ViPR SRM 3.6 – Create Custom Enterprise Capacity Reports using ViPR SRM

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Report customization features

Learn how to use the ViPR SRM pin feature to combine information from various existing reports into a customized report specific to the storage and infrastructure capacity in your enterprise. Learn how to edit report definitions, including timespans and sampling types, and to make customizations visible to other users.

The pin feature lets you create new reports that suit your unique information needs by reusing existing tables and graphs and combining them onto a single customized report. Each pinned report becomes an element on the customized report. You can rearrange those elements.

The ViPR SRM report tree includes the My Reports node. This node is a workspace for creating customized reports and testing changes before making the reports available to other users. In a fresh installation, this node might not appear until you create a new report. When the customized report is stable, you can make it visible to other users by placing it in a new location in the report tree.

Additional report customization features are available in Edit mode. That mode lets you change items such as the style of the report graphs, the frequency of samples shown, and the range of data to include. Changes that you make are saved in the original report and are visible to all users immediately after you apply them. The changes apply to all views of the report, whether the report is viewed from its original location in the report tree or pinned as an element in a customized report.

Edit mode also permits more advanced operations, such as applying filters and expansions, creating formulas for new statistics, and defining new reports.

You can export and schedule customized reports the same as you would for existing reports.

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Create customized capacity report by pinning existing reports

This scenario shows how to use the pin feature in ViPR SRM to reuse and combine information from existing reports into a single customized report.

IT funds recently became available, and the executive in charge of infrastructure is requesting a capacity report to help determine where the funds can best be directed. The executive would like to see capacity information across the entire infrastructure, including storage (block and file), EMC VMAX arrays, EMC VNX file systems, EMC Isilon clusters, NetApp Filer, Cisco Nexus SAN infrastructure, and VMware VCenter datastores and hosts.

To create the report, you find the desired information contained within existing reports and “pin” each report to a customized report. In this way, you can collect data about all storage-related elements in the environment and present the information in a single customized report.

You decide to start with the Usable Capacity by Service Level report. You follow that with reports that show capacity by storage type (block and file).

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Console and navigate to the Dashboards > Storage > Enterprise Capacity Dashboard > Usable Capacity by Service Level report.
    The report results appear on the Console.
  2. Place your cursor over the area above the upper right corner of the report until a small icon appears.
    The icon is visible only when the cursor is placed in the correct area, as shown here:


  3. Click the pin icon.
  4. On the small pop-up menu that appears, click New Personal View.
  5. On the dialog that appears, type a name for your customized report, such as Infrastructure Capacity Report, and click OK.
    Your customized report appears with the pinned element. Notice the following:
    • The breadcrumb path name at the top of the report indicates that your new report is currently stored in the My Reports node of the report tree.
    • Only a portion of the pinned element is showing. You will fix that in the next step.
  6. Place the cursor over the area above the upper right corner of the pinned element until a set of small icons appears.
    The icon menu applies only to the current report element, as shown here:
  7. Click the Make this element wider icon.
    The Usable Capacity by Service Level element expands to its full width. Also, a phrase appears at the top of the report indicating that the layout has changed.
  8. To save the changed element width, click save in the phrase at the top of the report.


  9. To add a report that shows a summary of usable capacity, navigate to theDashboards > Storage > Enterprise Capacity Dashboard > Usable Capacity report.
    The report results appear on your Console.
  10. Place the cursor over the upper right corner of the report, click the pin icon, and select your customized report name from the pop-up menu.
    Your customized report appears, with the new report included.
  11. Navigate to Dashboards > Storage > Enterprise Capacity Dashboard > Usable Capacity by Pool, and pin this report to your custom report.
  12. Navigate to Dashboards > Storage > File Capacity Dashboard > Storage Capacity Presented to NAS, and pin this report to your custom report.
  13. Navigate to Dashboards > Storage > Virtual Storage Dashboard > Storage Capacity Presented to Virtual, and pin this report to your custom report.
  14. To provide more details about file capacity, navigate to Explore > Storage > More Reports > File Capacity, and pin this report to your custom report.
  15. To provide more details about virtual capacity, navigate to Explore > Storage > More Reports > Virtual storage, and pin this report to your custom report.
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Define report time span and sampling period

In ViPR SRM, you can define a report's reporting period, sampling period, and sampling type.

You are planning to generate and distribute your custom report every month, so you want each month's report to include data for the previous month only. You decide that hourly samples are not necessary for this report, and that daily averages are sufficient.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Console and navigate to My Reports > your_report_name.
    Your customized report appears on the Console.
  2. Click Edit Mode at the top of the report.
    A set of tabs appears.
  3. Click the Report Configuration tab.
    The following configurable fields appear.


  4. For Default Duration, use the drop-down lists to select current and 1 month.
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    Depending on when you intend to schedule the report run, you might want to select previous to report on the previous month's data, rather than the current month's data.

  5. For Sampling Period, select 1 day.
  6. For Sampling Type, verify that average is selected.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Click Browse Mode at the top of the window.
    The new report results appear on the Console.
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Verify and rearrange the report elements

This scenario shows how to use ViPR SRM to edit and rearrange pinned elements in a customized report.

After reviewing the customized capacity report, you decide to remove the Usable Capacity by Pool element and to rearrange a few of the other elements.

To make the report more interesting and readable, you want the overall capacity dashboard to appear first and stretch across the entire page, followed by the table of service level capacities. After those elements, you want two elements per row.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Console and navigate to My Reports > your_report_name.
    The customized report appears on the Console.
  2. Remove the Usable Capacity by Pool element.
    1. Move the cursor over the element until a menu of icons appears in the upper right corner of the element.
      Each element in the report is controlled by its own menu of icons.
      The following image shows the menu of icons.


    2. Click the Remove icon.
      The element disappears, and a phrase appears at the top of the report indicating that the layout has changed, as shown here:


    3. Click save in the phrase shown at the top of the report.
      If you are making multiple changes to the report, you can wait to perform this step. However, be sure to click save before navigating away from the report.
  3. To move an element to another location in the report:
    1. Click and hold the Move icon.
      Lines appear around each element.
    2. Drag the element to its new location, aligning it over the element currently in the desired position.
      When you release the cursor, the two elements switch positions.
  4. To change the number of elements that can appear adjacent to each other in the report:
    1. Click Edit Mode at the top of the report.
      The edit fields appear on the Console.
    2. In the Display Mode field, choose to display one, two, or three reports per line.
    3. Click Save.
  5. To make the first dashboard element stretch across the entire page, click the Make this element wider icon.
    The sizing icons such as this one cause an element to use more or fewer horizontal or vertical positions in the report.
  6. Click save at the top of the report.


    The beginning of the report now look like this:


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Add infrastructure capacity reports from the Report Library

This scenario shows how to use ViPR SRM to find infrastructure capacity reports and pin them to a customized report.

Your customized report currently contains elements about storage capacity in the enterprise. To cover your manager's request for a complete view of infrastructure capacity, you need details about VMAX arrays, VNX file system, Isilon clusters, NetApp Filer, SAN infrastructure, and VMware VCenter datastores and hosts.

You locate reports about these components in the Report Library node and pin them to your customized report.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Console and navigate to Report Library > EMC VMAX > Arrays Summary.

    This report is a breakdown of capacity distribution across specific VMAX arrays. It shows the unconfigured capacity available, which is the capacity available for creating LUNs, RAID groups, storage pools, and hot spares.

  2. Pin this report to your customized report, as follows:
    1. Move the cursor over the report until the pin icon appears.
    2. Click the pin icon.
    3. From the pop-up menu, choose your customized report name.
      The customized report appears on the Console with the new element included.
    4. To expand the new element to its full size, move the cursor over the element until a set of icons appears, and click the Make this element wider icon.
    5. Click save, if needed, before navigating away from the report.
      At the top of the report, look for a phrase indicating that the layout has changed, as shown in the following figure:


      Note Image
      The phrase appears if you changed one or more elements using the element icons, such as deleting, moving, or changing the size of an element.

  3. Navigate to the following additional reports and pin them to the customized report as described in Step 2.
    1. Add Report Library > EMC VNX > Summary > Usable Capacity.
      This dashboard report summarizes usable capacity by VNX block arrays and filesystems.
    2. Add Report Library > EMC VNX > Details > File Systems (All Reports) > Capacity > All Filesystems.
      This report shows capacity as a current utilization percentage and a projected expected utilization in 30 days, in addition to other details, by VNX filesystem.
    3. Add Report Library > EMC Isilon > Clusters Summary.
      This report provides a high-level perspective of the current allocation of the Isilon cluster. The report can identify potential underutilization or situations that are close to full capacity.
    4. Add Report Library > NetApp Filer > Storage Systems Summary.
      This report provides a breakdown of aggregated capacity and volume statistics across specific NetApp Filer storage systems in your environment.
    5. Add Report Library > Cisco MDS/Nexus > Reports > Ports Inventory.
      This dynamic report automatically keeps up with environment changes in the SAN environment. It provides a breakdown of the total number of ports and their current usage and can be a useful reference. It can help to predict resource problems such as if an exist switch is running low on available ports.
    6. Add Report Library > VMware vCenter > Inventory > Datastores.
      This report shows a summary of the VMware vCenter provisioned datastores. For each datastore, it lists provisioned space, free space, and the percentage of free space compared to provisioned space.
    7. Add Report Library > VMware vCenter > Inventory > Hosts > List of Hosts.

      This report provides resource details for the VMware ESX servers in the environment, including numbers of CPUs and NICs, total memory, and allocated memory.

  4. Verify the layout of the custom report, make desired changes, and click save in the phrase at the top of the report if it appears.
    The custom report is ready to share with other users.
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Make a custom report visible to other users

This scenario shows how to use ViPR SRM to make a custom report visible to other users.

Your custom report is finished, and you want to make it available to other users. To do so, use EDIT MODE to copy and paste the report into a node on the report tree that is visible to all users. You decide to move the report directly under the Dashboards node.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Console.
  2. At the top of the report pane (right pane), click EDIT MODE.
    The Console changes to edit mode. Notice the menu of icons that appears at the top of the report tree (left pane).


  3. In the report tree, click My Reports > your_report_name to select your custom report.
  4. Click the Copy the Selected Report icon at the top of the report tree.
  5. Navigate to the node outside of My Reports where you want to store the custom report, and select that node.
    For example, select the Dashboards node as shown here:
  6. Click the Paste as Child Report icon at the top of the report tree.
    The custom report appears as a child of the node that you selected.

    The custom report also remains in the My Reports node. The version in My Reports remains private, and any additional changes that you make to the version in the My Reports node are not visible in the new location.

  7. In the report pane (right pane), click BROWSE MODE.
  8. Optionally, click Tools > Schedule this Report.
    You can configure the custom report in its new location to run automatically on a regular schedule. You can configure the report to email results to a list of recipients.
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