SolutionPack for Netapp Filer

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This article explains how to install and configure the SolutionPack for NetApp Filer. The SolutionPack for NetApp Filer enables users to get a deeper understanding of the performance and storage capacity parameters of NetApp Filer devices through a unified monitoring of NetApp Filer devices distributed in the network. The SolutionPack generates reports regarding performance and capacity metrics.

This article applies to EMC ViPR SRM version 3.5.1.

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SolutionPack for NetApp Filer

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Technical specifications

SolutionPack version

Compatible ViPR SRM version

Main reports

Raw Capacity Usage
Provides the raw capacity usage details such as Configured Usable, RAID Overhead, Unconfigured and Unusable capacity details
NAS File System Usage
Provides details about the file system Free & Used capacity
CPU utilization
Global utilization of CPU per filer
CIFS Open Sessions
Lists open CIFS sessions
Storage Systems Summary
Drill-down report that provides key information regarding the NetApps storage systems including IP addresses, NetApp release, aggregate capacity and total disks available
Drill-down report that provides a complete view of of Aggregate Utilization (Free/Used) Volumes, Deduplication,Disks and Maxfiles report
Drill-down report that shows the utilization of CIFS, NFS, CPU, LUNs and Volumes, Network for all NetApp systems

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The cluster management IP must be provided during C-Mode Filer discovery.

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Configuring access credentials

ViPR SRM communicates with NetApp Filer arrays using the NetApp CLI over SSH.

It requires following:

Verify that you are polling the real filer (not a vFiler).

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Ensure your host names are consistent.

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Preparing NetApp Filer for discovery and data collection

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

ViPR SRM communicates with NetApp Filer arrays using the NetApp CLI over SSH.


  1. Identify the IP, username, password, SSH Port no (default is 22), and NetApp Filer Mode (7-Mode or C-Mode).
  2. Identify the Cluster management IP for C-Mode Filer discovery.
  3. Record this information for use when you install the SolutionPack.
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Installing the SolutionPack

Before you begin


  1. Log in.
  2. Click Administration.
  3. Click Centralized Management.
  4. Click SolutionPacks.
  5. Select SolutionPack Center.
  6. Select the SolutionPack for NetApp Filer in the Browse and Install SolutionPacks screen.
  7. Click Install.
    The steps below assume a typical four VM deployment.
  8. In the Data Collection field of the Select the components to install window, select the Collector host.
  9. In the Reports field, select the Frontend host.
  10. Click Next.
  11. In the Data collection window, select existing settings from the drop-down list, or add a new host by selecting Add a new data collection. If you add a new host, in Hostname or IP address to send data to, type localhost. The default port is 2020.
  12. Leave Enable alerting on data collected checked.
  13. In the Alerting on data collection field, select existing settings from the drop-down list, or add a new host by selecting Add a new Alerting on data collection. If you add a new host, in Alerting Backend hostname or IP address, type the hostname or IP address of the Primary Backend host. The default port is 2010.
  14. Click Click to show the devices questions.
  15. Click the plus sign (+) to add a NetApp Filer host.
  16. In the NetApp Filer Mode field, accept the default value 7-Mode or select C-Mode.
  17. Type the NetApp Filer host information and access credentials to communicate with the NetApp Filer CLI.
    1. In the Hostname field, provide the NetApp hostname.
    2. In the IP address field, provide the IP address of NetApp Filer (7-Mode) or Cluster Management IP (C-Mode), depending on the mode selected.
    3. In the Port number field, provide SSH port (default is 22).
    4. In the Username field, provide the username of NetApp.
    5. In the Password field, provide the password of NetApp.
  18. Leave Enable Topology Backend on data collected checked.
  19. In the Topology Service field, select existing settings from the drop-down list, or add a new topology service. If you add a new topology service, in Topology Service hostname or IP address, type localhost. In the Web-Service Gateway field, select an existing gateway or add a new gateway.
  20. Click Next.
  21. In the Administration Web-Service Instance field of the Reports window, select the Frontend host.
  22. Click Install.
    The SolutionPack installation begins.
  23. Click Ok once installation is complete.
    Discovered data will be displayed in about an hour
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Supported use cases and limitations

Limitations in global reports

Used capacity is the same as the total capacity for Ontap 7.x versions of the following reports:

In Dashboards > Storage > Enterprise Capacity Dashboard > Usable Capacity > Used for Block, the OnTap 7.x CLI does not provide LUN used capacity therefore the total capacity is used for computation.

The following global reports/metrics are not applicable:

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