IBM - Storage (automatic management)

If you selected the Automatically manage storage virtual server adapters option in the Virtual Guest Package wizard, the Storage panel lets you specify the storage settings appropriate for the new LPAR.

If you chose to automatically manage storage virtual server adapters, you see a single storage table on the Storage panel, from which you can add storage for the LPAR. This topic includes the following sections:

Click Add . A dialog box is displayed where you can choose the type of storage you want to add. The following sections describe the available choices.

To add a Virtual Disk to a shared storage pool

If you are using version 8.7 or later, you can add a virtual disk to a storage pool or a shared storage pool.

Warning: If the new virtual disk is also shared between different VIO instances or LPARs, then it could be deleted without warning by another user.

On the Virtual Disk dialog box, select Virtual Disk from the Storage Type drop-down list, and then specify the following:

  • Location Type—Choose a storage pool or a shared storage pool as the location for the virtual disk. The shared storage pool allows sharing of SAN storage across VIOS instances.
  • Thin Disk ProvisioningUse this option if you want to dynamically allocate storage by using VMware vStorage Thin Provisioning. In this format, the system dynamically consumes the space for the physical disk; space is allocated and expanded on demand whenever the LPAR requests space. For example, if you create an 80 GB disk but only use 20 GB of that disk, the actual disk consumption on the physical drives is 20 GB. If you selected Shared Storage Pool as the location, then this option is selected by default.
  • Name—Enter a name for the virtual disk. You are not required to enter a name; if a name is not specified, one is generated automatically.
  • Location—Browse to a location for the virtual disk.
  • Size—Enter a maximum size for the disk, in gigabytes.

To add a virtual disk to a storage pool

To add a virtual disk to a storage pool, complete the following steps:

  1. On the Virtual Disk dialog box, select Virtual Disk from the Storage Type drop-down list.
  2. Specify the following:
    • Name—Enter a name for the virtual disk. You are not required to enter a name; if a name is not specified, one is generated automatically.
    • Location—Browse to a location for the virtual disk.
    • Size—Enter a maximum size for the disk, in gigabytes.

The screen shot below shows the Virtual Disk dialog box from version 8.6.

To add a Physical Volume

On the Physical Volume dialog box:

  1. Select Physical Volume from the Storage Type drop-down list.
  2. Click the Browse button and select an existing physical volume.

To add a Fiber Channel Port

On the Fiber Channel Port dialog box:

  1. Select Fiber Channel Port from the Storage Type drop-down list.
  2. Click the Browse button and select an existing port to attach a SAN LUN to an LPAR through a fiber channel adapter.

BMC BladeLogic Server Automation supports N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV). NPIV provides the capability to assign a physical fiber channel adapter to multiple unique worldwide port names (WWPNs). To access physical storage from a storage area network (SAN), the storage is mapped to logical unit numbers (LUNs), which are mapped to the ports of the physical fiber channel adapters.

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