How To: HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 VASA Integration vSphere 5.5 U2

The purpose behind this blog post is to provide guidance on HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 VASA integration with vSphere 5.5 U2.

VASA stands for vSphere Storage API’s for Storage Awareness, essentially it passes the characteristics of the underlying LUN so that the vSphere Administrator has awareness of it’s underlying features such as RAID set, deduplication and replication.

Pre-Requisites

I’m going to assume the following:

  1. You have already downloaded and installed HP OneView for VMware vCenter Storage Administrator and that credentials have been configured to access your HP 3PAR StoreServ Array
  2. Launching the Storage Administrator Portal from vCenter works and you are automatically logged into the HP OneView for VMware vCenter Storage Administrator Portal

Insight Control Storage Administrator Portal for vCenter

3PAR VASA

The first step is to select Hosts & Clusters View then Manage > HP Management in here you will need to select VASA Provide URLS from the ‘Cog’ in the top right hand corner

VASA Provider URLs

Select the VASA Provide URL for 3PAR URL and copy this link

VASA Provider URLs for 3PAR

Before installing the URL, we need our HP OneView for VMware vCenter Storage Administrator virtual machine to trust vCenter.   To do this we need to install the SSL certificate.

Jump onto your vCenter Server and drop into CMD and go to the following directory C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\VMware vCenter Server – Java Components\bin

Then run the command ‘keytool -exportcert -v -keystore “C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\SSL\sms.keystore” -file C:\temp\sms_new.cer -alias sms

Press Enter when the password is requested

Keytool

Browse to your VASA Provider URL and add ‘config/register’ to the end of the link

VASA URL Config

Then upload your certificate which was exported in the earlier step

If successful you should see the following screenshot

VASA URL Config Success

Finally, restart the HP 3PAR VASA Provider for VMware vSphere Web Service

3PAR VASA Service

vSphere Web Client VASA

Last of all we need to add our Storage Provider VASA URL to vCenter.

Select Storage > Manage > Storage Providers > Plus Sign

Storage Providers

Enter the details as shown in the screenshot below (your VASA Provider URL will be different)

VASA Provider URLs for 3PAR

Note, the User name and password are the credentials used to login to your HP OneView for VMware vCenter Storage Administrator Portal

Verification Test

To verify that the VASA integration is working correctly, go to Home > VM Storage Policies > Create New Policy

Storage Policy Rule Set1

Enter any details to take you across to the Rule-Set 1 area and then you will have 3PARInServ and the capabilities listed under System Label.  In this instance I have chosen ThinBaseFCR5NoRC

Verify that you have some datastores that meet the system capability of ThinBaseFCR5NoRC which means Thin Provisioned, Fibre Channel, RAID 5, No Remote Copy

Storage Policy Rule Set1 Verify

If you see some datastores do then you have successfully installed VASA for HP 3PAR StoreServ on vSphere 5.5 U2

You should also see the storage provider integration information shown as per the below screenshot.

Storage Providers Completed

6 thoughts on “How To: HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 VASA Integration vSphere 5.5 U2

  1. Hello. Thank you for this excellent post.
    I’m trying to configure my 3PAR VASA provider into my vCenter Web Client but I only get one VASA link in the step called “Select the VASA Provide URL for 3PAR URL and copy this link”.

    I installed HP_OneView_for_VMware_vCenter_7.7.1_August_2015_Z7550-01790, and insted of see two links, as your post, I missed the “VASA provider URL for 3PAR” and only can see the “VASA Provider URL for all HP storage arrays”… could you help me to figure out why it is happening?

    Thank you in advance for any help.

    1. Not sure, HP might have changed it to be generic. Suggest reading the documentation notes to see if the 3PAR is covered.

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