ViPR SRM 3.6 – SolutionPack for EMC® Isilon Summary Sheet

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Overview

Learn how to install and configure the SolutionPack for EMC Isilon. The SolutionPack for EMC Isilon optimizes service availability for the EMC Isilon scale-out NAS storage solution and displays the data in easy-to-use reports within ViPR SRM.

This SolutionPack enables you to see and understand performance and utilization across EMC Isilon devices in real-time, to know which node is the bottleneck in a cluster, what the peak/busy hours are, and more.

SolutionPack sample

SolutionPack for EMC Isilon

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Technical specifications

Main reports

All cluster sizes
HDD Free, HDD Used, SSD Free, SSD Used capacities for all clusters
Clusters CPU Usage (%)
Average CPU utilization per cluster
Clusters Throughput
Inbound and outbound file system throughput across all clusters
Cluster Size
HDD Free, HDD Used, SSD Free, SSD Used capacities
Cluster Throughput
Inbound and outbound filesystem throughput
CPU Usage (%)
Average CPU utilization
Connected Connection per Protocol/Node
Maximum connected connections for CIFS, FTP, HDFS, HTTP, iSCSI, NFS, PAPI, SIQ
Active Connection per Protocol/Node
Maximum active connections for CIFS, FTP, HDFS, HTTP, iSCSI, NFS, PAPI, SIQ
Node Pools & Tiers
Free, Used, Size, Time to full, Will reach 90% on, and Utilization for pools and tiers
OneFS
Free, Used, Size, and Utilization (%)
Node Details
Node Size, Node Throughput, Node CPU Usage (%), File Systems, Bays, Interfaces
Shares
# NFS export, # CIFS share counts
More reports
Snapshot Summary, Quota Usage, Protocols performance

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 by completing a Support Request (SR) form, which is available on the EMC Online Support website at http://support.emc.com.

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Installing the SolutionPack

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 a note about Alert Consolidation.
  10. Click Next.
    The window displays pre-configured alert details.
  11. Click Next.
    The window displays data collection details.
  12. 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.
  13. Leave Enable Topology Backend on data collected checked.
  14. 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.
  15. In Alert Consolidation server hostname or IP address, enter the Primary Backend host.
  16. In Alert Consolidation server port number, enter the port used for alert consolidation.
  17. Select Use advanced settings to configure polling and alert settings.
  18. Click Next.
    The window displays reports settings.
  19. Click Install.
  20. Click Ok when the installation is complete.
  21. Click Discovery Center > Devices Management.
  22. Click EMC Isilon.
  23. Click Add new device.
  24. In the Cluster hostname or IP address field, type the hostname or IP address of the SmartConnect service, or of any node in the cluster.
  25. Type the username (default is admin).
  26. Type the password.
  27. Click Test to validate the credentials.
  28. Click Ok.
  29. Click Save.
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Updating SolutionPack alert definitions

When you update a SolutionPack, any modified alert definitions supported in the updated version are not updated by default. This is expected behavior.

To update all of the alerts:

Procedure

  1. In the Alerting Frontend, navigate to Local Manager > Alert definitions > <SolutionPack Name> definitions.
  2. Highlight <SolutionPack Name> definitions, and click the Export icon to create a backup of the old alerts.
  3. Delete all of the non-custom alerts below the <SolutionPack Name> definitions node.
  4. In Centralized Management, navigate to SolutionPacks > Storage > <SolutionPack Name> in the tree.
  5. In the table, click the Reconfigure icon in the Pre-configured alerts row.
  6. Click Reconfigure.
  7. In the Alerting Frontend, navigate to Local Manager > Alert definitions > <SolutionPack Name> definitions to see the updated alert definitions.
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Limitations

Isilon RestAPI has a limitation that it cannot get StoragePool information for OneFS 7.0. So the Isilon SolutionPack cannot show any StoragePool information on OneFS 7.0. StoragePool information is only available for OneFS 7.1 and above.

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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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