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Hands-On Review: Veritas CommandCentral Storage 4.0

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Installation
For best results, CCS requires extensive knowledge of installed SAN components and their communication methods. If your shop lacks the skills to deploy CCS, consider getting professional help for installation and configuration, and preparation of site-specific documentation.

You must also stay on top of changes to the CommandCentral hardware and software compatibility list, as device and firmware support changes often. CCS comes with a utility that compares the most recently installed compatibility list with your SAN's resources and reports discrepancies. Run this utility prior to deployment.

The storage management server runs on Windows 2000 Advanced and Data center servers, and Sparc-based Solaris 7, 8 and 9 servers with at least a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and expandable RAID storage for the Sybase DBMS. The CommandCentral host storage agents run on Linux, AIX, HP-UX and the Windows versions listed above. Check the release notes for OS versions supported by host storage agents.

The Web engine transmits data to and from the CCS console and management server(s), and provides logon services. The Web engine can support multiple CCS management servers, but it copies each management server's database into memory, so its memory configuration should be appropriately sized.

The management server and Web engine can run in the same operating system instance, but the management

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server and host storage agent can't. The storage agent push-install utility requires source and target systems to have the same file system nomenclature.

The minimal configuration for a single fabric with both Unix and Windows SAN-attached hosts is one Unix or Windows CCS management server/Web engine, one Unix-based storage agent/push install host, and one Windows storage agent/push-install host.

Host storage agents should be installed on every host that has storage and applications to be managed with CCS. A switch management explorer should be activated on only one host storage agent. Veritas recommends that the host be directly attached to the principal switch in the SAN, redundantly if possible.

This was first published in October 2004

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