How to Set Up the EMC Smarts Server Manager for Software-Defined Networks (SDN) Feature – Service Assurance Suite 9.4

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How to Set Up the EMC Smarts Server Manager for Software-Defined Networks (SDN) Feature

The EMC Smarts Server Manager for Software-Defined Networks (SDN) feature probes the VMware® NSX Manager and vCenter to discover and monitor the virtual elements in your virtual network. This feature provides end-to-end visibility into SDN-based data center infrastructure. This article describes how to set up the EMC® Smarts® Server Manager for Software-Defined Networks feature.

This article is for IT networking administrators.

The procedure in this article assumes that your Service Assurance Suite deployment includes:

For information about these prerequisites, consult the EMC Smarts Installation Guide for SAM, IP, ESM, MPLS, NPM, OTM, and VoIP Managers, the EMC Smarts Server Manager User and Configuration Guide, and the EMC Smarts Release Notes for SAM, IP, ESM, MPLS, NPM, OTM, and VoIP Managers.

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Specify NSX Manager information

To configure EMC Smarts Server Manager for Software-Defined Networks, specify the NSX Manager administrator credentials and the IP address of the host where the NSX Manager resides.

Before you begin

EMC Smarts administrator credentials are required to access the Configure menu.

Procedure

  1. Open the Service Assurance Manager Global Console attached to the Server Manager (INCHARGE-ESM, by default).
  2. In the Topology Browser Console, select Configure > Domain Manager Administration Console.
  3. Right-click the ESM server in the left pane and select Configure ESM credentials.
  4. In the Configure ESM credentials dialog box, select NSX for the host type.
  5. Type values in the following fields:
    Field Value
    Host IP address for the NSX Manager host
    User ID NSX Manager administrator user name
    Password NSX Manager administrator password
  6. Click Apply credential with testing.
  7. Verify that your NSX credentials are accepted for the NSX Manager by checking the status indicator in the Configure ESM credentials dialog box.
    A green Passed test status indicates that the credentials are accepted for the NSX Manager.
    If the NSX credentials are not accepted, confirm that the credentials are correct and enter them again in the Configure ESM credentials dialog box.
  8. Click Close.
  9. In the Domain Manager Administration Console, select your IP Manager and select Topology > Discover All to discover vCenter and the NSX Manager. At the end of the IP Manager discovery process, the Server Manager discovery process is automatically started.

After you finish

After the topology for your virtual network has been discovered, to continue to monitor and analyze your network, use the EMC M&R UI or the Service Assurance Global Console.

For information about how to use the EMC M&R UI, consult the online help.

For information about the SDN topology, consult the EMC Smarts Server Manager User and Configuration Guide.

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Verify that NSX credentials are accepted in the log file

Verify that your NSX credentials are accepted for the NSX Manager by checking your log file.

Procedure

  1. Open the Server Manager log file in the opt/InCharge/ESM/smarts/local/logs directory.
  2. Locate the credential messages.
    For example, the following messages indicate that the NSX credentials are accepted:
    [March 10, 2014 3:35:58 PM EDT +084ms] t@1302337856 SM_ProtocolEngine-125 7924 IC Console - V9.3.0.0
    DISC-*-CAL_FR-Credential_Util::addCredential : was called for credential: NSX-<IP_address>
    
    [March 10, 2014 3:35:58 PM EDT +387ms] t@1302337856 SM_ProtocolEngine-125 7924 IC Console - V9.3.0.0
    DISC-*-CRT_CRED-Credential_Util::addCredential: Creating credential: NSX-<IP_address>
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How to Update the NSX Manager Administrator Credentials for the Server Manager Configuration

If the VMware administrator changed the administrator credentials for the NSX Manager, update the NSX Manager credentials for the Service Manager configuration.

Procedure

Follow the instructions in Specify NSX Manager information, and then perform a discovery (Topology > Discover All) from the Server Manager.
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