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IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i: Using IBM Storwize (Volume 3 of 4)

Book Description

IBM® PowerHA® SystemMirror® for i is the IBM high-availability (HA), disk-based clustering solution for the IBM i operating system. When combined with IBM i clustering technology, PowerHA for i delivers a complete HA and disaster recovery (DR) solution for business applications running in an IBM i environment. You can use PowerHA for i to support HA capabilities with either native disk storage, IBM DS8000® storage servers, or IBM Storwize® storage servers.

Use this IBM Redbooks® publication to help you install, tailor, and configure IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i with the IBM Storwize storage servers. This publication provides you with planning information to prepare for using the various PowerHA offerings for the IBM Storwize storage family. It also provides implementation and managing information. Finally, it provides guidance on troubleshooting these solutions and identifies the documentation that you must capture before calling support.

This book is part of a four-book volume set that gives you a complete understanding of PowerHA for i by using native disk storage, IBM DS8000 storage servers, or IBM Storwize storage servers. The following publications are part of this PowerHA for i volume set:

  • IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i: Preparation (Volume 1 of 4), SG24-8400

  • IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i: Using DS8000 (Volume 2 of 4), SG24-8403

  • IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i: Using Geographic Mirroring (Volume 4 of 4), SG24-8401

  • Important: The information that is presented in this volume set is for technical consultants, technical support staff, IT architects, and IT specialists who are responsible for providing HA and support for IBM i solutions. If you are new to HA, you should first review the information that is presented in the first book of this volume set, IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i: Preparation (Volume 1 of 4), SG24-8400, to get a general understanding of clustering technology, independent auxiliary storage pools (IASPs), and the PowerHA architecture.

    Table of Contents

    1. Front cover
    2. Notices
      1. Trademarks
    3. IBM Redbooks promotions
    4. Preface
      1. Authors
      2. Now you can become a published author, too!
      3. Comments welcome
      4. Stay connected to IBM Redbooks
    5. Chapter 1. Introduction to using IBM Storwize with PowerHA solutions on IBM i
      1. 1.1 Value proposition
      2. 1.2 Prerequisites
        1. 1.2.1 Preparing for an SSH connection between IBM i and Storwize system
        2. 1.2.2 Initializing IBM i disk units on the backup nodes
      3. 1.3 LUN-level switching
        1. 1.3.1 SAN Volume Controller split cluster
      4. 1.4 Storwize family Copy Services
        1. 1.4.1 Metro Mirror
        2. 1.4.2 Global Mirror
        3. 1.4.3 FlashCopy
    6. Chapter 2. Planning
      1. 2.1 Sizing the backup system
      2. 2.2 Synchronous or asynchronous mirror
        1. 2.2.1 Determining write data rates
      3. 2.3 Thin provisioning
      4. 2.4 Compression
        1. 2.4.1 Using the IBM Comprestimator Utility
    7. Chapter 3. Implementation
      1. 3.1 Configuring PowerHA for i by using Storwize remote Copy Services
        1. 3.1.1 Setting up an IBM i Storwize remote Copy Services environment
        2. 3.1.2 Configuring PowerHA for i with Storwize remote Copy Services
      2. 3.2 Configuring PowerHA for i by using Storwize FlashCopy
      3. 3.3 Configuring PowerHA for i by using LUN-level switching
      4. 3.4 Configuring PowerHA for i by using LUN-level switching with remote Copy Services
      5. 3.5 Full-system scenarios
        1. 3.5.1 Full-system FlashCopy by using the Full System Copy Services Manager
        2. 3.5.2 PowerHA Full-system Replication for Storwize
    8. Chapter 4. Monitoring and managing your environment
      1. 4.1 Monitoring your environment
        1. 4.1.1 QSYSOPR message queue
        2. 4.1.2 Monitoring the status of your replication
        3. 4.1.3 Monitoring the status of cluster nodes
        4. 4.1.4 Monitoring the Cluster Administrative Domain status
        5. 4.1.5 Monitoring the Cluster Resource Group status
        6. 4.1.6 Monitoring the IASP status
        7. 4.1.7 Other monitoring considerations
      2. 4.2 Managing your environment
        1. 4.2.1 Adding disks to an IASP in a PowerHA environment
        2. 4.2.2 Removing disks from an IASP in a PowerHA environment
        3. 4.2.3 Adding users to the systems
        4. 4.2.4 Adding network printers and other SYSBAS objects to the systems
        5. 4.2.5 Upgrading your operating system
        6. 4.2.6 Powering down your system
        7. 4.2.7 Verifying the health of your replication solution
    9. Chapter 5. Switching and IBM FlashCopy operations
      1. 5.1 Planned switching
        1. 5.1.1 Special considerations when switching in a Global Mirror setup
        2. 5.1.2 Considerations for three node clusters
      2. 5.2 Failover after a production system outage
        1. 5.2.1 Special considerations when failing over in a Global Mirror setup
      3. 5.3 Working with SAN Volume Controller sessions
        1. 5.3.1 Suspending and resuming a SAN Volume Controller session
        2. 5.3.2 Detaching and reattaching a SAN Volume Controller session
        3. 5.3.3 Changing the attributes of a SAN Volume Controller session
      4. 5.4 Working with PowerHA FlashCopy
        1. 5.4.1 Integration between PowerHA and Backup, Recovery, and Media Services
        2. 5.4.2 Considerations when using FlashCopy on a Global Mirror target
        3. 5.4.3 Using FlashCopy when doing changes to your application
        4. 5.4.4 Working with full-system FlashCopy
    10. Chapter 6. Troubleshooting
      1. 6.1 Storwize Copy Services
      2. 6.2 Support contact
    11. Appendix A. PowerHA Tools for IBM i
      1. PowerHA Tools for IBM i
      2. IBM Systems Lab Services offerings for PowerHA for IBM i
    12. Appendix B. Additional material
      1. Locating the web material
      2. Using the web material
    13. Related publications
      1. IBM Redbooks
      2. Other publications
      3. Online resources
      4. Help from IBM
    14. Back cover