Pairing clusters using known credentials

You can pair two clusters for real-time replication by using the MVIP of one cluster to establish a connection with the other cluster. Cluster Admin access on both clusters is required to use this method.

About this task

The Cluster Admin user name and password is used to authenticate cluster access before the clusters can be paired. If the MVIP is not known, or access to the cluster is not available, you can pair the cluster by generating a pairing key and use the key to pair the two clusters. For more detail, see plug-in documentation about pairing clusters with a pairing key.

Steps

  1. From the vCenter that contains the local cluster, select NetApp Element Management > Protection.
    Note: If two or more clusters are added, ensure that the cluster you intend to use for the task is selected in the navigation bar.
  2. Click the Cluster Pairs sub-tab.
  3. Click Create Cluster Pairing.
  4. In the Create Cluster Pairing dialog box, select one of the following:
    • Registered Cluster: Select this method if the remote cluster of the pairing is controlled by the same instance of the NetApp Element Plug-in for vCenter Server.
    • Credentialed Cluster: Select this method if the remote cluster has known credentials that are outside of the NetApp Element Plug-in for vCenter Server configuration.
  5. If you selected Registered Cluster, select a cluster from the list of available clusters and click Pair.
  6. If you selected Credentialed Cluster, do the following:
    1. Enter the remote cluster MVIP address.
    2. Enter a cluster administrator user name.
    3. Enter a cluster administrator password.
    4. Click Start Pairing.
  7. After the task completes and returns you to the Cluster Pairs page, verify that the cluster pair is connected.
  8. Optional: On the remote cluster, select NetApp Element Management > Protection > Cluster Pairs or use the Element web UI to verify that the cluster pair is connected.