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  • Redbooks Paper Roland Tretau Joe A Burnett Norbert Engst Kazue OkanoStorage migration and consolidationwith IBM TotalStorage productsOverview This IBM® Redpaper discusses how to migrate and consolidate your storage management environment using IBM TotalStorage® products. It also discusses common client environments and explains how a company can benefit from migrating to a more efficient storage management environment. Additionally, we show how IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager works with VMware® software. VMWare is an EMC company that provides virtual infrastructure products for Intel®-based systems enabling enterprises to simplify their IT, leverage existing computing investments and respond faster to changing business needs. The following areas of backup and migration strategies are covered: “Volume migration using SAN Volume Controller” on page 2 “Migration of data between tape technologies” on page 3 “Tape consolidation” on page 7 “IBM Tivoli Storage Manager server consolidation” on page 16 “VMware backup considerations” on page 23© Copyright IBM Corp. 2004. All rights reserved. ibm.com/redbooks 1
  • Volume migration using SAN Volume Controller Storage Area Networks (SAN) are very common in the industry today. A SAN provides fast, reliable access to data. However, some common problems with assigning volumes or logical unit numbers (LUNs) to servers sometimes arise. The possibility of inefficient utilization of volume space and the inability to resize the space are always present, but with little or no impact to the production environment. For example, some of the volume space might be needed by another client on the SAN and can become unused on the client to which it is assigned. However, migrating data from one volume to another requires a scheduled outage, sometimes an unacceptable option in a production environment. By utilizing the IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller in your environment, you can eliminate these common issues and facilitate future growth. Figure 1 on page 3 illustrates the steps necessary to migrate an existing SAN storage volume to a hardware configuration using an IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller. The first step identifies the initial configuration of attaching a volume to an application server using a SAN. The IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller is then installed, a virtual volume created, and the existing data volume is mapped to the virtual volume. The application server now sees the virtual volume with all the existing data mapped to it. In the last step, the storage allocated to the virtual volume is increased using additional disk space managed by the IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller. The data is migrated to this new disk, and the original volume space is eliminated from the mapped virtual volume.2 Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products
  • Application Application Application Server Server Server SAN Volume Movement of data from Controller installed old volume to new disk SAN SAN and old storage SAN and reduction of old mapped as virtual volume space from volume to the server virtual volume Virtual SAN Volume Controller Virtual SAN Volume Controller Volume Volume Volume New New Disk Disk Existing volume with application data is SAN-attached Volume Volume DataFigure 1 Migrating SAN disk volume data to SAN Volume Controller storage Data migration from the original volume to the virtual volume using additional disks can be accomplished without interrupting data availability. The application server can continue to read, write, and process data as it is migrated. Transparency of these operations to the application server makes the IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller a very effective tool in managing SAN-attached storage.Migration of data between tape technologies IBM Tivoli Storage Manager provides an efficient method of migrating data that resides on older media to a more contemporary media. While planning your storage management strategy, it is important to take into consideration the fact that as time passes, tape and media technologies will become obsolete. They Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products 3
  • could possibly be physically unavailable if an archived tape or other media is kept off site for data retrieval. Dont take the risk that a specific tape drive you sent off site last week will be available in ten years. You should have a plan to perform a technical refresh of your media and drive technologies after a specified number of years to either move the data to new media, or migrate it to newer, higher capacity media using newer drive technologies. Data within IBM Tivoli Storage Manager is stored on a per client basis, and each of these clients data resides in a storage pool hierarchy. Each storage pool, in turn, consists of allocated media volumes (such as, tapes, disks, or optical volumes). Storage pools are associated with particular technologies based on the media volumes that comprise them, and a storage management administrator can move or migrate this data across storage pools within IBM Tivoli Storage Manager. This makes the transition to a different form of media transparent to the clients to whom the data belongs and without interruption in data availability. There are two methods used to perform data migration: Migrating individual nodes Migrating complete storage pools to a new tape technologyMigrating individual nodes The first method, using individual nodes, is more labor-intensive; however, it allows for movement of data from one storage pool to another based on the priority of moving particular client nodes. You may prefer to migrate data on specific servers to higher performance media and drives, because these servers have a higher priority to have their data recovered should a data loss event occur. Figure 2 on page 5 shows how client or node data is moved out of a storage pool residing in an older technology library to a newly defined storage pool in an IBM 3584 UltraScalable Tape Library using the move nodedata command. A major benefit of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager is that if Node4 requires a restore operation, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager will know that the data required still resides in the older library. If a restore request occurs for Node3, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager knows to retrieve the data from the IBM 3584 library since IBM Tivoli Storage Managers internal database is updated with the current location of the data as the migration takes place. It is conceivable that a restore request could be performed during the migration process from one media type to the other. IBM Tivoli Storage Manager would simply load the appropriate media from both libraries if necessary to complete the request. Once the data movement has been completed for all nodes to the storage pool in the IBM 3584 library, the older library may be disconnected and its storage pool definitions deleted within IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, since data no longer resides there.4 Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products
  • Node1 Node3 Node2 Data Movement During Move Nodedata (SCSI or SAN) Node4 Old IBM 3584 Library Library IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Server Database Tracking information about object location on tape is updated as LAN or SAN movement occurs Node1 Node2 Node3 Node4 Figure 2 Using move nodedata command to migrate data across tape technologiesMigrating complete storage pools to a new tape technology As we discussed earlier, migration of individual nodes from one storage pool to another involves manually issuing commands to migrate the information using the move nodedata command. This is an effective way of giving specific clients priority of relocation to the newer technology. However, if there are hundreds of gigabytes or even terabytes of data spanning across hundreds of different clients, moving the data using this method becomes inefficient. On the other hand, a major advantage of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager is the storage pool hierarchy method it employs to store data. The same method is used to bring data into a disk storage pool during your scheduled backup time period and then later migrate that data to tape using the nextstgpool and migration threshold parameters. By attaching a new library or tape technology to an existing IBM Tivoli Storage Manager server, as shown in Figure 3 on page 6, and then setting the nextstgpool parameter of the storage pool where the existing Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products 5
  • data resides to a storage pool value comprised of the new technology, the migration threshold parameter of the older storage pool(s) can be set to 0. Over the course of the next few hours, or days if necessary, the data will safely migrate to the new storage pools during background processing. Data Movement ARCH3494 ARCH3584 During Migration (SCSI or SAN) TLIB3494 TLIB3584 IBM 3494 Library IBM 3584 Library IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Server Off-site Data Off-site Data Movement Movement Copy Pool Data OFF3494 Cannot be OFF3584 (Copy Pool) Migrated (Copy Pool) Figure 3 Migrating storage pool data using migration destination and thresholds Once data begins to populate the storage pools on the new media, it will be necessary to run a backup storage pool process on these if you have created a new off-site pool based on the new media. The move data and move nodedata commands cannot be used on copy pool data; however, the internal IBM Tivoli Storage Manager database will be updated to reflect the new location of the data that is associated with the pre-existing copy pool. In the event of a media failure or loss of data in the new media storage pool, the database will still reference the backup copy of the pool data and the missing data can be restored from there. Once the storage pools on the new media have been successfully populated, a new copy pool can be created on the new media and backup storage pool commands can be run to reproduce the data on the new media. This will totally remove your dependence on the older media technology.6 Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products
  • Tape consolidation Tape consolidation has become an important topic since the quantity of data used in open systems environments started to reach mainframe proportions. This subchapter explains the technological move from dedicated to shared libraries and later to logical partitioned libraries. A removable media manager combines the advantages of library sharing with the advantages of logical partitioning. It can be seen as an initial step to tape virtualization.Types of tape libraries Large tape libraries that consist of lots of frames, such as the IBM Enterprise Tape Library 3494 for mainframes, have existed for many years. Many companies are using integrated computers to manage them. Connected servers send mount requests through the TCP/IP (transmission control protocol/Internet protocol) network to the library management computer that controls the robotics to physically mount the tapes. The tape drives in 3494 have a small computer systems interface (SCSI) or fibre channel interface. Open system servers can be directly attached to it, while mainframes need special controllers that transfer enterprise system connection (ESCON®) or fiber connection (FICON®) protocols to the fibre channel or SCSI. Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products 7
  • Library Control over TCP/IP Library Control System Drive Data Path Drive Data Path Backup Application A Drive Data Path Drive Data Path Backup Application BFigure 4 Classical IP managed library As the control information goes through the TCP/IP network, this type of library is sometimes called an IP library. In Figure 4 the functionality of an IP library with open attachment is depicted in a very basic way. Open systems servers have fibre channel or SCSI connections to tape drives. The Library Control System handles the robotics of the libraries by sending commands over the TCP/IP network. In cases of fibre channels, it is common to use a switched fabric environment. We chose not to use this type of environment in our scenarios to keep them simple and comparable. In the open systems environment, smaller libraries designed for affordable solutions are widely used. These libraries don’t have a dedicated management computer attached, so the control of the robotics has to be done via SCSI commands from the attached server. Even if the attachment is connected via the fibre channel, this type of library is often called an SCSI library and sometimes called a jukebox. The content of SCSI libraries has to be managed by software8 Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products
  • solutions, usually network backup applications. To prevent confusion and loss of data, only one server may have control over the tape volumes and the robotics of the library. The classic way to use an SCSI library is to connect it to a backup server like the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and to do backups from clients over the TCP/IP network. Network backup is an established and approved method.Tape library sharing When more and more business critical applications like databases and mailing systems were migrated to the open systems world, the requirements for doing backups changed. Open systems data has also become an important asset, crucial for companies’ economic survival. When the IT world embraced switched fabric environments, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager servers provided a practical way to share drives. With this realization, IBM introduced functionality for tape library sharing in the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager. It works only in a SAN environment, because it requires any-to-any connectivity. The tape library manager, which can be on one of the backup servers, controls the robotics. As illustrated in Figure 5, fibre attached tape drives have an active or inactive control path, which is a serial connection that goes from the drives to the library robotics. Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products 9
  • Metadata over TCP/IP Library Control System Library Sharing Software Drive Data and Library Control Path Library Control Path Drive Data Path inactive Backup Server 1 Library Manager Drive Data Path inactive Drive Data Path inactive Backup Server 2 Library ClientFigure 5 Software-based tape library sharing with an SCSI library Tape library sharing works in a heterogeneous hardware environment but requires a homogeneous software solution. With the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, it is possible to share an SCSI library between backup servers running under AIX®, Windows®, Linux®, HP-UX and Solaris. If a single IBM Tivoli Storage Manager is not able to perform the backups in a reasonable time frame due to a heavy workload, tape library sharing is a good way to share tape resources. Incidentally, tape library sharing was a precursor to the LAN (local area network) backup method. For more details on storage management concepts please refer to the following IBM Redbook: IBM Tivoli Storage Management Concepts, SG24-4877-03. Note: Keep in mind that every backup server needs administration.10 Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products
  • Logical partitioning with tape libraries Today, businesses are needing to warehouse enormous amounts of data. There is an increasing need for data consolidation in the open systems world, and SCSI libraries have become larger as a result. There is a trend to share a library between different hardware platforms such as iSeries™ and Unix, or between competing network backup solutions. In Figure 6, this type of sharing is schematically illustrated. The drive and slots are divided into disjunctive partitions, with each drive and any slot belonging to only one partition. Library Control System Drive Data and Library Control Path Library Control Path Drive Data Path inactive Backup Application A logical partition 1 logical partition 2 Drive Data and Library Control Path Library Control Path Drive Data Path inactive Backup Application BFigure 6 Logical partitioning The IBM 3584 UltraScalable tape library was IBM’s first SCSI library that could be divided into many logical partitions. These partitions share robotics and appear to be connected to the server as a separate smaller library would be. In principle each drive within an IBM 3584, in conjunction with an array of slots, can build a separate partition. In reality two or more drives are used in logical Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products 11
  • partitions. In the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, for example, it is recommended that you use a least three drives per backup server. Figure 7 shows how a physical library can be shared between different open systems and midrange platforms like iSeries, xSeries® and pSeries®. It’s also possible to implement software-based tape library sharing within a logical partition such as the one depicted in Figure 7 as Zone 3. Library Controller DRIVE 1 Logical Zone 1 Library 1 iSeries App A DRIVE 2 DRIVE 3 SAN (with Zoning) Logical xSeries App B Library 2 Zone 2 DRIVE 4 DRIVE 5 Zone 3 Logical Library 3 pSeries App C DRIVE 6 Multiple hosts owning separate logical library slots and drives Linux App CFigure 7 Multipath logical libraries in a switched fabric SAN It’s common to have some logical libraries in an IBM 3584 tape library. The slots of a logical library have to be in consecutive order. If a logical library has to be enlarged or reduced, the other logical libraries may also have to be changed. This is a critical step, because the administrator has to move the cartridges and take care that none of the tapes are overwritten by other applications. This approach may be practical in a two frame library, but imagine trying to do this for a fully equipped IBM 3584 library with 16 frames and more than 6000 tape cartridge slots.12 Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products
  • Removable media management Over time, open systems tape environments, which are SCSI-controlled tape libraries without integrated management computers like the IBM 3584 UltraScalable tape library, can also hold up to nearly 200 LTO 2 (linear tape open) tape drives and an uncompressed data capacity of up to about 1.3 terabytes. Until recently, these dimensions were unfamiliar territory for open systems and previously only known in mainframe environments, that is until IBM introduced the 3494 Enterprise Tape Library, which has an integrated management computer. The open world is more heterogeneous and distributed than the large system environment. This is due to the incompatibility of hardware and software of different vendors. Even if the tape libraries can be logically partitioned, there is a requirement to be able to share the tape resources and to have a powerful tape media management methodology. In this type of open systems environment, a mainframe-class media management solution is required, including a policy-based media life cycle management component. In large companies, media management solutions must be able to catalog and manage access to thousands of media. Companies are also interested in logging accesses, failures and cartridge life cycles. As cartridges can also be stored outside of physical tape libraries, media management must keep track of the depositories of all media. A removable media management solution provides: mechanisms for secure sharing of tape resources among multiple heterogeneous applications enhanced access control mechanisms an enterprise-wide repository for removable media policy based media management to control media access, synchronization, prioritization and tracking. Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products 13
  • Media Management over TCP/IP Contr TSM Other Other Tape Virtualization Servers Backup Apps Servers ol TSM Server TSM Server TSM Server TSM Server TSM Server TSM Server TSM Server TSM Server TSM Server Media, Library and Drive Management Data RMM Server SAN SCSI/FC SCSI/FC SCSI/FC Prop. Interface Streaming Media Changer Library Mgmt. Devices (Drives) Devices Streaming Media Changer Removable Media Hardware Devices (Drives) Devices SCSI Libraries without built-in Removable Media Hardware Management (e.g., IBM 3584) Libraries with integrated Management (e.g., IBM 3494)Figure 8 Removable media management A removable media manager is middleware that allows heterogeneous sharing of tape libraries with respect to applications, operating systems and library vendors without the need to implement static partitioning and dedicated drives. Without a tape resource management solution, different applications could access the tape resources in an uncoordinated manner. On the other hand, with a removable media manager, administration, access control and reporting are centralized in one solution. The management and tracking of off-site media pools, as shown in Figure 9, are integrated inside the removable media manager.14 Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products
  • Removable DB2 Database Media Manager Abstract Library Manager Interface ATL Library Offline Library Manager ManagerFigure 9 Integrated off-site management and trackingA removable media manager combines the benefits of tape library sharing andlogical partitioning. A single pool of tape drives and a pool of scratch cartridgescan dynamically be shared between different backup applications, as shown inFigure 10. The backup applications may access virtual tape libraries that appearaltogether larger than the actual hardware really is. Physical resources will beallocated on demand. Mount requests of different applications can be queuedand prioritized between the applications in case of over allocation. A cartridge lifecycle management policy is also included, complete with vaulting and tapequality management. Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products 15
  • Backup Backup Backup Application B Application A Application X TCP/IP Network … Media Management Resource Sharing Grouping & Pooling SAN Drive Slots Database s Tape LibraryFigure 10 Media management in heterogeneous software environmentsIBM Tivoli Storage Manager server consolidation If you have already used IBM Tivoli Storage Manager to manage storage media for multiple separate systems, you may have entertained the possibility of consolidating them. Figure 11 is an example of how you might go about it. Perhaps you are using older IBM Tivoli Storage Manager servers and want to upgrade to more robust IBM Tivoli Storage Manager servers. Or, maybe you are using multiple IBM Tivoli Storage Manager servers to back up a local disk, but you want to use a larger tape library and to share it between multiple servers. If the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager clients can use both an old IBM Tivoli Storage Manager server and a new IBM Tivoli Storage Manager server as depicted in Figure 12, server consolidation can be implemented rather easily. If not, you’ll first have to examine some issues.16 Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products
  • OLD IBM Tivoli Storage NEW IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Server Systems Manager Server Systems Tivoli Storage Tivoli Storage Consolidation Manager Server Manager Server Network Network Tivoli Storage Manager Clients Tivoli Storage Manager Clients Tivoli Storage Tivoli Storage Manager Server Manager Server Network Network Tivoli Storage Manager Clients Tivoli Storage Manager ClientsFigure 11 Consolidation fof IBM Tivoli Storage Manager serversCase 1 - switch to a new server Basically, we recommend that you consider consolidating multiple IBM Tivoli Storage Manager servers as we describe in this first case. It is very simple and you don’t need a large amount of advance preparation time. It involves maintaining the existing IBM Tivoli Storage Manager clients and performing all future backups on a new IBM Tivoli Storage Manager server. And if you need to restore the old backup data, you just specify the old IBM Tivoli Storage Manager server’s option as shown in Figure 12. Thus, two or more servers exist until the old backup data is expired. After all backup data is expired, you just use the new IBM Tivoli Storage Manager server. The old servers are not needed any more. Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products 17
  • OLD Tivoli Storage NEW Tivoli Storage Manager Systems Manager System Tivoli Storage Manager server is fully consolidated after OLD_Server expired backup data IP Address 10.1.1.1 NEW_Server IP Address 10.1.1.3 Restore Data Backup Data Network dsmc -servername=old_tsm dsmc -servername=new_tsm dsm.sys (UNIX) servername old_tsm commethod tcpip tcpserveraddress 10.1.1.1 . . servername new_tsm commethod tcpip tcpserveraddress 10.1.1.3 . .Figure 12 Switching to a new server for consolidationThe database export and import function IBM Tivoli Storage Manager software provides a function that allows you to consolidate IBM Tivoli Storage Manager servers. It copies all the server information, or a subset of the server control information such as administrator, node, server, or policy information, from the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager server, as shown in Figure 13. Also the client’s backup, archival, and space-managed files are exported with the client control information. You can export the complete server or just parts of it, for example, the data that is stored on just a few clients.18 Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products
  • IBM Tivoli Storage IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Server 1 Manager Server 2 Administrator Server Export Import Node PolicyFigure 13 Exporting data from server 1, using volumes to import data to server 2The export commands create an operating-system-independent, self-describingcopy of the specified server information. The original database is not required torecover data from this volume. IBM Tivoli Storage Manager does not keep trackof file expiration, so the information contained can be recovered onto any serverat any time. This is not a substitute for disaster recovery. Export and import is arelatively time-consuming process, so it is designed primarily for one-time datamovement.IBM Tivoli Storage Manager offers two ways of exporting data: Export to sequential media. Export directly to another IBM Tivoli Storage Manager server in the network.The target server can be on the same platform or a different one. If you choosethe first option, to export to sequential media, the target server must support thesame tape media that the source server does. Restrictions: Export from an IBM Tivoli Storage Manager server cannot be imported by earlier versions. Nodes of type NAS cannot be exported. Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products 19
  • Exporting to sequential media Server information can be exported to any sequential medium, including volumes of a deviceclass FILE or opticals. The target server must support the same or a compatible type of media. The exported data will then be imported in a separate process on the target server. This is described in further detail in “Case 3 - export to sequential volume” on page 22. Exporting directly to another server If there is a network connection between two IBM Tivoli Storage Manager servers, the export can be executed directly via the network to the target server. This results in an immediate import process on the target server. No external media is needed to transport the data from the source to the target server. For further explanation about this technique, read “Case 2 - export the data directly to a new server” on page 21. Export/import administration These commands move administrative data such as name, password, privilege classes, and administrator lock/unlocking information for server access. Export/import node These commands move client node definitions. Each client node definition includes the user ID, password, name of the policy domain to which the client is assigned, file compression status, backup/archive delete authority, and client node lock / unlocking data for server access. Client data can be exported in the same process. The following groupings of files are supported: Active and inactive versions of backup files, archive copies of files, and space-managed files Active versions of backup files, archive copies of files, and space-managed files Active and inactive versions of backup files Active versions of backup files Archive copies of files Space-managed files An incremental export can limit the amount of data being exported. In this case, the export command specifies the date (FROMDATE) and time (FROMTIME) the data was stored on the server. All data stored on the server before that specified date and time will not be exported.20 Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products
  • If the exported client node already exists on the target server, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager can merge the client file data during import. During this process, backup objects are inserted as new active or inactive versions depending on their insertion date and time. Double archive and space management objects will be skipped. If merging is not used, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager will create a new renamed file space for the imported client. Export/import policy These commands move policy information from one or more policy domains. They include data such as policy domain and set definitions, management class definitions, backup, copy group, and archive group definitions, schedule definitions for each policy domain, and client node associations. Export/import server These commands move all or part of the server control information and client file data (if specified). These include definitions for administrator, client node, policy and schedule for each policy domain. They can optionally include: file space definitions, access authorization information, and backup, archived, and space-managed files. You can import client file data using the previously described procedures.Case 2 - export the data directly to a new server If your existing IBM Tivoli Storage Manager server is version 5.1.5 or higher, you can use this scenario. In Case 2, data is exported directly from the old IBM Tivoli Storage Manager server to the new Tivoli Storage Manager server over the LAN. This method is preferred to the one described in Case 3 because it does not require the extra step of writing data to intermediate volumes before moving it to the new server, which takes more time to accomplish. In this case, the old backup and storage pool data can be exported directly to the new server database and storage pool as shown in Figure 14. If, on the other hand you have huge amounts of data, you will have to consider the time frame and resources required. Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products 21
  • export... toserver=NEW_SERVER LAN OLD NEW Database Database NEW Tivoli Storage OLD Tivoli Storage Manager Server Manager Server OLD NEW Storage Storage Pool Pool Figure 14 Exporting the data directory to a new serverCase 3 - export to sequential volume This case is similar to “Case 2 - export the data directly to a new server” on page 21, except that it does require the extra step of writing intermediate volumes before delivering the exported data to a new server as shown in Figure 15. Thus the servers do not use the LAN for sending the exported data. You export the information and the data from the old server and check out the volume. Then you check in the volume and import the information and the data to the new server. The number of processes for export and import is one per command. This means it is advisable to use one mount point for export or import and another mount point for the intermediate volumes. So if you have huge amounts of data you have to consider the duration of time and resources required. Additionally, you can prepare the empty volume to use intermediate volume.22 Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products
  • OLD Tivoli Storage NEW Tivoli Storage Manager Server Manager Server OLD NEW Database Database OLD NEW Intermediate Storage Storage Volume(s) Pool Pool export... devtype=... checkin libvol checkout libvol import ... devtype=... Figure 15 Export to sequential volumeVMware backup considerations VMware is a company that provides virtual infrastructure products for Intel-based systems. It is also a product of the same name that enables virtual machines on an x86 platform. By using the VMware product, it is possible to have multiple concurrent virtual machines running on one physical machine, with the VMware application managing the resource allocation for processor, memory, and disk across the virtual machines. Each virtual machine can be utilized just like a separate physical machine. The virtualization layer is transparent to the operating system installed on each of the virtual machine instances, and most commercial applications (including IBM Tivoli Storage Manager server and client) can operate within a virtual machine. Consolidation of multiple physical machines onto one physical machine running VMware has become a very popular and economical way of reducing total cost of ownership for many companies. For example, four machines that average 20% processor utilization can be consolidated onto one physical machine that averages greater than 80% processor utilization, a more efficient use of hardware resources. Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products 23
  • Figure 16 illustrates the VMware architecture. As noted in the illustration, the Tivoli Storage Manager backup client can be installed on both the operating system that manages the physical hardware as well as the operating system that is within the virtual machine. Each installation method provides distinct benefits. Installing a backup client within the operating system of the virtual machine allows access to the individual files within the file systems, allowing multiple versions of each file within the virtual instances to be retained. Note: If an application has certain files open, these files cannot be reliably backed up. Close all open files before beginning the transports. All rules on open files in relation to a backup strategy still apply with this scenario. Backup client inside virtual machine allows for file-level backups Virtual Linux Machine Virtual Windows Machine Virtual Virtual Virtual Virtual Virtual Virtual Virtual Virtual Virtual Virtual Processor Video Network RAM Disk Processor Video Network RAM Disk VMware Application / Virtualization Layer VMware layer handles all translation and physical resource management Physical Hardware Architecture (x86) Processor(s) Video Network RAM Disk Backup client on physical machine allows virtual disks to be backed up as individual files, providing an image backup capabilityFigure 16 Backup considerations on a VMware installation24 Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products
  • Installing a backup client on the host machine where the VMware Workstationapplication is installed (and where the virtual machines are running) allows forentire drives or volumes of the virtual machines to be backed up as individualfiles when the virtual machines are paused or shut down. This is shown inFigure 17. On enterprise-class implementations of VMware, such as the VMwareESX Server product, the drives can be released for backup as individual files byutilizing scripts and the built-in API of VMware. This provides functionalitycomparable to an image backup of a raw logical volume.In the event of data loss resulting from human error, it is usually sufficient torestore individual files using the backup/archive client within the virtual machine.For a more catastrophic loss, such as a virus infection, the flat file that representsthe virtual drive can be restored to the directory where it resides on the hostmachine. If this is insufficient, once the flat file is restored, the virtual machine’sbackup/archive client installation function can then be used to restore files to amore current version than the existing backup copy. Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products 25
  • /usr /filesystem1 /home vm1/disk1.dsk vm1/disk2.dsk vm3/disk2.dsk C: /filesystem2 C: vm2/disk1.dsk vm3/disk1.dsk D: Virtual Machines Physical MachineFigure 17 Mapping virtual volumes as physical files on a host machine When implementing a backup/recovery solution for a VMware installation, it is important to back up the configuration files for each virtual machine. These contain information such as the amount of RAM that is allocated, the virtual networking configuration, and other important details.26 Storage migration and consolidation with IBM TotalStorage products
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