Running Storage Failover

The Run action causes VMs in a plan to fail over to destination storage volumes. For more information on the data recovery process, see the NetApp ONTAP Documentation Center.

To run a storage plan:

  1. Log in to the VAO UI as a VAO Administrator or Plan Operator. For more information, see Accessing VAO UI.
  2. Navigate to Orchestration Plans.
  3. Select the plan. From the Launch menu, select Run.

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Click the plan name to switch to the Plan Details page, and click Run.

  1. Complete the Run Plan wizard:
  1. [This step applies only if you have not enabled the plan before running it]

At the Plan Disabled step, select the Enable this Plan check box to enable the plan. You will not be able to proceed with the wizard unless you select the check box.

Running Storage Failover

  1. For security purposes, at the Enter Credentials step, retype the VAO Administrator or Plan Operator password.

Running Storage Failover

  1. At the Snapshot Timestamp step, select a snapshot that will be used to recover VMs.

To choose target storage systems to be used to recover VMs, VAO will analyze settings specified during the configuration of storage recovery locations. For more information, see How VAO Processes Resources.

 

Note

This setting applies only to volumes protected by asynchronous replication. If a volume is protected by synchronous replication, VAO will always use the most recent replicated data. This is a limitation of the synchronous SnapMirror technology.

Running Storage Failover

  1. [This step applies only if you have any other orchestration plans scheduled to run after the plan completes]

At the Chained Plans step, select the Also execute the chained plans check box to proceed to execution of subsequent plans after the current plan enters the FAILOVER state.

Running Storage Failover

  1. At the Protect Volumes step, choose whether you want VAO to trigger reverse replication to reprotect volumes included in the plan. This option can be useful if you plan to fail back to the production location.

If you select the Reprotect storage volumes after failover check box, VAO will add the Protect Storage Volumes step to the list of plan steps. This step will resynchronize the data protection relationship in the reverse direction as soon as the storage failover process completes.

 

Note

When running the Protect Storage Volumes step, VAO only triggers the reprotect operation and reports whether the step itself started successfully — VAO does not check whether the operation of resynchronizing the relationship in the reverse direction completes successfully.

For more information on what a reprotect operation does, see the NetApp ONTAP Documentation Center.

 

Running Storage Failover

 

Important

The Protect Storage Volumes step will interfere with the existing jobs that use storage snapshots in Veeam Backup & Replication. Since the step reverses the source and destination roles of SnapMirror relationships, these jobs will no longer function properly after the storage failover process completes.

To work around the issue, add the Veeam Job Actions step to the list of pre-plan steps before running the plan. To disable a job, specify its name when configuring the step parameters.  

  1. At the Latest Readiness Check step, review the results of the most recent readiness check run for the plan to make sure the plan can complete successfully.

Running Storage Failover

  1. At the Summary step, review configuration information and click Finish.

The plan goal is to reach the FAILOVER state. If any critical error is encountered, the plan will stop with the HALTED state. To learn how to work with HALTED storage plans, see Managing Halted Plans.

Tip

After the storage failover process completes, VAO will leave the plan in the IN USE state. By design, this makes the results of the storage failover process accessible in the VAO UI as long as required, and also prevents the plan from being modified by any automatic updates related to infrastructure changes.

If you want to perform any further actions with the plan (for example, to test the plan, to run readiness checks or to execute the plan again), reset the plan state as described in section Resetting Storage Plans.

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