About setting up the Symantec High Availability solution in a VMware environment

Table: Tasks for setting up Symantec High Availability in a VMware virtualization environment describes the tasks for setting up the Symantec High Availability solution in a VMware virtualization environment.

Table: Tasks for setting up Symantec High Availability in a VMware virtualization environment

Task

Description

Install the Symantec High Availability Console

Install the Symantec High Availability Console on a system identified to serve as a Console server. This installation registers the Symantec High Availability plugin on the vCenter Server.

For more details refer to the Symantec High Availability Console Installation and Upgrade Guide.

After the installation is complete, the Symantec High Availability tab, Symantec High Availability dashboard, and the Symantec High Availability home page are added to the vSphere client. The Symantec High Availability tab is visible when you select a virtual machine from the VMware vCenter Server inventory. The Symantec High Availability dashboard is visible when you select a VMware cluster or a datacenter from the VMware vCenter Server inventory. The Symantec High Availability home page is added as an vSphere Client extension under its Solutions and Applications pane.

Use the Symantec High Availability home page to perform any of the following tasks:

  • Install guest components

  • Manage licenses

Use the Symantec High Availability tab to configure and control application monitoring on virtual machines that are managed from the VMware vCenter Server. You can perform these operations per virtual machine.

Use the Symantec High Availability dashboard to administer the configured applications on virtual machines in a VMware cluster/datacenter. You can perform these operations at a VMware cluster or datacenter level.

For details, refer to the Symantec High Availability Console Installation and Upgrade Guide.

Install Symantec High Availability guest components

Install the Symantec High Availability guest components on all the systems where you wish to configure the application for high availability. This installs the infrastructure, application, and replication agents and the configuration wizards on the systems.

Note:

Before you install the guest components, you must install the Console.

Configure SSO

Configure single sign-on between the system where you installed the guest components and the Console host.

Note:

You need to manually configure SSO, if you have installed the guest components using the product installer or CLI. The Guest Components installer launched using the vSphere Client menu configures SSO after the guest components installation is complete.

SSO provides secure communications between the system and the Console. It uses digital certificates for permanent authentication and uses SSL to encrypt communications. The single sign-on authentication is required for all VCS cluster operations on the system. It is also required so that the vCenter server does not prompt you for a user name and password each time you log on to the vSphere Client and click on a system to view the application status.

Manage storage

Configure the storage disks to save the application data.

See Managing storage.

Configure application monitoring

Run the Symantec High Availability configuration wizard to configure application monitoring.

For details refer to the respective application configuration guide.