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Using NetApp's ApplianceWatch 2.0, in conjunction with Microsoft's System Center Operationa Manager (SCOM 2007) and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM R2),  NetApp customers can leverage existing management tools and skills to monitor and manage their storage systems.

ApplianceWatch contains two MPs. The base MP (DataONTAP.mp) discovers and monitors NetApp storage. The PRO MP (DataONTAP.PRO.mp) extends monitoring into HyperV virtualized environments by alerting the Administrator of any storage issues that affect one or more virtual machines.

ApplianceWatch depends on SCOM 2007 and DataONTAP (7.2.6 or above).

 

Views

 

Once configured within SCOM, ApplianceWatch places a top-level node (‘DataONTAP Storage Systems’) SCOM’s monitoring tree view. Within in that node, ApplianceWatch offers several related views of the installed NetApp products.
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  • An Alerts view shows all issues relating to NetApp storage that require attention. 
  • A Diagram view shows a pictorial representation of each NetApp storage controller and all of the physical (i.e. shelves, disks, etc.) and logical  Aggregates, volumes, LUNs, Qtrees) components that comprise it. The Diagram view shows the health of each object. 
  • A State view shows the overall health of each storage controller in a tabular format, along with relevant high-level details such as controller name, address, ONTAP version, etc. 
  • Multiple Performance views provide graphs of 18 controller-level performance metrics.

 

Discovery

 

ApplianceWatch includes rules that discover storage controllers and their hosted objects, as well as the HyperV virtual infrastructure that is resides in NetApp storage.

 

 

The discovery rule is disabled by default. After importing the MP, the user must enable this rule via an override setting to identify one SCOM management server where the rule will run. In a small environment, this may be the SCOM root management server (RMS). Larger environments may wish to run our MPs rules/monitors on a non-root management server to lessen the load on the RMS.

 

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Monitoring

ApplianceWatch includes numerous rules that monitor the health of the various DataONTAP storage objects. Any monitor that finds a non-optimal condition generates an alert within SCOM.


The frequency of all rules may be adjusted by the user. To optimize SCOM performance, the default rule execution frequency is based upon the relative amount of controller interaction required.

 

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Performance

ApplianceWatch monitors several controller-level performance counters and each of these is displayed graphically in various performance views.

In addition to logging performance, ApplianceWatch monitors average CPU utilization and will generate alerts if a controller’s CPU load remains above user-configurable thresholds.

 

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SCVMM PRO Tips

 

Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) is an integration point between SCOM and SCVMM. It is designed to minimize downtime, shorten time to resolution, and even provide a self-healing/auto-recovery management experience in a virtualized environment.

 

The ApplianceWatch PRO MP discovers the associations between +HyperV +VMs and NetApp LUNs, monitors storage issues with those LUNs, and raises per-VM PRO Tips on the SCVMM console when issues arise.

 

 

The PRO discovery rule is disabled by default. After importing the PRO MP, the administrator must enable this rule via an override setting to identify the SCOM management server where the rule will run.

With ApplianceWatch 2.0, the PRO MP offers five PRO Tips, of which four support auto-remediation:


    1. Deduplication not enabled
    2. Deduplication not licensed (no autoremediation)
    3. Volume offline
    4. LUN offline
    5. Volume space utilization too high

 

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ApplianceWatch 2.1

 

In a few weeks we'll be releasing ApplianceWatch 2.1 (currently in beta) which contains additional capabilities and new tips such. Here are few enhancements we've made:


  • New PRO Tips to manage:
    • Thin provisioning
    • More granular control over high storage utilization, at the LUN level, warnings if volumes containing LUNs are not configured with Policy Space management techniques
  • PRO 2.1 also provides:
    • Automated detailed I/O reports
    • Volume usage
    • Troubleshooting assistance,
    • Monitoring and forecasting from within SCOM where the rest of the environment – Windows/UNIX/Linux servers, apps, etc. – is managed.
    • Enabling MetroCluster monitoring and prompting for a MetroCluster failover via SCOM

 

Platform Support

 

NetApp FAS series

 

NetApp v-Series

 

IBM N-Series

 

MultiStors Support with DataONTAP 7.3.1.1P8, 7.3.2P1 or later

 

Supports all protocols

 

There are no licensing requirements and customers can download it from the NetApp NOW site

 

 

 

 

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