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EMC UIM Service Adoption Utility (SAU): Adopting a Shared Storage Service

This is the second article about EMC UIM Service Adoption Utility (SAU) and takes you through the adoption of Shared Storage Service. For Standard Service adoption please refer to “EMC UIM Service Adoption Utility (SAU)” article.

EMC UIM 4.0 introduced a new type of service – Shared Storage Service. This type of service allows you to create and share storage volumes between multiple Standard Services.

There are two things you should remember about SSS:

  1. Shared Storage Service is BLOCK Only;
  2. Shared Storage Service can only be created based on storage grade not a FAST Policy.

Here is how you adopt a Shared Storage Service:

  1. Open UIM Service Adoption Utility: https://<UIM-P.IP.address.or.name>/slm/sau, login as sysadmin;
  2. From the type of service you want to adopt, select “Shared Storage”. Click Next;
  3. Select a Converged Hardware System and click Find Services;
    EMC UIM-P Service Adoption Utility - Select a Converged Hardware System
  4. Select  the Standard Services that have shared storage volumes, click Next;
    EMC UIM-P Service Adoption Utility - SSS - Select Shared Storage Volumes
  5. Confirm Shared Storage Volume name and click Next;
    EMC UIM-P Service Adoption Utility - SSS - Select Shared Storage Volumes
  6. Configure the Shared Storage Service:
    Again, you can either create a new Service Offering or select existing one.
    There is bug in UIM 4.0 P1 (4.0.0.1.349) where it does not correctly create a new Service Offering for SSS. If you have all your Standard Services configured with storage volumes based on FAST policies, like in the previous EMC SAU article “EMC UIM Service Adoption Utility (SAU)“, SAU might either create a new Service Offering based on a completely wrong storage grade (storage pool) or fail with the following message, which is also wrong – the storage pool has been graded in UIM.
    EMC UIM-P Service Adoption Utility - Discovery Validation FailedThis issue has been resolved in UIM 4.0 P2. Please follow these instructions to upgrade UIM… If you still on UIM 4.0 P1, the best solution to avoid this bug would be to manually create Shared Storage Service Offering and select it during adoption.Shared Storage Service Offering:
    EMC UIM-P Service Adoption Utility - Shared Storage Service OfferingCreate SSS:
    EMC UIM-P Service Adoption Utility - Create Shared Storage Service
    Click Next
  7. Shared Storage Service adoption completed.
  8. Open UIM, Service Manager and synchronize the service.

Disclaimer: These instructions are valid for EMC UIM 4.0 P1 (4.0.0.1.349).

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