SolutionPack for EMC VPLEX

Table of Contents

Overview

This article explains how to install and configure the SolutionPack for EMC VPLEX. The SolutionPack for EMC VPLEX collects performance, topology, and capacity data from your VPLEX systems and displays the data in easy-to-use reports within ViPR SRM. With this SolutionPack, you can unify your view of multiple VPLEX systems, including physical storage to virtual storage relationships. Capacity reports, such as Thick, Thin, Allocated and Not Allocated, help you to improve the availability of business critical applications and services by ensuring that those applications have the storage resources they need to operate effectively.

This article applies to EMC ViPR SRM version 3.5.1.

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SolutionPack for EMC VPLEX

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Technical specifications

SolutionPack version

Compatible ViPR SRM version

Polled metrics

Main reports

SolutionPack / EMC VPLEX
Overview dashboard
Back-end Throughput (IOPS)
Reports the Back-end throughput (IOPS) for all VPLEX systems
Front-end Throughput (IOPS)
Reports the Front-end throughput (IOPS) for all VPLEX systems
Front-end Bandwidth (KB/s)
Reports the Front-end bandwidth (KB/s) for all VPLEX systems
Local Storage Capacity
Reports the overall storage capacity, including key indicators related to Capacity and Volumes
Distributed Storage Capacity
Reports the overall distributed storage capacity for all VPLEX systems
Shared Storage Capacity
Reports the overall shared storage capacity for all VPLEX systems
Clusters
Drill-down report containing a summary of all clusters, including the cluster name, version, management IP, directors count, arrays count and virtual volumes count
Performance Reports
Drill-down report that reports Directors Processor (Global), Directors Processor (per CPU), and the Heap Used (%)
Capacity Reports
Drill-down report containing key indicators of Host to Physical Array End-To-End View, Capacity per Array and Thick versus Thin
Port Inventory
Summarizes the ports on VPLEX systems
TopN Storage View Reports
Drill-down report containing key indicators of the TopN Storage Views per Capacity, IOPs and Throughput
Distributed Storage
Summarizes the distributed storage devices on VPLEX systems
Inactive Device and Components reports
Shows devices & sub-components which haven't been updated in more than 24 hours

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Installing the SolutionPack

Before you begin

Warning Image
When upgrading from ViPR SRM 3.0 to ViPR SRM 3.5, the schema for the SolutionPack for EMC VPLEX changes and therefore historical data will no longer be available on the reports.

Procedure

  1. Log in.
  2. Click Administration.
  3. Click Centralized Management.
  4. Click SolutionPacks.
  5. Select SolutionPack Center.
  6. Navigate to SolutionPack for EMC VPLEX in the Storage section.
  7. Select the SolutionPack for EMC VPLEX in the Browse and Install SolutionPacks screen.
  8. Click Install.
    The steps below assume a typical four VM deployment.
  9. Enter an instance name.
  10. In the Data Collection field, select the Collector host.
  11. In the Reports field, select the Front End host.
  12. Click Next.
  13. In the Data collection window, select a value for Data Collection.
    If you select Add a new data collection, type information about the data collection. In Hostname or IP address to send data, use localhost on port 2020, which is the Collector host where the Load Balancer Connector is installed.
  14. Leave Enable alerting on data collected checked.
  15. Select a value for Alerting on data collection.
    If you select Add a new Alerting on data collection, type information about the alerting configuration. In Alerting Backend the hostname or IP address, select the Primary Backend host.
  16. Leave Enable Topology Backend on data collected checked.
  17. Select a value for Topology Service.
    If you select Add a new Topology Service, type information about topology queries.
    • In the Topology Service hostname or IP address field, select the Primary Backend host.
    • Select a value for Web-Service Gateway.
    • If you select Add new gateway, type information about the gateway.
  18. In the VPLEX section, provide the cluster host and authentication details for your VPLEX system.
    The default username for the VPLEX is service and the default password is Mi@Dim7T.
    It is important to enter the cluster information correctly, clusters are mapped to their correct number. Interchanging cluster IPs and SN results in a failure to collect performance data.
  19. Click Next.
  20. In the Administration Web-Service Instance field, select Default.
  21. Click Install.
    The SolutionPack installation begins. It will take approximately take three hours for data to start appearing on reports.
  22. Click Ok once installation is complete.

After you finish

Check that SolutionPack for EMC VPLEX has been able to successfully create virtual volume monitors:

  1. Login to the SRM collector host, where VPLEX collection block has been installed and navigate to the folder /opt/APG/Collecting/Stream-Collector/emc-vplex/w4n_vplex/<VPLEX-cluster1_IP-Cluster2_IP>/virt-volumes on the collector appliance.

    The equivalent Windows location is C:\Program Files\APG\Collecting\Stream-Collector\emc-vplex\w4n_vplex\<VPLEX-cluster1_IP-Cluster2_IP>\virt-volumes . Check to see if one log file per director has been created. The file will be deleted after it is parsed.

  2. To ensure that virtual volume performance monitors are created, you can run the following command from the management server where these monitors were created: ll /monitoring/directors/*/*/*PERPETUAL*/*/file

    This command should list a file for each of the director (including directors on both cluster-1 and cluster-2).

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