Monthly Archives: January 2015

NetApp DFM Installation: part 1

There is a great video on the installation here, which helped me during the installation. There is also this manual.

The first thing you need is to download the OnCommand. You need to know if your NetApp is using 7-mode (the old one) or c-mode (the new one, c stands for cluster). Mine is the old one, so I chose the option below.

10 choose the right mode

It has to be installed on Windows 2008. It does not work on Windows 7, which is fine as it’s meant to be a server. You can have 1 OnCommand managing multiple NetApp array. Double click on the installer and you’ll get this.

10 setup

Take notice that by default it’s calling home. It sends messages regularly, as you can see below. Notice it’s still using DFM on the notice below.

11 call home by default

For majority of case, the Express edition will do. I choose it as it’s simpler, and in my case I just need it as proxy for the Blue Medora management pack.

12 which edition to choose

Installation will progress. It says sql below, not sure if that means Microsoft SQL Server.

13 install 2

Installation is actually quite fast. You will see rapid messages on the dialog box.

13 install 3

At the end, it will say Completed. Click the Next button.

13 install 4

You get another installation, but this time around it’s quite fast. Overall, it’s pretty standard.

13 install

You get this at the end. Tick the check box, so it will launch the browser.

14 completed

NetApp DFM Installation: part 2

In the previous article, we’ve got the NetApp OnCommand installed. If you tick the check box to auto-launch, you get a browser window on the Windows machine you installed it. I installed the software on a machine called sddc-jump-box.vmsg.lab, as you can see from the URL.

For the ID, provide either the local Windows administrator, or the Domain Admin. I used the Domain Admin as my Windows is part of the domain.

15 configure - domain admin or local admin

Once login, you get to see a screen like this. It automatically discovers my NetApp, which is cool!

16 auto discover

I’m not sure if the Management Console is required by Blue Medora. Since I’m curious what it is, I’m going to proceed to install it. From the File menu, choose Download Management Console.

17 download the Management Console

It opens another application, which has links to download. No, it is not from the Internet, so it’s pretty fast and you do not need to login.

18 mgmt console install

I clicked the above link, which was a Windows exe file. I launched it, followed the simple wizard as shown below.

19 install

This started the installation. The progress is as shown below.

19 install 2

Some more example of the installation progress.

19 install 3

After a few short minutes, it’s completed.

19 install 4

I clicked Next, and was presented with the screen below. It’s handy to tick the check box.

19 install 5

And below is the NetApp Management Console. Notice it’s still using DFM (Data Fabric Manager), which is why the name still sticks with many NetApp admin. The Server is where you installed the product. The User is your MS AD Domain Admin.

19 install 6

And that’s basically it! From what I know, from vRealize Operations purpose, there is nothing else I need to do on the NetApp DFM end.

Blue Medora NetApp Management Pack

A critical and mandatory component in vSphere infrastructure is Storage. I’ve covered in my book that there is a world underneath the LUN or NFS mount point presented to your ESXi host. Having deep visibility into your storage infrastructure should be considered an essential requirements.

vRealize Operations helps you peer deep into specific storage model via its management pack. Blue Medora, a VMware partner, has taken advantage of this and release management packs for NetApp.

My customer found the NetApp adapter in vCenter Operations 5.x useful. The new release in vRealize Operations 6 introduced many new and improved capabilities. I got a chance to play with it at the VMware ASEAN Lab. This is a series of blogs to cover this cool product. I will cover installation, configuration, and putting it to use. I split them into multiple posts as they are logically separate. Also, you can skip the part you already know 🙂

  1. NetApp DFM installation
  2. NetApp DFM configuration
  3. Blue Medora – Management Pack installation
  4. Blue Medora – Management Pack configuration
  5. Blue Medora – Management Pack – first impression
  6. Blue Medora – Management Pack – a deeper dive

Others have also documented this product. I recommend you check this page.