Configure Storage Analyzer

This chapter explains how to configure a connection to a supported endpoint to monitor and report storage performance and capacity metrics.

Create a Storage Analyzer Policy

Policies enable administrators to deploy configurations on PATROL Agents and monitoring solutions, such as Storage Analyzer, in an automated way. Policies are designed to define and configure monitoring criteria and apply them to selected PATROL Agents. The configuration criteria are automatically pushed to the PATROL Agents on which the policy is applied.

By default, tenant administrators have full access to all policies in their realm (tenant). Certain policy management operations can only be performed by the owner of the policy. For more information about the different policies, see the Policy Management chapter of the BMC TrueSight documentation.

To view the Infrastructure Policies page, in the navigation pane of the TrueSight console, expand Configuration and select Infrastructure Policies.

To create a monitoring policy:

  1. Log on to the TrueSight console.
  2. In the navigation pane, expand Configuration and select Infrastructure Policies.
  3. In the Infrastructure Policies page, ensure that the Monitoring tab is selected and click Create Policy.
  4. In the Create Monitoring Policy page, specify the monitoring policy properties:

    Creating a Storage Analyzer Policy

Only one user can modify a policy at a time. However, even though the solution automatically locks policies in edition mode to other users, a Solution Administrator can forcibly unlock a policy to modify it. Tenant Administrators can unlock policies within their specific tenants. Users of the associated user group can view, enable, disable, delete, and modify the policy. They cannot modify the associated user group and sharing status of the policy. For detailed information about policy management, refer to the BMC TrueSight documentation.

Step 1 - Define the General Properties

Property Description
Name Enter the name of the policy. The policy name must be unique. In an environment with tenants, the policy name must be unique for a single tenant. It is a mandatory field.
Description (Optional) Provide a brief description about the policy.
Associated User Group Provide the name of the user group that is associated with the PATROL Agents as defined in the Authorization Profile or in the PATROL Agent ACLs. The policy is applicable to these PATROL Agents.
Share with User Group Specify whether this policy is to be shared with the users across the associated user group or not. This property can be viewed in READ-ONLY mode by other users of the associated user group. Only the owner of the policy can modify this property.
Precedence Priority of the policy. Based on the precedence number that you configure, the configuration is applied to the PATROL Agents and the Infrastructure Management servers. Refer to BMC TrueSight documentation for more information about precedence.
Enable Policy Indicates whether the policy is enabled or disabled. By default, the policy is enabled. If you disable a policy when you create it, the policy configurations are not applied to the PATROL Agents and the Infrastructure Management Servers. If you disable any existing policy, the policy configurations are removed from the PATROL Agents and the Infrastructure Management servers, where the policy was applied.

Step 2 - Select the PATROL Agents

Define conditions to select the PATROL Agents on which you want to apply the policy:

  1. Select a property.
  2. Select an operator to create the condition. The available operators depend on the property that you select.
  3. Specify a value for the selected property.
  4. (Optional) To add more than one condition, click the inline button, and perform the earlier steps.
  5. (Optional) To group the conditions, use the parentheses and Boolean operators from their corresponding lists.
  6. Click Save to validate the creation of the policy.

Configure the Storage Analyzer Monitor Properties

Once the Storage Analyzer policy is created and configured, Storage Analyzer is loaded by the Agent. Then, the Storage Endpoint Type must be properly configured to start collecting performance and capacity data.

To configure the Storage Endpoint Monitor Type:

  1. Create a policy or edit an existing policy.
  2. Click the Monitoring tab.
  3. Click Add Monitoring Configuration to configure the Monitor Type properties:

    Adding a Monitoring Configuration

  4. From the Monitoring Solution menu, select Storage Analyzer.

  5. From the Version menu, select the required version. The Monitor Profile and Monitor Type information are automatically selected.
  6. Click Add in the Storage Configuration section to configure monitoring, connection and advanced settings for the endpoint you wish to monitor.

Monitoring Settings

The endpoint settings allows you to identify. In the Endpoint Settings section, provide the following information:

  • Internal ID: Enter an ID that will identify the endpoint.
  • Hostname/IP Address: Enter the hostname or the IP address of the endpoint you wish to monitor.
  • From the Storage Intelligence Adapter drop-down list, select the adapter that matches the endpoint platform. This will determine which Storage Intelligence Adapter Storage Analyzer will use to query and retrieve performance and capacity metrics from the endpoint. If Other SI Adapter is selected, enter the Storage Intelligence Adapter filename in the Other Storage Intelligence Adapter field below (the filename is case insensitive).
  • Hardware Monitoring: Select to enable the monitoring of the hardware components for the selected storage platform via Hardware Sentry KM. This option is only available when Hardware Sentry KM for PATROL version 11.0.01 or higher is installed and loaded on the PATROL Agent and if the selected Storage Intelligence Adapter contains the hardware connector details. Refer to Install the KM for details.
  • (Optional) Enter the FQDN to associate the system to another endpoint in TrueSight. The FQDN uniquely distinguishes an endpoint from any other system and ensures that an endpoint monitored via their management cards or through controllers, for example, is properly identified.

Storage Analyzer comes with a library of Storage Intelligence Adapters (*.si files) that describe how to discover endpoints and retrieve capacity and performance data for all their discovered components. Make sure to have correctly installed the latest Storage Intelligence Library.

Connection Settings

The connections settings are mandatory to establish a connection between Storage Analyzer and the monitored endpoint. Provide the following information:

  • Enter the Username, Password and Token to use to establish the connection with the endpoint.
  • Specify the Port Number. By default the port is set to 5989.
  • For encrypted connections, check the Encryption option.

Advanced Settings

The advanced settings allows you to fine tune the monitoring settings of an endpoint to better suit your specific needs:

  • Discovery Interval: Storage Analyzer periodically performs discoveries to detect new components in your monitored endpoint. By default, the solution runs a discovery every 60 minutes, but you can customize this interval to match your specific needs. Enter the frequency (in minutes) of the discovery process.
  • Polling Interval: Storage Analyzer polls the monitored endpoint to collect performance and capacity data. By default, the polling interval for data collection is set to every 2 minutes. Enter the interval at which the solution must poll the monitored endpoint to collect data.
  • Engine Timeout: Specify the time in minutes after which the engine should be stopped when querying the endpoint
  • Query Timeout: Specify the time allocated to individual queries.
  • Disable Volume Monitoring: Check this option to disable discovery and data collection for volumes on the endpoint. Volumes will no longer appear in the Console.
  • Hide Volume Instances: Uncheck this option to create individual instances for each volume discovered on the endpoint. For performance and scalability reasons, it is recommended to keep this option enabled.

Configure Global Settings

Configuring the Global Alert Settings consists in defining specific actions to be executed when a storage problem is detected, and customize the way notifications are conveyed.

Configuring Global Settings

  1. From the Add Monitoring Configuration of the policy, scroll down to the Global Settings section.
  2. Define the alert action you wish Storage Analyzer to perform Upon a Storage Problem and Upon a Collection Problem:
    • A Specific PATROL Event (Default)
    • A STD 41 PATROL Event
    • No Event
  3. The Enable Annotations option makes the solution annotate the parameter’s graph with a comprehensive report of the problem. Annotations are enabled by default. Uncheck the option if you do not want graphs to be annotated.

  4. The Write to This LOG File option enables you to enter the path of a log file where Storage Analyzer will write information about the problem.
  5. Click OK to save your settings.

Edit a Monitoring Policy

  1. Log on to the TrueSight console.
  2. In the navigation pane, expand Configuration and select Infrastructure Policies.
  3. In the Infrastructure Policies page, locate the monitoring policy you wish to modify, click its action button inline and click Edit.
  4. In the Edit Monitoring Policy page, locate the monitoring configuration you wish to modify and click its action button inline to access the monitoring options panel.
  5. Customize the configuration.
  6. Click Save to apply your changes to the selected PATROL Agent(s).
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