Dell SupportAssist Version 1.3 For OpenManage Essentials User manual

Dell SupportAssist Version 1.3 For OpenManage Essentials User manual
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Table of contents
Executive summary .............................................................................................................................................................................. 4 1 Introduction .....................................................................................................................................................................................5 1.1 Dell Fluid File System ..........................................................................................................................................................5 2 Supported features for EqualLogic storage hosting a Fluid File System ........................................................................... 6 2.1 Discovery of EqualLogic storage hosting a FluidFS .................................................................................................... 6 2.2 Automatic case creation for EqualLogic storage hosting a Fluid File System .................................................... 10 2.3 Periodic system log collection for EqualLogic storage hosting a Fluid File System .......................................... 11 2.4 On-demand system log collection for EqualLogic storage hosting a Fluid File System...................................12 A Glossary ..........................................................................................................................................................................................14 B Additional resources .................................................................................................................................................................... 15 3
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Executive summary
Dell SupportAssist version 1.3 for Dell OpenManage Essentials identifies EqualLogic arrays with attached
FS7500 and FS7600 Fluid File System (FluidFS) as EqualLogic FluidFS NAS storage. This categorization is in
preparation for complete support of FluidFS devices in a later release. SupportAssist version 1.3 does not
provide support for FS7500 and FS7600 systems. SupportAssist version 1.3 automatically creates support
cases when issues arise on EqualLogic storage hosting a FluidFS, and collects information about the
hardware and uploads it to Dell to help solve the problem. For automatic case creation in SupportAssist
you must configure the EqualLogic storage hosting a FluidFS. This white paper provides guidance on
configuring SupportAssist and the EqualLogic arrays hosting a FluidFS as required to ensure proactive
support using SupportAssist. It also includes information on the features supported for EqualLogic arrays
hosting a FluidFS. Intended user of this white paper is assumed to have prior knowledge on administration
of EqualLogic storage, Fluid File System, OpenManage Essentials, and SupportAssist.
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Introduction
Dell SupportAssist collects information about your computer hardware and software and is integrated
with leading management consoles such as Dell OpenManage Essentials which enables automated case
(ticket) creation and support from Dell by identifying failures in a customer's IT environment remotely.
Dell's robust and easy-to-use proactive support technology allows us to identify, diagnose, and resolve
issues faster and more precisely with less customer involvement – reducing downtime and letting our
customers get back to business. Available features are based on the level of your support agreement per
device monitored. This helps Dell to provide you an enhanced, personalized, and efficient support
experience. Some benefits of Dell SupportAssist are:
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Improve case accuracy and eliminate errors with automatic support case/ticket creation.
Accelerate identification of issues with email alerts from Dell at the time of hardware failure.
Automatic log collection and upload from the device using Dell collection tools.
Gain an enhanced support experience by cutting support steps in half.
In SupportAssist for Dell OpenManage Essentials, OpenManage Essentials interacts with supported devices
and receives SNMP traps. The SNMP traps are periodically retrieved as alerts by SupportAssist. The alerts
are filtered using various policies to decide if the alerts qualify for creating a new support case or updating
an existing support case. All qualifying alerts are securely sent to the SupportAssist server hosted by Dell
for creating a new support case or updating an existing support case. Support cases are created only for
devices covered under the Dell ProSupport and ProSupport Plus service contract types. After the support
case is created or updated, the SupportAssist application runs the appropriate collection tools on the
devices that generated the alerts and uploads the log collection to Dell. This information in the log
collection is used by Dell technical support to troubleshoot the issue and provide an appropriate solution.
1.1
Dell Fluid File System
FluidFS is a shared-disk file system that provides distributed file systems to clients. Customers buy an
appliance: a combination of purpose-built NAS controllers with integrated primary and backup power
supplies (i.e., the appliance) attached to block level storage via the iSCSI or Fiber Channel protocol. A
single Dell FluidFS appliance consists of two controllers operating in concert (i.e., active/active)
connecting to the back-end storage area network (SAN). Depending on the storage capacity requirements
and user preference, NAS appliances can be used with Compellent, PowerVault, or EqualLogic SAN arrays.
Dell Fluid File System (FluidFS) advantage helps eliminate many of the limitations of traditional file systems:
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Scale beyond the file system and file share capacity limits of conventional file systems.
Manage growth with non-disruptive scaling of capacity and/or performance.
Utilize a single namespace for easy administration.
Present a storage pool as a single file system with a single virtual-IP address to the storage clients.
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Supported features for EqualLogic storage hosting a Fluid
File System
The following table provides a summary of the software version and features supported for EqualLogic
storage hosting a FluidFS in SupportAssist version 1.3.
2.1
Auto Case
Creation
Periodic
System Log
Collection
On Demand
System Logs
Not identified
Not
Supported
Not
Supported
Not
Supported
6.0/7.0
Discovered as
EqualLogic FluidFS
NAS Appliance
Yes
Yes
Yes
5.0/6.0/7.0
Discovered as
EqualLogic Storage
Yes
Yes
Yes
Software
version
SupportAssist
FS7500 / FS7600 /
FS7610
1.0/2.0/3.0
EqualLogic PS arrays
with attached FluidFS
system
EqualLogic PS arrays
without attached
FluidFS system
Device
Discovery of EqualLogic storage hosting a FluidFS
EqualLogic storage hosting a Fluid File System is discovered through OpenManage Essentials. The
following are the steps to enable SupportAssist to monitor the device.
1.
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Identify the Group IP address or Management IP address of EqualLogic hosting a FluidFS and login
to the EqualLogic console and configure the SNMP community string and SNMP trap destination
to the management station where OpenManage Essentials is installed. The optional Management
IP address is not shown in this example but it can be found under the ‘Advanced’ tab. If the
Management IP address is configured, SupportAssist uses this IP address for ‘log collection’
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Figure 1
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EqualLogic console indicating Group IP address
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Figure 2
EqualLogic console for SNMP configuration
2. Discover the EqualLogic storage hosting a FluidFS with Group IP address or Management IP
address in OpenManage Essentials by using SNMP community configured in EqualLogic storage
hosting a FluidFS for discovery.
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Figure 3
Discovering EqualLogic storage hosting a FluidFS in OpenManage Essentials
3. The EqualLogic storage hosting a FluidFS is discovered in Dell SupportAssist as EqualLogic FluidFS
NAS Appliance.
Figure 4
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EqualLogic storage hosting a Fluid File System displayed in SupportAssist
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2.2
Automatic case creation for EqualLogic storage hosting a Fluid File
System
SupportAssist processes alerts from EqualLogic storage hosting a FluidFS through OpenManage Essentials,
but a support case is created only if:
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The policies in SupportAssist qualify the alert for a case creation
SupportAssist is configured to automatically generate support cases
Once the support case is created, the appropriate collection tool is invoked, and the system log collection
is generated and uploaded to Dell to help solve the problem.
Note:
1.
Only Alerts from EqualLogic storage hosting a FluidFS are processed in SupportAssist version 1.3.
Alerts from FluidFS are not processed.
2. For devices covered under Basic Support service contract type, the support case is not created, but
the collection tool is invoked.
The following are the stages of case creation:
1.
If a support case is created for EqualLogic storage hosting a FluidFS, the case details are displayed
in SupportAssist and the collection tools are invoked.
Figure 5
Case created for EqualLogic storage hosting a Fluid File System
2. Once the diagnostic information is collected, the report is uploaded to Dell to help troubleshoot
the problem.
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2.3
Collection status for EqualLogic storage hosting a Fluid File System
Periodic system log collection for EqualLogic storage hosting a
Fluid File System
By default, SupportAssist invokes the collection tool on EqualLogic storage hosting a FluidFS every week to
generate the system log collection and uploads it to Dell. However, you can change the frequency at
which the system log collection is generated and uploaded to Dell.
To schedule the periodic collection:
1. Click the Settings tab in SupportAssist.
2. In Edit Device Type Credentials, select the device type as Storage and credential type as NAS
Appliance
3. Enter the credentials of the EqualLogic storage hosting a FluidFS device.
4. In System Log Collection Schedule, change the frequency, date, and time as required.
5. Click Save Changes.
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2.4
Scheduling periodic collection of system logs
On-demand system log collection for EqualLogic storage hosting
a Fluid File System
When a support case is opened or updated, SupportAssist runs the collection tools on the devices that
generated the alerts, and then uploads the system logs to Dell. In certain conditions, if required by Dell
technical support, you may be required to manually collect the system logs and send it to Dell.
To send system logs manually:
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3.
4.
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Navigate to the Devices tab in SupportAssist.
Select the EqualLogic storage hosting a FluidFS on which the collection tool should be invoked.
Click Send System Logs.
The collection tool is invoked and the generated system log collection is uploaded to Dell.
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Figure 8
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On-demand system log collection
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Glossary
Component
Description
Periodic System Log
Collection
Diagnostic log collection on a device through SupportAssist
On Demand System Log
Collection
Manually triggered Diagnostic collection on a device using Send System
Logs in the Device page in SupportAssist
Fluid File System
Fluid File System is an enterprise-class distributed file system that
provides customers with the tools necessary to manage file data in an
efficient and simple manner
SAN
Storage Area Network
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Additional resources
Support.dell.com is focused on meeting your needs with proven services and support.
DellTechCenter.com is an IT Community where you can connect with Dell Customers and Dell employees
for the purpose of sharing knowledge, best practices, and information about Dell products and
installations.
Referenced or recommended Dell publications:
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Dell Fluid File System White paper: http://i.dell.com/sites/content/shared-content/datasheets/en/Documents/DSFS_White_paper_r4-0.pdf
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Dell SupportAssist User’s Guide: dell.com/ServiceabilityTools
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Dell OpenManage Essentials User’s Guide: dell.com/OpenManageManuals
Referenced or recommended other publications:
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Dell EqualLogic FS7600: http://www.equallogic-storage.co.uk/products/fs7600-fs7610network-attached-storage
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