Type
  • Best practice
Description
  • This article explains how to monitor VNX disk arrays with the Sentry Software's KMs.
Additional Keywords
  • CLARiiON, NAS Monitoring, SAN Monitoring, EMC SMI-S, VNX

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Knowledge Base

Monitoring VNX Disk Arrays

KB1205 - Aug 24, 2017

Introduction

Dell EMC VNX series provide file only, block only, and unified (block and file) implementations. All these implementations can be monitored by the Sentry Software's KMs. In the diagram below, you can see that the EMC Disk Arrays KM leverages a standalone SMI-S provider to collect block information (SAN monitoring) and the SMI-S provider embedded within the Control Station to collect file information (NAS monitoring).

EMC Disk Arrays KM for PATROL - Architecture diagram

EMC Disk Arrays KM for PATROL -  Architecture diagram

Depending on the version of the standalone EMC SMI-S provider, you may have to use both Hardware Sentry KM and EMC Disk Arrays KM to fully monitor your Dell EMC VNX Storage Systems.

In this article, we will describe the different configurations you may encounter and the monitoring environment you need to configure to properly monitor your Dell EMC VNX disk arrays and notably:

Monitoring Scenarios Requirements Sentry's KMs Metrics Collected

NAS monitoring only

SMI-S Provider embedded within Control Station enabled

EMC Disk Arrays KM

Hardware and storage metrics

SAN monitoring only

If using EMC SMI-S Agent v4.6

EMC Disk Arrays KM

Hardware and storage metrics

If using EMC Navisphere CLI

Hardware Sentry KM

Hardware metrics only

Both SAN and NAS monitoring
  • NAS monitoring: SMI-S Provider embedded within Control Station enabled
  • SAN monitoring: EMC SMI-S Agent v4.6
EMC Disk Arrays KM for PATROL Hardware and storage metrics
  • NAS monitoring: SMI-S Provider embedded within Control Station enabled
EMC Disk Arrays KM for PATROL NAS monitoring: Hardware and storage metrics
  • SAN monitoring: If not using, EMC SMI-S Agent v4.6, use EMC NaviSphere CLI
Hardware Sentry KM for PATROL SAN monitoring: Hardware metrics only

Monitoring Scenarios

The possible monitoring scenarios are:

NAS Monitoring Only  

EMC Disk Arrays KM for PATROL should be used for NAS monitoring. To configure NAS monitoring:

  1. Enable the SMI-S provider embedded within the Control Station.
  2. Install the EMC Disk Arrays KM.
  3. Create a connection to the embedded SMI-S provider:
    • Log in to TrueSight Presentation Server.
    • Create a new policy.
    • Specify the general properties and agent selection criteria.
    • Add a monitoring configuration.
    • Select the EMC Storage Monitoring Solution.
    • In the EMC Storage Configuration section, click Add to provide the credentials to connect to the embedded SMI-S Provider.
      Creating a policy to monitor VNX Disk Arrays (NAS Monitoring)

      Creating a policy to monitor VNX Disk Arrays (NAS Monitoring)

  4. After a few minutes, your device will be displayed in TrueSight:
    Monitoring VNX disk arrays with EMC Disk Arrays KM for PATROL – NAS Monitoring

    Monitoring VNX disk arrays with EMC Disk Arrays KM for PATROL – NAS Monitoring

SAN Monitoring Only

SAN monitoring can be performed either through EMC Disk Arrays KM for PATROL or Hardware Sentry KM for PATROL. The Sentry Software's product to use will depend on the version of the EMC SMI-S provider installed.

If you installed:

SAN Monitoring with EMC Disk Arrays KM for PATROL

To configure SAN monitoring with the EMC Disk Arrays KM:

  1. Install and configure the EMC SMI-S provider v4.6 as explained in the EMC Disk Arrays KM documentation.
  2. Create a connection to the EMC SMI-S provider:
    • Log in to TrueSight Presentation Server.
    • Create a new policy.
    • Specify the general properties and agent selection criteria.
    • Add a monitoring configuration.
    • Select the EMC Storage Monitoring Solution.
    • In the EMC Storage Configuration section, click Add to provide the credentials to connect to the SMI-S Provider.
      Creating a policy to monitor VNX Disk Arrays (SAN Monitoring)

      Creating a policy to monitor VNX Disk Arrays (SAN Monitoring)

  3. Click OK.
  4. Click Save. After a few minutes, your device will be displayed in TrueSight:
    Monitoring VNX disk arrays with EMC Disk Arrays KM for PATROL – SAN Monitoring only

    Monitoring VNX disk arrays with EMC Disk Arrays KM for PATROL – SAN Monitoring only

Hardware Monitoring of Your SAN with Hardware Sentry KM for PATROL

Starting from version 8, block information is no longer provided by the EMC SMI-S provider. Because that information can only be retrieved by the Navisphere CLI, you will have to use Hardware Sentry KM and the Navisphere CLI connector. The steps required are:

Installing Navisphere CLI

The EMC's Navisphere CLI utility (NaviSECCli) must be installed on the server where the PATROL Agent runs and listed in the patrol user's path.

To install the EMC's Navisphere CLI utility:

  1. Download the latest version on the EMC's Online Support website: http://support.emc.com
  2. Run the executable file to launch the installation wizard and click Next.
    Installing the Navisphere CLI Utility – Welcome Screen

    Installing the Navisphere CLI Utility – Welcome Screen

  3. Specify the install folder and click Next.
    Installing the Navisphere CLI Utility – Specifying the Install folder

    Installing the Navisphere CLI Utility – Specifying the Install folder

  4. Select Do not create security credentials file, set the Verification Level to Low and click Next.
    Installing the Navisphere CLI Utility – Configuration Steps

    Installing the Navisphere CLI Utility – Configuration Steps

  5. Verify that the pre-installation summary is correct and click Install.
    Installing the Navisphere CLI Utility – Pre-Installation Summary

    Installing the Navisphere CLI Utility – Pre-Installation Summary

  6. When install is complete, click Finish.
    Installing the Navisphere CLI Utility – Installation Complete

    Installing the Navisphere CLI Utility – Installation Complete

Installing Hardware Sentry KM for PATROL

Download the latest version of Hardware Sentry KM on Sentry Software's Website and follow the installation procedure.

Configuring Hardware Monitoring for VNX Disk Arrays with Hardware Sentry

To configure Hardware monitoring:

  1. Log in to TrueSight Presentation Server.
  2. Create a new policy or edit an existing one.
  3. In the Hardware Configuration section, click Add:
    Providing the VNX Information

    Providing the VNX Information

    • Indicate the name of the device you wish to monitor.
    • Enter the IP address of the device. If no IP address is provided, the device name previously specified will be used.
    • Select Storage (Array, Switch, Library) as Device Type.
  4. In the SSH/Telnet Authentication mode:
    Providing the credentials to connect to the VNX Control Station

    Providing the credentials to connect to the VNX Control Station

    • Select SSH as the Authentication mode.
    • Provide the Username and Password to connect to the VNX Control Station.
  5. In the Device Advanced Settings section:
    Selecting the EMC Navisphere CLI Connector

    Selecting the EMC Navisphere CLI Connector

    • Select Use Specified Connectors.
    • In the Connector File Names field, enter MS_HW_EMCNavisphereCLI.hdf.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Save. After a few minutes, your device will be displayed in TrueSight:
    Monitoring a VNX disk array in TrueSight using Hardware Sentry

    Monitoring a VNX disk array in TrueSight using Hardware Sentry

SAN and NAS Monitoring

Depending on the version of the standalone SMI-S provider, SAN and NAS monitoring can be exclusively performed by EMC Disk Arrays KM or by combining the EMC Disk Arrays KM and the Hardware Sentry KM.

If you are using: