vROps Management Pack for NetApp Storage: Install, License and Configure

by bluemedora_editor on July 9, 2015

The vRealize Operations Management Pack for NetApp Storage provides administrators with end-to-end visibility into NetApp storage health, performance, availability, and capacity with VMware vRealize Operations (vROps). Our installation video from June 2015, found below, provides an overview for installing, configuring, and licensing the Management Pack for NetApp Storage. These same steps will be outlined in this blog post.[vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1O0OU4wu5NQ”]

Prerequisites

Before you begin installation of the vROps Management Pack for NetApp Storage, be sure that you have the following resources available:

  • Blue Medora .pak file (typically downloaded from the Management Pack for NetApp storage product page)
  • Blue Medora license key
  • NetApp OCUM or API Services Server hostname
  • NetApp OCUM or API Services user name and password
  • NetApp OCUM or API Services protocol (HTTP or HTTPS)
  • vRealize Operations user name and password with REST API permissions

Installing the Management Pack

Installation of the Management Pack for NetApp Storage is a simple process. Before you begin this process, you will want to have your Blue Medora .pak file in an easily accessible folder on your computer. If you have previously installed a Management Pack for NetApp Storage, be sure to back up any customized dashboards. Installing the Management Pack will overwrite any NetApp dashboard of the same name.

In vROps, navigate to the Administration panel. The Solutions page will appear. On this page, click the Add icon. A dialog box will appear, as shown in Figure 1.[cq_vc_fluidbox thumbwidth=”700″ float=”none” margin=”0 0 5px 0″ retina=”” fluidimage=”3579″]Figure 1 – The Add Solution dialog box for uploading the .pak file[/cq_vc_fluidbox][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1436818159892{margin-top: 30px !important;}”]In the dialog box, click Browse and navigate to the location of the .pak file on your computer. Select the .pak file and click Upload. Once the upload is complete, you may click Next to navigate to the End User License Agreement (EULA). Once you have read through the EULA, check the box affirming that you accept the terms of the agreement and select Next. At this point, the file will install. The process of installation may take up to several minutes. Once the installation is complete, click Finish to close the dialog box.

Configuring Adapters

Now that the Management Pack is installed, you will need to configure your adapter instances. Before you begin this process, be sure to have your NetApp OCUM or API Services hostname, user name, password, and protocol (HTTP/HTTPS). You will also need your vRealize Operations user name and password.

After installing the Management Pack, you should already be in the Administration tab viewing the Solutions page. From this view, select NetAppAdapter and click the Configure icon, which looks like two gears. The Manage Solutions – NetApp Adapter dialog box should appear.

To create an adapter, enter a Display name, a Description (optional), your NetApp Host, select an option for Auto Discovery, and enter your NetApp Protocol. Finally, add a Credential to your adapter instance. To do this, click the Add icon next to the Credential dropdown.

In the Manage Credential dialog that appears, select “NetApp Adapter and vROps Credentials” as the Credential Kind. Then enter your NetApp storage user name and password, followed by your vROps user name and password. Save the credential, then click Test Connection to ensure your connection is functioning properly. If an error appears for the connection test, refer to the user guide for the Management Pack for NetApp Storage to troubleshoot the issue.[cq_vc_fluidbox thumbwidth=”700″ float=”none” margin=”0 0 5px 0″ retina=”” fluidimage=”3580″]Figure 2 – Adding a credential in the Manage Solution dialog box[/cq_vc_fluidbox][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1436818143670{margin-top: 30px !important;}”]

Once a connection test is successful, click Save to save the adapter instance. More instances can be created by clicking the Add icon and following the same process as above. Additional adapter instances are needed if you are connecting to multiple monitoring servers, such as DFM or API. Once you have created the desired number of adapter instances, you can return to the Solutions page by closing the dialog box.

Licensing the Management Pack

To get your Management Pack for NetApp Storage functioning properly, you will need to add a license key, which is provided by Blue Medora. Make sure your license key is easily accessible for this step.

To add a license key to the Management Pack, stay in the Administration tab and select the Licensing tab in the left toolbar of vROps. Once you are in the License Keys view, click the Add icon. In the dialog box that appears, select NetApp Adapter in the dropdown menu, and enter your license key below. Once the license key has been validated, click Save and return to the License Keys view.

From here, you will need to add your license to a license group. To do this, switch to the License Groups tab in vROps. Select NetAppAdapter Licensing and click the Edit icon. This will open the Add License Group dialog.[cq_vc_fluidbox thumbwidth=”700″ float=”none” margin=”0 0 5px 0″ retina=”” fluidimage=”3581″]Figure 3 – The Add License Group dialog box[/cq_vc_fluidbox][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1436444550201{margin-top: 30px !important;}”]At this point, select the license for the Management Pack for NetApp Storage and enter a name for the license group. Click Next and choose members for for the license group or leave the default members in the license group. Allow this page to load completely, then click Next. Verify the membership criteria of the license group and click Finish. Your Management Pack for NetApp Storage is now licensed.

Data Verification

To ensure the successful installation of your Management Pack, you should perform a quick data verification. Allow the adapter to work for ten to fifteen minutes to make the first few data collections. Once this time has elapsed, you may perform the data verification.

To do this, click the Environment icon, which looks like a globe. In the Inventory Trees, you should see options for NetApp Aggregates, NetApp Clusters, and NetApp Systems. Select one of these objects. For the purpose of this post, we will select NetApp Clusters.

Once you have selected NetApp Clusters, you will be shown the traversal specs for each of your Netapp Clusters. Simply click on a cluster and see that its Summary view loads to the right. From here, click the Troubleshooting tab and navigate to All Metrics. Using the metric picker, select metrics to view and verify that the metrics are showing data points.[cq_vc_fluidbox thumbwidth=”700″ float=”none” margin=”0 0 5px 0″ retina=”” fluidimage=”3589″]Figure 4 – An example of the view used for metric verification[/cq_vc_fluidbox][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1436554320689{margin-top: 30px !important;}”]Once data collection is verified, the adapter is fully installed, configured, licensed, and ready to use. If you have further questions on this process, please refer to the installation and configuration guide for the Management Pack for Netapp Storage or watch our Installation, Configure, and Licensing video. If you encounter any issues with this process and need additional support, submit a support ticket and a Blue Medora representative will be with you shortly.

If you would like to learn more about this product, visit the product page for the Management Pack for NetApp Storage and check out the Blue Medora blog for more insight into Blue Medora’s products.[vc_column_text el_class=”button”]

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