SolutionPack for Brocade FC Switch

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Overview

This article explains how to install and configure the SolutionPack for Brocade FC Switch. The SolutionPack for Brocade FC Switch accesses performance data information that was automatically collected and interpreted (using resource grouping and mathematical calculations) from across multiple fabrics.

This article applies to EMC ViPR SRM version 3.5.1.

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SolutionPack for Brocade FC Switch

Alerts are consolidated from Brocade FC Switches and shown on the All Alerts Console.

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Technical specifications

SolutionPack version

Compatible ViPR SRM version

CompatibleService Assurance Suite version

Data collection methods

Note Image
Choose one of the options below. Do not use both options simultaneously.
SMI-S Only
Discover switch topology, performance and zoning details through SMI-S.
SNMP + SMI-S (Zoning only through SMI-S)
Discover switch topology and performance metrics through SNMP. SNMP does not support zoning discovery. Restrict SMI-S discovery to zoning details only.

Main reports

FC Switches Summary
Overviews the FC switches, including key indicators such as name, IP addresses, firmware version, and operational status.
# FC Ports with Errors
Reports the FC ports with errors, such as invalid CRCs, signal losses, or link failures.
Fabrics Overall Health
Reports the current operational status of the switch.
Inventory & Performance
Reports Inter-Switch-Link (ISL) trunking resource usage. ISL monitoring helps administrators determine the sources of traffic on ISLs and identify potential points of congestion in the SAN fabric.
Throughput by Switches (/s)
Reports the Throughput by switches. Typically, this is the sum of throughput for all FC ports belonging to a switch.
Throughput by Port Type (/s)
Reports the Throughput by port type. Typically, this is the sum of throughput for all FC ports belonging to switches regarding the port type
Traffic by Domains (/s)
Reports the Throughput by domains. Typically, this is the sum of throughput for all FC ports belonging to switches regarding the domain id.
Situation To Watch
Highlights risk situations such as FC ports errors.
Virtual Fabrics
Reports the virtual Fabrics configured on all switches available in the environment

Recommendations on using SolutionPack for Brocade FC Switch

The recommended discovery approach is to use SMI-S only data collection (in both fresh deployment of ViPR SRM 3.5.1 and upgrade from previous versions to 3.5.1).

SNMP + SMI-S (Zoning only through SMI-S) data collection is supported for backward compatibility with previous versions and will be deprecated in a future release.

SMI-S only

Discovers switch topology, performance and zoning details completely through SMI-S. This is the recommended discovery approach.

ViPR SRM does not support Administrative Domains features.
Performance Metrics will not be collected for Brocade AG Devices.
Discovery support is limited to FC ports; discovery of other protocols or routing is not supported.
Discovery is limited to FC blades. Discovery supports only the E, F, and G ports on the blades.
CPU Utilization and Memory Utilization will not be populated for Brocade switches when discovered through SMI-S.
Name Server Database, Ethernet ports details are not discovered

SNMP + SMI-S (Zoning only through SMI-S)

Discover switch topology and performance metrics through SNMP. SNMP does not support zoning discovery. Restrict SMI-S discovery to zoning details only.

This discovery approach is supported for backward compatibility with previous versions.

Performance Metrics will not be collected for Brocade AG Devices.
CPU Utilization and Memory Utilization will not be populated for Brocade switches running at firmware version below FOS 6.3. Fabric Watch license should be installed on the switches to fetch CPU and Memory utilization metrics.
Discovery is limited to FC blades. Discovery supports only the E, F, and G ports on the blades.
ViPR SRM does not support Administrative Domains features.
All versions of CMCNE/BNA - ViPR SRM does not support Single Sign On and Launch-in-Context.
Discovery support is limited to FC ports; discovery of other protocols or routing is not supported.

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Brocade switch configuration

You must configure Brocade switches and SMI agents for discovery and alert consolidation in ViPR SRM.

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Configuring Brocade SMI Agents

Install and configure Brocade SMI agent for complete switch discovery (if you choose SMI-S Only discovery option) or zoning discovery only (if you choose the SNMP+SMI-S discovery option).

Procedure

  1. Install Brocade SMI agent in one of the following modes:
    Installation mode Description
    Integrated Brocade SMI Agent The Brocade SMI agent is integrated with CMCNE, BNA, CMDCE, DCFM and gets installed when you install any of these products.
    Brocade SMI Agent only (headless installation) Headless installation (silent mode installation) does not need a license and installs the SMI agent only.
    Refer to the CMCNE/CMDCE installation guide for more details on installation and configuration of Brocade SMI agent.
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Configuring Brocade switches for SNMP

Brocade switches have to be configured with SNMP v1/v2c/v3 credentials if you choose SNMP+SMI-S (zoning only through SMI-S) discovery option.

Procedure

  1. Launch a command line interface for the Brocade switch and log in with Administrator credentials.
  2. Perform the following steps to configure the switch for SNMPv1/v2c:
    1. Type snmpConfig --show snmpv1
      The community strings will be listed.
    2. If you wish to change a community string, type snmpConfig --set snmpv1
    3. Enter the new community string and proceed.
  3. Perform the following steps to configure the switch for SNMPv3:
    1. Type snmpConfig --show snmpv3.
      The configuration parameters will be listed.
    2. If you wish to change the parameters, type snmpConfig --set snmpv3
    3. Enter the parameters and proceed.
  4. Repeat these steps for each Brocade switch in your storage environment.
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Configuring Brocade switches for alert consolidation

Use the snmpConfig command to forward SNMP v1 alert traps from Brocade switches to the suite.

Alert consolidation for Brocade switches is supported through SNMP irrespective of the discovery option you choose. In other words, even if you choose SMI-S Only discovery approach, configure the switches for SNMP trap forwarding.

Use the snmpConfig command to forward SNMP v1 traps from Brocade switches to ViPR SRM.

Procedure

  1. Log into the Brocade FC switch as the administrator.
  2. Type snmpConfig ––set snmpv1 , and press Enter.
  3. Type the following details, when prompted:
    Option Input
    Community [public]
    Trap recipient's IP address The ViPR SRM trap recipient IP which, in a single vApp installation is the ViPR SRM IP, and in a distributed environment, is the Backend server's IP.
    Trap recipient severity level (0..5)
    Trap recipient port 2041, which is the ViPR SRM trap listening port.
  4. If you have multiple Brocade FC switches in your storage environment, repeat this procedure on each switch.
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Installing the SolutionPack

Before you begin

Procedure

  1. Log in.
  2. Click Administration.
  3. Click Centralized Management.
  4. Click SolutionPacks.
  5. Select SolutionPack Center.
  6. Select SolutionPack for Brocade FC Switch in the Browse and Install SolutionPacks screen.
  7. Click Install.
    The steps below assume a typical four VM deployment.
  8. In the Alert Consolidation field of the Select the components to install window, select the Primary Backend host.
  9. In the Pre-configured alerts field, select the Primary Backend host.
  10. In the SMI Data Collection field, select the Collector host.
  11. In the Reports field, select the Frontend host.
  12. In the SNMP Masks field, select the Frontend host.
    Do not install the component if you choose to use SMI-S Only discovery option.
  13. Click Next.
  14. Select a backend destination for alerting data.
    To add a new destination, select Add a new Alerting on data collection, and select a backend host.
  15. Click Next.
  16. If desired, select Enable Topology Backend on data collected and identify the topology service.
    1. In the Topology Service hostname or IP address field, type the Primary Backend host.
    2. Select a Web-Service Gateway. If you select Add new gateway, identify the gateway and enter its access credentials. Type 48443 as the gateway port.
  17. Select an SMI-S Discovery Configuration option.
    To add a new option, select Add a new SMI-S Discovery Configuration and select or unselect Restrict SMI-S to zoning discovery only (in ViPR SRM 3.5: this option is Enable zoning discovery only). If Restrict SMI-S to zoning discovery only is selected, SMI-S will be used to discover zoning details only. If unselected, SMI-S will be used to discover switch and zoning details completely.
  18. Select Click to show the devices questions. In the SMI Provider IP Address or Host Name field, type the Brocade SMI-S Provider host.
    1. Enter its access credentials.
    2. In the Port field, if using a non-default port, include the port number in the address. The default ports are 5988 for non-SSL and 5989 for SSL.
    3. If desired, select Enable Secure Connection (SSL).
    4. Enter the port used by the SMI-S Provider.
  19. Select a Passive Host Discovery Specific configuration. If you select Add a new Passive Host Discovery Specific Configuration, check or uncheck Enable Passive Host Discovery.
  20. Click Next.
  21. In the Administration Web-Service Instance field, select Default.
  22. Click Next.
  23. Click Install.
    The SolutionPack installation begins.
  24. Click Ok once installation is complete.
    Performance data will displayed in about an hour.
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Enabling passive host discovery through Brocade FC SolutionPack

You have to enable passive host discovery when you want to see end to end topology from hosts to array and identify chargeback on SAN enabled hosts, without active host discovery.

You can passively resolve hosts, discovered through the SolutionPack for Brocade FC Switch, from zoning records.

The zone naming patterns supported in ViPR SRM are:

z_%h%

z_%h%_*

z_%h%_*_*

%h%_*

If you want to add a new host zone naming pattern, then you have to add the corresponding regular expression to the configuration file vhf-mds-zone-dns.xml located in /opt/APG/Collecting/Variable-Handling-Filter/brocade-fc-switch/conf directory.

Procedure

  1. Click Administration.
  2. Click Centralized Management.
  3. Click SolutionPacks.
  4. Click Brocade FC SwitchSolutionPack.
  5. Click the reconfigure icon to reconfigure the SMI Data Collection SolutionPackBlock instance.
  6. Select Enable Passive Host Discovery checkbox.
  7. Click Reconfigure.
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