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Monitoring NetApp With vRealize Operations

This blog is contributed by my friend Luciano Gomes, a VMware PSO Consultant in Rio de Janeiro Area, Brazil. Thank you Lucky!

Continuing in our series of blog posts about the “extensibility” of vRealize Operations to monitor the “Physical World”, this time we will show you how to monitor your Netapp Systems. We’re using the NetApp management pack by our partner Blue Medora.

Pre-requisites

Ensure you have the NetApp management software installed. You can read the pre-requisite from the official Installation guide available in here. You can also see the NetApp DFM installation here.

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You need have an ID in NetApp that vRealize Operations can use to login and retrieve information. The table below shows the minimum permission.

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You need the license to try this management pack. Contact Blue Medora before to start the installation.

Netapp: Object Relationship:

The NetApp adapter recognizes the following NetApp storage objects:

  • Cluster
  • System (host)
  • vFiler
  • Aggregate (the container that owns volumes)
  • Volume (which may contain multiple LUNs)
  • LUN
  • Storage Virtual Machine
  • Disk

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Copying from the official installation guide, the adapter collects data from Netapp DFM / OCUM Systems on each data collection cycle (5 minutes). It runs queries to get the data.

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Installation

After all prerequisites are done, download the Netapp Adapter from Bluemedora website. To install the Netapp Adapter, go to Administration –> Solutions and click green plus icon. See the numbers in the screenshot below

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Follow the installation wizard.

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Make sure the signature is valid.

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The usual EULA.

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At this stage, just wait until the installation end. It might take a few minutes. Time for some fine Brazilian coffee! 🙂

 

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Configuration

Give the system enough time to finish the installation. Don’t close or finish without the message that the installation has been completed with no errors. Once done, follow the instructions below to configure the Netapp Adapter, go to: Administration->Solutions

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Follow the numbers in the screenshot below.

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Choose Netapp and vRealize Credentials:

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Generally speaking, for NetApp DFM/OCUM, you must use the same user ID that you use to instal it. In this case below, Windows AD username

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Always click Test Connection before click Save Settings and Close.

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After this configuration, you should to see this status of your Netapp Adapter:

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Don’t panic! The above is because I have not applied the license. Here is the proof.

Connect in the vRops appliance via SSH and check this log. The log location is:

/storage/vcops/log/adapters/NetappAdapter/

Look at the content by issuing a tail command, as the error should at the end of the log file

tail -f /storage/vcops/log/adapters/NetappAdapter/NetAppAdapter_144.log

Bingo! I saw this error message – Invalid License

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So let’s apply the license key. Follow this screenshot:

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Click on green plus to add the license:

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After click validate, you should to see this message below.

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Create a License Group for Netapp Adapter:

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Give it a name

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Add all instances below the “NetApp Adapter Instance”, as shown below:

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When you finish adding all Netapp Options, click Next.

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Review the result. If it’s good, click Finish.

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Now, check the collection status of Netapp Adapter. It should show data is being received.

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You’re done!

Time to see the beauty of this adapter. A lot of very useful Dashboards:

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This concludes the installation and configuration of Netapp Blue Medora Adapter for vRealize Operations. In the next article, we will explore the metrics and dashboards that comes from this amazing adapter.

Enjoy Netapp Bluemedora Adapter!