Configuration of volumes on SAN storage

Storage Area Networks (SANs) provide a networking paradigm that provides easily reconfigurable connectivity between any subset of computers, disk storage, and switches. A SAN can contain a huge number of devices connected using switched fabric. A SAN that has thousands or tens of thousands of connected devices is difficult to administer using a simple disk group model. Veritas CommandCentral Storage software allows you to configure storage groups and storage accounts. Using the CommandCentral Storage software, you can allocate SAN storage more prudently and administer your complex SAN environments more effectively.


This feature of vxassist is designed to work in conjunction with SAL (SAN Access Layer) in Veritas CommandCentral Storage. When Veritas Volume Manager (VxVM) with SAN-aware vxassist is installed on a host where SAL is also installed, it is recommended that you create a user named root under SAL. This allows vxassist to use the root login to contact the SAL daemon (sald) on the primary SAL server without needing to specify the sal_username attribute to vxassist.

Figure: Dividing a Storage Area Network into storage groups, shows how you might choose to set up storage groups within a SAN.

Figure: Dividing a Storage Area Network into storage groups

Dividing a Storage Area Network into storage groups

In this example, the boundaries of the storage groups are based on the performance characteristics of different makes of disk arrays and on different geographic locations.

The vxassist utility in VxVM understands storage groups that you have defined using the CommandCentral Storage software. vxassist supports a simple language that you can use to specify how disks are to be allocated from pre-defined storage groups. This specification language defines the confinement and separation criteria that vxassist applies to the available storage to choose disks for creating, resizing, or moving a volume.

To use the CommandCentral Storage storage groups with vxassist, perform the following steps in the order listed: