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EMC Solutions Enabler (CLI) with SMI-S Performance data source

OnCommand Insight discovers Symmetrix storage arrays by using Solutions Enabler symcli commands in conjunction with an existing Solutions Enabler server in your environment. The existing Solutions Enabler server has connectivity to the Symmetrix storage array through access to gatekeeper volumes. Administrator permissions are required to access this device.

Prerequisites

Before configuring this data source, you should ensure that the OnCommand Insight server has TCP connectivity to port 2707 on the existing Solutions Enabler server. OnCommand Insight discovers all the Symmetrix arrays that are "Local" to this server, as seen in "symcfg list" output from that server.

Configuration

Note: If SMI-S user authentication is not enabled, the default values in the OnCommand Insight data source are ignored.
Having symauth enabled on Symmetrix arrays might inhibit the ability of OnCommand Insight to discover them. OnCommand Insight Acquisition runs as the SYSTEM user on the OnCommand Insight / Remote Acquisition Unit server that is communicating with the Solutions Enabler server. If hostname\SYSTEM does not have symauth privileges, OnCommand Insight fails to discover.
Note: See Knowledge Base article 2015297 on the NetApp Support Site at mysupport.netapp.com.

The EMC Solutions Enabler Symmetrix CLI data source includes support for device configuration for thin provisioning and Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF).

Definitions are supplied for Fibre Channel and Switch Performance packages.
Field Description
Service Name Name of the Solution Enabler server as described in the local netcnfg file (Solutions Enabler install).
Full path to CLI Full path to the SYMCLI commands. The default is C:\Program Files\EMC\SYMCLI\bin.

Requirements

Note: No third-party software is required.

Advanced configuration

Field Description
Inventory Poll Interval (min) Interval, in minutes, at which the data source should poll the device. The default is 40 minutes.
Inventory Exclude Devices Comma-separated list of devices, identified by serial number, that are not discovered by this data source. For this data source, an example would be Sym-000187461207.
Connection Caching Type of remote connection to the Solutions Enabler. Could be LOCAL, REMOTE_CACHED, or REMOTE:
  • LOCAL means that the OnCommand Insight Acquisition service is running on the Solutions Enabler server, which has Fibre Channel connectivity to the Symmetrix arrays you seek to discover, and has access to Gatekeeper volumes. This might be seen in some Remote Acquisition Unit (RAU) configurations.
  • REMOTE_CACHED is the default and should be used in most cases. This uses the NETCNFG file settings to connect using IP to the Solutions Enabler server, which must have Fibre Channel connectivity to the Symmetrix arrays you seek to discover, and has access to Gatekeeper volumes.
  • Sometimes REMOTE_CACHED options make CLI commands fail. In these cases, the REMOTE option should be used. Keep in mind that it will slow down the acquisition process (possibly to hours or even days in extreme cases). The NETCNFG file settings are still used for an IP connection to the Solutions Enabler server that has Fibre Channel connectivity to the Symmetrix arrays being discovered.
Note: This setting does not change OnCommand Insight behavior with respect to the arrays listed as REMOTE by the "symcfg list" output. OnCommand Insight gathers data only on devices shown as LOCAL by this command.
CLI Timeout (sec) The default is 7200.
SMI-S Host IP For Array Performance, host name or IP address of the EMC SMI-S provider host.
SMI-S Port For Array Performance, the SMI-S port. The default is 5988.
Protocol For Array Performance, HTTP (if unsecured access) or HTTPS (if secured access).
SMI-S Namespace For Array Performance, SMI-S namespace used to query the data.
SMI-S User Name For Array Performance, name used for authentication by the SMI-S host for performance data.
SMI-S Password For Array Performance, password used for authentication by the SMI-S host for performance data.
Performance Polling Interval (sec) For Array Performance, the recommended setting and default for the poll interval is 1000 seconds.
Performance Filter Type For Array Performance, set to exclude or include for acquisition by selecting the filter type as "exclude" or "include." The default is exclude.
Performance Filter Device List For Array Performance, the comma-separated list of Solutions Enabler IP addresses to be included or excluded, depending upon the filter type selected. For this data source, an example would be Sym-000187461207.
RPO Polling Interval (sec) For Replication, the interval, in seconds, at which the data source should poll the device. The default is 300.