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Lenovo S3200 Quick Start Manual

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Lenovo Storage S3200 with
Fibre Channel
Quick Start Guide
Bryan Reese
David Vestal
Jeff Lin
July 2016
©2016 Lenovo. All rights reserved.


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    Lenovo Storage S3200 with Fibre Channel Quick Start Guide Bryan Reese David Vestal Jeff Lin July 2016 ©2016 Lenovo. All rights reserved.

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    This design document includes technology and input from three of the leading vendors in IT today: Lenovo, Emulex (a division of Broadcom Limited), and Brocade. These three partners have a complimentary portfolio that allows for innovation in an individual and specialized area while collaborating and providing best of IT solutions.

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    Lenovo's System x Ethernet and Fibre Channel options portfolio. Jeff Lin Jeff is a marketing manager for Broadcom Limited at Lenovo, with responsibility for Emulex Fibre Channel adapters for System x, Flex System, and ThinkServer. He has over 18 years’ experience in various marketing roles at IBM and Lenovo.

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    Lenovo Storage S3200 with Fibre Channel The Lenovo Storage S3200 can contain as many as 192 drives ranging from NL SAS to SSDs depending on performance and storage capacity needs. The S3200 also offers Intelligent Real-Time Tiering that can optimize storage performance, reduce cost, and simplify management.

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    Lenovo Storage S3200 with Fibre Channel Single Copy on Write (SCW) Snapshots The Lenovo Storage S3200 uses a snapshot technology called single copy on write (SCW) with Original/Write Data Preservation capabilities. This technology reduces the size of snapshots by preserving the data captured in a snapshot in place and then writing to a new snapshot volume for all writes going forward.

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    4MB chunks that allowed frequently accessed data to be determined in a programmatic way without any user intervention. It is easy to monitor where data is stored on the S3200 via either the command line or the GUI.

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    Lenovo Storage S3200 with Fibre Channel Lenovo B300 The Lenovo B300 Fibre Channel Switch has up to 24 ports (8 ports licensed by default; the remaining ports can be licensed in 8-port increments). The switch offers a rich set of standard software features with the options to expand its capabilities as needed.

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    Lenovo to deliver cost efficient solutions at a lower price point. The Lenovo System x3550 M5 is a 1U two-socket rack server that utilizes Intel Xeon E5- 2600 v4 processors, up to 1.5 TB of TruDDR4 Memory, and up to 12 drive bays to deliver energy and space efficiency that matches or beats the best in the industry.

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    Lenovo Storage S3200 with Fibre Channel Emulex 16Gbps (Gen 6) Fibre Channel HBAs deliver exceptional performance and reliability for your Lenovo storage workloads. They seamlessly support Brocade ClearLink™ diagnostics through Emulex OneCommand® Manager, ensuring the reliability and management of storage network configurations when connected to Brocade Gen 5 or Gen 6 Fibre Channel (FC) SAN fabrics.

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    Lenovo Storage S3200 with Fibre Channel The Emulex 16Gb (Gen 6) FC HBA features up to 1.6M OPS per port, the highest available on a 16Gbps FC adapter. This is achieved through Emulex’s Dynamic Multi- Core Architecture which dynamically scales HBA resources to any port that needs it, essential when ports are used in active-standby mode.

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    Lenovo Storage S3200 with Fibre Channel utilization, it is a simple matter of adding up memory usage across the servers and then adding some overhead. For CPU utilization, it is most likely simplest to follow some steps such as the below to determine what should be purchased: ...

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    Storage Capacity Planning When using thin provisioning as provided through the Lenovo Storage S3200 or VMWare® VMDK thin provisioning, virtual storage pools should be used on the S3200. Thin provisioning allows for new capacity on demand and has many feature enhancements that make it the preferred option.

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    With 16 Gbps speeds, two links to each controller on the S3200 should saturate the system and the same will occur on the server. For multiple switch configurations, see the Brocade SAN Design and Best Practices Guide in the Other Reading section.

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    Lenovo Storage S3200 with Fibre Channel Configuration Hints Brocade Three basic things must be done in any Fibre Channel configuration. There are advanced steps including monitoring, optimization, and ensuring reporting of any errors that are discussed in other documents. The three primary steps are: ...

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    Lenovo Storage S3200 with Fibre Channel The first step to configuring any of these settings is to connect via the serial console. There is an included serial cable with the switch. This serial cable can be connected to an adapter on a laptop or another server. A popular serial terminal program is PuTTY, which can be downloaded from the web, and there is a link in other reading.

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    "lenovo” Lenovo Storage S3200 By default, the S3200 has a static IP address configured which will be active unless there is a DHCP assignment given to it. The default IP addresses are and with a /24 CIDR ( netmask.) In an environment that has DHCP,...

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    Lenovo Storage S3200 with Fibre Channel The first page to greet you will appear as the below. Note that approved optics must be used in the ports. Otherwise, they will be disabled as is shown in the image. The first step in configuring your array is to set up disk groups. You can divide these groups up later to individual nodes via the creation of volumes and you should combine drives into pools.

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    Lenovo Storage S3200 with Fibre Channel Additional disk groups can be added to a single pool. In the case of performance tiering, ensure that it is added to the same pool as the other disk groups. Once your disk groups are created and assigned to their pools, volumes should be created.

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    Lenovo Storage S3200 with Fibre Channel The final step to a basic storage setup is to map the volumes to the hosts. Select the IDs that are sequential and map them to the correct volumes. You can verify that the WWNs...

  • Page 20: Bill Of Materials

    Lenovo Storage S3200 with Fibre Channel Bill of Materials Table 1 – What was tested and what Lenovo recommends for a basic configuration involving the S3200 and Fibre Channel Part Number Description 3873AR4 Lenovo B6505 FC SAN Switch by Brocade...

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    System x3550 M5 Rack Server Product Guide Emulex 16Gb (Gen 6) Fibre Channel Adapters Product Guide The Benefits of Emulex 16Gb (Gen 6) Fibre Channel HBAs in Lenovo Solutions Brocade SAN Design and Best Practices Server Cabinets for System x...

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