vRA-Lab-14-Configure and Assign Storage Reservation Policies

Fabric administrators create storage reservation policies to allow tenant administrators and business group managers to assign the volumes of a virtual machine to different datastores for the vSphere, KVM (RHEV), and SCVMM platform types.

Assigning the volumes of a virtual machine to different datastores allows tenant administrators and business group managers to control and use storage space more effectively. For example, they might deploy the operating system volume to a slower, less expensive datastore and the database volume to a faster datastore.

Tenant administrators and business group managers can assign a single datastore or a storage reservation policy that represents multiple datastores to a volume. When they assign a single datastore to a volume, vRealize Automation uses that datastore at provisioning time, if possible. When they assign a storage reservation policy to a volume, vRealize Automation uses one of its datastores at provisioning time, if possible.

1-Create a Storage Reservation Policy

When you create a storage reservation policy, you are creating an empty container that you use to group datastores that have similar characteristics, such as speed or price.

Prerequisites

1-Log in to the vRealize Automation console as a fabric administrator. In my case, I have created one already in my Active Directory with name “vmexpo-fadmin@vmexpo.local” and gave permission to configure fabric group during “create Fabric Group” Configuration. Enter the “credentials” and click “Login”

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2-Create at least one reservation.

Procedure

You may choose “My Goal” walkthrough wizard and go to “Infrastructure” tab -> Reservation-s> Reservation Policies -> Click “New Storage Reservation Policy”

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Enter a name “VMExpo-Storage-Policy-Tier1” and description “VMExpo Production High End Storage Policy with Storage Disk (FC, SSD) “optionally. Once done, Click the Green check box icon to “Save

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Verify your created storage reservation policy

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Similarly, I have created another Storage reservation policy for my Tier2 storage as shown below.

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2-Assign a Storage Reservation Policy to a Datastore

After the storage reservation policy is created, populate it with datastores. A datastore can belong to only one storage reservation policy. Add multiple datastores to create a group of datastores for use with a blueprint.

Prerequisites

Create a storage reservation policy.

Procedure

Select Infrastructure > Compute Resources > Compute Resources. Here you can see all your compute resources. Point to a compute resource “RG-Cluster” and click “Edit”.

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1-Click the “Configuration” tab

2-Locate the datastore “NFS_DataStore” to add to your storage reservation policy in the Storage table. Click the “Edit” icon.

3-Select your storage reservation policy “VMExpo-Storage-Policy-Tier2” from the Storage Reservation Policy column drop-down menu.

4-Once done, Click on green icon to “Save”.

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Repeat the same steps to assign additional datastores to your storage reservation policy. As you can see below, I have assigned all my storage policies to their relevant storages. Once done, click “OK”

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