If a force import is done so that the data can be accessed on the secondary site, the cluster disks will be online on both sites, risking data corruption.

Well, with that out of the way, lets look at how to install Symantec Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows 6.01 on Windows Server 2008 R2.

2. Installing Veritas SFW 6.01

2.1 Start the installation wizard by double-clicking Setup.exe You only need to do this at one node of the cluster.
2.2 Select Install/Upgrade Server Components

2.3 Since I am installing this in a test lab, I am not going to check for product updates

2.4 Once again, its in a test lab, so I see no need for participating in the product improvement program. Accept the terms of the License Agreement, and click next

2.5 Here you can choose which computers you want to install the software on, and the installation options for those computers. Since we are installing this on two nodes, we will add both. Start by clicking Add for Localhost

2.6 Then write the name of the second node, and click add again

2.7 Click Apply Install Options to Multiple Systems

2.8 Make the following selections

2.9 On the Product options, make the following choices, then click Next

Flashsap – Lets you create independently addressable snapshot volumes that are copies or mirrors of the volumes on your server.
VVR – Enables dynamic volumes to work with Veritas Volume Replicator
Dynamic Multipathing – Make use of multiple paths between a computer and a disk in a storage array

I am not utilizing any of these features, so I have not selected any of them

2.10 Click OK

2.11 Click Next

2.12 Click OK

2.13 The installation starts, you can click Show Details to see details of the installation progress

2.14 It will show details of the installation progess on both nodes

2.15 Click Next, when it is finished

2.16 Next Again

2.17 Yes to reboot

2.18 After both nodes have rebooted, start Veritas Enterprise Administrator, choose Default Profile
2.19 Click Connect to a Host or Domain

2.20 Write Localhost, since you want to manage the storage on the local host

2.21 Veritas Enterprise Administrator will start, and you can manage your storage as you see fit