Category: SAN

EMC VMAX Storage Automated Performance Report

This blog is being written as a companion to my previous blog on Automated EMC VMAX Capacity Reporting

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In recent times, we’re asked to develop scripts to capture performance metrics from EMC VMAX storage. There is a ‘symstat’ command with many attributes to capture performance metrics information from the array. But this command was not fulfilling all our requirements. While exploring various options and consultation with EMC support / community we decided to try Unisphere / RESTAPI.

So far I was using Perl as THE LANGUAGE to talk to my storage arrays. But I was forced to switch over to Python which works best with REST API / JSON. Additionally, there are lots of code out there on RESTAPI written in Python. So it is easy to ‘get inspired’ by those codes and write customized code for our requirements. So this would make me yet another ‘Pythonistas’ 🙂

This is my first ever Python (version 2.7 on GNU/Debian Linux) script to capture EMC VMAX Performance Metrics retrieved from Unisphere for VMAX (version 8.2) via RESTAPI. I’ve referred this Python script to develop custom script to suit our requirements. Many thanks to Matt Cowger (mcowger) for sharing the script in Github.

There are plenty of metrics that can be captured using this script but I’ve written a simple code for demo purpose to print few metrics in CSV format which can be either imbibed by excel for further reporting / charting or injected to MySQL DB to do many stuffs…

Here is the sample + cropped output for reference. In the below table timestamp (column B) is in epoch format which is converted to MYSQL datetime format via INSERT query

2016-11-04-22_25_58-book1-excel

 

P.S: I’ve changed VMAX serial number for various factors🙂

If interested, please reach out to me to get these Python scripts.

Image Courtesy: https://www.emc.com

References: https://github.com/mcowger/randompython/blob/master/symmREST.py

Thanks for stopping by… Please leave your comments / suggestions.

EMC VMAX Storage Automated Capacity Report

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Storage capacity reporting has become a tedious task these days unless we don’t have tools in place. These tools are not as cheap we can think of. There are additional layers added to it to hype and increase its value in market. But if customer ask a storage admin to run the report manually then its a nightmare for the admins.

We always want to go by the easy way which means GUI / EMC Unisphere but for reporting this doesn’t helps to customize and fulfill the customer requirements . EMC SYMCLI / Solutions Enabler can be used effectively here to address this issue. We can use SYMCLI to automate these manual reports. By means of automation, we can ensure quality, timely and error-free reports are generated which can be scheduled via CRON or Tasks Scheduler to send it directly to the stakeholders. SYMCLI built-in supports XML formatted output of the commands which would become easier to parse the information using XML supported programming language.

I’ve developed PERL scripts to generate Storage Pool capacity and Disk capacity report for multiple VMAX storage arrays which are managed from the SYMCLI / Solutions Enabler server. Following are the benefits of using this script.
1. Generates Pool capacity report for all storage arrays which has columns – SYM ID,MODEL,TOTAL USABLE POOL CAPACITY TB,TOTAL USED POOL CAPACITY TB,TOTAL FREE POOL CAPACITY TB, TOTAL POOL UTILIZATION %, TOTAL POOL SUBSCRIBED %
2. Generates Disk capacity report for all storage arrays which has columns – SYM ID,MODEL,TOTAL EFD,TOTAL FC_SAS,TOTAL SATA_NLSAS,FORMATTED EFD CAPACITY GB,FORMATTED FC_SAS CAPACITY GB,FORMATTED SATA_NLSAS CAPACITY GB, TOTAL FORMATTED CAPACITY GB, UNFORMATTED EFD CAPACITY GB,UNFORMATTED FC_SAS CAPACITY GB,UNFORMATTED SATA_NLSAS CAPACITY GB,TOTAL UNCONFIGURED CAPACITY GB,TOTAL UNFORMATTED CAPACITY GB

Output generated from the scripts will be in the form of CSV format. This is information can be plugged into desired format and generate reports with Pivots, charts etc…

Please find below  sample output for reference.

Pool Capacity Report:

2016-02-17 21_21_57-Book1 - Excel

Disk Capacity Report:

2016-02-17 21_22_41-Book1 - Excel

P.S: I’ve removed VMAX serial number for various factors 🙂

If interested, please reach out to me to get these PERL scripts.

Image Courtesy: http://www.storagereview.com and http://www.emc.com

How to set/limit IOPS on VMAX per storage groups

Here is a good article on how to limit IOPS per storage groups on VMAX

https://community.emc.com/message/789943

EDUTUBE by EMC

Hi All,

Wish you all very happy new year (belated).
I was exploring SAN related education sites and I’ve came to know about EDUTUBE. Edutube is a youtube like video portal where we can watch and listen to the industry’s best folks along with some cool tips by them. Many thanks to EMC for the contribution to SAN Education. 
Note: We need to have Powerlink access credentials.
Happy Learning! Take care.

Abort Changes made to SAN Switch

Abort changes made to a SAN Switch

Everyone will tend to make mistake some or other day at work. In case of SAN Administration, people like me; do more mistakes than rest. So, I should know how to fix it with out glitches in the production. One day, I was trying to create some new alias, zones etc… on Brocade SAN switch and added them to the configuration. Later, I realised that I shouldn’t have done those changes. What to do now? Should I remove aliases and zones one by one? No… I don’t have patience to do that, even though I made a mistake. So, some genius guy who works with Brocade has added commands to help people like us 😦
cfgtransshow and cfgtransabort:

cfgtransshow will show the transactions and can be cleaned using the cfgtransabort.
So, go ahead and explore yourself! It will come in handy when you want to cover from the SAN zoning mistakes…
Take care!

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