Create synchronous mirrored volume

You mirror a volume synchronously to replicate data in real-time between storage arrays, so your information is protected from both system and site failures. You do this by selecting the primary volume and the secondary volume that you want to use in the synchronous mirroring relationship between a local storage array and a remote storage array.

Before you begin

About this task

The process to mirror a volume synchronously is a multi-step procedure:

A volume can participate in only one mirror relationship.

Step 1: Select the primary volume

You must select the primary volume that you want to use in the synchronous mirror relationship. This volume holds the primary role in the mirror relationship.

Before you begin

  • You must have created the primary volume that you want to use in the synchronous mirror relationship.
  • The primary volume must be a standard volume. It cannot be a thin volume or a snapshot volume.

Procedure

  1. Do one of the following actions to access the synchronous mirroring sequence:
    • Select Storage > Synchronous Mirroring > Mirror volume.
    • Select Storage > Volumes > Copy Services > Mirror a volume synchronously.
    The Create Synchronous Mirrored Pair dialog appears.
  2. Select an existing volume that you want to use as the primary volume in the mirror.
    Note: If a volume was selected in the Volumes tile and it is eligible to be mirrored, it will be selected by default.
  3. Select Next and go to Step 2: Select the secondary volume.

Step 2: Select the secondary volume

You must select the secondary volume that you want to use in the mirror relationship. This volume will hold the secondary role in the mirror relationship.

Before you begin

  • You must have created the secondary volume that you want to use in the synchronous mirror relationship.
  • The secondary volume must be a standard volume. It cannot be a thin volume or a snapshot volume.
  • The secondary volume must be at least as large as the primary volume.

About this task

When you select a secondary volume on the remote storage array, the system displays a list of all the eligible volumes for that mirrored pair. Any volumes that are not eligible to be used do not display in that list.

The volumes that appear in this dialog are sorted by capacity, starting with the volume nearest to the capacity of the primary volume capacity. Volumes with identical capacity are sorted alphabetically.

Procedure

  1. Select the remote storage array on which you want to establish a mirror relationship with the local storage array.
    Note: If your remote storage array is password protected, the system prompts for a password.
    • Storage arrays are listed by their storage array name. If you have not named a storage array, it will be listed as "unnamed."
    • If the storage array you want to use is not in the list, add it using the Enterprise Management Window (EMW) of SANtricity Storage Manager. Select Edit > Add Storage Array.
  2. Select an existing volume that you want to use as the secondary volume in the mirror.
    Note: If a secondary volume is chosen with a capacity that is larger than the primary volume, the usable capacity is restricted to the size of the primary volume.
  3. Click Next and go to Step 3: Select synchronization settings.

Step 3: Select synchronization settings

You must set the priority at which the controller owner of the primary volume resynchronizes data with the secondary volume after a communication interruption. You must also select the resynchronization policy, either manual or automatic.

Procedure

  1. Use the slider bar to set the synchronization priority.

    The synchronization priority determines how much of the system resources are used to complete initial synchronization and the resynchronization operation after a communication interruption as compared to service I/O requests.

    The priority set on this dialog applies to both the primary volume and the secondary volume. You can modify the rate on the primary volume at a later time by selecting Storage > Synchronous Mirroring > More > Edit Settings.

    There are five synchronization priority rates:

    • Lowest
    • Low
    • Medium
    • High
    • Highest
  2. Choose whether you want to resynchronize the mirrored pairs on the remote storage array either manually or automatically.
    • Manual (the recommended option) – Select this option to require synchronization to be manually resumed after communication is restored to a mirrored pair. This option provides the best opportunity for recovering data.
    • Automatic – Select this option to start resynchronization automatically after communication is restored to a mirrored pair.

    To manually resume synchronization go to Storage > Synchronous Mirroring, highlight the mirrored pair in the table, and select Resume under More.

  3. Click Finish to complete the synchronous mirroring sequence.

Result

System Manager performs the following actions:

  • Activates the Synchronous Mirroring feature.
  • Begins initial synchronization between the local storage array and the remote storage array.
  • Sets the synchronization priority and resynchronization policy.

After you finish

Select Home > View Operations in Progress to view the progress of the synchronous mirroring operation. This operation can be lengthy and could affect system performance.