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From Geoff Higginbottom <>
Subject Re: Adding Second Zone
Date Thu, 07 May 2015 20:16:34 GMT
Hi Christopher,

Re seeding secondary storage with system VM tempate, it's best if you do, however if the SSVM
in the first zone has a route to the secondary storage in the new zone you can use the copy
template command.

If when you added other templates you added them as all zones and not specifically for the
first zone, once the new zone is online and the SSVM is running you should see them automatically
replicate across.

You can copy templates between zones from the UI or API.

Regarding adding S3 backed secondary storage at a later date, you will run into problems with
volume snapshots and the cleanest approach would be to add it on day one, or if adding later
delete all the snapshots and then remove the exiting  secondary storage, before adding the
the new one, but that can also be a tricky task.


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On 7 May 2015, at 21:01, Christopher Falk <<>>

I'm running commercial CP 4.5 Hotfix 3 and we're about to deploy a second site. I've been
searching the CP and CS docs and mailing list for some of the pitfalls and haven't found a
lot of information so I'm jumping in here with some questions. I'd love to learn from those
who've done it already.

Our current environment looks like:

   * 6-host XenServer 6.2 SP1 cluster in a single pod/zone.
   * Two management servers and a DB master/slave in the same datacenter as the compute.
   * iSCSI primary storage, NFS secondary.

We've got a brand new XenServer 6.5 cluster ready to go in our second datacenter with a high-bandwidth
redundant link to the first DC. We intend to create a second zone in the new facility and
leave management in the first one for now. I've got the following questions I was hoping for
some wisdom on:

   * Do I need to seed the system VM template to the NFS secondary storage in the new zone
before I create the zone, or does it get copied from the first zone SS when creating the second?
   * Is it possible to copy templates between zones directly without export/import?
   * Our eventual goal is S3 region-wide secondary storage later in the year. Has anybody
done the conversion successfully? My lab tests have been challenging against a RiakCS backend,
with a successful API call for the conversion, but failing snapshot copies from XenServer
to S3. The lab was on XenServer 6.5 - I haven't tried 6.2SP1 with S3.


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