ViPR SRM 3.6 – SolutionPack for EMC Host Interface

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Overview

Learn how to install and configure the SolutionPack for EMC Host Interface. This SolutionPack discovers physical servers through the EMC Host Interface, and provides a global view of hosts in a data center.

The SolutionPack provides the ability to drill down on host topology, capacity utilization, and performance measurements on hosts. In addition, the SolutionPack reports host capacity by summarizing storage LUNs mapped on host file systems and provides a detailed report on storage capacity.

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This SolutionPack does not contain reports. You should install the reports from the SolutionPack for Physical Hosts.

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SolutionPack for EMC Host Interface

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Technical specifications

Prerequisites

Install the EMC Host Interface as described in Install and Manage EMC Host Interface Software.

Main reports

Host Enterprise Dashboard

Host information and details

File systems summary report

Local and remote disk capacity reports

Service level for LUNs mapped to host file systems

Performance metrics such as CPU, memory, and disks for host devices

Supported collection interfaces

For information about supported collection interfaces, refer to the ViPR SRM Support Matrix.

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Where to find the latest SolutionPack software

Install the latest core software update for your product suite. SolutionPacks distributed with core software have a 30-day free evaluation period. If you plan to use the software longer than 30 days, you must install a SolutionPack license before the trial period ends.

This 30-day free evaluation only applies to new installations and is not available for upgraded installations. If you upgrade the core software and want to try a new SolutionPack, you must request a license for that SolutionPack.

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Installing the SolutionPack

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The SolutionPack for EMC Host Interface supports alerts and uses the same alerting component as the SolutionPack for Physical Hosts. To configure alerts for the SolutionPack for EMC Host Interface, install the alerting block from the SolutionPack for Physical Hosts.

Procedure

  1. Click Administration.
  2. Click Centralized Management.
  3. Click SolutionPacks.
  4. Click SolutionPack Center.
  5. Select the SolutionPack in the Browse and Install SolutionPacks window.
  6. Click Install.
  7. Type the instance name.
  8. Assign a server for each component.
    In a typical four server deployment, the recommended servers are selected automatically.
  9. Click Next.
    The window displays data collection details.
  10. From the Data collection drop-down menu, select existing settings that have been specified for other components, or select Add a new data collection.
    If you select Add a new data collection, type information about the data collection. In Hostname or IP address to send data to, use localhost on port 2020, which is the Collector host where the Load Balancer Connector is installed.
  11. Leave Enable Topology Backend on data collected checked.
  12. From the Topology Service drop-down menu, select existing settings that have been specified for other components, or select Add a new Topology Service.
    If you select Add a new Topology service, provide information about the topology service and the web service. In Topology Service hostname or IP address, specify the Primary Backend.
    From the Web-Service Gateway drop-down menu, select existing settings that have been specified for other components, or select Add new gateway. If you select Add new gateway, provide information about the web-service gateway where the topology service resides.
  13. Click Do you want to configure advanced settings to configure polling settings, specify the number of collecting threads, and specify the time to wait for data to be received.
  14. Click Install.
  15. Click Ok when the installation is complete.
  16. Click Discovery Center > Devices Management.
  17. Click Host Agent (EHI).
    These steps describe how to add hosts individually. For information about using discovery groups to use the same credentials to discover multiple hosts, refer to the "Adding new devices" topic in the online help.
  18. Click Add new device.
  19. Select the server and collector instance where you want to store the configuration details for this device, and then enter the hostname or IP address of the host, supply the login credentials, and specify the appropriate configuration settings.
  20. Click Test to validate the credentials.
  21. Click OK.
  22. Click Save.
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Confirming report creation

After you install a SolutionPack, you can view its reports.

To view the reports:

Procedure

  1. Go to User Interface > Report Library.
  2. Click the SolutionPack to view its reports.

Results

It may take up to an hour to display all relevant information in these reports.

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Troubleshooting

Report display problems

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What to do if data does not appear in any reports

Procedure

  1. After the completion of at least three collection cycles, verify if data is populating into the reports. If there is still no data in the reports, continue to the next step.
  2. Run the scheduled task to import data into reports. If there is still no data in the reports, continue to the next step.
  3. To view the log files for errors, go to Centralized Management and click Collecting > Collector-Manager::<instance name> > Log Files.
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Running a scheduled task to import data into reports

After you push a new configuration into a collector, a scheduled task runs and populates the reports with new data. You can manually run the scheduled task to import the data more quickly.

Before you begin

Allow at least three polling cycles to pass before manually running the scheduled task.

Procedure

  1. Click Administration.
  2. Click Centralized Management.
  3. Expand Scheduled Tasks.
  4. Click Database.
  5. Select the import-properties-Default task.
  6. Click Run Now.
  7. Confirm success in running the task in the Last Result and Last Result Time columns.
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What to do if data does not appear in some reports

Procedure

  1. Run the scheduled task to import data into reports. If there is still no data in the reports, continue to step 2.
  2. Search for the metric in the database.
  3. To view the log files for errors, go to Centralized Management and click Collecting > Collector-Manager::<instance name> > Log Files.
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Searching for metrics in the database

You can verify that a metric is being collected and used for reporting when you search and find the metric in the database.

Procedure

  1. Go to the Administration page.
  2. Under Modules, click Management of Database Metrics.
  3. On the Metric Selection page, create the filter, type the number of results, and select the properties to display for the metric.
    For example, to list up to 100 results of the Capacity metric with the properties of device and IP, type name=='Capacity' in the Filter field, 100 in the Maximum results field, and select device and IP for the Properties to show.
  4. Click Query.
    A list of the metric results appears. If nothing displays, the metric is not being collected.
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Viewing collector errors in the Collector-Manager log files

Review the Collector-Manager log files to troubleshoot problems with data collection.

Procedure

  1. Click Administration.
  2. Click Centralized Management.
  3. Expand Collecting.
  4. Click the Collector-Manager for your collector instance.
    Collector-Manager::<Collector-Manager instance> - <host_ID>
  5. Expand Log Files and click the View File icon to review the configuration error messages.
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