ViPR SRM 3.6 – SolutionPack for IBM XIV Summary Sheet

Table of Contents

Overview

Learn how to install and configure the SolutionPack for IBM XIV. The SolutionPack for IBM XIV enables you to monitor the status and performance of your IBM XIV disk storage system, and access performance and configuration data pertaining to the volumes, disks, pools and ports of IBM XIV systems.

SolutionPack for IBM XIV

SolutionPack for IBM XIV

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Technical Specifications

Main reports

Volumes IOPS
Reports the read and write requests over time for all XIV systems
ReadRequests
Reports the read requests over time for all XIV systems
WriteRequests
Reports the write requests over time for all XIV systems
Volumes Throughput (/s)
Reports the volumes read and write throughput over time for all XIV systems
ReadThroughput
Reports the volumes read throughput over time for all XIV systems
WriteThroughput
Reports the volumes write throughput over time for all XIV systems
Systems detailed per array capacity and performance reports
Reports capacity and performance per array.

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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Preparing your IBM XIV system for discovery and data collection

Identify the information required to support resource discovery and data collection before installing the SolutionPack for IBM XIV.

ViPR SRM communicates with IBM XIV using the CIM agent.

Procedure

  1. Ensure that the CIM agent is installed.
    Starting with IBM XIV Storage System V10.1.0, the CIM agent is pre-installed on the administrative module. The embedded CIM agent is automatically enabled and preconfigured.
  2. Identify the access credentials.
  3. Record this information for use when you install the SolutionPack.
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Installing the SolutionPack

After you log in as an administrator, you can install a SolutionPack from Centralized Management.

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. From the Alerting on data collection drop-down menu, select existing settings that have been specified for other components, or select Add a new alerting data collection.
    If you select Add a new alerting on data collection, type information about the alerting configuration. In Alerting Backend hostname or IP address, specify the Primary Backend host.
  12. Click Next.
    The window displays data collection details.
  13. 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.
  14. From the Alerting on data collection drop-down menu, select existing settings that have been specified for other components, or select Add a new alerting data collection.
    If you select Add a new alerting on data collection, type information about the alerting configuration. In Alerting Backend hostname or IP address, specify the Primary Backend host.
  15. Leave Enable Topology Backend on data collected checked.
  16. 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.
  17. Select Configure advanced settings to configure polling settings.
  18. Click Next.
    The window displays reports settings.
  19. In Administration Web-Service Instance, select an existing instance or create a custom instance.
  20. Click Install.
  21. Click Ok when the installation is complete.
  22. Click Discovery Center > Devices Management.
  23. Click IBM XIV.
  24. Click Add new device.
  25. 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.
  26. Click Test to validate the credentials.
  27. Click OK.
  28. Click Save.
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Limitations

Discovery of LDAP users requires active GUI session

Due to limitations in the IBM software, discovery using the LDAP users account will not succeed unless there is an active IBM XIV GUI user session. The session must be active either for the corresponding LDAP user or for a storage administrator.

Max Storage Volume Response Time metric not collected

The SolutionPack does not collect the Max Storage Volume Response Time (ms) metric needed for the All > Explore > Hosts > [host] > Device Summary > [host] report.

No support for Used for File, LUN alias, and Replica 2 and Replica 3 details

‘Used for File’ metrics are not supported. Therefore, the respective columns in the following reports will be empty.

‘LUN Alias’ column is empty in the following report:

Remote replication data is not exposed through the SMI provider; therefore, Replica 2 and Replica 3 columns details will be empty in the following report:

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Known problems

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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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