Understanding SolutionPacks

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What are SolutionPacks?

A ViPR SRMSolutionPack is an installable application that provides data collection and reporting capabilities for specific entities in your infrastructure. The ViPR SRMSolutionPacks support EMC storage systems along with many common third-party storage infrastructure components.

The ViPR SRMSolutionPacks provide asset-specific support to an enterprise installation. Your organization purchases licenses to provide visibility into only those assets that exist in its installed infrastructure.

With the installation of ViPR SRM, all SolutionPacks are initially available for you to try for 30 days using a trial license. You can obtain a permanent license that enables any number and combination of available SolutionPacks in your environment.

After a SolutionPack is installed, its reports are available in the Report Library node in the User Interface report tree. Here are some possible nodes in the Report Library. Each asset-specific node contains many pre-defined reports to support that asset type.

ViPR SRM discovers and collects data on hosts, hypervisors, and switches, as well as EMC and third-party storage devices. Global dashboards and reports roll up data from the SolutionPacks into holistic views and reports such as end-to-end topology views, path details, capacity reports, and explore views. Global dashboards and reports include data for EMC VMAX, VNX, VNXe3200, CLARiiON, Celerra, VPLEX, XtremIO, HDS, IBM XIV, HP StorageWorks P9000, and NetApp storage. ViPR SRM offers support for hosts, hypervisors, switches, and arrays using SolutionPacks that provide in-depth reporting for the individual objects. Most of the available SolutionPack data is rolled up into the global reports and dashboards, although not all are included. As EMC normalizes the SolutionPack data, EMC will continue to add data from those SolutionPacks to the global reports and dashboard views.

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Licenses

You must have a license to install SolutionPacks.

With the installation of ViPR SRM, all SolutionPacks are initially available for you to try for 30 days using a trial license.

A permanent license can enable any number and combination of SolutionPacks for an environment.

To add SolutionPacks to an initial license, see your EMC Account representative. They can help issue temporary licenses for evaluation purposes or set up the sale of additional SolutionPacks. New entitlements are added to the existing license. To obtain the updated license, download it from the license portal.

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Browse and install

You can browse SolutionPacks before installing them to learn more about what each one monitors and the kinds of reports and dashboards that it provides.

Procedure

  1. To browse SolutionPacks:
    1. Log in to the Console and click Administration in the banner.
    2. Click Centralized Management in the navigation tree (the left pane).
    3. Click SOLUTIONPACK CENTER in the menu area at the top of the page.
      A list of available SolutionPacks appears.
    4. Click a SolutionPack name.
      A page opens describing the SolutionPack and its reports. Notice the install button at the bottom of the page.
  2. To prepare to install a new SolutionPack:
    1. Make sure that you have a license.
    2. Obtain the Summary Sheet for the SolutionPack from the EMC Community page at https://community.emc.com/.
      Each Summary Sheet describes installation and configuration steps for integrating a particular SolutionPack into an installed ViPR SRM environment.
  3. To install a new SolutionPack:
    1. Navigate to the SolutionPack page as described in Step 1.
    2. Click Install on the description page to start the installation.
    3. Continue by following instructions in the Summary Sheet.
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Update

You can configure ViPR SRM to automatically download updates and enhancements to SolutionPacks.

The Online Update feature helps you to quickly take advantage of new capabilities as they are provided in each SolutionPack

On the Online Update page, you can configure automatic downloads or, if you prefer, use the page to manually download updates. You can browse available updates and view the download history.

To access the Online Update page, navigate to Centralized Management and click ONLINE UPDATE in the menu area.

A page appears that lists update history, version numbers, and status. A button at the bottom of the page displays configuration options.

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