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Compatibility details

BMC TrueSight Capacity Optimization

BMC TrueSight Capacity Optimization v10.5

Dell Compellent Storage Centers

Any Dell Compellent Storage Center compatible with Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager v6.3.

Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager

Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager v6.3

Prerequisites

Before installing Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager ETL for BMC TrueSight Capacity Optimization, you must ensure that Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager and all its components are properly installed and configured as described below:

Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager requires Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.6 or higher (1.6 Update 30 or higher recommended). On 64-bit systems both the 32-bit and the 64-bit JRE are required.

Installing Enterprise Manager Data Collector

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Data Collector is a service that gathers reporting data and alerts from all Storage Centers.

To install Enterprise Manager Data Collector:

  1. Download the Enterprise Manager Data Collector software:
    1. Go to the Dell Compellent Support Home Page.
    2. Log on to the customer or partner portal.
    3. Click Knowledge Center, then download the Enterprise Manager Data Collector Setup file
  2. Run Compellent Enterprise Manager Data Collector Setup.exe.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Click Yes to accept the license agreement and launch the installation.
  5. Once the installation is complete, click Finish.
  6. Configure Enterprise Manager Data Collector:
    1. Select Configure as Primary Data Collector
    2. Set the Data Collector Service and OS Service Information
    3. Click Next.
  7. Enter the Product Key, choose whether you want to activate your license over Internet or over Email/Phone, and click Next.

    Data collector can be used for 30 days without activation.

  8. Since Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager ETL for BMC TrueSight Capacity Optimization leverages the Dell Compellent API, there is no need to enable the SMI-S Server. Leave the fields blank and click Next.
  9. Create the Administrator User that will be used to log on to the Enterprise Manager and click Next.
  10. The Enterprise Manager Data Collector setup is now complete. Click the URL to go to the Data Collector Website. Click Finish.

Installing Enterprise Manager Client

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The Enterprise Manager Client is a Windows application that connects to the Data Collector, allowing you to view and manage multiple Storage Centers. You can install the client on the Data Collector server or a computer that has network connectivity to the Data Collector server.

To install Enterprise Manager Client:

  1. Go to Data Collector Website. The default location for the website is: https://<emdc_hostname_ip>:<emdc_web_server_port> where:
    1. <emdc_hostname_ip> is the host name or IP address of the server that hosts the Data Collector.
    2. <emdc_web_server_port> is the Data Collector web service port; the default port is 3033.

      The URL of the Data Collector Website is displayed in the Enterprise Manager Data Collector wizard when the installation is complete.

    3. Click Continue to this website.
  2. Download the Client Installer.
  3. When the download is complete, double-click the downloaded file.
  4. A Security Warning dialog box appears. Click Run to start the installation.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Click Yes to accept the license agreement and start the installation.
  7. Click Finish. The Enterprise Manager icon appears on the desktop.

Installing Enterprise Manager Server Agent

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The Enterprise Manager Server Agent is a service for Windows that allows you to see server information, recover unused storage space from Windows NTFS, and monitor and control Dell Compellent NAS and zNAS servers.

To install Enterprise Manager Server Agent:

  1. Go to Data Collector Website. The default location for the website is: https://<emdc_hostname_ip>:<emdc_web_server_port> where:
    1. <emdc_hostname_ip> is the host name or IP address of the server that hosts the Data Collector.
    2. <emdc_web_server_port> is the Data Collector web service port; the default is 3033.

      The URL of the Data Collector Website is displayed in the Enterprise Manager Data Collector wizard when the installation is complete.

    3. Click Continue to this website.
  2. Download the Server Agent Installer.
  3. When the download is complete, double-click the downloaded file.
  4. A Security Warning dialog box appears. Click Run.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Select I Accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next.
  7. Register the Server Agent with Enterprise Manager Data Collector:

    1. Enter the socket listening port. By default, 27355
    2. Enter the host name or IP address of the Data Collector
    3. Enter the web services port. By default, 8080
    4. Check the box Automatically Manage on Storage Center
    5. Click OK.
  8. Once the installation is complete, click Finish.

 

Connecting to Data Collector

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The Enterprise Manager Client can be used to connect to the Data Collector to view and manage multiple Storage Centers:

  1. On the desktop, double-click the Enterprise Manager Client shortcut. The Login to Compellent Enterprise Manager Client window appears.
  2. Fill the following fields:
    1. User Name: Enterprise Manager user that was created while installing Data Collector
    2. Password: User's password
    3. Host/IP: host name or IP address of the server that hosts the Data Collector.
    4. Web Server Port: If you changed the Web Server Port during installation, enter the updated port.
    5. Click Log In.
  3. The Client connects to the Data Collector and displays the Storage (SAN/NAS) view. Click Add Storage Center.
  4. Fill the following fields:
    1. Host Name: Host name or IP address of the Storage Center.
    2. User Name: Name of an administrator user on the Storage Center.
    3. Password: Password for the Storage Center user.
  5. Click Finish. The Storage Center appears in the list of Storage Centers.

Configuring Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager

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  1. On the desktop, double-click the Enterprise Data Collector Manager shortcut. The Login to Data Collector window appears.
  2. Enter your credentials and click Log In.
  3. From Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager, you can:

    1. Add Enterprise Manager users

    2. Add Storage Center volumes

    3. Add servers to Storage Centers

    4. Add FluidFS clusters to Enterprise Manager

    5. Configure email notifications

    6. Set up remote Storage Centers and QoS

    7. Configure replications and Live Volumes

    8. Predefine your disaster recovery plan.

    For more information, please refer to the Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager Administrator’s Guide.

Deploying the ETL module

Complete the following steps to deploy the ETL Module:

  1. Navigate to Administration > SYSTEM > Maintenance.
  2. Verify the installation status of the already uploaded packages. If their status is "READY" or "RUNNING", wait for the installation to complete before proceeding.
  3. At the bottom of the Maintenance page, locate the Upload patch or additional package file section.
  4. Click Browse.
  5. Locate and select the ETL installation package.
  6. Click Upload.
  7. Read the Overview and click Next to continue.
  8. Read and accept the End User License Agreement.
  9. Select the server on which the operation must be executed; that is the server on which the package will be saved. Click Proceed to continue.
  10. A successful installation will result in a green line in the Additional Packages table.

    Note

     In case of unsuccessful outcome (e.g. a yellow WARNING line), click the  icon to inspect the deployment log.

Configuring the ETL module

Complete the following steps to configure an ETL service and add it as an ETL task to extract capacity and performance metrics:

  1. Navigate to Administration > ETL & SYSTEM TASKS > ETL tasks.
  2. In the ETL tasks page, under the Last run tab, click Add > Add ETL. The Add ETL page is displayed.
  3. In the Run configuration tab, in the ETL module property, select Storage - Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager Extractor Service


    Specify values for the common and advanced properties that are listed under the expandable tabs. To view or configure advanced properties, click Advanced.
    For details about the common properties, see Common configuration properties. The following table lists the properties that are specific to the Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager ETL module:

     

    Note

     Basic properties that are displayed by default in the Add ETL page are the most common properties that you can set for an ETL.
    Property Description
    Connection settings
    Hostname

    Hostname or IP address of the server where Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager is running.

    Port

    Port number used to connect to Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager (Default: 3033).

    Connect As

    Username to connect to Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager.

    Password

    Password to connect to Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager.

      ETL additional settings
     Volumes This property allows you to disable or enable volumes monitoring and fine-tune the creation of volume entities in the BMC TrueSight Capacity Optimization environment.
    For more information, refer to Customizing Volumes Monitoring.

    Note

    To view or configure Advanced properties, click Advanced. You do not need to set or modify these properties unless you want to change the way the ETL works. These properties are for advanced users and scenarios only.
    Property Description
    Collection level
    Levels up to

    By default, extended level metrics are not imported by the ETL. To import them, you will have to customize the collection level and set it to [4] Extended.
    For more information about Aging Class Mapping, refer to the topic Metrics profile.


  4. Click Save. You are returned to the Last run tab under the ETL tasks page.
  5. Validate the results in simulation mode: In the ETL tasks table under ETL tasks > Last run, locate your ETL (ETL task name), click  to run the ETL.
    • OK: the ETL executed without any error in simulation mode.
    • WARNING: The ETL execution returned some warnings in simulation mode. Check the ETL log.
    • ERROR: The ETL execution returned errors and was unsuccessful. Edit the active Run configuration and try again.
  6. Switch the ETL to production mode: Perform the following steps:
    1. In the ETL tasks table under ETL tasks > Last run, click the ETL under the Name column.
    2. In the Run configuration table in the ETL details page, click  to edit the active Run configuration.
    3. In the Edit run configuration page, navigate to the Run configuration expandable tab and set Execute in simulation mode to No.
    4. Click Save.
  7. Locate the ETL in the ETL tasks table and click  to run it, or schedule an ETL run.
    After you run the ETL, or schedule the ETL for a run, it will extract the data from the source and transfer it to BMC TrueSight Capacity Optimization database. You can see the entity hierarchy in the left Navigation pane, under Workspace
     

Post-configuration steps


Customizing volumes monitoring

Discovering volumes and collecting their performance metrics are resource-intensive actions that can create extra workload on the system. To reduce the system resource consumption, administrators can disable or enable the volumes monitoring at will and fine-tune the creation of volume entities into the BMC TrueSight Capacity Optimization environment.

The following metrics are no longer collected and displayed in the console when volumes monitoring is disabled:

DatasetMetrics
STOGLB
  • ST_OVERSUBSCRIBED_CAPACITY (Storage Oversubscribed Capacity)
  • ST_POOL_OVERSUBSCRIPTION_SITUATION (Pool Oversubscription Situation)
  • ST_POOL_SUBSCRIBED_CAPACITY (Pool Subscribed Capacity)
  • ST_POOL_SUBSCRIBED_CAPACITY_PCT (Pool Subscribed Capacity Percentage)
  • ST_SYSTEM_SUBSCRIBED_CAPACITY (Storage Subscribed Capacity)
  • ST_VOLUME_CONSUMED_CAPACITY (Volume Consumed Capacity)
  • ST_VOLUME_CONSUMED_CAPACITY_PCT (Volume Consumed Capacity Percentage)
  • ST_VOLUME_HOST_VISIBLE_CAPACITY (Host Volume Visible Capacity)
  • ST_VOLUME_MAPPED (Volume Mapped)
  • ST_VOLUME_RESPONSE_TIME (Volume Response Time)
  • ST_VOLUME_TIME_SINCE_LAST_ACTIVITY (Volume Time Since Last Activity)
  • ST_VOLUME_TRANSFER_BYTE_RATE (Volume Transfer Byte Rate)
STOHOST
  • BYHOST_ALLOCATED (Allocated Space by Host)
  • BYHOST_SIZE (By Host Physical Size)

To customize volumes monitoring

  1. Edit the ETL Run Configuration.
  2. Expand the ETL additional settings menu.
  3. From the Volumes pull-down lists, select one of the following options:

    OptionResult
    Disabled
    • Volumes are not discovered.
    • Volumes-related metrics are not loaded in the console.

    Note

    Use this configuration if the number of volumes to manage significantly slows down the system performance. Disabling the volumes/shares monitoring prevents the discovery of volumes and consequently does not allow the ETL to collect, save or process their data. Note that the calculation of metrics for other sources may be impacted.
    Collected for metric computation (Default)
    • All volumes are discovered and their metrics are collected and processed.
    • Volumes-related metrics are not loaded in the console.

     

    Note

    Use this configuration if you wish to collect and process volume-related metrics without loading this information in the console. The collected data will however be used to calculate metrics for other sources, when required. This will reduce the resource consumption of your system.

    Collected and Imported
    • All volumes are discovered and their metrics are collected and processed.
    • Volumes-related metrics are saved in the database, processed and loaded in the console.

    Note

    Use this configuration if your system is powerful enough to manage all the volumes to monitor.

  4. Click Save.

Running the Extractor Service task

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An ETL task can be run manually to retrieve performance metrics. Please note that the steps listed in this section are not mandatory and are only required if the ETL is not already scheduled for execution.

To run the ETL task:

  1. Access the BMC TrueSight Capacity Optimization Console.
  2. In the Administration tab, select ETL & System Tasks > ETL Tasks.
  3. Click  to execute the ETL task.

When the execution is complete, the value of the Status column in the ETL tasks table changes to SERVICE_ON.

Setting the collect frequency

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The collect frequency is the rate at which data is collected. Collect frequency is set to 15 minutes by default, which means that it only applies to entities with an average duration of 900 seconds. It can however be modified to include more entities and performance metrics.

To know the average duration, under the Worskpace tab, select one entity, click the Metrics tab, and verify the Average duration column of the performance metrics.

To set the collect frequency:

  1. Edit the ETL Run Configuration:
    1. In the Administration tab, click ETL & System Tasks > ETL tasks.
    2. Click the link of the ETL task for which you wish to set the collect frequency.
    3. Click the Stop button to stop the service execution; then click the  Edit button available in the Run configurations section.
  2. Click the link You can manually edit ETL properties from this page provided at the bottom of the page to display a list of editable options.
  3. Locate the service.period option, and enter the number of milliseconds corresponding to the frequency at which data will be collected. If you want the collect frequency to include both storage systems and storage pools for example, you will have to set the collect frequency to 7200000 milliseconds (2 hours).
  4. Click Save.
  5. Start the ETL.

Lookup details

Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager ETL for BMC TrueSight Capacity Optimization defines the following lookup fields:

Entity typeLookup fields
Storage SystemDEFAULT
Storage PoolDEFAULT
Storage VolumeDEFAULT