Active System Manager Release 8.3 User&#39

Active System Manager Release 8.3 User&#39
Active System Manager Release 8.3
User’s Guide
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Contents
1 Overview......................................................................................................................... 7
About this document.......................................................................................................................................................... 8
What’s New in this Release................................................................................................................................................ 8
Accessing Online Help........................................................................................................................................................ 8
Other documents you may need.........................................................................................................................................8
Contacting Dell Technical Support............................................................................................................................... 9
Licensing............................................................................................................................................................................ 9
2 Getting started with ASM 8.3........................................................................................ 11
3 Initial Setup....................................................................................................................12
Uploading license.............................................................................................................................................................. 12
Configuring time zone and NTP settings...........................................................................................................................13
Configuring proxy settings................................................................................................................................................ 13
Configure DHCP settings..................................................................................................................................................13
Verifying initial setup......................................................................................................................................................... 14
4 Dashboard..................................................................................................................... 15
Service states................................................................................................................................................................... 17
5 Services.........................................................................................................................18
Deploying service.............................................................................................................................................................. 19
Add existing service......................................................................................................................................................... 20
Adding an existing service...........................................................................................................................................21
Viewing service details...................................................................................................................................................... 21
Viewing the compliance report................................................................................................................................... 24
Component deployment states.................................................................................................................................. 24
Editing service information............................................................................................................................................... 24
Deleting service................................................................................................................................................................25
Exporting service details.................................................................................................................................................. 25
Retrying service............................................................................................................................................................... 25
Viewing all settings...........................................................................................................................................................26
Migrating servers (service mobility)................................................................................................................................. 26
Migration pre-requisites............................................................................................................................................. 26
Migrating servers............................................................................................................................................................. 26
Upgrading components.................................................................................................................................................... 27
Adding components to an existing service deployment.................................................................................................... 27
Adding virtual machines to existing service................................................................................................................ 27
Adding servers to existing service.............................................................................................................................. 28
Adding storage to existing service..............................................................................................................................29
Adding Network......................................................................................................................................................... 29
Adding application to an existing service.................................................................................................................... 29
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Deleting resources from service....................................................................................................................................... 30
6 Templates......................................................................................................................31
Managing templates.........................................................................................................................................................32
Viewing template details.............................................................................................................................................33
Creating template.......................................................................................................................................................33
Editing template information...................................................................................................................................... 34
Building template overview........................................................................................................................................ 34
Building and publishing template................................................................................................................................ 35
Importing template.....................................................................................................................................................36
Exporting template.....................................................................................................................................................36
Uploading external template....................................................................................................................................... 37
Editing template......................................................................................................................................................... 37
Viewing template details.............................................................................................................................................38
Deleting template....................................................................................................................................................... 38
Cloning template........................................................................................................................................................ 38
Deploying service....................................................................................................................................................... 39
Deploying multiple instances of service...................................................................................................................... 40
Adding Attachments................................................................................................................................................... 41
Decommissioning services provisioned by ASM.......................................................................................................... 41
Component types.......................................................................................................................................................42
Component combinations in templates....................................................................................................................... 61
Additional template information........................................................................................................................................62
Deploying ESXi cluster for SAN applications.............................................................................................................. 62
7 Resources..................................................................................................................... 65
Resource health status.................................................................................................................................................... 66
Resource operational state...............................................................................................................................................67
Port View......................................................................................................................................................................... 67
Resource firmware compliance status..............................................................................................................................68
Updating firmware........................................................................................................................................................... 68
Removing resources.........................................................................................................................................................69
Viewing the firmware and software compliance report.................................................................................................... 69
Discovery overview.......................................................................................................................................................... 70
Discovering resources................................................................................................................................................ 70
Configuring resources or chassis...................................................................................................................................... 72
Removing discovered resources.................................................................................................................................74
Configuring default firmware repository..................................................................................................................... 74
Running firmware compliance.....................................................................................................................................74
Configuring global chassis settings............................................................................................................................. 74
Configuring unique chassis settings ...........................................................................................................................76
Configuring unique server settings............................................................................................................................. 76
Configuring unique I/O module settings..................................................................................................................... 77
I/O module configuration............................................................................................................................................77
Completing the chassis configuration.........................................................................................................................80
Adding or editing Chassis Management Controller (CMC) user................................................................................. 80
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Adding or editing Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) user................................................................ 80
Updating resource inventory ........................................................................................................................................... 80
Viewing resource details....................................................................................................................................................81
Viewing chassis details................................................................................................................................................81
Viewing blade or rack server details........................................................................................................................... 82
Viewing VMware vCenter details............................................................................................................................... 82
Viewing SCVMM details.............................................................................................................................................82
Viewing storage group details.................................................................................................................................... 83
Viewing storage details...............................................................................................................................................83
Opening the iDRAC remote console........................................................................................................................... 84
Opening the CMC remote console............................................................................................................................. 84
Understanding server pools..............................................................................................................................................84
Creating server pool...................................................................................................................................................85
Editing server pool..................................................................................................................................................... 85
Deleting server pool................................................................................................................................................... 85
8 Settings........................................................................................................................ 86
Add-On Modules.............................................................................................................................................................. 86
Creating an Add-On Module.......................................................................................................................................86
Backup and restore.......................................................................................................................................................... 87
Backup details............................................................................................................................................................ 87
Editing backup settings and details............................................................................................................................ 88
Editing automatically scheduled backups....................................................................................................................88
Backup now............................................................................................................................................................... 88
Restore now...............................................................................................................................................................89
Credentials management..................................................................................................................................................89
Creating credentials................................................................................................................................................... 90
Editing credentials......................................................................................................................................................90
Deleting credentials.....................................................................................................................................................91
Getting Started.................................................................................................................................................................91
Application logs................................................................................................................................................................. 91
Exporting all log entries.............................................................................................................................................. 92
Purging log entries..................................................................................................................................................... 92
Networks......................................................................................................................................................................... 92
Networking................................................................................................................................................................ 93
Repositories..................................................................................................................................................................... 96
Adding OS Image repositories.....................................................................................................................................97
Editing OS image repository....................................................................................................................................... 97
Resynchronizing OS image repository ....................................................................................................................... 97
Understanding Firmware/Software Repositories tab................................................................................................. 97
Viewing firmware and software bundles details..........................................................................................................99
Adding Custom Bundle...............................................................................................................................................99
Jobs................................................................................................................................................................................100
Users.............................................................................................................................................................................. 100
Creating a user.......................................................................................................................................................... 101
Deleting a user..........................................................................................................................................................102
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Editing a user............................................................................................................................................................ 102
Enabling or disabling users........................................................................................................................................ 102
Directory services..................................................................................................................................................... 102
Importing Active Directory Users..............................................................................................................................105
About roles............................................................................................................................................................... 106
Virtual appliance management......................................................................................................................................... 112
Update the ASM virtual appliance............................................................................................................................. 112
Generating and uploading the SSL certificates.......................................................................................................... 113
Editing DHCP settings............................................................................................................................................... 114
Editing proxy settings................................................................................................................................................ 114
License management.................................................................................................................................................115
Editing default time zone and NTP settings...............................................................................................................115
Updating repository path...........................................................................................................................................116
Adding Dell ASM Service Tag.................................................................................................................................... 116
Virtual identity pools........................................................................................................................................................ 116
Creating virtual identity pools.................................................................................................................................... 117
Deleting virtual identity pools.....................................................................................................................................118
Exporting virtual identity pools...................................................................................................................................118
9 Troubleshooting........................................................................................................... 119
LC operation times out while deploying server profile to a server ...................................................................................119
Hyper-V host deployments using network storage only support certain configurations.................................................. 119
iSCSI storage network only support static IP addressing.................................................................................................119
Unable to deploy a service for Compellent component with same server object and volume names...............................119
Unable to deploy a service using the template with two EqualLogic CHAP components.................................................119
Unable to log in to ASM using active directory using ""................................................................................................... 119
Chain booting issue occurs while booting microkernel in a multi-hop DHCP environment.............................................. 120
The health status for Compellent storage devices displays as Unknown on the Resources page................................... 120
Scaling down a server that is part of a cluster with HA and DRS disabled does not remove the server from
vCenter. The associated virtual machines may also appear in a Disconnected state.......................................................120
Firmware update on a server fails with a POST error...................................................................................................... 121
Stale Active Directory account entries for HyperV host and cluster can fail HyperV deployments.................................. 121
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Overview
Active System Manager (ASM) is Dell’s unified management product that provides a comprehensive infrastructure and workload
automation solution for IT administrators and teams. ASM simplifies and automates the management of heterogeneous
environments enabling IT to respond more rapidly to dynamic business needs.
IT organizations today are often burdened by complex data centers that contain a mix of technologies from different vendors and
cumbersome operational tasks for delivering services while managing the underlying infrastructure. These tasks are typically
performed through multiple management consoles for different physical and virtual resources, which can dramatically slow down
service deployment.
ASM features a user interface that provides an intuitive, end-to-end infrastructure and workload automation experience through a
unified console. This speeds up workload delivery and streamlines infrastructure management, enabling IT organizations to
accelerate service delivery and time to value for customers.
What can you do with ASM?
ASM provides capabilities and benefits that allow organizations to:
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Accelerate IT service delivery by automating and centralizing key operational functions like workload and infrastructure
deployment.
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Free up IT staff to focus on higher priority projects by dramatically reducing manual steps and human touch points.
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Use infrastructure more fully and efficiently by pooling available server, storage and network resources that you can schedule
for future use or allocate on demand.
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Standardize workload delivery processes to ensure accuracy and consistency for initial deployment, while maintaining the
flexibility to scale workloads according to business needs.
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Maximize investments in both Dell and Non-Dell IT resources with support for heterogeneous IT environments.
How is ASM different?
ASM helps you realize these benefits through a unique set of features and capabilities designed for IT administrators. These
capabilities include:
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Template-based provisioning and orchestration — Simplify IT service delivery with a centralized approach for capturing and
applying workload-specific configuration and best practices; plus step-by-step definition and execution of tasks across the
workload lifecycle.
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Infrastructure lifecycle management — Easily manage the entire infrastructure lifecycle with:
– Fast discovery, inventory, and initial configuration of assets.
– Full lifecycle management of physical and virtual infrastructure and workloads.
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Deep virtualization integration — Manage cluster-level and virtual machine (VM) lifecycle.
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Resource pooling and dynamic allocation — Optimize capital expenditures by creating and managing physical and virtual IT
resource pools.
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Radically simplified management — Powerful and intuitive user interface that makes it easy to set up, deploy, and manage
your IT environment and enables simplified integration with third-party tools.
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Open and extensible — An architecture that integrates with the IT of today and tomorrow; this means being able to plug a new
solution into your existing architecture, as well as giving you flexibility in the future to adopt new technical innovations.
ASM makes it easy to automate IT service delivery and to manage your IT environment end-to-end. You can improve and accelerate
service and infrastructure delivery, maximize efficiency across your IT service lifecycle, and consistently achieve high-quality IT
services.
About this document
This document version is updated for ASM release 8.3.
What’s New in this Release
Active System Manager 8.3 is focused on expanding capabilities around workload deployment, adding new capabilities around
managing existing environments, and improving the granularity of information shown around the current state of environments
under management.
The highlights of Active System Manager release 8.3 include the following:
Support for Dell Hybrid Cloud for Virtualization that includes a new plug-in for compatibility with vRealize Orchestrator 7.0 and 7.1.
Customers can create workflow that automates the deployment of ASM service templates created in ASM.
This release also includes compatibility support for the following:
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Support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4 that enables Dell's SAP HANA Cloud Solution to leverage ASM's hardware
compatibility list to offer ASM automation capabilities to customers.
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Support for PowerEdge R630, PowerEdge R730, PowerEdge R730XD hybrid and flash configurations, PowerEdge FC430,
PowerEdge FC630, and PowerEdge FX2- All flash configurations. Customers can leverage ASM capabilities to discover, deploy
and manage the VSAN ready nodes on Virtual SAN 6.2.
Accessing Online Help
Active System Manager (ASM) online help system provides context-sensitive help available from every page in the ASM user
interface.
Log in to ASM user interface with the user name admin and then enter password admin, and press Enter.
After you log in to ASM user interface, you can access the online help in any of the following ways:
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To open context-sensitive online help for the active page, click? , and then click Help.
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To open context-sensitive online help for a dialog box, click? in the dialog box.
Also, in the online help, use the Enter search items option in the Table of Contents to search for a specific topic or keyword.
Other documents you may need
In addition to this guide, the following documents available on the Dell Support website at dell.com/support/manuals provide
additional information about ASM.
Go to dell.com/asmdocs for more supporting documents such as:
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Active System Manager Release 8.3 Release Notes
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Active System Manager Release 8.3 Installation Guide
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Active System Manager Release 8.3 Compatibility Matrix Guide
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Active System Manager Release 8.3 API Reference Guide
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Active System Manager Release 8.2 SDK Reference Guide
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Active System Manager Integration for VMware vRealize Orchestrator User's Guide
For more information about ASM, including how-to videos, white papers, and blogs, see the Active System Manager page on Dell
TechCenter:
http://www.dell.com/asmtechcenter
Contacting Dell Technical Support
To contact Dell Technical Support, make sure that the Active System Manager Service Tag is available.
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Go to the tech direct portal https://techdirect.dell.com
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Login using your existing account or create an account if you do not have an account.
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Create a case for your incident.
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Add your Active system Manager Service Tag
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Select Active System Manager as the Incident type.
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Type relevant information in the Problem Details, and add attachments or screenshots if necessary.
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Fill in contact information and submit the request.
Licensing
ASM licensing is based on the total number of managed resources, except for the VMware vCenter and Windows SCVMM
instances.
ASM 8.3 supports following license types:
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Trial License — A trial license can be procured through the account team and it supports up to 25 resources for 90 days.
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Standard License — A standard license grants full access.
You receive an email from customer service with instructions for downloading ASM and your license.
If you are using ASM for the first time, you must upload the license file using the Initial Setup wizard. To upload and activate
subsequent licenses, click Settings → Virtual Appliance Management.
1.
Under the License Management section, on the Virtual Appliance Management page, click Add. The License Management
window is displayed.
2.
Click Browse beside Upload License and select an evaluation license file, and then click Open.
The License Management window with the license type, number of resources, and expiration date of the uploaded license is
displayed.
3.
Click Save to apply the evaluation license.
4.
After uploading the license file, the following information about the license is displayed:
5.
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License Type
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Number of Resources
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Number of Used Resources
• Number of Available Resources
To replace the evaluation license with standard license, click Add under License Management section, click Browse beside
Upload License and select a regular standard license file, and then click Open.
You get information regarding license type, number of resources and expiration date of the uploaded license on License
Management window.
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Click Save to apply the standard license.
It replaces the evaluation license with standard license.
After uploading the license file, the following information about the license is displayed:
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License Type
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Number of Resources
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Number of Used Resources
•
Number of Available Resources
You can add multiple standard licenses. After uploading multiple licenses, all the licenses are aggregated together and displayed as
one under License Management section.
NOTE: If you try to upload the same standard license second time, you get an error message stating that License has
already been used.
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Getting started with ASM 8.3
When you log in to ASM for the first time, the Getting Started page is displayed. This page provides a recommended guided
workflow for getting started with ASM. A check mark on each step indicates that you have completed the step.
NOTE: After logging in to ASM for the first time, you can initially set up the configurations.
NOTE: The Getting Started page is not displayed for standard users.
NOTE: Ensure that you log in using admin as the user name and password.
The steps include:
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Step 1: Define Networks — Click Define Networks to define networks that are currently configured in your environment for
resources to access. You can also click Settings → Network to define, edit, or delete the existing network. For more
information about defining networks, see Define Networks.
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Step 2: Discover Resources — Click Discover Resources to discover one or more resources (Chassis, Server, Switch,
Storage, SCVMM, vCenter, and Element Manager) that you want ASM to manage on your network. Also, following information
is displayed on the Discover pane. For more information about discovering resources, see Discovering Resources.
– Discovered Resources — Indicates the number of resources that are discovered in ASM.
– Pending Resources — Indicates that discovery is in progress for the number of resources displayed.
– Errors — Indicates that ASM is unable to discover the number of resources displayed due to some issues.
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Step 3: Define Existing Service — Click Define Existing Service to discover and import existing VMware clusters in the
environment and add it as a service in ASM.
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Step 4: Configure Resources — Click Configure Resources to perform a firmware compliance check on the discovered
resources and configure the chassis as needed.
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Step 5: Publish Templates — Click Publish Templates to open the Templates page. On the Templates page, create a
template or clone a sample template, edit the cloned template, and publish it. The templates ready to be deployed after they are
published.
If you do not want to view the Getting Started page when you log in next time, clear the Show welcome screen on next launch
check box at the bottom of the page. However, to revisit the Getting Started page, from the Active System Manager drop-down
menu, select Getting Started or from the Settings drop-down menu, select Getting Started.
Related links
Discovery overview
Initial Setup
Discovering resources
Templates
Defining or editing existing network
Configuring resources or chassis
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Initial Setup
The Initial Setup wizard enables you to configure the basic settings required to start using ASM.
Before you begin, ensure that you have the following information available:
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The local network share that contains the ASM license.
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The time zone of the virtual appliance that hosts ASM.
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The IP address or host name of at least one Network Time Protocol (NTP) server.
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The IP address or host name, port, and credentials of the proxy server. (Optional)
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The networks in your environment for ASM to access. (Optional)
To configure the basic settings:
1.
On the Welcome page, read the instructions and click Next.
2.
On the Licensing page, select a valid license, type the ASM Service Tag, and click Save and Continue.
3.
On the Time Zone and NTP Settings page, configure the time zone of the virtual appliance, add the NTP server information,
and then click Save and Continue.
4.
(Optional) On the Proxy Settings page, select the Use a proxy server check box, enter the configuration details, and then
click Save and Continue.
5.
(Optional) If you want to configure ASM appliance as a DHCP or PXE server, on the DHCP Settings page, select the Enable
DHCP/PXE server check box, enter the DHCP details, and then click Save and Continue.
6.
On the Summary page, verify the license, time zone, proxy server, and DHCP settings.
7.
Click Finish to complete the initial setup.
After the initial setup is complete, if you want to edit the NTP, proxy server, DHCP settings, and license information, click Settings
in the left pane, and then click Virtual Appliance Management.
Related links
Uploading license
Configuring time zone and NTP settings
Configuring proxy settings
Configure DHCP settings
Uploading license
If you are using ASM for the first time, you must upload the license file using the Initial Setup wizard. To upload a subsequent
license, click Settings in the left pane, and then click Virtual Appliance Management. On the Virtual Appliance Management page,
click Edit in the License Management section.
1.
On the Licensing page of the Initial Setup wizard, click Browse, and select a valid license file.
The following information is displayed based on the license selected:
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Type — Displays the license type. There are two valid license types supported in ASM:
– Standard — Full-access license type.
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– Trial — Evaluation license that expires after 90 days and supports up to 25 resources.
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2.
Total Resources — Displays the maximum number of resources allowed by the license.
• Expiration Date — Displays the expiry date of the license.
To activate the license, click Save and Continue.
Related links
License management
Configuring time zone and NTP settings
On the Time Zone and NTP Settings page of the Initial Setup wizard, you can set the time zone of the virtual appliance that hosts
ASM and configure the Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers used for time synchronization.
NOTE: Configuring NTP adjusts your ASM system time. Your current user session ends if the time is adjusted forward.
The time will sync 5–10 minutes after this step. If this occurs, log in to ASM again and continue with the setup process.
NOTE: When adding NTP server settings in the OS section of a server component, if more than one NTP server is
necessary, ensure to separate the IP addresses using a comma (,).
1.
On the Time Zone and NTP Settings page of the Initial Setup wizard, from the Time Zone drop-down list, select the time
zone in which the virtual appliance operates.
2.
To synchronize the time with the NTP server, enter the IP address or Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of a Preferred
NTP Server and Secondary NTP Server (optional).
3.
Click Save and Continue.
After the initial setup is complete, to change NTP server information, click Setting → Virtual Appliance Management. On the
Virtual Appliance Management page, click Edit in the Time Zone and NTP Settings section.
Related links
Editing default time zone and NTP settings
Configuring proxy settings
If your environment uses a proxy server to communicate with external services, then you must configure the proxy server settings
in ASM.
To enable communication using a proxy server:
1.
On the Proxy Settings page of the Initial Setup wizard, select the Use a proxy server check box.
2.
In the Server IP Address box, enter the IP address or host name for the proxy server.
3.
In the Port box, enter the port number for the proxy server.
4.
If the proxy server requires credentials to log in, select the Use Proxy Credentials check box, enter the User Name and
Password, and then reenter the password to confirm.
5.
To test the connection to the proxy server, click Test Proxy Connection.
6.
Click Save and Continue.
After the initial setup is complete, click Settings → Virtual Appliance Management to change the proxy settings. On the Virtual
Appliance Management page, click Edit in the Proxy Settings section.
Related links
Editing proxy settings
Configure DHCP settings
Configure the following settings to set the ASM appliance as a DHCP or PXE server.
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NOTE: If you want to configure the DHCP server on a particular VLAN that has one or more DHCP servers already
configured, then make sure to turn off the other DHCP servers on the VLAN.
1.
On the DHCP Settings page, select the Enable DHCP/PXE Server check box.
NOTE: The Enable DHCP/PXE Server check box is not selected by default.
2.
In the Subnet box, enter the IP address of the subnet on which DHCP server can be operated.
3.
In the Netmask box, enter the subnet mask that is used by DHCP clients.
4.
In the DHCP Scope Starting IP Address box, enter the starting IP address in the range assigned to the clients.
5.
In the DHCP Scope Ending IP Address box, enter the ending IP address in the range assigned to the clients.
6.
In the Default Lease Time (DD:hh: mm: ss) box, enter the default time that an IP address is granted to a client.
NOTE: It is recommended to set the default lease time for a short duration, ranging from one to three hours.
7.
In the Max Leave Time (DD:hh: mm: ss) box, enter the amount of time that an IP address is granted to a client.
8.
In the Default Gateway box, enter the gateway address. This address is used by the DHCP clients as the default gateway.
9.
In the DNS Server box, enter the domain name system (DNS) domain name of this DHCP scope to use with one or more DNS
servers.
10. Click Save and Continue.
It may take 15 to 20 seconds to enable the DHCP server.
Verifying initial setup
1.
On the Summary page, verify the settings you have configured in the previous pages.
2.
If the information is correct, click Finish to complete the initial setup.
3.
If you want to edit any of the information, click Back or click the corresponding page name in the left pane.
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Dashboard
The Dashboard displays the following information:
NOTE: For standard users, only the details of the services they have created or for which they have permission is
displayed.
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The Service Overview section displays a graphical representation of the services based on the state, total number of services
deployed, and state icons that represent the service state. The number next to each icon indicates how many services are in a
particular state. The services are categorized based on the following states:
– Critical (red band on the graphic): Indicates the services for which the deployment process is incomplete due to errors.
– Healthy (green band on the graphic): Indicates that the service is successfully deployed and is healthy.
– In Progress (blue band on the graphic): Indicates the services for which deployment is in progress.
– Warning (yellow band on the graphic): Indicates that the resources in a service are in a state that requires corrective action,
but does not affect the overall system health. For example, the firmware version installed on a resource in the service is not
compliant.
You can even monitor the health of the server in a service by viewing the status of the service on the Service page.
NOTE: If the service is in Yellow or Warning state, it indicates that one or more servers or storage is in a failed
state. If the service is in Red or Error state, it indicates that the service has fewer than two servers or storage
that are not in a failed state. If the service has only one server or one storage, the service health reflects the
server or storage’s health.
To view the status of the failed server component, hover the cursor on the image of the failed component in the service.
To display a list of services in a particular state, click the corresponding color bands on the graphic: red, blue, green, or
yellow. The following information about the services is listed below the graphical display:
* State icons.
* Service name — Click to view detailed information about the service.
* Name of the user who deployed the service.
* Date and time when the service was deployed.
* The number of resources used by the particular service based on the component type.
* Errors, if any.
From the Service History drop-down list, you can select one of the following options to filter and view the service
deployments.
* All Deployments
* Last 10 Deployments
* Last Week
* Last Month
* Last 6 Months
* Last Year
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Resource Overview — Indicates the numbers of chassis, servers, switches, and storage that have been discovered.
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Under Server Health, the image indicates the following:
– Healthy (green band on the graphic): Indicates that there is no issue with the servers and that servers are working as
expected.
– Critical (red band on the graphic): Indicates that critical problems exist with one or more components in the server. These
issues must be fixed immediately.
– Warning (yellow band on the graphic): Indicates that the servers are in a state that require corrective action, but does not
affect overall system health. For example, the firmware running on a server is not at the required level or not compliant.
– Unknown (gray band on the graphic): Indicates that the state of the server is unknown.
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Under Server Utilization in Services, a pie chart displays:
– Servers In Use (blue band on the pie chart) — Indicates exact number of servers that are in use. To view the total number
of servers used, move the pointer over the band.
– Servers Available (gray band on the graphic) — Indicates the exact number of servers that are available for deployment. To
view the number of servers that are available, move the pointer over the band.
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Under Utilization by Server Pool, each bar represents a server pool and displays the number of servers used and available in
that server pool.
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Under Total Storage Capacity, a pie chart displays the percentage of storage disk space currently being used.
– Storage Used (blue band on the graphic) — Indicates the percentage of used storage disk space. To view the percentage
of used storage disk space, move the pointer over the band.
– Storage Available (gray band on the graphic) — Indicates the percentage of available disk storage space. To view the
percentage of available storage space, move the pointer over the band.
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Under Capacity by Storage Group, each bar represents one of the following storage groups and displays the storage capacity
used or available on the particular storage group.
– Dell EqualLogic Group
– Dell Compellent Arrays
– NetApp Arrays
The Dashboard also displays the following information in the right pane:
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Licensing Information — Displayed when any one of the following events occur:
– The number of resources managed by ASM exceeds the valid license count.
– The trial license expires.
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Quick Action — Enables you to create a template, add existing service, and deploy a new service.
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Recent Activity — Lists the most recent user and system initiated activities. Click View All to view the activities on the Logs
page.
Also, the following information is displayed on the Dashboard.
– Discovered Resources — Indicates the number of resources that are discovered in ASM.
– Pending Resources — Indicates that the discovery is in progress for the number of resources displayed.
– Errors — Indicates that ASM is unable discover the number of resources displayed due to some errors.
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Links to learn more about service deployments and templates.
Related links
Viewing service details
Service states
Deploying service
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Service states
Table 1. Service states
State
Icon
Description
Critical
Indicates service deployed is failed due to some issues.
Warning
Indicates that one of the resources that are part of a service is in a state that
requires corrective action, however this does not affect the overall health of
the system. For example, the firmware running on the resource is not at the
required level or not compliant.
In Progress
Indicates that the deployment of the service is in progress.
Healthy
Indicates that the service is successfully deployed and is healthy.
Related links
Dashboard
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Services
A service is a deployment of a published template.
NOTE: For standard users, only the details of the services they have created or for which they have permission is
displayed.
The Services page displays the services that are in the following states in both Graphical and Tabular view.
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Critical — Displays the number of services for which the deployment process is incomplete due to errors.
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Healthy — Indicates that the service is successfully deployed and is healthy.
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In Progress — Indicates that services for which deployment is in progress.
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Warning — Indicates that one or more resources in a service require corrective action.
On the Services page, you can:
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Click Deploy New Service to deploy a new service. For more information on deploying a new service, see Deploying service.
NOTE: Standard users are allowed to deploy services that they have created or for which they have permissions.
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Click Add Existing Service to add an existing service. For more information on adding an existing service, see Adding an existing
service.
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Click Export All to export all the service details to .csv file.
To switch between Graphical and Tabular view, click the Graphic icon
or Tabular icon
next to the View As option.
To view the services based on a particular service state, select one of the following options from the Filter By drop-down list.
Alternately, in the Graphical view, click the graphic in a particular state.
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All
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Critical
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Healthy
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In progress
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Warning
In the Graphical view, each square title represents a service and has the status of the service at the bottom of the graphic. The
state icon on the graphic indicates the state of the service. The components in blue indicate the component types that are included
in the deployment. The components that are in gray indicate the component types that are not included in the service.
In the Tabular view, the following information is displayed:
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Status — Indicates the status of the service.
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Name — Indicates the name of the service.
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Deployed By — Indicates the name of the user who deployed the service.
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Deployed On — Indicates the date and time when the service is deployed.
Click the service in the Tabular or Graphical view to view the following information about the service in the right pane:
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Service name and description to identify the service.
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Name of the user who deployed the service.
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Date and time when the service is deployed.
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Displays the name of the reference template used in the service.
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Lists the number of resources included in the service for deployment, based on the following component types:
– Application
– Virtual Machine
– Cluster
– Server
– Storage
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Click View Details to view more details about the service.
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Click Update Firmware to update the firmware of one or more servers in the service that are not compliant.
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Click Export to File to export the specific service details to .csv file.
Related links
Viewing service details
Deploying service
Deploying service
NOTE: You cannot deploy a service using a template that is in draft state. Publish the template before you use the
template to deploy a service.
To deploy a service:
1.
Click Active System Manager → Services.
The Services page is displayed.
2.
On the Services page, click Deploy New Service.
The Deploy Service wizard is displayed.
3.
On the Deploy Service page, perform the following steps, and then click Next.
a.
From the Select Published Template drop-down list, select the template to deploy a service.
b.
Enter the Service Name (required) and Service Description (optional) that identifies the service.
c.
Type a number that indicates the number of deployments that is required for a service.
d.
If you want to update the firmware and software version running on the servers that are in the service, select the
Manage Server Firmware check box, and from the Use Firmware Repository drop-down, select a firmware repository.
NOTE: Changing the firmware repository may update the firmware level on servers for this service. Firmware
on shared devices will still be maintained by the global default firmware repository.
e.
If you want to grant permission for Standard users to use this service, under Manage Service Permissions, select the In
addition to all Admins, grant Standard Users access to this service check box, and perform one of the following
actions:
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To grant access to all Standard users, select the All Standard Users check box.
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To grant access only to specific Standard users, select the Specific Standard Users check box, and perform the
following tasks:
a.
Click Add User(s) to add one or more Standard users to the list.
To remove a Standard user from the list, select the Standard user and click Remove User(s).
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b.
4.
After adding the Standard users, select or clear the check box next to the Standard users to grant or block
access to the service.
On the Deployment Settings page, configure the required settings, and click Next.
a.
To manually enter the IP address, click User Entered IP.
b.
From the IP Source drop-down menu, select Manual Entry.
c.
Type IP address in the Static IP Address text box.
NOTE: You can manually enter the IP Address only for Static network.
NOTE: Select the Retry On Failure option to ensure that ASM selects another server from the server pool for
deployment if any server fails.
NOTE: Each server may be retried up to five times.
5.
Click View All Settings to view the details of the components that are part of the service.
6.
On the Schedule Deployment page, perform one of the following tasks:
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Deploy Now — Select this option to deploy the service immediately.
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Schedule Later — Select this option to enter the date and time to deploy the service later.
NOTE:
You must manually configure network and BIOS on Dell PowerEdge C6220 servers.
Before configuring ensure that:
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There is sufficient hard disk space available on the server to install the operating system.
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Single NIC is set to PXE boot.
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Single NIC is set as a first boot device and the hard disk is set as second boot device.
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The network is set as workload network for Windows and Linux bare-metal operating system installation and is set as
hypervisor management network for ESXi deployment.
You must configure the network on the top of rack switch that is connected to the PowerEdge C6220 server and also
configure any VLAN on the server facing port of the top of rack switch. To configure the VLAN, ensure that the PXE VLAN is
untagged for any operating system deployment.
NOTE: Prior to deployment of FX2 or Blade server, you need to disable Flexaddress every server in chassis. To disable
Flexaddress, follow the path:
CMC > Server Overview > Setup > FlexAddress.
You need to make sure that server is powered down to disable FlexAddress. Ideally these should be done prior discovering the
server.
Add existing service
With ASM 8.3, you can discover and import existing VMware clusters in the environment and add it as a service in ASM. After
adding the existing service, you can manage the resources in the cluster by updating the firmware of the components in the cluster
or deleting the components in the cluster.
CAUTION: Deleting a component from the service also deletes the component from the data center environment.
NOTE: Before adding an existing service, you must ensure that the components such as servers, vCenter, or storage
that are part of the cluster are discovered by ASM in the Resource list and are in Reserved or Available state.
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Adding an existing service
To add an existing service:
1.
Click Service.
2.
Click + Add Existing Service.
3.
On the Add Existing Service page, type a service name in the Name field.
4.
Select the Firmware Compliance check box to perform firmware updates on the components in the cluster.
5.
Click Next.
6.
On the Cluster Component page, under the Basic Settings section, type a name for the cluster component in the Component
Name field.
7.
Under the Cluster Settings section, select the following:
8.
a.
Target Virtual Machine Manager — Select the vCenter name where the cluster is available.
b.
Data Center Name — Select the data center name where the cluster is available.
c. Cluster Name — Select the cluster name you want to discover.
Click Next.
The list of all the resources available in the cluster are displayed on the Summary page.
NOTE: If the resources are discovered and in available or reserved state the Available Inventory displays the
components as Yes.
9.
Click Finish.
After the service is created, you can update firmware, change firmware baseline, and delete resources in a service.
CAUTION: Deleting resources from existing services deletes the component from the service and the environment.
Viewing service details
The Service Details page displays the state of the service at component level in Topology and Tabular view.
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In the Topology view, under Service Resources, you can view the topology of the components and connections as structured in
a selected service template.
In the Topology view, the color of the component icons indicates the following:
– The red component icon indicates that the service is not deployed on a particular component due to some issues.
– The blue component icon indicates that the service is successfully deployed on the components.
– The light blue component icon indicates that the service deployment is in progress.
– The yellow icon indicates that particular component requires firmware update.
To view the following information about the resources, click the corresponding component icons.
– IP Address (Click the IP address of a Dell resource to open the Element Manager.)
– Hypervisor IP Address (for servers only)
– Deployment state
– OS IP address
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In the Tabular view, under Service Resources, the following information is displayed based on the resource types in the service.
– Under Virtual Machines, you can view the following information about the virtual machines configured on the clusters:
* Hostname
* OS Type
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* CPUs
* Disk Size
* Memory
– Under Clusters, you can view the following information about the clusters created on VMware vCenter or Microsoft
virtualization environments:
* IP Address
* Asset/Service Tag
– Under Physical Servers, you can view the following information about the servers that are part of a service:
* Hostname
* IP Address
* Hypervisor IP Address
* Asset/Service Tag
– Under Storage, you can view the following information and view the volumes created on a particular storage and the size of
the volumes.
* IP Address
* Asset/Service Tag
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Under Service Information, you can view the following information:
– Name of the service
– Overall Service Health — Displays health of the service. The overall service health is determined by the following:
* Resource Health — Displays the health monitoring of resources reported by Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Nagios Core.
* Firmware Compliance — Displays if the resources are firmware-compliant. This option is applicable only if you have
enabled firmware update on the service.
* Deployment State — Indicates if the deployment of the service completed successfully.
Table 2. Service States
Service State
Icon
Description
In Progress
Indicates that service deployment is in progress.
Critical
Indicates that service deployment is failed due to some issues.
Healthy
Indicates that service is deployed successfully and the resources are firmware
complaint and healthy.
Warning
Indicates that the one of more resources that are part of a service is in a state
that requires corrective action, but does not affect overall system health. For
example, the firmware running on the resource is not at the required level or
not compliant.
View Logs — To view logs, select the component icon of a deployed service from the Component States window on
Service Information page, you get View Logs link. Click the View Logs link, you get In progress, Error, Successful,
Warning, Informational log from View Logs. This is varied with deployed service.
– Deployed By — Displays the name of the user who deployed the service.
– Deployed On — Displays the date and time when the service is deployed.
– Reference Template — Displays the name of the reference template used in the service.
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NOTE: For existing services the name is displayed as User Generated Template and not a template name from
the inventory.
– Reference Firmware Repository — Displays the reference firmware repository.
– User Permissions — Displays one of the following:
* Enabled — Indicates that the permission is granted for one or more Standard users to deploy this service.
* Disabled — Indicates that the permission is not granted for Standard users to deploy this service.
Under Service Actions:
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Click Delete to delete a service or resources in the service.
NOTE: Deleting resources from existing services, deletes the component from the service and the data center
environment.
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Click Retry to redeploy a failed service.
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Click View All Settings to view the settings configured on the resources in a service for deployment.
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Click Export to File to export the service details to a .csv file.
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Click Generate troubleshooting bundle link, you can generate a compressed file of ASM logs files which are used for trouble
shooting.
Under Resource Actions:
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From the Add Resources drop-down list, select the type of the resources that you want to add to the service.
From this drop-down menu, you can even select Network to update workload network.
For more information regarding Add Network, see Add Network.
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If you need to input data for the template which is used to create the running service, then the Upgrade Components button is
displayed. Click the Upgrade Components buttons, Update Service Component window is displayed. Fields in the Update
Service Component window vary depending on templates. Fill in all the displayed fields it. Click Save.
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Click Migrate Server(s) to migrate a server’s settings to another server in a designated server pool. Alternatively, to migrate a
server’s settings, click the server component icon on the topology view, and click Migrate Server(s).
NOTE: The migrate server is only available for Boot from SAN deployments.
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Click Delete Resources to delete resources from a service.
Under Firmware Actions:
To update the firmware on out of compliant servers within the service, click the Update Server Firmware button.
To change the firmware baseline on a server, click Change Server Firmware Baseline.
Under Recent Activity:
The component deployment status and information on the current deployed service is displayed.
Related links
Deploying service
Exporting service details
Updating firmware
Retrying service
Adding components to an existing service deployment
Deleting service
Deleting resources from service
Migrating servers
Upgrading components
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Viewing the compliance report
The following are the steps to view the firmware and software compliance report.
1.
On the home page, click Services.
2.
Select a service to view the compliance report.
3.
In the right pane, click View Details.
4.
On the Service Details page, click View Compliance Report.
The Service Details page is displayed.
The Server Firmware/Software Compliance Report page is displayed.
You can also view the compliance status on the Server Firmware/Software Compliance Report page.
5.
Click Firmware Components to view the firmware components.
6.
Click Software Components to view the software components.
NOTE: To update the noncompliant resources, click Update Resources.
Component deployment states
After you deploy a service, ASM assigns one or more states to the components based on the deployment status.
The following are different types of states displayed at a component level:
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Pending — Indicates that, within a service, the deployment is not yet started for the particular components.
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In Progress — Indicates that, within a service, service deployment is in progress for the particular components.
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Complete — Indicates that, within a service, the service deployment is completed for the particular components.
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Critical — Indicates that, with in a service, service deployment is not successful for the particular components.
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Cancel — Indicates that, within a failed service, deployment is not yet started for the particular components and canceled due
to other component (s) deployment failure.
Editing service information
To edit the information of a service:
1.
On the home page, click Services.
2.
On the Services page, click the service, and in the right pane of the services detail page, click View Details.
3.
On the Service Details page, in the right pane beside click Edit.
4.
In the Edit Service Information dialog box, perform the following steps:
a.
Modify the Service Name and Service Description that identifies the service.
b.
If you want to update the firmware and software running on the servers that are part of the service, select the Manage
Server Firmware check box, and from the Use Firmware Repository drop-down list, select a firmware repository.
NOTE: Changing the firmware repository may update the firmware level on servers for this service. Firmware
on shared devices will still be maintained by the global default firmware repository.
c.
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If you want to grant permission for Standard users to use this service, under Manage Service Permissions, select the In
addition to all Admins, grant Standard Users access to this service check box, and perform one of the following
actions:
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To grant access to all Standard users for this service, select All Standard Users option.
•
To grant access only to specific Standard users for this service, select Specific Standard Users option, and perform
the following tasks:
a.
Click Add User(s) to add one or more Standard users to the list.
To remove the Standard user from the list, select the Standard user and click Remove User(s).
b.
After adding the Standard users, select or clear the check box next to the Standard users to grant or block
access to the service.
c.
Click Save.
Deleting service
To delete a service, perform the following steps:
NOTE: Standard users are allowed only to delete the service that they have deployed.
NOTE: Deleting a service deletes the VLANs configured on the switches.
1.
On the home page, click Services.
2.
On the Services page, click the service, and in the right pane of the services detail page, click View Details.
3.
On the Service Details page, in the right pane, under Service Actions, click Delete.
4.
In the Delete Service dialog box, perform the following steps:
NOTE: Deleting a shared resource could affect other running services.
a.
The Return Servers to resource Pool check box is selected by default. This process returns the IP/IQNs assigned to the
servers that were a part of the service and returns the servers to the server pool. After the service is deleted, the Dell
servers that were part of the deleted service are rebooted, and the servers are set to PXE boot ready for the next
deployment. The servers that are selected by default for tear down are turned off after the service is torn down.
b.
The Delete VMs check box is selected by default to delete the VMs created on the cluster. The servers and VMs are
selected by default for tear down.
c.
Select the Delete Cluster(s) and Remove from Hyper-V and vCenter check box to remove the clusters created on
Hyper-V or vCenter and removes the Hyper-V and vCenter instances. Servers and VMs are selected by default for tear
down.
d.
Select the Delete Storage Volume(s) check box to remove the storage volumes created during the service deployment.
Exporting service details
This feature enables you to export the service details to a .csv file.
1.
On the Services page, click Export to File in the right pane.
2.
Open and save the .csv file.
Retrying service
You can redeploy a service for which deployment is not successful due to some issues.
NOTE: Standard users can only redeploy a failed service that they have deployed.
1.
On the home page, click Services.
The Services page is displayed.
2.
Select a service in an error state and click View Details in the right pane.
The Service Details page is displayed.
3.
In the right pane, under Service Actions, click Retry.
Click Yes when a confirmation message appears.
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Viewing all settings
The View All Settings page displays all the component settings used to configure the resources in the deployment of the service.
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For more details about the Application properties, see Application Settings.
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For more details about the Virtual Machine properties, see Virtual Machine Settings.
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For more details about the Cluster properties, see Cluster Settings.
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For more details about the Server properties, see Server Settings.
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For more details about the Storage properties, see Storage Settings.
Migrating servers (service mobility)
In ASM, service mobility refers to the capability to migrate server’s BIOS, NICs, storage connectivity, and assigned identity
information to another server in a designated server pool, to perform planned maintenance or service activities or to respond to a
hardware fault or failure issue.
Currently, migration is supported only for boot form SAN server, and it is supported only for bare metal OS installs of Linux or
Windows. It is not supported for ESXi. Therefore, the migration will not affect the virtual machines.
It is recommended only to migrate between identically configured hardware. Different operating systems may not boot correctly on
hardware that is different.
Migration pre-requisites
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ASM does not install operating systems on the boot from SAN volume. Therefore, you must install operating system on the
servers prior to migration.
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Make sure that the free servers are available in the server pool for migration, and it is compatible.
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During the migration, the operating systems will not be booted. Therefore, it is recommended to shut down the server before
migrating the boot from SAN image.
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It is recommended to configure a server pool that has servers with same model, RAID, and networking devices, including the
specific slot to which network resources are connected.
Related links
Migrating servers
Migrating servers
NOTE: Standard users can migrate the servers that are part of the server pool for with they have permission.
You can migrate only one server at a time. However, after a successful migration, extra servers can be migrated. During migration,
ASM tries to identify an exact match for the hardware. If it is not available in the server pool, a different hardware can be selected.
You may encounter some issues during configuration of the new servers. In such scenarios, you can address the issues preventing
the proper configuration of the target server, and retry the deployment.
To migrate a server’s configuration to a different server pool:
1.
On the Service Details page, perform one of the following actions:
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2.
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In the topology view, click a server component, and click Migrate in the box that is displayed
• In the topology view, click a server component, and click Migrate in the right page.
In the Migrate Server(s) dialog box, in the State column, select the server, and then in the New Server Pool column, select
the designated server pool to migrate.
NOTE: When you boot from SAN, you always get a migrate option on Service Details page. Migrate is not available
for any other type of deployment so in that case, you do not get Migrate Server option Service Details page.
Upgrading components
If an upgrade to ASM has added new required fields to components within the template from which the service was deployed, the
Upgrade Components button is displayed. While this action is not mandatory, certain service or resource functions are not available
until this upgrade has been completed.
Click on the Upgrade Components button to launch the Update Service Component window. Fields in this window vary depending
on which components contain newly required settings. Complete all the displayed fields. Click Save.
Adding components to an existing service deployment
After a successful service deployment, you can add one or more application, storage, server, cluster, and virtual machine
components to an existing service.
NOTE: Standard users are allowed only to add components to a service for which they have permission.
NOTE: You can add components even if they are currently not in the template. For example, if you have storage, server
and cluster, you can still add VM.
NOTE: You can add components to a service for which deployment is successful or to a failed service deployment.
To add components to a service:
1.
On the home page, click Services.
The Services page is displayed.
2.
Select a service and click View Details in the right pane.
3.
In the right pane, under Resource Actions, from the Add Resources drop-down menu, click one of the following components:
The Server Details page is displayed.
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Application — Enables you to add one or more applications to the service.
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VM — Enables you to add one or more virtual machines to the service.
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Cluster — Enables you to add one or more clusters to the service.
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Server — Enables you to add one or more servers to the service.
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Storage — Enables you to add one or more storage components to the service.
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Network — Enables you to add one or more networks to the service.
Related links
Adding storage to existing service
Adding servers to existing service
Adding virtual machines to existing service
Adding application
Adding virtual machines to existing service
To add virtual machines to an existing service:
1.
On the Add VM(s) page, add a virtual machine by one of the following ways:
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If you want to clone a virtual machine configuration, next to New Component Settings, click Duplicate, and perform the
following steps:
1.
From the Resource to Duplicate drop-down list, select a virtual machine to clone.
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2.
In the # of Instances box, enter the number of new virtual machines that you want to add to the service. Click
Continue.
3.
In the Component Name box, enter the virtual machine name for one or more virtual machines.
4.
In the Host Name box, enter the host name of the virtual machines.
If you want to add new virtual machine, click New, and perform the following steps:
1.
From the Select a Component drop-down list, select one of the following:
– vCenter Virtual Machine
– Clone vCenter Virtual Machine
– Clone Hyper-V Virtual Machine
2.
Under Associated Resources, select the existing components to associate with the newly added virtual machine.
3.
Click Continue.
Based on the component type, specific settings and properties appear automatically that are required and can be
edited. For more information specific to component type settings, see Component Types.
2.
Click Save.
Adding servers to existing service
To add a server to an existing service:
On the Add Server(s) page, add the servers to the service in one of the following ways:
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•
If you want to clone an existing server configuration to the servers that you want to add to the service, next to New
Component Settings, click Duplicate, and perform the following steps:
1.
From the Resource to Duplicate drop-down list, select a server.
2.
In the # of Instances box, enter the number of server instances that you want to add to the service. Click Continue.
3.
In the Component Name box, enter the name of the corresponding servers.
4.
In the Server Pool box, enter the name of the server pool.
5.
In the Host Name box, enter the host name for the corresponding servers.
6.
Click Save.
If you want to add new server component, next to New Component Settings, click New, and perform the following steps:
1.
From the Select a Component drop-down list, select a server component.
2.
Under Associated Resources, perform one of the following actions:
– When you are adding a new component to a template, if you want to associate the component with all the existing
components, select Associate All resources option.
The new component automatically associated with the existing components.
– When you are adding a new component to a template, if you want to associate the component only with the
selected components, select Associate Selected Resources, and then select the components to associate as
needed.
Based on the component type, specific settings and properties appear automatically that are required and can be
edited. For more information specific to component type settings, see Component Types.
When you redeploy an existing service after adding one or more servers, the following states are displayed in the Resources page:
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The state of the existing server resources that are part of the service changes from “Deployed” to ‘Deploying”, and then
changes to “Deployed” after the deployment is complete.
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The state of the new server changes from “Not In Use” to “Pending”. Once the deployment starts, the state changes to
“Deploying”. If the deployment is successful, the state changes to “Deployed”. If the deployment is not successful, the state
changes to “Critical”.
Adding storage to existing service
To add storage components to an existing service:
1.
On the Add Storage page, add the storage to the service by following the steps mentioned here:
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If you want to add new storage component, perform the following steps:
1.
From the Select a Component drop-down list, select one of the following storage components:
– Compellent
– EqualLogic
– NetApp
– VNX
2.
Under Associated Resources, to associate the newly added storage component to the existing components in the
service, select the components to associate.
3.
Click Continue.
Based on the component type, specific settings and properties appear automatically that are required and can be
edited. For more information-specific component type settings, see Component Types.
2.
Click Save.
Adding Network
You can update workload network using Add Network feature.
1.
On the home page, click Services.
2.
Select a service for which you want to add a network, in the right pane, click View Details.
3.
Under Resource Action, from the Add Resources drop-down list, select Network.
The Add Network window is displayed.
All the used resources and networks are displayed under Resource Name and Networks.
4.
From the Available Networks drop-down menu, select the network, and click Add.
The selected network is displayed under Network Name.
Also, you can define a new network by clicking Define a new network.
5.
Select Port Group from the Select Port Group drop-down menu.
6.
Select resources from the Select Resources drop-down menu.
7.
Click Save.
NOTE: To remove the added network, under Actions, click Remove.
Adding application to an existing service
To add application to an existing service:
1.
On the home page, click Services.
2.
Select the service you want to add application and click View Details on the right pane.
The service details page is displayed.
3.
In the right pane, from the Add Resources drop-down menu, select Applications.
For more information on adding application, seeAdding application.
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NOTE: To stop managing an application, on the Service Details page, click application icon on the resource, and
then click Stop Managing Applications. If you click Stop Managing Applications, the application icon on the resource
is no longer available. But the application remains on the VM or server.
Deleting resources from service
1.
On the Delete Resources from Service page, select the resources that you want delete from the service.
2.
Click Delete.
NOTE: Deleting a shared resource may affect other running services.
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Templates
A Template is a collection of components. It defines the end state of your infrastructure that is configured when a service is
generated.
A Template may consist of various components that identify the type of resource to be configured. In ASM, each component is
categorized as:
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Application
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Virtual Machine
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Cluster
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Server
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Storage
The Templates page allows you to access default Dell templates or create templates that can be used to deploy services. For
example, you can create a template for deploying a physical server, deploy VMs in new or existing ESXi clusters and so on.
NOTE: Standard users are allowed only to view and use the templates for which administrator has granted the
permissions.
After creating a Template, you can then publish a template for deployment.
NOTE: It is recommended to first provision the physical devices, then deploy virtual components, and lastly configure
applications.
After creating a template, a template is automatically saved in a Draft state and not yet published. A template must be published to
be deployed.
NOTE: A template in Draft state cannot be deployed.
Template States
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Draft: A template created but not yet published.
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Published: A template ready for deployment.
On Template page, You get two options:
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My Templates
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Sample Templates
Under My templates, two tasks can be performed:
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Create Template
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Upload External Template
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Export All
If you select Sample Template, you get templates which are integrated with ASM by default.
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Related links
Managing templates
About roles
Cloning template
Deleting template
Creating template
Editing template
Building and publishing template
Importing template
Managing templates
The Templates page displays the information about the templates in Graphical and Tabular format. To switch between the
or Table icon
next to View As option on the top of the Templates page.
Graphical and Tabular view, click the Graph icon
To sort and view the templates based on categories, in the Filter By drop-down list, select a category. Alternatively, in the Graphical
format click the graphic that represents a category to view the templates under a category.
NOTE: Standard users are allowed only to view the details of the template for which administrator has granted the
permissions.
The Graphical view displays the following:
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Displays the Draft and Published templates. Each graphic in this view indicates a template. A template with a label DRAFT
indicates it is a draft template.
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In a Template graphic, the component icons in blue indicate that the particular components are part of the template. The
component icons in gray indicate that the particular components are not part of the template.
The Tabular view displays the following information about the template
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State — Indicates the state of the template: Draft or Published
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Category — Indicates the template category.
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Name — Indicates the name of the template.
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Last Deployed On — Indicates the date and time when the templates is used for deployment.
You can click on a specific template to see the following details of the template in the right pane:
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Template name and description for the template.
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Category — Indicates the template category.
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Created on — Indicates the date and time of template creation.
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Created by — Indicates the name of the user who created the template.
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Updated on — Indicates the date and time when the template was last updated.
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Updated by — Indicates the name of the person who last updated the template
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Last Deployed on — Indicates date and time when the selected template was last deployed.
From this page, you can:
NOTE: Only the user with Administrator role has the permissions to create, edit, delete, publish, import, and clone
templates.
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Click Create Template on the top of the Templates page to create a template.
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Click the template and perform the following actions in the right pane:
– Click Edit to edit the template.
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– Click Delete to delete the Template
– Click Deploy Service to use the specific template for service deployment.
– Click View Details to view the resources that can be configured using the template and connections.
– Click Clone to use the properties of this template and create a template.
Related links
Creating template
Editing template
Deleting template
Cloning template
Importing template
Deploying service
Viewing template details
To view more details about a template:
1.
On the Templates page, select a template.
2.
In the right pane, click View Details.
The topology of the components that are part of the template is displayed in the Template Builder.
3.
To view all the component settings, on the Template Builder page, click View All Settings in the right pane.
The Template Settings dialog box lists the details about the component configured in the template. For more information
about the components settings, see Component Types.
Related links
Component types
Creating template
The Create Template feature allows you to either create a template or clone the components of an existing template into a new
template.
To create a template or clone an existing template, perform the following steps:
1.
In the left pane, click Templates.
2.
On the Templates page, click Create Template.
The Create Template dialog box is displayed.
3.
Select either New or Clone Existing option.
If there is Clone Existing, select any existing template that is to be cloned. The components of the selected template are
cloned into the new template.
4.
Enter a Template Name.
5.
From the Template Category drop-down list, select a template category. To create a category, select Create New Category
from the list.
6.
Enter Template Description. (Optional).
7.
If you want to update the firmware and software running on the servers when you deploy a service that uses this template,
select the Manage Server Firmware check box, and from the Use Firmware Repository drop-down menu, select a firmware
repository.
NOTE: Changing the firmware repository may update the firmware level on servers for this service. Firmware on
shared devices will still be maintained by the global default firmware repository.
8.
If you want to grant permission to Standard users to use this template, under Manage Service Permissions, select the In
addition to all Admins, grant Standard Users access to this service check box, and perform one of the following actions:
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To grant access to all Standard users to this template, select All Standard Users option.
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To grant access only to specific Standard users to use this template, select Specific Standard Users option, and perform
the following tasks:
1.
Click Add User(s) to add one more Standard user to list displayed.
To remove the Standard user from the list, select the Standard user and click Remove User(s).
2.
9.
After adding the Standard users, select or clear the check box next to the Standard users to grant or block access to
use this template.
Click Save.
Related links
Building template overview
Building and publishing template
Editing template information
Importing template
Exporting template
Deleting template
Cloning template
Editing template information
To edit the template information:
1.
In the left pane, click Templates.
2.
On the Templates page, click the template that you want to edit, and click Edit in the right pane.
The Template Builder page is displayed.
3.
In the right pane, click Edit.
4.
In the Template Name box, modify the template name as needed.
5.
From the Template Category drop-down list, select a template category. To create a category, select Create New Category
from the list.
6.
In the Template Description box, enter the description for the template.
7.
If you want to update the firmware and software running on the servers when you deploy a service that uses this template,
select Manage Server Firmware check box, and from the Use Firmware Repository drop-down menu, select a firmware
repository.
NOTE: Changing the firmware repository may update the firmware level on servers for this service. Firmware on
shared devices will still be maintained by the global default firmware repository.
8.
If you want to grant permission to Standard users to use this template, under Manage Service Permissions, select the In
addition to all Admins, grant Standard Users access to this template check box, and perform one of the following actions:
• To grant access to all Standard users to this template, click All Standard Users.
• To grant access only to specific Standard users to use this template, click Specific Standard Users, and perform the
following tasks:
1.
To add one more Standard user to the list, click Add User(s).
To remove a Standard user from the list, select the Standard user and click Remove User(s).
2.
9.
After adding or removing the Standard users, select or clear the check box next to the Standard users to grant or
block access to use this template.
Click Save.
Building template overview
The Template Builder page allows you to build a customized template by configuring both physical and virtual components. On the
Template Builder page, you can set the component properties. For example, you can create a template that just provisions physical
servers with OS on them, or creates storage volumes, creates clusters or VMs, or deploy applications on VMs.
This page displays the graphical representation of the topology created within a particular template.
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NOTE: Initially, a newly created or a cloned template appears in a Draft state on the Template page and remains in the
same state until published.
The following component types can be configured in a template:
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Storage
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Server
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Cluster
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Virtual Machine
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Application
NOTE: While building a template, it is recommended to first provision the physical resources, then configure virtual
resources and lastly configure application settings to be deployed on the resources.
On this page, you can:
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Build and Publish a template
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Delete a Template
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Import a Template
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Deploy a Service
NOTE: The Deploy Service functionality is applicable only on published templates.
Related links
Building and publishing template
Building and publishing template
After creating a template using the Create Template dialog box, to start building a customized template using the Template Builder
page, perform the following steps:
1.
To add a component type to your template, click the respective component icon on top of the Template Builder.
The corresponding <component type> component dialog box is displayed.
2.
From the Select a Component drop-down list, select the component that you want to add.
3.
In the # of Instances box, enter the number of component instances that you want to include in a template.
4.
Under Associated Resources, perform one of the following actions:
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When you are adding a new component to a template, if you want to associate the component with all the existing
components, click Associate All resources.
The new component automatically associated with the existing components.
•
When you are adding a new component to a template, if you want to associate the component only with the selected
components, click Associate Selected Resources, and then select the components to associate as needed.
Based on the component type, specific settings and properties appear automatically that are required and can be edited. For
more information about the specific component type settings, see Component Types.
5.
Click Add to add the component to the Template Builder.
6.
Repeat the steps 1 through 5 to add multiple components.
7.
After you complete adding components to your template, click Publish Template. Publishing a template indicates that a
template is ready for deployment.
If a template is not published, it cannot be deployed and remains in the Draft state until published.
8.
After publishing a template, you can use the template to deploy a service in the Services page.
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Related links
Building template overview
Deploying service
Importing template
The Import Template option allows you to import the components of an existing template, along with their component
configurations, into a template. For example, you can create a template that defines specific cluster and virtual machine topology,
and then import this template definition into another template. After importing, you can modify the component properties of the
imported components.
NOTE: Editing the imported template does not affect the original template that was imported and vice versa.
To import a template, perform the following steps:
1.
Click Templates.
2.
On the Templates page, select the template which you want to import, in the right pane, click Edit to edit an existing template.
3.
On the Template Builder page, in the right pane, click Import Template.
4.
In the Import Template dialog box, select a specific template from the Select a template drop-down list, and click Import.
Exporting template
To export template, perform the following tasks:
1.
On the home page, click Templates.
2.
Select the template which you want to export.
3.
In the right pane, click Export Template.
4.
Export Template to ZIP File window is displayed. The window contains:
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File Name
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Use Encryption Password from Backup Setting
File Name:
Enter template name in File Name field.
Use Encryption Password from Backup Setting:
Select Use Encryption Password from Backup Setting if you have set encryption password in Backup setting. Deselect Use
Encryption Password from Backup Setting if you have not set encryption password in Backup setting.
5.
After you deselect the option two more fields are displayed:
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Set File Encryption Password
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Confirm Encryption Password
Set File Encryption Password:
Enter encryption password in Set File Encryption Password.
Confirm Encryption Password:
To confirm encryption password, confirm that encryption password reenter encryption password in Confirm Encryption
Password.
6.
Click Export to File. After clicking Export to File, the file gets downloaded in download directory. A window is displayed to save
the exported file. There save file option is selected by default.
7.
Click Ok to save the file.
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Uploading external template
To upload a template which has imported from other instances of ASM:
1.
On the home page, click Templates.
2.
Click Upload External Template to upload the exported template.
The Upload External Template page is displayed.
For more information on exporting template, see Exporting Template.
3.
Click Browse to select the exported file from your directory.
4.
Select the Use Encryption Password from Backup Settings check box, if you have set the encryption password in Backup
and Restore.
Clear the Use Encryption Password from Backup Settings check box if you have not set the encryption password in Backup
and Restore.
If you clear the Use Encryption Password from Backup Settings, you must enter the encryption password in the Encryption
Password field.
5.
Type the template name in the Template Name field.
6.
Select a template category from the Template Category drop-down menu.
Select the Create New Category option if you want to create a template category.
7.
In the Template Description box, type description for the template.
8.
To update the firmware and software while deploying a service using this template, select the Manage Server Firmware/
Software check box and select a firmware and software repository from the Use Firmware/Software Repository drop-down
menu.
NOTE: Changing the firmware repository may update the firmware level on servers for this service. Firmware on
shared devices is maintained by the global default firmware repository.
9.
To grant access to standard users to use this template, select the Manage Service Permissions check box, click any one of
the following options:
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All Standard Users — Select this option to provide access to all standard users.
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Specific Standard Users — Select this option to provide access to specific users. Click + Add User(s) to add the users.
To remove users added to list, select the user and click Remove User(s).
10. Click Upload and Continue.
The Additional Settings page is displayed.
11. Under Network Settings, select new network from the Select New Network drop-down menu.
12. Under OS Settings, do the following:
a. Type the OS administrator password in the OS Administrator Password box.
b. Select the new OS repository from the Select New OS Repository drop-down menu.
13. Under Server Pool Settings, select the new server pool from the Select New Server Pool drop-down menu.
14. Click Finish.
Editing template
You can edit an existing template to change the draft state of the selected template to the published state for deployment, or to
modify the exiting components and their properties.
To edit a template, perform the following steps:
1.
Click Templates.
2.
Select a template, and click Edit.
3.
Perform the necessary changes to the template.
4.
Click Publish Template to make the template ready for deployment
From this page, you can:
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To edit the template information, click Edit next to the Template Information section title.
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View the following information about the template in the Template Information section:
– Category — Displays the template category.
– Reference Firmware Repository — Displays the reference firmware repository.
– User Permissions — Displays one of the following:
* Disabled — Indicates the permission to access the template is not granted to any Standard users.
* Enabled — Indicates that the permission is granted to one or more Standard users.
– Under Actions, you can:
* To publish the template, click Publish Template. Once it is published, it can be deployed as a service.
* To delete the template, click Delete Template.
* To view all the resources that are in the template and their properties, click View All Settings.
* To import the configuration from an existing template, click Import Template.
Viewing template details
To view more details about a template:
1.
On the Templates page, select a template.
2.
In the right pane, click View Details.
The topology of the components that are part of the template is displayed in the Template Builder.
3.
To view all the component settings, on the Template Builder page, click View All Settings in the right pane.
The Template Settings dialog box lists the details about the component configured in the template. For more information
about the components settings, see Component Types.
Related links
Component types
Deleting template
The Delete option allows you to delete a template from ASM.
To delete a template:
1.
Click Templates and select the template to be deleted, and click Delete. You can also delete a selected template from the
Template Builder page.
2.
Click YES when a warning message is displayed.
Cloning template
The Clone option allows you to copy an existing template into a new template. A cloned template contains the components that
existed in the original template. You can edit it to add more components or modify the cloned components. To clone an existing
template, perform the following steps:
1.
On the home page, click Template.
2.
Select a template, in the right pane, click Clone.
The Cone Template page is displayed.
3.
4.
Type a template name in the Template Name box.
Select a template category from the Template Category drop-down menu.
Select the Create New Category option if you want to create a template category.
5.
In the Template Description box, type description for the template.
6.
To update the firmware and software while deploying a service using this template, select the Manage Server Firmware/
Software check box and select a firmware and software repository from the Use Firmware/Software Repository drop-down
menu.
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NOTE: Changing the firmware repository may update the firmware level on servers for this service. Firmware on
shared devices is maintained by the global default firmware repository.
7.
To grant access to standard users to use this template, click the Manage Service Permissions check box, select any one of
the following options:
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All Standard Users — Select this option to provide access to all standard users.
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8.
Specific Standard Users — Select this option to provide access to specific users. Click + Add User(s) to add the users.
To remove users added to list, select the user and click Remove User(s).
Click Next.
The Additional Settings page is displayed.
9.
Under Network Settings, select new network from the Select New Network drop-down menu.
10. Under OS Settings, do the following:
a. Type the OS administrator password in the OS Administrator Password box.
b. Select the new OS repository from the Select New OS Repository drop-down menu.
11. Under Server Pool Settings, select the new server pool from the Select New Server Pool drop-down menu.
12. Click Finish.
Deploying service
NOTE: You cannot deploy a service using a template that is in draft state. Publish the template before you use the
template to deploy a service.
To deploy a service:
1.
On the home page, click Services.
The Services page is displayed.
2.
On the Services page, click Deploy New Service.
The Deploy Service wizard is displayed.
3.
On the Service Information page, perform the following steps, and click Next.
a.
From the Select Published Template drop-down list, select the template to deploy a service.
b.
Enter the Service Name (required) and Service Description (optional) that identifies the service.
c.
If you want to update the firmware and software running on the servers that are part of the service, select Manage
Server Firmware check box, and from the Use Firmware Repository drop-down, select a firmware repository.
NOTE: Changing the firmware repository may update the firmware level on servers for this service. Firmware
on shared devices will still be maintained by the global default firmware repository.
d.
Type a number that indicates the number of deployments that is required for a service.
e.
If you want to grant permission for Standard users to use this service, under Manage Service Permissions, select the In
addition to all Admins, grant Standard Users access to this service check box, and perform one of the following
actions:
•
To grant access to all Standard users for this service, select All Standard Users option.
•
To grant access only to specific Standard users for this service, select Specific Standard Users option, and perform
the following tasks:
a.
To add one or more Standard users to the list, click Add User(s).
To remove the Standard user from the list, select the Standard user and click Remove User(s).
b.
4.
After adding the Standard users, select or clear the check box next to the Standard users to grant or block
access to the service.
Click Next.
The Deployment Settings wizard is displayed.
5.
On the Deployment Settings page, configure the required settings and click Next.
Configuring Hardware Settings:
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a. Select server source from the Server Source drop-down menu.
You can select Server Pool or Manual Entry from Server Source drop-down menu.
b. Select server pool from the Server Pool drop-down menu.
If you select Server Pool from the Server Source drop-down menu, in that case you can view all user-defined server pools
along with the Global pool. Standard users can see only the pools that they have permission.
If you select Manual Entry, instead of Server Pool, Choose Server drop-down menu is displayed. From the Choose Server
drop-down menu, you can manually select server with its service tag for deployment from the list under the Choose Server
drop-down menu.
NOTE: Select the Retry On Failure option to ensure that ASM selects another server from the server pool for
deployment if any server fails.
NOTE: Each server may be retried up to five times.
Configuring OS Settings:
c. Under OS Settings section, from IP Source, click ASM Selected IP or User Entered IP.
6.
1.
To manually enter the IP address, click User Entered IP.
2.
From the IP Source drop-down menu, select Manual Entry.
3. Type IP address in the Static IP Address text box.
In the Schedule Deployment page, perform one of the following actions:
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Deploy Now — Select this option to deploy the service immediately.
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Schedule Later — Select this option and enter the date and time to deploy the service.
Related links
Adding components to an existing service deployment
Retrying service
Deleting service
Deploying multiple instances of service
NOTE: You cannot deploy a service using a template that is in draft state. Publish the template before you use the
template to deploy a service.
To deploy multiple instances of service, you must perform the following tasks:
1.
On the Template page, select a template.
2.
Click Deploy Service. Deploy Service window is displayed.
3.
On the Deploy Service window, under Service Information:
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Select template from the Select Published Template drop-down menu.
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Enter service name in Service Name field.
NOTE: For the multiple instances of deployment, this service name is the base name for the service which needs to
be deployed. The first service is called by the name which is provided in Service Name field. Rest of the services are
indicated by number after base service name.
4.
Type the number of deployments in Number of Deployments fields.
5.
Click Next. It directs you to Deployment Settings in the Deploy Service window.
NOTE: When deploying multiple instances of a service, Autogeneration of hostname is required to be configured in a
template. When this option is enabled, the user will not be prompted to enter a hostname upon deployment.
6.
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Click Next. It directs you to Schedule Deployment option under Deploy Service window. Under Schedule Deployment, two
options are there:
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Deploy Now: To deploy the service immediately, select the option Deploy Now.
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Schedule later: To deploy the service later, select the option Schedule later.
7.
Select desired date and time from the Date and Time drop-down menu.
8.
Click Finish.
9.
If you have selected Deploy Now option after clicking Finish, you get a message, stating that; Are you sure you wish to
deploy the service? Click Yes to deploy now.
NOTE: If you want to deploy multiple service on many servers. It is recommended to break these up into smaller
group of templates. It is recommended to put 5–10 servers in a single template.
Adding Attachments
You can attach any kind of files to template by using Add Attachment feature. You can attach multiple files.
NOTE: The size limit of attached files is 50 megabytes.
1.
Click Add Attachment under Template information tab, in the right pane of Template page. Add Attachment window is
displayed.
2.
You can attach any kind of files to template by using Add Attachment feature. You can attach multiple files.
3.
Click the browse button. Browse file from local file system, click Open. It redirects you to Templates page. There you can see
the newly added file.
NOTE: This operation may take a time based on their size.
4.
To view the file, select the attached file. Right-click on it. A window is displayed. There, from the Open with drop-down menu,
select Notepad. Click Ok. A window is displayed, there you can view the file.
5.
You can delete the file by clicking the delete icon. After you click delete icon, a window is displayed by stating that Are you sure
that you want to delete this attachment? Click Yes to delete the file.
NOTE: If you try to attach a file with the same name of already attached file, you get an error message. You can
attach multiple file with different file name.
Decommissioning services provisioned by ASM
When a service provisioned by ASM is no longer required, it is important to decommission the resources. Therefore, the resources
can be provisioned for future services.
The steps to accomplish this task differ based on the type of resource component provisioned. For hosts provisioned by ASM, the
default behavior when a service is deleted to turn off the host. For server, extra cleanup is required after turning off the server. For
storage provisioned by ASM, the default behavior when a service is deleted to retain the storage volume available to make sure that
no critical data is deleted.
As a best practice, you need to perform the following tasks while decommissioning a service. Make sure to perform these tasks to
avoid issues in provisioning of future services due to conflicts.
Decommissioning Hyper-V-based storage, host, and clusters
To decommission Hyper-V-based storage, host, and clusters:
1.
SCVMM clusters should be uninstalled through SCVMM.
2.
SCVMM host groups should be deleted if no longer used.
3.
Hyper-V hosts should be removed from SCVMM.
4.
Hyper-V hosts should be removed from the domain.
5.
Storage volumes should be set offline and deleted when the data is no longer used.
6.
If necessary, remove ASM provisioned VLANs from the host facing ports of the switch.
7.
Remove host entries from DNS server.
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Decommissioning VMware based storage, host, and clusters
To decommission VMware based storage, host, and clusters:
1.
Delete unused clusters from VMware vCenter.
2.
Delete unused data centers from VMware vCenter.
3.
Remove hosts from VMware vCenter.
4.
Storage volumes should be set offline and deleted when the data is no longer used.
5.
If necessary, remove ASM provisioned VLANs from the host facing ports of the switch.
Component types
The components (physical or virtual or applications) are the main building blocks of a template.
The following component types are defined in ASM:
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Storage
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Switch
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Server
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Cluster
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Virtual Machine
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Application
NOTE: It is recommended to add physical devices to the template first, then configure virtual resources, and lastly
configure application settings to be deployed on the resources.
Related links
Storage
Cluster
Virtual Machine
Application
Storage
A Storage component refers to the physical storage components that can be added to a template. It is recommended to provision a
storage resource first and then configure virtual resources and applications while building a template.
The following storage resource types are provisioned in ASM:
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Compellent
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EqualLogic
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NetApp
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EMC
After selecting Storage on the Template Builder page, perform the following actions:
1.
2.
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In the Storage Component dialog box, from the Select a Component drop-down list, select one of the storage components:
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Compellent
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EqualLogic
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NetApp
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VNX
Under Related Components, select the components that you want to map with the selected storage type. For more
information about valid component combinations that can be mapped together in a template, see Component Combinations in
Templates
3.
Click Continue.
4.
Under <component name> Storage Settings, specify the properties for the storage component and click Add.
For more information about the storage settings, see Storage Settings.
Storage settings
Table 3. Storage settings
Field Name
Description
EqualLogic Storage Settings
Target EqualLogic
Specifies the EqualLogic storage device where the volume is created.
Storage Volume Name
Select the volume in EqualLogic. To create a volume, from the Storage Volume drop-down
list, select Create New Volume.
New volume name
Enter the name of the volume in EqualLogic. A volume is a logical partition in the EqualLogic
storage array. The EqualLogic CHAP users have the access to these storage volumes. More
than one chap users can have access to the EqualLogic volume.
Storage Pool
Specifies pool name where a volume is. The default storage pool value is Default.
Storage Size (e.g. 500 MB, 1 GB)
Specifies the volume size.
Thin Provisioning
Enables thin provisioning on this volume. The possible values are enable or disable.
Snapshot Reserve %
Refers to the amount of space, as a percentage of the volume size, to reserve for a snapshot.
Thin Min Reserve %
Sets the minimum reserved size for thin provisioned volume configured as percentage of total
volume size. This value cannot be less than 10%.
Thin growth Warning %
Sets the warning threshold percentage for thin-provisioned volume. When the thin-reserve
reaches this value, a warning message is displayed. The default value is 60%.
Thin growth Maximum %
Sets the maximum growth percentage for thin volume. When thin-reserve reaches this value,
the volume is set to offline. The default value is 80%.
Thin warning on Threshold %
Specifies whether a thin provisioning sends an initiator warning when passing the in-use
warning threshold.
Thin warning Hard Threshold %
Specifies whether a thin provisioning allows the volume to remain online after reaching the
max-growth threshold.
Multihost access of volume
This parameter enables or disables multihost access on a volume. The possible values are
enable or disable.
Authentication
Enables you to select one of the following authentication methods to access the storage
volume:
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CHAP
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IQN/IP
NOTE: For VMware based deployment, you can use IP or Chap authentication.
Chap username
Specifies the CHAP username. A valid CHAP username must be less than or equal to 63
alphanumeric characters. The access to CHAP username is limited.
NOTE: The Chap username and Chap secret fields are displayed only if
authentication type is selected as Chap.
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Field Name
Description
Chap secret
Specifies the CHAP password. A valid CHAP password must be less than or equal to 254
characters. If the password is not specified, then it is generated automatically.
Initiator IQN or IP Addresses
Specifies the IQN or IP addresses that you want to configure on the EqualLogic storage
volume to enable access for the IPs or IQNs.
Enter the comma-separated list containing the IP addresses or IQN addresses. The list should
not contain a white space.
A valid IP address list must be in the format: 172.19.15.2,172.19.15.3,172.19.15.4
A valid IQN address list must be in the format: iqn.2001-05.com.dellsoftware01,iqn.
2001-05.com.dellsoftware02,iqn.2001-05.com.dellsoftware01
Compellent Storage Settings
Target Compellent
Specifies the compellent storage device where the volume is created.
Storage Volume Name
Specifies the name of the volume that is to be created or destroyed.
Storage Size e.g. 100 GB
Specifies the volume size. Enter the number of 512-byte blocks or the total byte size. To
specify a total byte size, use k for kilobytes, m for megabytes, g for gigabytes, or t for
terabytes.
Boot Volume
Specifies if the mapped volume is designated to be a boot volume.
Volume Folder
Specifies the name of an existing volume folder where a volume is to be created. In case the
folder does not exist, a new folder is created.
Purge Volume
This property indicates that the volume must be purged. If the purge option is not specified,
the volume is still visible using the volume show command and contains the status of the
Recycled. The possible values are yes or no. The default value is yes.
Volume Notes
Specifies the notes for the volume. By default, no notes are included.
Replay Profile
Specifies the replay profiles for the volume.
Storage Profile Name
Specifies the replay profiles for the volume.
Server Notes
Specifies the optional user notes associated with the server.
Operating System Name
Specifies the operating system type, which is set in the Compellent server object of the
Compellent storage center.
Server Object Folder
Specifies the folder for the server.
Server WWN Values
Specifies a globally unique World Wide Name (WWN) for the requested HBA.
Port Type
Refers to the transport type for all HBAs being added. This option is required if the manual
flag is set. The possible values are Fibre Channel and iSCSI. For iSCSI Compellent set the port
type to iSCSI.
Manual
This parameter sets an optional flag to configure the requested HBAs before the HBAs are
discovered. If the WWN matches a known server port, then this flag is ignored. If this flag is
present, then the Port Type must also be specified. The possible values are true or false.
Force Map
If the value of this property is defined, it forces mapping, even if the mapping exists. The
possible values are true or false.
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Field Name
Description
Map Read Only
Specifies whether a map is read-only. The possible values are true or false.
Single Path Map
Specifies that only a single local port can be used for mapping. If omitted, all local ports are
used for mapping. The possible values are true and false.
Configure SAN Switch
Enables the zone configuration on the Brocade FC SAN switch.
NetApp Storage Settings
Target NetApp
Specifies the NetApp storage device where the volume is created.
Storage Volume Name
Select the volume name on the NetApp array. To create a volume, from the Storage Volume
drop-down list, select Create New Volume.
New volume name
Enter the name of the volume that is to be created or destroyed. The storage volume names
created on same aggregate must be unique in a NetApp storage array.
Storage Size e.g. 100 GB
Specifies the volume size. Enter the number of 512-byte blocks or the total byte size. You can
specify the total byte size in the following formats: MB for megabytes, GB for gigabytes, or
TB for terabytes. The volume size must be between 20 MB and 999 TB.
Aggregate Name
Specifies the aggregate name on which the volume is created.
Space reservation mode
Specifies the type of volume that guarantees the new volume uses. Possible values: none,
File, Volume. If any value is not selected, the default volume guarantee type is set to Volume.
The percentage of space to
reserve for snapshots
Specifies the percentage of space to reserve the snapshots. Default value is 0.
Auto increment
Select this check box to enable auto increment of volume size. By default, auto increment is
enabled.
Persistent
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In Data ONTAP 7-mode, the persistent is enabled by default. If it is enabled, modify the
etc/exports file to append the rule for a permanent change. (The new rule still takes
effect immediately.).
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In Data ONTAP Cluster-Mode, the export entries are always persistent. Persistent is
enabled by default. If persistent is not enabled an error occurs.
NFS Target IP
Specifies the interface IP that is used for NFS traffic in your environment.
VNX Storage Settings
Target VNX
From the Target VNX drop-down menu, select the VNX that you want to deploy.
Pool Name
Select the target pool name from the Pool Name drop-down menu.
Storage Volume Name
Select the storage volume name from the Storage Volume Name drop-down menu.
New Volume Name
To create a volume, from the Storage Volume Name drop-down menu, select Create New
Volume.
Configure SAN Switch
Enables the zone configuration on the Brocade FC SAN switch.
Storage Size e.g. 100 GB
Specify the volume size.
Type
List the LUN types that are supported by storage. Non Thin is the default option.
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Field Name
Description
However, you can use Snap, Thin, and Compressed types by separately installing them. For
more information on installing plug-ins, see Installing Plug-ins for EMC to Support Volume
Provisioning section in Installation Guide.
Folder Name
Type the folder name.
Server settings
Table 4. Server settings
Options
Description
Select a Component
Select one of the following options from the drop-down menu:
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•
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Server
Server (O/S Installation Only)
Server (Hardware Only)
# of Instances
Type the number of the server instances that you want to add.
Associated Resources
Select Associate All Resources or Associate Selected resources to
associate all or specific components to the new component.
Import Configuration from Reference Server
Click this option to import an existing server configuration and use it
for the server component settings. On the Select Reference Server
page, select the server from which you want to import the settings,
and click Select.
Import from Existing Template
Click this option to import configuration from a server that is part of
an existing template. On the Select Component page, select the
server under a template, and click Select.
Upload Server Configuration Profile
Click this option to upload configuration XML file to ASM.
Validate Settings
Click this option to determine which may be chosen for a deployment
with this template component.
Hardware Settings
NOTE: This setting is applicable only for Server and Server (Hardware Only) components.
Target Boot Device
Specifies the target boot device. The options available are — Boot
from SAN (FC), Local Hard Drive Boot From SAN (iSCSI), None,
None (With RAID Configuration), SD with RAID enabled, and SD
with RAID disabled.
NOTE: The SD with RAID enabled option allows you to boot
from the SD and then proceed with creating the RAID virtual
disks.
RAID
You can configure RAID using this feature. The following options are
available to configure RAID Level:
• Basic RAID Level
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Advanced RAID Configuration
Basic RAID Level: Select Basic RAID Level option, and then select
RAID level from the Basic RAID Level drop-down menu.
ASM supports external and internal RAID controllers using the
Advanced RAID Configuration feature.
Advanced RAID Configuration: If you select Advanced RAID
Configuration, You get two buttons Add Internal Virtual Disks, Add
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Options
Description
External Virtual Disk. There are 4 settings under Add Internal Virtual
Disks, Add External Virtual Disk:
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Virtual Disk: Lists the ID number of the virtual disk.
NOTE: The operating system is installed on the first virtual
disk. Also, you cannot set the first disk to non-RAID mode.
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RAID Level: Select RAID level from the drop-down menu.
NOTE: You can also set specific disk to non-RAID mode by
selecting Non-RAID level from the RAID Level drop-down
menu.
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# of Disks: Select number of disks according to the selected RAID
level. You may specify "Minimum" or "Exactly" to determine
whether ASM should create the virtual disk with the exact
number of drives or use as many drives as available.
NOTE: If the number of selected disks is not correct for
the chosen RAID level, template validation does not allow
you to proceed further.
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Disk Type: Select disk type from the drop-down menu. You can
select Any Available, First Disks, Last/Rear Disks, Require HDD,
and Require SSD to specify the type of drives to be selected for
the virtual disk. A virtual disk cannot be created with a mix of SSD
and HDD.
There is a feature, Enable Global Hotspares. This option is available
for both Add Internal Virtual Disk and Add External Virtual Disk. By
using this feature, you can specify number of hot spares you want to
set for disk.
NOTE: ASM supports MD1400 and manages MD1400DAS
through second RAID Controller. ASM provides the ability to
configure a second RAID controller to support the MD 1400
external storage array. To support this, you must have a
second PERC device in your system. It is recommended to
use the PERC H830 storage controller with the MD 1400.
Server Pool
Specifies the pool from which servers are selected for the
deployment.
BIOS Settings
NOTE: This setting is applicable only for Server and Server (Hardware Only) components.
System Profile
Select the system power and performance profile for the server.
User Accessible USB Ports
Enables or disables the user accessible USB ports.
Number of Cores per Processor
Specifies the number of enabled cores per processor.
Virtualization Technology
If this is enabled, the additional hardware capabilities provided by
virtualization technology are enabled.
Logical Processor
Each processor core supports up to two logical processors. If enabled,
the BIOS reports all logical processors. If disabled, the BIOS reports
only one logical processor per core.
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Options
Description
Node Interleaving
If the system is configured with matching memory, enables memory
node interleaving. If disabled the system supports nonuniform memory
architecture memory configurations.
NOTE: Ensure that you disable the Node-Interleave option in
the server BIOS when creating a virtual machine on a HyperV
server.
Execute Disable
Enables or disable execute disable memory protection.
OS Settings
NOTE: This setting is applicable for Server and Server (O/S Installation Only) components.
Auto-generate Host Name
Auto generate host name option is displayed on Server Component
window for generating host name. If you already auto generated host
name on Server Component window, Auto generate host name option
will not be display.
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If you select the Auto-generate Host Name check box, a Host
Name Template field is displayed.
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On Host Name Template field, type unique host name for
deployment.
You must use variable while generating host name.
For Example: It can be service tag or Service tag+ Vendor+ Unique
number. If you clear Auto-generate Host Name check box, Host
Name Template field is disappeared.
NOTE: Auto- generate Host name feature is applicable for
both the server, server(O/S Installation only). If there is
multiple instances of deployment, you have to select Autogenerate Host name option.
NOTE: When you have static assigned IP and if you have DNS
configured in template, DNS use the IP to look up the
hostname and use it as hostname for the deployment.
OS Image
Specifies the target repository where the OS image install files are
located. The default repositories are ESXi. The additional repositories
are shown if the user created them on the ASM appliance.
NOTE: If you select an operating system from the OS Image
drop-down menu, the field NTP Server is displayed:.. This is
an optional component for all operating systems except
Hyper-V, but we highly recommend you to enter an NTP
server IP in the field to ensure proper time synchronization
with your environment and ASM appliance. Sometimes when
time is not properly synchronized, service deployment failure
can occur.
NOTE: If you want to add more than one NTP server in the
OS section of a server component, make sure to separate the
IP addresses using comma ().
NOTE: If you select Windows operating system from the OS
image drop-down menu, the following fields are displayed:
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Install HyperV: Select the check box to install HyperV.
OS Image Version: From the drop-down menu, select the
OS image version.
Options
Description
Administrator password
Enter the administrator password that set on the installed OS.
Confirm administrator password
Enter to confirm the administrator password.
Select iSCSI Initiator
Select one of the following:
•
•
Hardware Initiator
Software Initiator
NOTE: iSCSI Initiator is only supported with VMware.
Also, this option is supported only on the EqualLogic iSCSI
storage and Compellent iSCSI storage.
Install EqualLogic MEM
If the value is True, install EqualLogic Multipathing Extension Module.
Product Key
Specifies the product key to install the OS image on the server.
Timezone
Specifies the time zone of the server.
NTP Server
Specifies the IP address of the NTP server for time synchronization.
If you want to add more than one NTP server in the OS section of a
server component, make sure to separate the IP addresses using
comma (,).
Language
Specifies the language to be displayed in the installed operating
system. That is, Windows operating system.
Keyboard
Specifies the key board language to be used during Windows
installation.
Domain Name
Specifies the domain name to which you want to add the host. For
example, aidev
FQ Domain Name
Specifies the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) to which you want
to add the host. For example, aidev.com
Domain Admin Username
Specifies the username to access the domain.
Domain Admin Password
Specifies the admin password to add the host to the domain.
Domain Admin Password Confirm
Enables you to reconfirm the admin password to add the host to the
domain.
Network Settings
NOTE: This setting is applicable for Server and Server (Hardware Only) components.
Add New Interface
Click Add New Interface option to create a network interface in a
template server component. Under this interface all network settings
are specified for a server. This interface is used to find a compatible
server in inventory, for example if "Two Port, 10 gigabit" is added to
the template, when the template is deployed ASM will match a server
which has a two port 10-gigabit network card as it's first interface.
For more information on adding a new interface, seeAdding New
Interface.
Static Network Default Gateway
Select the default gateway IP address for routing network traffic.
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Options
Description
Identity Pool
Select the virtual identity pool from which virtual identities (MAC
address and WWPN/WWNN) are selected for boot from SAN
deployment.
NOTE: After entering the information about PXE network in the respective field as described in the table above, ASM
will untag vLANs entered by the user in the PXE network on the switch server facing port. If there is vMotion and
Hypervisor network, for the entered information ASM tags these networks on the switch server-facing ports. If there is
Rack Server, ASM configures those vLANs on TOR server facing ports (untag PXE vLANs, and tag other vLANs). In the
case for Blade Servers, ASM configures those vLANs on the IOM server facing ports(untag PXE vLANs and tag other
vLANs).
NOTE: ASM does not only import basic settings from reference server but also imports all the BIOS settings and
advanced RAID configurations from the reference server and allows you to edit the configuration.
For some BIOS settings, they may become not applicable when other BIOS settings are applied. ASM does not correct these
setting dependencies. When setting advanced BIOS settings use caution and verify that BIOS settings on the hardware are
applicable when not choosing "Not Applicable" as an option. For example, when disabling SD card the settings for "Internal SD
Card Redundancy" becomes not applicable.
NOTE: You can edit any of the settings visible in the template, but many settings are hidden when using this option. For
example there are only 10 of the many BIOS settings that you can see and edit using template but All BIOS settings can
be configured so if you want to edit any of those settings that we don't get to see through template, you should edit
them prior to importing or uploading the file.
NOTE: The preceding note is applicable for Import Configuration from Reference Server, Import from Existing Template,
Select Reference Server.
NOTE: Validate settings shows which potential servers in inventory are compatible with the component configuration in
the template.
Adding New Interface
Under Network Settings, perform the following settings:
NOTE: Add New Interface is used to create a network interface to match to a network card on the server when
deploying a template.
1.
On the server component page, under Network Settings, click Add New Interface. A new interface section is displayed.
NOTE: Add new interface feature is used to create an interface to match with the interface on the server before
deploying a template
2.
Enter the following information for the new interface:
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Fabric Type — Select either any of the following options; Ethernet (NIC/CAN) or Fibre Channel (HBA).
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Port Layout — Select the NIC type from the drop-down menu.
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Partitioning — Select the Enable Partitioning Ports (NPAR) option to enable port partitioning.
NOTE: This option is not selected by default.
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Redundancy — Select the Duplicate port settings and configure teaming to enable duplicating port to create
redundancy.
NOTE: This option is not selected by default.
3.
Enter the following information for each port or partition:
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Networks (vLAN) — Select the available network to use for data transmission.
If you want to use static IP range, you can select old PXE DHCP network option or you can select Lab OS Installation
which is a static network.
NOTE: When the OS Installation network is set to Static, OS Installation is supported only for installing Linux,
ESXi, and Windows on bare-metal systems with Intel NICs.
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Enter the Minimum and Maximum Bandwidth in percentage.
NOTE: If you select the same network on multiple interface ports or partitions, ASM performs the following:
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On systems with Windows and ESXi operating system, a team or bond is created in the operating system to enable
redundancy.
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On systems with Red Hat, CentOS, and SUSE Linux operating system:
– LACP-enabled (mode 4 or 802.3ad) bond is created in the operating system.
– LACP enabled port-channel is created on the server-facing ports of the switch to which the server is connected. The
port-channel selected is automatically assigned to the lowest port available in the connected switch.
– The MTU value is set to either 1500 or 9000.
– After the server tears down, all the above listed configurations are removed.
NOTE: Ensure that lacp ungroup is not set to vlt on your switches.
NOTE: The MTU value is set to either 1500 or 9000 based on user selection in the template.
Server (OS Installation only) Component Settings
On Getting Started page, click Publish Template. On Template page, click Create Template. On Create Template page:
Template Name field: Enter Template name in the Template Name field.
Template Category: Select category of template from the Template Category drop-down menu.
Click Save, it directs you to Template Builder page. On the Template Builder page, click Add Server. It directs you to Server
Component window. From the Select a Component drop-down menu, select Server (O/S Installation only). After that # of
Instances drop-down menu is displayed. From the # of Instances drop-down menu, select the number of the server instances that
you want to add, after that click Continue. Under OS Settings, few fields, drop-down menu and check box are displayed. These all
are listed here:
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Auto-generate Host Name
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Host Name Template
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OS Image
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Administrator password
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Confirm administrator password
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Time Zone
•
NTP Server
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Server Pool
Auto-generate Host Name:
If you select the Auto-generate Host Name check box, a Host Name Template field is displayed. You must use this variable while
generating a host name. For Example, a hostname template must start with a letter. The variable portion of the hostname template
can be designated to use a service tag or a number to ensure uniqueness. The template may also include a variable for the model or
vendor of the server if information about these values is available. It can be service tag or Service tag+ Vendor+ Unique number. If
you clear the Auto-generate Host Name check box, Host Name Template field disappears.
NOTE: Auto-generate Host name feature is applicable for both the server, server(O/S Installation only). If there are
multiple instances of deployment, you have to select Auto-generate Host name.
OS Image:
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From the OS Image drop-down menu, select OS Image.
Administrator password:
Enter your administrator password.
Confirm administrator password:
Reenter your administrator password to confirm password.
Timezone:
After you select OS Image Type, Timezone and NTP Server fields are displayed. Select time zone from the Timezone drop-down
menu.
NTP Server:
This is an optional component for all operating systems except Hyper-V. You can specify NTP server for bare metal OS installation,
ESXi installation.
NOTE: It is recommended to enter an IP address in the NTP Server field as sometimes when there is not time
synchronization with environment a service deployment may fail.
Server Pool:
Enter the server pool name in the Server Pool field. Click Add. It directs you to Template Builder page. There you can see the newly
added template. This template is used only for deploying Operating System on server.
NOTE: Here you will not get any option for Hardware, BIOS, and network configuration. You are required to check that
manually weather or not server has hard disks available and network is configured on rack switch or blade chassis.
Importing from existing template
The Importing From Existing Template feature enables you to import configuration from a server which is already there is an
existing template. You can edit the settings after importing the configuration from existing template.
To import a configuration from a server which is already part of an existing template, perform the following tasks:
1.
On the Server Component Settings page, click Import from Existing Template.
2.
On the Select Component page, select a server under a template to import the configuration.
3.
Click Select.
It imports the configuration from existing template.
Uploading Server Configuration Profile
The Upload Server Configuration Profile feature enables you to upload configuration XML file to ASM. To upload a configuration
XML file to ASM, perform the following tasks:
1.
Click Upload Server Configuration Profile, Upload Server Configuration Profile window is displayed.
2.
On the Upload Server Configuration Profile window, click Browse.
3.
Select a file what you want to upload, click Open.
4.
Click Continue on Upload Server Configuration Profile window.
5.
After performing all the above steps click Save.
The settings uploaded from the configuration XML file are applied to the hardware configuration of the target server at deployment
time.
Cluster
After selecting Cluster on the template builder page, perform the following actions:
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1.
In the Cluster Component dialog box, from the Select a Component drop-down list, select one of the following options:
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VMWare
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Hyper-V
2.
In the # of Instances box, enter the number of cluster instances.
3.
Under Related Components, select the components that you want to map with the selected cluster instance. For more
information about valid component combinations that can be mapped together in a template, see Component Combinations in
Templates
4.
Click Continue.
5.
Under Cluster Settings, specify the settings that you want to configure on the cluster components and click Add.
For more information about the cluster settings, see Cluster Component Settings
Cluster component settings
Table 5. Cluster component settings
Field Name
Description
Cluster Settings (Target vCenter)
Target Virtual Machine Select virtual machine manager from the Target Virtual Machine Manager drop-down menu.
Manager
Data Center Name
Select data center name from Data Center Name drop-down menu.
Cluster Name
Select new cluster name from Cluster Name drop-down menu.
New cluster name
Select new cluster name from New Cluster Name drop-down menu.
Cluster HA Enabled
Enables or disables highly available cluster.
You can either select or clear the check box. By default, it is unchecked.
Cluster DRS Enabled
Enables or disables distributed resource scheduler (DRS).
You can either select or clear the check box. By default, it is unchecked.
Storage DRS Enabled
Enables or disables the storage DRS.
If you select the Storage DRS Enabled check box, configure the following:
• Type storage cluster POD name in the Storage Cluster Name field.
• Select the volumes to Data stores to Add to Cluster.
Switch Type
Allows you to configure the virtual switches as distributed or standard for the host network. If enabled,
the switches are configured as distributed switches.
NOTE: This option is applicable only for VMware clusters.
NOTE: Ensure that version of the distributed switches that are configured is based on the
lowest available host version in a cluster to ensure compatibility with all the clusters in the host.
Cluster Settings (Target Hyper-V)
Hypervisor
Specifies the target SCVMM.
Management Software
Host Group
Specifies the host group that you want to target.
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Field Name
Description
New host group name
Enables to specify a new host group. Enter the host group in the format: All hosts\ <group name>
Cluster Name
Specifies the name of the cluster.
New cluster name
Enables you to specify a new cluster.
Cluster IP Address
Specifies the cluster IP address.
Virtual Machine
A Virtual Machine is configured on top of a cluster, while building a template.
After selecting the Virtual Machine component on the Template Builder page, perform the following actions:
1.
In the Virtual Machine Component dialog box, from the Select a Component drop-down list, select one of the following:
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vCenter Virtual Machine
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Clone vCenter Virtual Machine
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Clone Hyper-V Virtual Machine
2.
In the # of Instances box, enter the number virtual machine instances that you want to configure.
3.
Under Related Components, select the components that you want to map with the virtual machine instance. For more
information about valid component combinations that can be mapped together in a template, see Component Combinations in
Templates.
4.
Click Continue.
5.
Under Virtual Machine Settings, specify the settings that you want to configure on the virtual machines and click Add.
For more information about the virtual machine settings, see Virtual Machine Settings.
Virtual machine settings
Table 6. Virtual machine settings
Virtual Machine Component
Field Name
Description
vCenter Virtual Machine
Virtual Machine OS Settings
Auto-generate Host Name Select to generate a new name for each virtual machine.
NOTE: The Host Name Template field is displayed if this option is selected.
Host Name Template
Displays the naming convention followed for the virtual machines deployed in a service.
NOTE: The naming convention that is followed consists of vm${num), where vm indicates a
static text that you can provide and ${num} is a variable number that is enumerated for the
number of virtual machines that you create. For example, if you deploy a service with 3
virtual machines and if you select the auto-generate option and provide the name as vm,
the virtual machines are named as vm1, vm2, and vm3.
Administrator password
Specify OS administrator password that is set on the installed OS.
Confirm administrator
password
Enter the password to confirm the administrator password.
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Virtual Machine Component
Field Name
Description
OS Image
Specifies the target repository where the OS image install files are located. The default repositories
are ESXi. The additional repositories are shown if the user created them on the ASM appliance.
NTP Server
Type the IP address of the NTP server for time synchronization.
If you want to add more than one NTP server in the OS section of a server component, make sure to
separate the IP addresses using comma (,).
Virtual Machine Settings (vCenter Virtual Machine)
Number of CPUs
Indicates the number of CPUs specified while configuring a Virtual Machine.
Virtual Disk(s)
Specifies the size to allocate for virtual machine hard disk.
The default size is 32 GB.
NOTE: The operating system is installed on the first virtual disk.
Add Virtual Disk
Click this option to create extra virtual disks.
Memory in MB
Indicates the memory specified while configuring a virtual machine.
Networks
Allows you to set the virtual machine network or set static networks already created in ASM as
workload networks for the virtual machines.
NOTE: Static IPs are applicable only for vCenter Virtual Machine on which you are installing
Linux operating system.
Static Network Default
Gateway
Set the default gateway for the static network selected.
NOTE: This option is applicable only if you have set the Networks setting to a static
network.
Virtual Machine Settings (Clone vCenter Virtual Machine)
Auto-generate Name
Select to generate a new name for each virtual machine.
VM Name Template
Displays the naming convention followed for the virtual machines deployed in a service.
NOTE: The naming convention that is followed consists of vm${num), where vm indicates a
static text that you can provide and ${num} is a variable number that is enumerated for the
number of virtual machines that you create. For example, if you deploy a service with 3
virtual machines and if you select the auto-generate option and provide the name as vm,
the virtual machines are named as vm1, vm2, and vm3.
Clone Type
Select the clone type from Clone Type drop-down menu.
Source
Specifies the name of the source template.
Source Datacenter
Specifies the VMware data center where the source template or virtual machine resides.
VM Guest Customization
Spec
Select the specs available in vCenter inventory.
Number of CPUs
Indicates the number of CPUs specified while configuring a Virtual Machine.
NOTE: To make these specs available for selection, update the vCenter inventory with
customized spec. For more information, see Creating customization specification for
vCenter virtual machine clone.
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Virtual Machine Component
Field Name
Description
Virtual Disk Size (GB)
Specifies the size to allocate for virtual machine hard disk.
Memory in MB
Indicates the memory specified in GB while configuring a Virtual Machine.
Networks
Allows you to set the virtual machine network or set static networks already created in ASM as
workload networks for the virtual machines.
NOTE: Static IPs are applicable only for vCenter Virtual Machine on which you are installing
Linux operating system.
Static Network Default
Gateway
Set the default gateway for the static network selected.
NOTE: This option is applicable only if you have set the Networks setting to a static
network.
Virtual Machine Settings (Clone Hyper-V Virtual Machine)
Auto-generate Name
Select to generate a new name for each virtual machine.
NOTE: If this option is selected, the VM Name Template field is displayed.
VM Name Template
Displays the naming convention followed for the virtual machines deployed in a service.
NOTE: The naming convention that is followed consists of vm${num), where vm indicates a
static text that you can provide and ${num} is a variable number that is enumerated for the
number of virtual machines that you create. For example, if you deploy a service with 3
virtual machines and if you select the auto-generate option and provide the name as vm,
the virtual machines are named as vm1, vm2, and vm3.
Description
Indicates the number of CPUs specified while configuring a Virtual Machine.
Name
Specifies the size to allocate for virtual machine hard disk.
Template
Specifies the SCVMM virtual machine template name.
Path
Specifies the storage path where VM clone is deployed.
Networks
Specifies the ASM networks, which are connected to the virtual machine clone.
Block Dynamic
Optimization
If it is True, the block dynamic optimization is enabled. Possible values: True or False.
Highly Available
Enables whether the VM is a highly available VM.
Number of CPUs
Specifies the Number of CPUs to allocate to the virtual machine.
Memory in MB
Specifies the memory to allocate to the virtual machine.
Start Action
Selects the action to perform automatically when the virtualization server starts.
Stop Action
Selects the action to perform when the virtualization server stops.
Deploying customization specification for vCenter virtual machine clone
You can apply customization specification to virtual machines deployed using ASM. A customization spec allows you to create a
spec with settings such as host name, domain name, network settings, static IPs that can be applied to VM clones. Before deploying
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a customization spec, ensure that you have created a spec and added it to the vCenter inventory. For more information on creating
a customization spec, see Creating customization specification for vCenter virtual machine clone.
NOTE: Customization specification only applies to VMware virtual machine clone.
To deploy customization specification for vCenter virtual machine clone:
1.
Click Templates.
2.
Create and edit the template. For more information on creating a template, seeCreating template.
3.
On the Template Builder page, click Add VM.
The Virtual Machine Component window is displayed.
4.
Select Clone vCenter Virtual Machine from the Select a Component drop-down menu.
5.
Under the Associated Resources section, select Associate Selected Resources to associate all or specific components to the
new component.
6.
Click Continue.
7.
Under Virtual Machine Settings, select or enter all the parameters. For more information on Virtual Machine Settings, see
Virtual Machine Settings.
8.
To apply the settings and deploy the customization specification, click Add.
Creating customization specification for vCenter virtual machine clone
To create customization specification:
1.
Log in to vCenter.
2.
Click Inventory Management Customization Specification Manager.
3.
Enter the settings such as host name, domain name, time zone, and network.
4.
Click Finish.
Application
The Application component is configured on top of virtual resources in ASM. However, an application component can be installed
on a physical server that has a non-ESXi OS and non-Hyper-V OS.
ASM provisions multiple applications for deployment.
After selecting Application component on the template builder page, perform the following actions:
1.
In the Application Component dialog box, from the Select a Component drop-down list, select the application that you want
to configure on the virtual machines.
2.
In the # of Instances box, enter the number of application instances.
3.
Under Related Components, select the components that you want to map with the application instance. For more information
about valid component combinations that can be mapped together in a template, see Component Combinations in Templates
4.
Click Continue.
Based on your application select, the page displays the application properties for you to configure.
5.
Under Application Settings, specify the application properties.
See Application Components Settings.
6.
Click Add.
Adding application
To add application to a template:
1.
2.
Click Templates.
Select the template you want to edit and click Edit on the right pane.
The template details page is displayed.
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3.
Click Add Application.
The Add Application window with the list of resources available in the template is displayed.
4.
Select the resources to which you want to add the application and click Next.
NOTE: You can select only supported for physical or bare metal servers, or non-hypervisor servers, or virtual
machines.
5.
From the Add Application drop-down menu, select any one of the following default application types and click Add:
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windows_postinstall
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citrix_d7
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mssql2012
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linux_postinstall
NOTE: The custom modules created using add-on modules are also displayed in the Add Application drop-down list.
NOTE: You can add multiple applications to a resource. Also, you can arrange the application in order by clicking the
arrows beside the resource.
NOTE: You must add an application for each component by selecting the resource individually. Adding application on
one resource does not reflect the same on another resource.
NOTE: To modify existing applications, you can click back in the application box and edit applications.
6.
Click Next.
The Applications Settings window is displayed.
7.
Type the required information and click Finish.
A confirmation prompt with the following message is displayed — Are you sure you want to finish configuration?
8.
Click Yes to confirm.
On the template details page, an application icon appears on the resource to which the application was added.
You can click the application icon on the resource to view the list of applications, edit, or delete applications.
VMware vSAN
VMware vSAN storage feature allows to create resource pools of a local storage space from multiple ESXi host.
NOTE: Before creating the VMware vSAN template, ensure that you have a static network of type VSAN defined.
For server component settings:
1.
On the home page, click Templates.
2.
On the Templates page, create a vSAN template.
3.
On the Template Builder page, click server component, and then click Edit.
The Server Component page is displayed.
4.
Click Continue.
5.
Under OS Settings, select the Configure local storage for VMware vSAN check box.
6.
Under Hardware settings, select SD with RAID enabled for VMware vSAN or Local Disk For VMware vSAN from the Target
Boot Device drop-down menu.
NOTE: The Local Disk for VMware vSAN option is applicable for servers with SATA AHCI controller and physical
disks installed in the back panel.
NOTE: To fully support vSAN, it is recommended to use ESXi 6.0 update 2 or later. To determine the version of
ESXi 6.0 which ships with your version of Active System Manager, see Compatibility Matrix.
For more information on the OS Settings and Hardware Settings, seeServer settings.
7.
Under Network Settings, clear the Enable Partitioning Ports check box, you can add VLAN for networks — Hypervisor
Management, Hypervisor Migration, OS Installation, and Public or Private LAN on the same partition.
8.
Create another interface, clear the Enable Partitioning Ports check box, add the VSAN VLAN and select the redundancy
check box.
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For more information on the Network Settings, seeServer settings.
For cluster component settings:
Table 7. Cluster component settings
Options
Descriptions
Target Virtual Machine Manager
Select virtual machine manager from the Target Virtual
Machine Manager drop-down menu.
Data Center Name
Select data center name from Data Center Name drop-down
menu.
New Data Center
Type the new data center name in the New Data Center box.
Cluster Name
Select new cluster name from Cluster Name drop-down menu.
New cluster name
Type new cluster name in the New cluster name in the New
cluster name box.
Switch Type
Select the switch type as Distributed.
Cluster HA Enabled
Enables or disables highly available cluster.
You can either select or clear the check box. By default, it is
unchecked.
Cluster DRS Enabled
Enables or disables distributed resource scheduler (DRS).
You can either select or clear the check box. By default, it is
unchecked.
Enable VMware vSAN
Select the Enable VMware vSAN check box.
vSphere VDS Settings
Under vSphere VDS Settings, create appropriate network type such as Hypervisor Management, Hypervisor Migration, OS
Installation, and Public or Private LAN.
Application component settings
Table 8. Application component settings
Field Name
Description
Default and Possible Values
Media
Specifies the location of the SQL install image.
Default value: D:\\
instancename
Specifies a SQL Server instance name for the instance that is
being completed. For named instance enter a user-specific
name.
Default value: MSSQLSERVER
features
Specify the list of individual SQL server components to install.
Default values:
SQLENGINE,CONN,SSMS,ADV_SS
MS
Mssql 2012
Possible values: Replication,
FullText, DQ, AS, RS, DQC,
IS, MDS, BC, BOL, BIDS,
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Field Name
Description
Default and Possible Values
DREPLAY_CTLR, DREPLAY_CLT,
SNAC_SDT, SDK, LocalDB
sapwd
Specifies the password for SQL Server SA Account.
agtsvcaccount
Specifies the account for the SQL Server Agent service.
Default value: NT SERVICE
\MSSQLSERVER
agtsvcpassword
Specifies the password for SQL Server Agent service account.
Password is not required for NT
service accounts.
assvcaccount
Specifies the account for the Analysis Services service.
Default value: NT SERVICE
\MSSQLSERVER
assvcpassword
Specifies the password for the Analysis Services service.
Password is not required for NT
Service accounts.
rssvcaccount
Specifies the startup account for Reporting Services.
Default value: NT SERVICE
\MSSQLSERVER
rssvcpassword
Specifies the password for the startup account for Reporting
Services service.
Password is not required for NT
Service accounts.
sqlsvcaccount
Specifies the startup account for the SQL Server service.
Default value: NT SERVICE
\MSSQLSERVER
sqlsvcpassword
Specifies the password for SQLSVCACCOUNT.
Password is not required for NT
Service accounts.
instancedir
Specifies a non-default installation directory for shared
components.
Default value: C:\Program Files
\Microsoft SQL Server\\
ascollation
Specifies the collation setting for Analysis Services.
Default value:
Latin1_General_CI_AS
sqlcollation
Specifies the collation settings for SQL Server.
Default value:
SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_
AS
admin
Specifies the administrator account name
Default value: Administrator
netfxsource
Specifies the .Net install file.
Citrix_xd7
Source
Specifies the installation media location
Example, if repository created on
appliance repo-store directory. "//
<ASM appliance IP>/razor/
XenDesktop7/x64/XenDesktop
Setup"
SQL Server
If the value is True, installs SQL Server component from Citrix
installer on the virtual machine to which the component is
related.
Possible values: True or
False
Delivery Controller
If the value is true, installs Citrix Delivery Controller component
from Citrix installer on the virtual machine to which the
component is related.
Possible values: True or
False
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Field Name
Description
Default and Possible Values
Citrix Studio
If the value is true, installs Citrix Studio component from Citrix
installer on the virtual machine to which the component is
related.
Possible values: True or
False
License Server
If the value is true, installs Citrix License Server component from Possible values: True or
Citrix installer onto the virtual machine to which the component False
is related.
Citrix Director
If the value is true, installs Citrix Director component from Citrix
installer on the virtual machine to which the component is
related.
Possible values: True or
False
StoreFront
If the value is true, installs Citrix StoreFront component from
Citrix installer on the virtual machine to which the component is
related.
Possible values: True or
False
Install Packages
Optional. Specify a comma-separated list of yum packages
(without spaces) to install.
For example:
openssl,mysql,ntp
Upload Share
Optional. Specifies the share to use for uploading file to server.
Share folder must exist.
Default value: \\myshareserver
\folder
Upload File
Optional. Specifies the file to upload from the share that you
have specified.
For example: install.sh
Upload Recursive
Determines whether or not to upload all contents of the
directory on the share. (For use in optional upload file/script)
Possible values: True or False
Execute File Command
Optional. Specifies the command to execute uploaded file. The
command must be used with upload file present.
Proxy
Optional. Specifies the proxy to use for yum installs.
For example: http://proxy:80
Share
Optional. Specifies the share to use for uploading file to server.
Share folder must be available.
\\myshareservcer\AppAssureClient
Install Command
Specifies the command to install executable located on the
share.
Agent-Web.exe /silent
reboot=never
Upload File
Specifies the file to upload from the share that you have
specified. Upload File depends on Share. You must upload file to
share.
Possible value: myfile.bat
Upload Recurse
Determines whether to upload all contents of the directory on
the share.
Possible value: True or False
Execute File Command
Optional. Specifies the command to execute uploaded file. The
command must be used with upload file present.
Possible value: myfile.bat –u
username –p password
Linux_postinstall
Windows_postinstall
Component combinations in templates
In the Template Builder and within a template, there are few components that can be selected and specified, as discussed in the
previous sections. However, only certain combinations of these components can logically be used together. The following table
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provides information about the valid component combinations supported for template creation. In each vertical column of the table,
an X indicates the set of components that can be used together in the same template. For example, reading from the left, a
template may contain the following component combinations:
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Storage only
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Storage and Server
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Storage, Server, and Cluster
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Storage, Server, Cluster, and Virtual Machine
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Storage, Server, Cluster, Virtual Machine, and Application
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Server only
•
Server and Application
•
Cluster only
•
Cluster and Virtual Machine
•
Cluster, Virtual Machine, and Application
•
Server, Cluster, and Virtual Machine
Table 9. Valid template Combinations in templates
Application
x
Virtual
Machine
x
x
Cluster
x
x
x
Server
x
x
x
x
x
x
Storage
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
NOTE: X's in column indicate components that can be used together in a template
Additional template information
This section provides more details, including pre-requisites, for creating or deploying certain types of templates.
Deploying ESXi cluster for SAN applications
NOTE: This feature is supported only in ASM, version 7.5.1 and later.
When planning to deploy ESXi clusters for SAN applications using Dell Compellent Storage and Brocade SAN switch 6510, there are
certain prerequisites to consider, and guidelines that should be followed when creating a template, deploying a service, and cleaning
up deployments.
Related links
ESXi cluster deployment pre-requisites
Creating template for ESXi cluster deployment
Deploying service on ESXi clusters
Cleaning up ESXi cluster deployments
ESXi cluster deployment pre-requisites
Before utilizing this ASM solution to deploy ESXi cluster using Dell Compellent storage and Brocade 6510 SAN switch, make sure
that the pre-requisites listed in the following table are met.
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Table 10. ESXi cluster deployment pre-requisites
Specification
Pre-requisite
Chassis IOM Configuration (if blade use case)
Make sure that the SAN IOM is in access gateway mode.
Managed Rack or Blade Servers Configuration
Make sure that the QLogic FC Adapters installed in any slot for
rack servers or fabric B or C for blade servers. ASM queries for
WWPN values on a QLogic QME or QLE 2662 or 2572 adapter.
Brocade Switch Configuration
•
Create fault domain on Brocade switches for Compellent.
•
Create both physical and logical ports of the Compellent
array.
•
Make sure active zone set is configured on the Brocade
SAN switches.
Compellent Storage Configuration
Must be configured
Resource Discovery
Make sure the following resources are discovered in ASM.
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FC Servers for Deployment
•
FC SAN Brocade Switch
•
FC IOMs (Optional)
•
Dell Compellent Storage
•
VMware vCenter
Creating template for ESXi cluster deployment
Create a template with the following settings to deploy ESXi cluster using Dell Compellent storage and Brocade 6510 SAN switch.
•
In the Template Builder page, add the following resources by clicking the corresponding components icons.
– Storage
– Server
– Cluster
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•
To configure Brocade switches, perform the following actions:
a.
In the Storage, click the corresponding storage component icon.
b.
In the Storage Component pane, under Compellent Storage Settings, set the value as true for Configure SAN Flag
parameter.
The parameter iSCSI network is not required when deploying Fibre Channel storage. If this setting is included, it is ignored.
Related links
Creating template
Building template overview
Building and publishing template
Deploying service on ESXi clusters
On the Templates page, select the template created for this use case and click Deploy Service.
ASM performs the following actions when you deploy this service:
•
Identifies the necessary servers from the FC server pool specified.
•
Boots the server when if it is turned on and verifies the FC connectivity.
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Creates the storage volume and server objects that contain the WWPNs on Compellent storage. ASM creates the storage
volume and server objects with the names specified in the template.
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If Configure SAN Switch parameter is set to true, ASM performs the following actions:
– Identifies the fault domain of the Compellent storage created on the Brocade switches.
– Configures the Brocade switch by creating a zone for the server including the WWPN of the FC adapters and the
Compellent storage. The zones are added to the active zone set.
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Maps the server object to the Compellent volume.
•
Installs ESXi, creates virtual networking based on the template, and creates and formats the VMFS data store for the attached
Compellent volume and configures multipathing settings.
Related links
Creating template
Building template overview
Building and publishing template
Deploying service
Cleaning up ESXi cluster deployments
If you delete the service, ASM turns off the ESXi hosts but will not delete any of the objects or connectivity created by the
deployment.
You need to determine what infrastructure that you want to retain, and delete any unnecessary Compellent volumes and server
objects, Brocade zones, and VMware vCenter objects.
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Resources
The chassis, servers, switches, storage groups, VMware vCenters, and Microsoft virtualization environments that you can manage
using ASM are called resources.
The Resources page displays detailed information about all the resources and the server pools that ASM has discovered and
inventoried, and allows you to perform various operations from the All Resources and Server Pools tabs.
NOTE: It may take few minutes to display the discovered resources every time you run the inventory, depending upon
the number of resources.
The All Resources tab displays the following information, in tabular format, about the resources discovered and managed in ASM.
Table 11. Resources
Field name
Description
Health
Indicates the health of the resources.
For more information on the resource state, see Resource
health status.
Compliance
Indicates the firmware and software compliance state of the
resources. The values displayed are Compliant, Noncompliant, Update required, and Update failed.
For more information on the compliance status, see Resource
firmware compliance status.
NOTE: You can click on the compliance status and
view the compliance report.
OS Hostname
Indicates the host name of the resources.
Resource Name
Indicates the resource name of the resources.
IP Address
Indicates the IP address of the resource. Click the IP address
to open the Element Manager.
Asset/Service Tag
Indicates the Service Tag of the resources.
Deployment Status
Indicates the deployment status of the resources. The values
displayed are In Use, Not in use, Available, Updating
resource, and Pending Updates.
NOTE: You can click on the deployment status and
view the service details
Managed State
Indicates the state of the resources.
Manufacturer/Model
Indicates the manufacturer name and model number of the
resources.
For example, Dell PowerEdge T630.
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To filter resources based on the resource type, click Show Filter on the Resource page and then select one of the following
resource types from Resource Type drop-down list:
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All
•
Dell Chassis
•
Element Manager
•
Servers
•
Switches
•
Storage
•
VM Manager
Click Health to filter the resources based on the following resource health status:
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All
•
Healthy
•
Warning
•
Critical
Click the Managed State option to filter the resources based on the resource state. The options available are Managed,
Unmanaged, and Reserved.
On the Resources page, you can also:
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Click Discover to discover new resources. For more information on discovering the new resources, see Discovering resources.
•
Click Remove to remove the resource from ASM. For more information on removing the resources, see Removing resources.
•
Click Export All to export all the resource details to .csv file.
•
To manually run the inventory operation on a resource and update ASM with the latest resource details, select a resource and
click Update Inventory.
•
Select one or more resources and click Update Resources to update the firmware and software of the resources.
•
Select one or more chassis from the list, and click Configure Chassis to configure the basic settings on the chassis.
•
On the right pane, you can perform the following actions:
– Click View Details to view the detailed information about the resource.
– Under Details, click the link corresponding to Firmware/Software compliance to view the firmware and software
compliance report.
Related links
Port View
Understanding server pools
Resource health status
ASM assigns health status to the resources based on the conditions described in the following table.
Table 12. Resource health status
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Health
Status
Description
Healthy
Indicates that there is no issue with the resource and working as expected.
Warning
Indicates that the resource is in a state that requires corrective action, but does not affect overall
system health. For example, the firmware running on the resource is not at the required level or not
compliant.
Icon
Health
Status
Description
Critical
Indicates that there is an issue in one of the following hardware or software components in the
device. Needs immediate attention.
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•
•
•
•
•
Unknown
Battery
CPU
Fans
Power Supply
Storage Devices
Licensing
Indicates that the state of the resource is unknown.
Resource operational state
After initiating the resource discovery, ASM assigns one or more of the following states to the resources. These operational states
display in the State columns of the All Resources tab on the Resources page.
Table 13. Resource operational state
State
Description
Not In Use
Resource is available for deployment.
Deploying
Resource is in the process of being deployed in a service.
Deployed
Resource is deployed in a service.
Pending
One or more of the following tasks are in progress:
•
Discovering resource.
•
Determining resource details, including firmware version.
•
Applying template to the resource.
•
Updating firmware.
•
Removing resource from ASM inventory.
Error
Service deployment is failed.
Reserved
Indicates that the ASM only manages the firmware on that particular server, but that
server cannot be used for deployments.
Unmanaged
Resource is not managed by ASM.
Port View
You can use the port view feature to view network and Fibre channel connectivity for a particular server.
Perform the following steps to view the port view details:
1.
On the home page, click Resources.
2.
Select a server that is in a Deployed state and click View Details on the right pane.
The Resource Details page is displayed.
3.
Click Port View.
The following information is displayed on the Port View page:
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Topology information for all networks and VLANs deployed in a service.
•
Network connections between the devices.
•
Health of the resources. For more information, seeResource health status.
•
Connection Details section with detailed information on the network devices.
•
Zone and zone configuration in the VLAN-Networks list for the FC connectivity.
NOTE: If you select a server that is not in a deployed state, only the interface card information is displayed.
To view device details such as host name, model name, and management IP address, or information on associated devices,
click the specific ports or devices. For example, to view the VLANs associated with specific partitions, click the partition to
view the detail.
NOTE: To view information on intermediate devices in Port View, ensure that the devices are discovered and
available in the inventory.
To filter the information based on the connectivity, select an option from the Display Connections drop-down menu.
NOTE: The Show All Connections is the default option.
Resource firmware compliance status
Based on the resource firmware compliance with the default repository catalog set, ASM assigns one of the following firmware
statuses to the resources.
Table 14. Resource firmware compliance status
Firmware Status
Description
Compliant
The firmware running on the resource is compliant with the
firmware version specified in the default catalog.
Non–Compliant
The firmware running on the resource is less than or greater
than the firmware version specified in the default catalog.
Indicates that firmware update is required.
Update Required
The firmware running on the resource is less than the minimum
firmware version recommended in the ASM catalog. Indicates
that firmware update is required.
Updating firmware
You can update the firmware of one or more servers that are not compliant with ASM or not to the minimum recommended level:
1.
On the home page, click Resources, and then click Update Resources.
2.
On the Apply Server Firmware Updates page, select one of the following options:
•
Update Now — Select this option to update the firmware immediately.
ASM applies the firmware updates immediately and then reboot to all servers within this service. For servers belonging to a
VMware vSphere cluster, servers will be updated one at a time by putting it first into maintenance mode, then performing
the firmware update and rebooting the server, and finally bringing the server out of maintenance mode before moving on to
the next server.
•
Apply Updates on Next Reboot — Select the option to update the firmware at the next server reboot. ASM stages the
firmware update to each server selected until reboot.
ASM stages the firmware update to each server selected. The update will take effect at the next server reboot.
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Schedule Update — Select this option and then select the date and time to update the firmware.
ASM applies the firmware updates at a selected date and time and then reboot to all servers within this service. For servers
belonging to a VMware vSphere cluster, servers will be updated one at a time by putting it first into maintenance mode,
then performing the firmware update and rebooting the server, and finally bringing the server out of maintenance mode
before moving on to the next server.
3.
Click Save.
NOTE: Firmware update on a server that is part of a cluster is successful only if the server is set in maintenance
mode. ASM sets servers in a cluster in maintenance mode before updating firmware. To ensure that the server
remains in maintenance mode, ensure that there are other servers available in the cluster to host the virtual
machines of the server that is updated.
NOTE: Firmware update on a VMware cluster is successful only if the cluster is properly configured for HA. For
example, the host system can be set in maintenance mode and the virtual machines can be moved from one host to
another in the cluster.
Removing resources
NOTE: Only the user with Administrator role can remove resources from ASM.
To remove any particular resource from ASM, perform the following steps:
1.
On the home page, click Resources.
2.
On the Resources page, click the All Resources tab.
3.
From the list of resources, select one or more resources, and click Remove.
4.
Click OK when the confirmation message is displayed.
If you remove a Chassis, the Chassis and associated servers and I/O modules are removed from ASM. The removal process shuts
down the servers and erases identity information to prevent potential corruption, and identity information returns to the associated
pool. Associated targets (for example, storage volume) are not affected.
NOTE: You cannot remove a chassis that is in a Pending state.
If you remove a server, the server state changes to Pending. The server powers off, ASM erases network identity information from
the server to prevent potential corruption, and network identity information returns to the associated pool.
NOTE: Before you add new servers using existing iDRAC IP Address in an inventory, ensure that you remove the old
servers from ASM before discovering the new servers.
Viewing the firmware and software compliance report
The following are the steps to view the firmware and software compliance report:
1.
On the home page, click Resources.
2.
Select a resource to view the compliance report.
3.
In the right pane, click the link corresponding to Firmware/Software Compliance.
The Server Firmware/Software Compliance Report page is displayed.
4.
Click Firmware Components to view the firmware components.
5.
Click Software Components to view the software components.
NOTE: To update the non-compliant resources, click Update Resources.
NOTE: If there is no catalog attached to the resource, you cannot perform the firmware update or software update.
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Discovery overview
You can discover new resources or existing resources that are already configured within your environment. After discovery, you can
deploy services on these resources from a template.
When ASM discovers a chassis, it also discovers servers and I/O modules within the chassis.
The Discover Resources wizard enables you to discover resources. To open the Discover Resources wizard, perform one of the
following actions:
•
On the Getting Started page, click Discover Resources.
•
On the home page, click Resources. On the Resources page, click Discover in the All Resources tab.
Related links
Discovering resources
Discovering resources
NOTE: Only Administrator level users can discover resources.
Before you begin discovering the resources, gather the IP addresses and credentials associated with the resources, and ensure that:
•
The resources are connected to the network.
•
ASM virtual appliance is connected to the network.
NOTE: For some Dell resources such as chassis, servers, and I/O modules, the default credentials have been
prepopulated in ASM. If the credentials have been changed from the defaults, add a new credential to ASM with the new
login information.
To discover the resources:
1.
On the Welcome page of the Discover Resources wizard, read the instructions, and click Next.
2.
On the Identify Resources page, click Add Resource Type, and perform the following steps:
a.
Click Resource Type.
b.
From the Resource drop-down menu, select a resource that you want to discover.
c.
Type the Management IP address range of the resources that you want to discover in IP Address Range* field.
NOTE: To discover a resource in an IP range, ensure that you provide the starting and ending IP addresses.
NOTE: To discover the EMC storage, type the SP A IP Address and SP B IP Address in the IP Address Range
field.
d.
e.
Select one of the following options from the Resource State drop-down menu:
•
Managed — Select this option to monitor the firmware version compliance, upgrade firmware, and deploy services on
the discovered resources. This is the default option.
•
Unmanaged — Select this option to monitor firmware version compliance only. The discovered resources are not
available for a firmware upgrade or deploying services by ASM.
•
Reserved — Select this option to monitor firmware version compliance and upgrade firmware. The discovered
resources are not available for deploying services by ASM.
Select an existing or create a server pool from the Discover into Server Pool drop-down menu. This option allows you to
discover the resources into the selected server pool instead of the global pool (default).
NOTE: Selecting the server pool is optional.
f.
Select an existing or create a credential from the Credentials drop-down menu to discover resource types. The default
options available are:
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Dell PowerEdge BMC Default — Select PowerEdge servers with the BMC interface.
3.
• Dell PowerEdge iDRAC Default — Select PowerEdge servers with the iDRAC interface.
Click Next.
You may have to wait while ASM locates and displays all the resources that are connected to the managed networks.
NOTE: To discover multiple resources with different IP address ranges, repeat step 2 and 3.
4.
On the Initial Chassis Configuration page, perform the following tasks, and click Next.
NOTE: The Initial Chassis Configuration page is displayed only when one or more chassis are identified in the
specified IP range.
NOTE: If you select both PowerEdge M1000e and FX2 chassis during Chassis configuration, the power
configuration options for Enable Server Performance Over Power Redundancy or Enable Dynamic Power Supply
Engagement are not displayed for selection. The two options are only applicable to PowerEdge M1000e chassis. It is
recommended not to select both PowerEdge M1000e and PowerEdge FX2 chassis for chassis configuration.
5.
a.
Under Select Chassis For Initial Configuration, select one or more chassis for which you want to assign IP address and
add credentials during discovery.
b.
Under IP Addressing section, select the method for assigning IP address to chassis, servers, and I/O modules within the
chassis.
c. Under Credentials section, select credentials to access chassis, servers, and I/O modules within the chassis.
On the Discovered Resources page, select the resources from which you want to collect the inventory data, and click Finish.
The discovered resources are listed in the Resources page.
Related links
Collecting the resource inventory
Adding IP Address and Credentials to Chassis
Adding IP Address and Credentials to Chassis
On the Initial Chassis Configuration page, you can configure the IP address and credentials to the chassis and the associated
servers and I/O module during discovery. However, you can configure the global chassis settings and other unique settings for
chassis, servers, and I/O modules using the Configure Resource wizard.
NOTE: The Chassis Configuration page in the Discover Resources wizard is displayed only when the resources that you
discovered include one or more chassis.
1.
On the Initial Chassis Configuration page, in the IP Addressing section, perform the following actions:
a.
Under Chassis, select one of the following methods for obtaining IP addresses for the chassis:
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Use existing chassis IP address — ASM does not change the IP address of the chassis.
NOTE: This option is valid only for chassis that have been previously configured and deployed inside or
outside of ASM. Do not choose this option for new chassis.
Assign static IP address from the network — Assign a static IP address from the pool of IP addresses in a
management network. To add a network, click New and complete the Define Network page.
b.
Under Servers, select one of the following methods for obtaining IP addresses for the chassis:
•
Use existing chassis IP address — ASM does not change the IP address of the chassis.
NOTE: This option is valid only for servers that have been previously configured and deployed inside or
outside of ASM. Do not choose this option for new chassis.
•
Assign IP address via DHCP — Use DHCP to automatically allocate an IP address. This option is not valid for chassis.
•
Assign static IP address from the network — Assign a static IP address from the pool of IP addresses in a
management network. To add a network, click New and complete the Define Network page.
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c.
Under I/O Modules, select one of the following methods for obtaining IP addresses for the chassis:
•
Use existing chassis IP address — ASM does not change the IP address of the device.
NOTE: This option is valid only for I/O modules that have been previously configured and deployed inside or
outside of Active System Manager. Do not choose this option for new devices.
2.
3.
•
Assign IP address via DHCP — Use DHCP to automatically allocate an IP address. This option is not valid for chassis.
•
Assign static IP address from the network — Assign a static IP address from the pool of IP addresses in a
management network. To add a network, click New and complete the Define Network page.
In the Credentials section, perform the following actions to select or modify the root credentials for chassis and associated
servers and I/O modules:
a.
From the Chassis Credentials drop-down list, select the credentials for accessing the chassis. To create a root credential,
click Create New. To edit a credential, select the credential from the Chassis Credentials drop-down list and click Edit.
b.
From the Blade Credentials drop-down list, select the credentials for accessing blade server within the chassis. To create
a root credential, click Create New. To edit a credential, select the credential from the Blade Credentials drop-down list
and click Edit.
c.
From the I/O Module Credentials drop-down list, select the credentials for accessing I/O modules within the chassis. To
create a root credential, click Create New. To edit a credential, select the credential from the I/O Module Credentials
drop-down list and click Edit.
Click Next.
Collecting the resource inventory
1.
On the Discovered Resources page, select the resources from which you want to collect the inventory.
2.
To collect the inventory data from the resources, click Finish.
The discovered resources are listed in the Resources page.
Discovering an Enterprise Manager
Enterprise Manager is basically an element manager for Compellent storage. ASM may discover Compellent storage arrays as
individual resources, but with the addition of Compellent iSCSI support, discovery of Enterprise Manager is also required.
To discover an enterprise manager, perform the following steps:
1.
Go to Settings → Credentials Management → Create.
2.
Select Element Manager from the Credential type drop-down menu.
3.
Type the credential name and user name which you need to log in to the application.
4.
Type the domain name in the Domain Name field which is an optional entry
5.
Type the password and Confirm Password in the Confirm Password field.
6.
Go to Resources Discover and click the Discover tab.
7.
On the Welcome page of the Discover Resources wizard, read the instructions, and click Next.
8.
On the Identify Resources page, click Add Resource Type, and perform the following steps:
a. Select Element Manger from the Resource Type drop-down.
b. Type the IP Address in the Starting IP Address field for the Element Manager.
c. Select Element Manager from the Element Manager drop-down credentials.
The Element Manager gets discovered.
In the Details area on the right side, the run inventory details are not displayed as the support is provided in detail later.
Configuring resources or chassis
Use the Configure Chassis wizard to perform the following operations:
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Remove one or more resources from ASM environment. You can perform this operation only when you launch this wizard from
Getting Started page.
•
Enables you create your own custom firmware repository, import firmware repository from Dell Repository Manager (DRM), and
perform firmware compliance check on the resources. You can perform this operation only when you launch this wizard from
Getting Started page
•
Enables you to on board or reconfigure one or more chassis and servers and I/O modules within the chassis.
NOTE:
When you configure the chassis and iDRAC users, the existing user account on the Chassis and iDRAC are erased and by
the new user settings that is entered on the Chassis Configuration Wizard.
Before you begin, it is recommended to gather the following information:
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User names and passwords of accounts that can access the resources.
•
Optionally, SMTP server and email address for an account to receive alerts.
•
Optionally, NTP server IP addresses
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(Optional) Chassis Management Controller (CMC) and Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) VLAN IDs.
1.
On the Welcome screen, read the instructions, and click Next.
2.
The Discovered Resources page lists the resources discovered in ASM. If you do not want one or more resources to be in
ASM environment, select the resources, and click Remove Resource from ASM. Click Next.
NOTE: The Discovered Resources, Default Firmware Repository, and Firmware Compliance pages are displayed only
when you start this wizard from the Getting Started page.
3.
On the Default Firmware Repository page, create and import your own custom repositories from DRM to use as the default
firmware level for your discovered resources. Click Next.
The Firmware Compliance page lists the resources that do not meet the firmware requirements specified by the default
repository.
4.
On the Firmware Compliance page, select the resources to update the firmware running on the resources automatically to
meet the firmware requirements specified in the default repository. Click Next.
5.
In the Chassis Configuration page, select one or more chassis to configure the following global settings, and then click Next.
For more information, see Configure Global Chassis Configuration Settings.
a.
Under Users, configure more CMC and iDRAC local users.
b.
Under Monitoring, change the default monitoring settings.
c.
Under NTP, select the time zone and NTP servers.
d.
Under Power Config, configure power budget and redundancy attributes.
e.
Under Networking, add networking settings for the chassis.
6.
On the Unique Chassis Settings page, configure specific chassis settings on chassis individually, and then click Next. For more
information, see Configuring Unique Chassis Settings.
7.
On the Unique Server Settings page, enter the iDRAC DNS name for the servers within the chassis, and then click Next. For
more information, see Configuring Unique Server Settings.
8.
On the Unique IO Module Settings page, enter a host name for each I/O module on chassis, and then click Next. For more
information, see Configuring Unique I/O Module Settings.
9.
On the Uplink Port Configuration page, configure uplink ports on the MXL switches within the chassis, and then click Next.
For more information, see Configuring Uplink Ports
10. On the Summary page, verify the chassis configuration settings and click Finish to configure the chassis.
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Related links
Removing discovered resources
Configuring default firmware repository
Running firmware compliance
Configuring global chassis settings
Configuring unique chassis settings
Configuring unique I/O module settings
I/O module configuration
Completing the chassis configuration
Removing discovered resources
The Discovered Resources page list the resources discovered in ASM.
On this page, you can select one or more resources that you do not want to be in ASM environment, and click Remove.
When you are performing next configuration steps using Configure Resource dialog, ASM enables you to:
•
Create a default firmware repository
•
Perform a firmware compliance check on these resources against the firmware level specified in the default repository.
•
Allows you to update the firmware as needed.
•
Configure one or all chassis that have been discovered.
Configuring default firmware repository
On the Default Firmware Repository page, you can:
•
Click Add Repository to create firmware repositories.
•
Click Remove to remove a repository
•
Click View Details to view the firmware bundles that are available in the firmware repository.
•
To set the repository as default firmware repository, select a repository from the list and click Set as Default.
Running firmware compliance
ASM requires a minimum firmware level for all resources it manages.
The Firmware Compliance page list the resources that do not meet the firmware requirements specified in the default repository
that you have set in the previous step.
On this page, select the resources that you want to update the firmware automatically, click Next.
If you skip the automatic firmware update, in the Resources → tab, the Firmware Compliance state of the resources that is not
compliant is displayed as either Update Required or Non-Compliant.
NOTE: When updating firmware, you may see logs indicating a firmware failure. These logs can be ignored if the devices
are in a compliant state when the chassis configure job is complete.
Configuring global chassis settings
1.
On the Chassis Configuration page of the Configure Chassis wizard, select one or more chassis that you want to configure.
2.
Under Select Chassis for Initial Configuration, select one or more chassis that you want to configure.
3.
Under Global Settings, in the Users section, configure more CMC and iDRAC local users.
a.
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To add new Chassis Management Controller (CMC) user, under CMC Users, click Create. For more information, see
Adding or Editing a Chassis Management Controller (CMC) User.
To edit a user account, select a CMC user from the list, and click Edit. To delete a user account, select the user accounts
from the list, and click Delete.
b.
4.
To add new Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) user, under iDRAC Users, click Create. For more
information, see Adding Or Editing An Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) User.
Under Global Settings, in the Monitoring section, configure the following settings:
a.
To set SNMP trap alert destination, perform the following steps:
1.
Under Alert Destinations, to add an SNMP trap alert destination for chassis, click Create.
To edit Alert Destinations, select an alert destination from the list, and click Edit. To delete an alert destination, select
an alert destination from the list, and click Delete.
b.
c.
5.
6.
Enter a valid Destination IP Address. Use the quad-dot IPv4 format (for example, 10.10.10.10) or Fully Qualified
Domain Name (for example, dell.com).
3.
Enter the Community String to which the destination management station belongs.
In the Email Alert Settings section, to configure the CMC to send email alerts to one or more email addresses:
1.
In the SMTP Server box, enter the IP address or host name of an SMTP Server that receives email alerts.
2.
Click Create and enter the following:
•
In the Name box, enter the source email name from which the email alerts are sent.
•
Enter one or more Destination Email Addresses.
In the Syslog Configuration (for I/O Modules only) section, enter the Syslog Destination IP Address to send I/O
module log messages to a Syslog Destination.
Under Global Settings, in the NTP section:
a.
Enter the Time Zone in which the chassis is located.
b.
To synchronize the chassis clock with an NTP server, select Enable NTP Server check box and enter the host names or
IP addresses of the Primary NTP Server and Secondary NTP Server (Optional).
Under Global Settings, in the Power Config section:
a.
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2.
From the Redundancy Policy drop-down list, select one of the power redundancy policies that you want to configure on
the chassis:
•
No Redundancy — The chassis is not configured with power redundancy.
•
Power Supply Redundancy — A PSU in the chassis is kept as a spare, ensuring that the failure of any one PSU does
not cause the servers or chassis to power down.
•
Grid Redundancy — This policy divides the available PSUs into two power grids. PSU 1 is power grid 1 and PSU 2 is
power grid 2. For maximum power, the PSUs should have the same capacity. If a grid or PSU fails, then the power is
provided by the remaining PSU.
b.
Optionally, select Server Performance Over Power Redundancy check box to favor server performance and power up
over maintaining power redundancy.
c.
Optionally, select Enable Dynamic Power Supply Engagement check box to allow the chassis controller to put
underutilized PSUs into standby mode based on the redundancy policy and system power requirements.
Under Global Settings, in the Networking section:
a.
Optionally, select Register Chassis Controller on DNS check box to enable users to access the Chassis Management
Controller (CMC) with a user-friendly name, instead of an IP address.
b.
Optionally, select Register iDRAC on DNS check box to enable users to access the Integrated Dell Remote Access
Controller (iDRAC) with a user-friendly name, instead of an IP address.
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c.
8.
Optionally, select Enable IPMI over LAN check box to enable or disable the IPMI over LAN channel for each iDRAC
present in the chassis.
To configure the unique chassis settings, click Next.
Related links
Adding or editing Chassis Management Controller (CMC) user
Adding or editing Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) user
Configuring unique chassis settings
1.
On the Unique Chassis Settings page of the Configure Chassis wizard, to modify the settings that are specific for each
individual chassis, select the Configure Unique Chassis Settings check box.
The Unique Chassis Settings page lists the chassis that you want to configure.
2.
To configure a chassis, click the arrow left to the chassis title, and enter the following information:
•
Chassis Name — Enter the name identify the chassis.
•
CMC DNS Name — Enter DNS name of the chassis.
•
FD332 Storage Node — For FX2 chassis, depending on your configuration, select one of the following options from the
FD332 Storage Node drop-down menu:
– Split Single Host
– Split Dual Host
– Joined
For FX2 chassis with FC430, select Split Dual Host.
For FX2 chassis with FC630, select Split Single Host.
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System Input Power Cap — Enter the maximum power limit that can be input to the system. You can specify the
maximum power limit in one of the following units:
– Watts — Automatically calculated during runtime.
– BTU/h — British Thermal Unit. For example, 16719.
– % — Type a value that indicates the actual percentage of power input versus the maximum power that can be
supplied.
3.
Optionally, click Enter Location Details, and enter the following information:
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Datacenter — Indicates the name of the data center.
•
Aisle — Indicates the name of the aisle.
•
Rack — Indicates the name of the rack server.
•
Rack Slot — Indicates the bottom rack slot of the chassis when it is mounted in the rack server.
Configuring unique server settings
1.
On the Unique Server Settings page of the Configure Chassis wizard, to modify the settings for the servers within the
chassis, select Configure Unique Server Settings check box.
The Unique Server Settings page lists the servers within the chassis that you have selected. Each section in this page
represents a chassis and servers within that chassis. Click the arrow next to the section title to expand or collapse the section.
The following information is displayed for each server:
2.
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Service Tag — Displays the service tag for the server. The service tag is a unique identifier provided by the manufacturer
for support and maintenance. If the server is absent, this field is empty.
•
Slot — Identifies the server location.
•
Management IP — Displays the management IP address of the server.
If you want to modify the iDRAC DNS Name of the server, in the iDRAC DNS Name column, enter an iDRAC DNS name for
the server.
3.
To configure the IO modules within the chassis, click Next.
Configuring unique I/O module settings
1.
On the Unique I/O Module Settings page, select Configure Unique I/O Module Settings check box to modify the unique
settings for the IO modules with in the chassis.
The Unique I/O Module Settings page lists the I/O modules within the chassis that you have selected. Each section in this
page lists the I/O modules within a chassis. Click the arrow left to the section to expand or collapse the section.
The page displays the following information about the I/O modules that have been discovered:
•
Service Tag — Displays the service tag of the I/O module. The service tag is a unique identifier provided by the
manufacturer for support and maintenance.
•
Fabric Slot — Indicates the slot name where the I/O module is present.
•
Management IP — Displays the management IP address of the server.
•
Host Name — Displays the host name of the I/O module.
2.
If you want to modify the host name of the I/O module, in the Host Name column, enter the host name for the corresponding
I/O modules.
3.
To configure the uplink ports, click Finish.
I/O module configuration
Use this page to configure uplinks on the MXL Switches and IOAs within one or more chassis.
NOTE: ASM supports configuration of uplinks on MXL Switches and IOAs. It supports VLT workload network
configuration too.
NOTE: MXL is a 10Gb/40Gb Ethernet blade switch used in our M1000E chassis. During the ASM onboarding process we
can configure management IP address, credentials, basic management settings, and configure an uplink to the top of
rack networking device for the chassis.
An I/O module is a switch for a blade chassis.
From this page, you can:
•
Define the uplinks. For more information, see Defining Uplinks.
•
Upload switch configuration file. For more information, see Upload Switch Configuration File
•
Enable VLT. For more information, see VLT Enabled
•
Configure the uplinks in one of the following ways:
– Configure the same ports as uplink ports in all the chassis. See Configure the uplink ports differently in all the chassis
– Configure the uplink ports differently in all the chassis. See ConfigureChassis: Configuring Uplink Ports on Each I/O Module
Independently
Related links
Defining uplinks
Configuring The uplinks on Each I/O Module Independently
Configuring uplink ports on all chassis independently
Defining uplinks
1.
On the Uplink Port Configuration page of the Configure Chassis wizard, in the Configure Uplinks area, click Define Uplinks.
2.
In the Define Uplinks dialog box, click Add Uplink, and enter the following:
a.
Enter the name for the uplink.
b.
From the Port Channel drop-down list, select the port channel that you want to create on the switch.
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c.
From the Network Type drop-down list, select one or more networks that you want to assign to the uplink.
The Network Name(s) column displays the networks that are assigned to the uplinks.
To delete an uplink, click the Delete icon left to the corresponding uplinks.
3.
Repeat step 2 to define multiple uplinks.
4.
Click Save.
After you define and save uplink, uplink is available to get applied to switch.
Upload Switch Configuration File
This feature is supported for MXL in M1000e Chassis only.
By using this feature, you can upload a preconfigured switch configuration file instead of configuring through the I/O Module
Configuration.
To upload switch configuration file:
1.
Select Upload Switch Configuration File option. After you select the option, File Name, File Description field, Upload File
field tab are appeared.
Enter the result of your step here (optional).
2.
Type the file name which you want to upload in File name field.
3.
Type a file description which about the file in File Description field.
4.
Click Browse beside Upload File tab. It directs you to your local system where you have saved the file.
5.
Select the file and click Open to upload it.
NOTE: After you upload the switch configuration file, it gets uploaded on switch. It takes existing IPs from the
switch and pulls it out and upload to the configuration file. It gets applied on all selected switches what you have
chosen to configure. It also pulls out the host name and credentials.
Configuring uplink ports on all chassis independently
1.
On the I/O Module Configuration page, select the Configure Uplinks check box.
2.
Select Configure Uplink Ports on All Chassis independently option.
Select the arrow left to the section title to expand the section.
3.
Select any one of the following options from the Spanning Tree Mode drop-down menu:
•
RSTP (Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol)
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MSTP (Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol)
•
PVST (Per VLAN Spanning Tree Protocol)
•
None
NOTE: The Spanning Tree Mode option is applicable only for Dell networking MXL switches in Dell PowerEdge
M1000e.
4.
In the Configure Uplinks area, expand the chassis section, and perform one of the following actions:
•
Select the Configure uplinks on each I/O Module Independently check box to configure different ports as uplink ports in
each I/O module.
The table lists ports that are available in each I/O module in separate columns.
•
Clear the Configure the uplinks on each I/O Module Independently check box to configure the same ports as uplink ports
across all I/O modules.
The table displays the following information:
– IO modules (Model Name) that is present in each fabric.
– Ports that are available in each IO module.
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In the table, select the Quadport mode check box if you want to run the port in Quad mode.
When a 40 GbE port is run in quad mode, it provides four 10 GB Ethernet interfaces that number sequentially starting with the
port number of the 40GbE interface. For example, when Quadport mode is enabled on the GbE port number 33, it makes four
10GbE links with the port numbers 33, 34, 35, and 36.
6.
From the drop-down list next to the corresponding port numbers, select the uplink that you want to configure on each port.
NOTE: Uplink is an interconnect (also called port-channel, or grouping of ports) which is created on a switch by
creating a connection to other switches in a networking environment. ASM can configure uplinks on MXLs, I/O
Aggregators, FN410S, and FN2210S switches (I/O modules).
7.
Click Next to configure uplink port on all chassis independently.
NOTE: Uplink is an external connection from chassis switch to customer network environment. Customer is still
required to configure corresponding ports and uplinks on the top of rack switches, ASM only configures the chassis.
Configuring The uplinks on Each I/O Module Independently
1.
On the I/ O Module Configuration page, select the Configure Uplinks check box.
2.
Select Configuring The uplinks on Each I/O Module Independently option.
3.
In the Configure Uplinks area, perform one of the following actions:
•
Select the Configure the uplinks on each I/O Module Independently check box to configure different ports as uplink
ports in each I/O module.
The table lists ports that are available in each I/O module in separate columns.
•
Clear the Configure the uplinks on each I/O Module Independently check box to configure the same ports as uplink ports
across all I/O modules.
The table displays the following information:
– IO modules (Model Name) that is present in each fabric.
– Ports that are available in each IO module.
4.
In the table, select the Quadport Mode check box if you want to run the port in Quad mode.
When a 40 GbE port is run in quad mode, it provides four 10 GB Ethernet interfaces that number sequentially starting with the
port number of the 40GbE interface. For example, when Quadport mode is enabled on the GbE port number 33, it makes four
10GbE links with the port numbers 33, 34, 35, and 36.
5.
From the drop-down list next to the corresponding port numbers, select the Uplink that you want to configure on each port.
NOTE: Uplink is an interconnect (also called port-channel, or grouping of ports) which is created on a switch by
creating a connection to other switches in a networking environment. ASM can configure uplinks on MXLs, I/O
Aggregators, FN410S, and FN2210S switches (I/O modules).
6.
Click Next.
NOTE: Uplink is an external connection from chassis switch to customer network environment. Customer is still
required to configure corresponding ports and uplinks on the top of rack switches, ASM only configures the chassis.
VLT Enabled
VLT is a layer-2 Link Aggregation Group for a server, switch, or any device that supports LACP to two different upstream devices.
This can be used between two peer switches, for example in a chassis.
VLT is enabled to create redundant, load-balancing connections to different switches or to servers. If one switch fails or goes down
for maintenance, the other switch can be used to pass traffic until the other switch is brought back online.
If you enable VLT, you can select VLT from port drop-down menu. Same should be selected in corresponding port, so that it can
correspondent port to port.
If you enable VLT, you can select VLT from the port drop-down menu. The same should be selected in the corresponding port on
the other switch, so that it can correspond port to port. It is not mandatory to have VLT enabled.
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NOTE: On PowerEdge M1000e systems, you can select either VLT or Uplink for any of the ports, however, you must
ensure to match port-to-port.
NOTE: VLT configuration does not support using both 10 Gb and 40 Gb ports at the same time. Ensure that you use the
same type of port while configuring VLT.
Completing the chassis configuration
1.
On the Summary page, click Finish to apply the configuration on the chassis you have selected.
In the Resources → All Resources tab, the state of the chassis is displayed as Updating until the configuration is complete.
2.
If you want to modify the chassis configuration settings, click Back.
Adding or editing Chassis Management Controller (CMC) user
1.
On the Create Local User page, enter User Name of an account.
2.
Enter the Password for the user account to log in to CMC. Reenter the password for confirmation.
3.
Select one of the following Roles to assign to user account:
4.
•
Administrator
•
Power User
•
Guest User
•
None
To enable this user account, select Enable User check box. Clear the Enable User check box to add the user in a disabled state.
Adding or editing Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) user
1.
On the Create Local User page, enter User Name of an account.
2.
Enter the Password for the user account to log in to iDRAC. Reenter the password for confirmation.
3.
Select one of the following Role to assign to user account:
4.
•
User
•
Operator
•
Administrator
•
No Access
To enable this user account, select Enable User check box. Clear the Enable User check box to add the user in a disabled
state.
Updating resource inventory
NOTE: Only the user with Administrator or Standard role can run the inventory on the resources. However, Standard
user can only run the inventory on the resources that are part of server pool for which they have permission.
To manually run the inventory operation and update ASM with the latest resource data:
1.
On the home page, click Resources.
2.
On the Resources page, click the All Resources tab.
3.
From the list of resources, click a resource, and in the Details pane, click Run Inventory.
When you select C- series server on resource page and click Run inventory, you will not get all the inventory details for C 622O
server. You will only get basic information about it. After you deploy the server, you will get detailed information about it.
An inventory job is scheduled, the resource state changes to Pending. When the inventory is complete, the resource state
changes to Available. See ASM logs to view the start time and end time of the resource inventory operation.
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Viewing resource details
NOTE: Standard users can only view the details of resources that are part of server pools they have permissions on.
To view the details about a resource, perform the following steps:
1.
On the home page, click Resources.
2.
In the Resources page, select the All Resources tab.
3.
From the list of resources, select a resource for which you want to view the details.
4.
Click View Details in the right pane.
From this View Details pane, you can:
•
View detailed information about the resources and associated components.
NOTE: In ASM 8.3 release, the detailed information can be viewed only for Dell Resources.
•
Update resource inventory data.
NOTE: After discovery of a C6220 server, you will not have detailed information regarding network interfaces or
firmware versions. You will get more detailed information after you deploy the server.
For 13 G servers, you get performance details along with resource details.
Performance details include:
•
System Usage
•
CPU Usage
•
Memory Usage
•
I/O Usage
NOTE: These performance usage values get updated every five minutes.
Historical data and peak value information are available under each Chronograph of Usage information.
If you click Historical Data, a drop-down menu appears. You can select Last Week, Last Month, Last Year from the Historical
Data drop-down menu. You get average, minimum, maximum value according to your selection.
If you click Peak Values, you get information regarding peak value, peak time, and start time.
Related links
Viewing chassis details
Viewing blade or rack server details
Viewing storage group details
Viewing VMware vCenter details
Viewing chassis details
1.
On the home page, click Resources.
The Resources page is displayed.
2.
In the All Resources tab, click a chassis from the list of resources to view the details.
The Details pane in the right displays the basic information about the Chassis, such as Power State, Management IP, Chassis
Name, Service Tag, and Location.
3.
To view the detailed information about the Chassis, in the Details pane, click View Details.
The Chassis Details page displays the detailed information about the Chassis in the following tabs.
NOTE: In the current release, the detailed information can be viewed only for Dell Chassis.
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Summary
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Port View
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Blades
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I/O Modules
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Chassis Controllers
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IKVM
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Power Supplies
From the Summary tab of the Chassis Details page, you can:
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Open the remote GUI console for a Chassis Management Controller (CMC).
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View all recent activities performed on the Chassis.
Viewing blade or rack server details
1.
On the home page, click Resources.
The Resources page is displayed.
2.
In the All Resources tab, click a blade server or rack server from the resources list to view the details.
The Details pane on the right displays basic information about VMware vCenter, such as Power State, Management IP,
Datacenters, Clusters, Hosts, and Virtual Machines.
3.
In the Details pane, click View Details.
The Blade Server Details page displays the detailed information about the server in the following tabs.
NOTE: In the current release, the detailed information can be viewed only for Dell Servers.
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Summary
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Port View
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Network Interfaces
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Firmware Revisions
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CPUs
•
Memory
From the Blade Server Details page, you can:
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Open the remote console of the server’s Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC).
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View recent activities performed on the server.
Viewing VMware vCenter details
1.
On the home page, click Resources.
2.
In the All Resources tab, click VMware vCenter from the resource list to view the details.
The Resources page is displayed.
In the right pane, you can see the basic information about the VMware vCenter, such as Power State, Management IP, Data
centers, Clusters, Hosts, and Virtual Machines
3.
Also, in the Details pane, under vCenter Details, click the arrows to expand vCenter → Datacenter → Cluster to view the lists
of nodes and applications.
Viewing SCVMM details
1.
On the home page, click Resources.
2.
In the All Resources tab, click a System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) from the resource list to view the details.
The Resources page is displayed.
The Details pane in the right displays the following basic information about the SCVMM:
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3.
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Health
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Management IP
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Host Groups
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Clusters
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Hosts
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Virtual Machines
Also, in the Details pane, under SCVMM Details, click the arrows to expand SCVMM → Host Groups → Hosts → Clusters to
view the lists virtual machines, nodes, and applications.
Viewing storage group details
1.
On the home page, click Resources.
The Resources page is displayed.
2.
In the All Resources tab, click a storage group from the resources list to view the details.
In the right pane, you can see the basic information about the storage group, such as System Status, Management IP, Storage
Center Name, Group Members, Volumes, Replay Profile, Free Group Space. For NetApp storage type, displays the Storage
Name, Available Storage, Aggregates, Volumes, and Disks.
3.
In the Details pane, click View Details.
The Storage Group details page displays detailed information about storage group in the following tabs:
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Summary
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Volumes
NOTE: In ASM 8.3 release, the detailed information can be viewed only for Dell Resources.
From the Storage Group Details page, you can view the recent alerts about the storage, and additionally:
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For Dell EqualLogic Storage, you can open the element manager GUI of Group Manager.
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For Dell Compellent Storage, you can open the element manager GUI of Storage Center.
Viewing storage details
The following are the steps to view the storage details:
1.
On the home page, click Resources.
The Resources page is displayed.
2.
In the All Resources tab, from the Resource Type drop-down menu, select Storage.
The list of storage array is displayed.
3.
Select a storage array to view the details.
In the right pane, the following information about the storage is displayed:
4.
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In Use in Service(s)
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Firmware/Software Compliance
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Resource Name
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Health
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Management IP
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LUNs
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Free Disk Space
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SP A IP Address(only for EMC storage)
• SP B IP Address (only for EMC storage)
In the right pane, click View Details.
The Storage Details page displays the detailed information about the server in the following tabs:
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Summary
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LUNs
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Volumes
Opening the iDRAC remote console
To simplify routine server maintenance, you can open a remote console to the server’s Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller
(iDRAC) directly from ASM:
NOTE: For more information, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User Guide.
1.
On the home page, click Resources.
2.
On the Resources page, click the All Resources tab.
3.
Click a server.
4.
In the Details pane, click View Details.
5.
In the Summary tab, under Actions, click Launch iDRAC GUI.
Opening the CMC remote console
To simplify routine Chassis maintenance, you can open a remote console to the server’s Integrated Chassis Management Controller
(CMC) directly from ASM:
NOTE: For more information, see the Chassis Management Controller User Guide.
1.
In the left pane, click Resources.
2.
On the Resources page, click All Resources tab.
3.
Click a Chassis from the list.
4.
In the Details pane, click View Details.
5.
In the Summary tab, under Actions, click Launch CMC GUI.
Understanding server pools
In ASM, a Server Pool is a set of servers grouped for specific use-cases such as business units or workload purposes. An
administrator can also specify a set of users who can access these server pools.
The Server Pools tab lists the existing server pools and enables you to perform the following actions:
NOTE: Standard users can view only the details of the server pools for which they have permissions.
NOTE: A user with Administrator role can only create, edit or delete the server pools.
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Create or edit server pools
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Delete existing server pools
Click a server pool from the list to view detailed information in the following tabs:
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Servers — Lists the number of servers associated with the server pool.
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Users — Lists the number of users who has the access rights to the server pool.
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Related links
Creating server pool
Application logs
Users
Repositories
About roles
Jobs
Virtual appliance management
Creating server pool
1.
On the home page, click Resources, and then click Server Pools.
2.
In the Server Pools tab, click Create New.
The Create Server Pool wizard is displayed.
3.
On the Welcome page, read the instructions, and click Next.
4.
On the Server Pool Information page, type the name and description for the server pool. Click Next.
5.
On the Add Servers page, select the servers that you want to add to the server pool. Click Next.
6.
On the Assign Users page, select the users you want to grant access rights to the server pool. Click Next.
7.
On the Summary page, review the server pool configuration, and then click Finish.
Editing server pool
1.
On the home page, click Resources, and then click Server Pools.
2.
In the Server Pools tab, click Edit.
The Create Server Pool wizard is displayed.
3.
To change the name and description of the server pool, in the left pane, click Server Pool Information. Click Save.
4.
To add or remove servers from the server pool, in the left pane, click Add Servers. Click Save.
5.
To add or remove the access rights to the server pool, in the left pane, click Assign Users. Click Save.
Deleting server pool
1.
In the Server Pools tab, select one or more server pools, and click Delete.
2.
Click OK when the confirmation message is displayed.
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Settings
On the Settings page, you can:
NOTE: A user with Administrator role can only configure the following settings. For more information about roles and
permission, see About Roles
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Create Add-on module.
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Configure automatically scheduled and manual backup and restore jobs.
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Create the credentials that ASM use to access chassis, server, switch, VMware vCenter, and storage resources.
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Access the Getting Started page.
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Access application logs.
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Manage OS image and firmware repositories.
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View and cancel Jobs.
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Define existing networks.
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Manage ASM users.
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Perform appliance management tasks related to NTP settings, proxy server settings, SSL certificates, and license management
for the ASM virtual appliance.
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Create virtual identity pools.
Related links
Networks
Credentials management
Virtual identity pools
Backup and restore
Add-On Modules
Add-On Modules are zip files that can be uploaded to the Application section for Templates in ASM. These files contain the
description for the applications.
Related links
Creating an Add-On Module
Creating an Add-On Module
1.
Click Settings.
2.
On the left pane, click Add-On Modules.
3.
Click +Add.
The Add Module window is displayed.
4.
Click Browse.
5.
Select the module zip file to upload and click Open.
6.
Click Save.
The file is displayed on the Add-On Modules page and the contents of the file are copied to the location in the ASM appliance.
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NOTE: An error message is displayed if you try adding an existing module.
To remove an existing Add-On module, click the delete icon beside the module that you want to delete.
Backup and restore
Performing a backup saves all user-created data to a remote share from which it can be restored.
NOTE: It is recommended to perform frequent backups to guard against data loss and corruption. Also, it is
recommended to take a snapshot of ASM virtual appliance every time you perform a restore (for more information, see
VMware documentation).
The Backup and Restore page displays information about the last backup operation performed on ASM virtual appliance.
Information in the Settings and Details section applies to both manual and automatically scheduled backups and includes the
following:
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Last backup date
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Last backup status
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Backup directory path to an NFS or a CIFS share, including an optional user name required to access the share, if necessary
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Backup Directory User Name
Also, the Backup and Restore page displays information about the status of automatically scheduled backups (Enabled or Disabled).
On this page, you can:
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Manually start an immediate backup
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Restore earlier configuration
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Edit general backup settings
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Edit automatically scheduled backup settings
Related links
Backup now
Restore now
Editing backup settings and details
Editing automatically scheduled backups
Backup details
ASM backup file includes following information:
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Activity logs
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Credentials
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Deployments
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Resource inventory and status
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Events
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Identity Pools
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Initial setup
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IP addresses
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Jobs
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Licensing
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Networks
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Templates
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Users and roles
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Resource Module configuration files
Editing backup settings and details
1.
2.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Backup and Restore.
On the Backup and Restore page, under Settings and Details section, click Edit.
The Settings And Details page is displayed.
3.
Optionally, to indicate the network share location where the backup file is saved, type a backup directory path in the Backup
Directory Path box. Use one of the following formats:
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NFS — host:/share/
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CIFS — \\host\share\
If username and password are required to access the network share, in the Backup Directory User Name and Backup
Directory Password boxes, you can type a user name and a password.
4.
To open the backup file, in the Encryption Password box type a password. Verify the encryption password by typing the
password in the Confirm Encryption Password box.
NOTE: The password can include any alphanumeric characters such [email protected]#$%*
5.
Click Save.
Editing automatically scheduled backups
On this page, you can specify the days and time to run automatically scheduled backups. To change the location where backup files
are saved or the password accessing a backup file, see Editing Backup Settings and Details.
1.
2.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Backup and Restore.
On the Backup and Restore page, under the Automatically Scheduled Backups section, click Edit.
The Automatically Scheduled Backup dialog box is displayed.
3.
To schedule automatic backups, next to Automatically Scheduled Backups, select Enabled. To discontinue automatically
scheduled backups, select Disabled.
4.
To specify day(s) on which backup must occur, select the days in Days for Backup.
5.
From the Time for Backup drop-down list, select the time.
6.
Click Save.
Backup now
In addition to automatically scheduled backups, you can manually run an immediate backup.
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Backup and Restore.
2.
On the Backup and Restore page, click Backup Now.
3.
Select one of the following options:
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To use the general settings that are applied to all backup files, select Use Backup Directory Path and Encryption
Password from Settings and Details.
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To use custom settings:
1.
In the Backup Directory Path box, type a path name where the backup file is saved. Use one of these formats:
– NFS — host:/share/
– CIFS — \\host\share\
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2.
Optionally, type a username and password in the Backup Directory User Name and Backup Directory Password
boxes, if they are required to access the location you typed in the earlier task.
3.
In the Encryption Password box, type a password that is required to open the backup file, and verify the encryption
password by typing the password in the Confirm Encryption Password box.
NOTE: The password can include any alphanumeric characters such [email protected]#$%*
4.
Click Backup Now.
Restore now
Restoring ASM virtual appliance returns user-created data to an earlier configuration that is saved in a backup file.
CAUTION: Restoring an earlier configuration restarts ASM virtual appliance and deletes data created after the backup
file to which you are restoring.
NOTE: It is recommended to perform frequent backups to prevent data loss and corruption. Also, it is recommended to
take a snapshot of ASM virtual appliance every time you perform a restore (for more information, see VMware
documentation).
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Backup and Restore.
2.
On the Backup and Restore page, click Restore Now.
3.
Type a path name in the Backup Directory Path and File Name box that specifies the backup file to be restored. Use one of
the following formats:
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NFS — host:/share/filename.gz
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CIFS — \\host\share\filename.gz
4.
To log in to the location where the backup file is stored, type the username and password in the Backup Directory User Name
and Backup Directory Password boxes.
5.
To access the backup file, type the encryption password in the Encryption Password box. This is the password that was typed
when the backup file was created.
6.
Click Restore Now.
7.
Confirm or cancel the action when a confirmation message is displayed.
The restore process is started.
Credentials management
ASM requires a root-level user name and password to access and manage chassis, servers, switch, VMware vCenter, and storage.
NOTE: To access any Dell resource, the default root-level user name is root, and the default password is calvin. It is
recommended to change the password; however, the user name for root-level credentials in ASM must remain root.
NOTE: The Dell default credentials are not available for Dell Compellent Storage Center and Dell EqualLogic Storage.
You must create credentials to access these Dell resources. To create credentials for the storage resource types, in the
left pane, click Settings, and then click Credential Management.
The Credentials Management page displays the following information about the credentials:
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Name — User-defined name that identifies the credentials.
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Type — Type of resource that uses the credential.
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Resources — Total number of resources to which the credential is assigned.
From the credential list, click a credential to view its details in the Summary tab:
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Name of the user who created and modified the credential.
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Date and time that the credential was created and last modified.
On the Credentials Management page, you can:
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Create New Credentials
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Edit Existing Credentials
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Delete Existing Credentials
Related links
Creating credentials
Editing credentials
Creating credentials
To create credentials:
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Credentials Management.
2.
On the Credentials Management page, click Create.
3.
In the Create Credentials dialog box, from the Credential Type drop-down list, select one of the following resource types for
which you want to create the credentials:
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Chassis
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Server
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Switch
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vCenter
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SCVMM
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Storage
4.
• Element Manager
In the Credential Name field, type the name to identify the credential.
5.
In the User Name field, type the user name for the credential.
NOTE: root is the only valid user name for root-level credentials on chassis (CMC), servers (iDRAC), and I/O
modules. You can add local CMC and iDRAC users with user names other than root.
6.
In the Password and the Confirm Password boxes, type the password for the credential.
NOTE: For valid user name and password formats, see the iDRAC, CMC, I/O module, or see the storage third-party
documentation.
7.
Optionally, for VMware vCenter, SCVMM and Element Manager, in the Domain box, enter the domain ID.
8.
Optionally, for switch credentials:
a. Under Protocol, click one of the following connection protocols used to access the resource from remote.
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Telnet
• SSH
b. Under SNMP Configuration, in the SNMP v2 Community String box, type the SNMP v2 community string required to
access the resource.
9.
To save the credential, click Save.
Related links
Editing credentials
Deleting credentials
Editing credentials
To edit a credential:
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Credentials Management.
2.
On the Credential Management page, click a credential that you want to edit, and then click Edit.
3.
Modify the credential information in the Edit Credentials dialog box.
4.
Click Save.
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Deleting credentials
To delete a credential:
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Credentials Management.
2.
On the Credential Management page, select the credential that you want to delete, and then click Delete.
3.
Click OK when the confirmation message is displayed.
Getting Started
This page provides a recommended guided workflow for getting started with ASM. A check mark indicates that you have completed
the step.
Application logs
ASM provides an activity log of user- and system-generated actions to use for troubleshooting activities. By default, log entries
display in the order they occurred.
You can view the following information:
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Severity
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— Indicates that the fatal error occurred while communicating with a managed resource; corrective action is
immediately required.
–
— Indicates that the resource is in a state that requires corrective action, but does not impact overall system health.
For example, a discovered resource is not supported.
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— Indicates general information about system health or activity.
— Indicates that the component is working as expected.
Category
– Security — Indicates the authentication failures, operations on ASM users, operations on credentials
– Appliance Configuration — Indicates the initial setup, appliance settings, backup and restore
– Template Configuration — Indicates the operations on Service Templates
– Network Configuration — Indicates the operations on networks, pools for MAC/IQN/WWPN/WWNN
– Infrastructure or Hardware Configuration — Indicates the hardware discovery, inventory
– Infrastructure or Hardware Monitoring — Indicates the hardware health
– Deployment — Indicates the Service template deployment operations
– Licensing — Indicates the license updates and expirations
– Miscellaneous — Indicates all other issues
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Description — Displays brief summary of activity
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Date and Time — Indicates the time when activity occurred and time is displayed using the client machine time zone. If there
are logs, the time captured when the message is logged is based on the appliance time.
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User — Indicates user name from which activity originated
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On this page, you can:
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View log entries
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Export all log entries to a .csv file
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Purge all log entries
NOTE: To sort entries by a specific category, click the arrow next to a column name.
Exporting all log entries
You can export all current log entries to a comma-delimited (.csv) file for troubleshooting.
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Application Logs.
2.
On the Application Logs page, click Export All.
3.
Open or save the file.
Purging log entries
You can delete log entries based on date and severity.
1.
On the home page, click Settings and then click Application Logs.
2.
On the Application Logs page, click Purge.
3.
To delete entries by date, in the Current and Older Than box, enter a date.
CAUTION: If you do not select a date, then all entries with the selected severity level(s) are deleted.
4.
To delete entries by severity level, select Information, Warning, or Critical.
CAUTION: If you do not select a severity level, then all entries older than the selected date are deleted.
5.
Click Apply.
NOTE: You must enter date and select severity level to delete log entries based on date and severity.
Networks
ASM manages LAN (private, public, and hypervisor management), hypervisor migration, hypervisor cluster private, OS Installation,
File Share, and SAN (iSCSI) networks.
To facilitate network communication, you can add ranges of static IP addresses that ASM assigns to resources for iSCSI initiators.
You can also create virtual identity pools of MAC, IQN, WWPN, and WWNN virtual identities that ASM assigns to virtual NICs.
NOTE: When the OS Installation network is set to Static, OS Installation is supported only for installing Linux, ESXi, and
Windows on bare-metal systems with Intel NICs.
Also, make sure that the following network pre-requisites are met:
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The virtual appliance is able to communicate with the out-of-band management network.
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The virtual appliance is able to communicate with the OS Installation network in which the appliance is deployed.
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The virtual appliance is able to communicate with the hypervisor management network.
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The DHCP server is fully functional with appropriate PXE settings to PXE boot images from ASM or Razor in your deployment
network.
Related links
Networking
Defining or editing existing network
Deleting a network
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Networking
The Networks page displays information about networks defined in ASM, including:
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Name
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Description
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Network Type
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VLAN ID
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IP Address Setting
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Starting IP Address
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Ending IP Address
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IP Addresses in Use
NOTE: IP Address in Use indicates number of IPs are in use out of available IPs.
On the Networks page, you can:
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Define or edit an existing network. For more information on defining or editing an existing network, see Defining or editing
existing network.
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Delete an existing network. For more information on deleting an existing network, see Deleting a network.
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Click Export All to export all the network details to a .csv file.
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Export network details for a specific network. To export the specific network details, select a network, and then click Export
Network Details.
Also, you can click a network to see the following details in the Summary tab:
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Name of the user who created and modified the network.
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Date and time that the network was created and last modified.
NOTE: To sort the column by network names, click the arrow next the column header. You can also refresh the
information on the page.
If you select a network from Networks list under Settings, the network details are displayed.
For a static network following information is displayed:
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Subnet Mask
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Gateway
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Primary DNS
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Secondary DNS
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DNS Suffix
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Last Updated By
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Date Last Updated
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Created By
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Date Created
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Static IP Details
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For a DHCP network following information is displayed:
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Last Updated By
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Date Last Updated
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Created By
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Date Created
You can filter the IPs by selecting any of the following options from the View drop-down menu, under the Static IP Address Details
section:
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ALL IP Addresses
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IP Addressees in Use
•
Available IP Addresses
NOTE: You can also select the links under the IP Addresses in Use column. The IPs are automatically filtered based on
the IP addresses In Use criteria.
Related links
Network types
Defining or editing existing network
Deleting a network
Defining or editing existing network
Adding the details of an existing network enables ASM to automatically configure chassis, servers, and I/O modules that are
connected to the network.
To define or edit an existing network:
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Networks.
The Networks page is displayed.
2.
Perform one of the following:
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To define a network, click Define.
The Define Network page is displayed.
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To edit an existing network, select the network that you want to modify, and click Edit. The Edit Network page is
displayed.
3.
In the Name field, type the name of the network.
4.
Optionally, in the Description field, type a description for the network.
5.
From the Network Type drop-down list, select one of the following network types. For more information about network types,
see Network Types
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Private LAN
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Public LAN
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SAN [Software iSCSI]
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Hypervisor Management
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Hypervisor Migration
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Hypervisor Cluster Private
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OS Installation
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Fileshare
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FIP Snooping
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VSAN
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Hardware Management
NOTE: The virtual MAC identity that ASM assigns to the NIC depends on the network type selected when adding a
network.
6.
• For a LAN network type, a virtual MAC address is assigned to the server.
• For an iSCSI network type, a virtual iSCSI MAC address is assigned to the server.
In the VLAN ID field, type the VLAN ID between 1 and 4094.
NOTE: ASM uses the VLAN ID specifically to configure I/O modules to enable network traffic to flow from the
server to configured networks during deployment.
NOTE: The VLAN ID can be edited only if the network is not currently referenced by a template.
7.
Select Configure static IP address ranges check box, and then do the following:
NOTE: After a network is created, you cannot select or clear the Configure static IP address ranges check box to
configure static IP address pools.
a. In the Gateway field, type the default gateway IP address for routing network traffic.
b. In the Subnet Mask field, type the subnet mask.
c. Optionally, in the Primary DNS and Secondary DNS fields, type the IP addresses of primary DNS (required) and secondary
DNS (optional).
d. Optionally, in the DNS Suffix field, type the DNS suffix to append for host name resolution.
e. Click Add IP Range, type a Starting IP Address and Ending IP Address, and then click Save IP Range. Repeat this step to
add multiple IP address ranges based on the requirement.
NOTE: The IP address ranges cannot overlap. For example, you cannot create an IP address range of 10.10.10.1–
10.10.10.100 and another range of 10.10.10.50–10.10.10.150.
NOTE: The network type can be edited only if the network is not currently referenced by a template.
8.
To define the network configuration, click Save.
Related links
Network types
Network types
Using ASM, you can manage the following network types.
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Private LAN — Used to access network resources for functions such as vMotion traffic or heartbeat communication.
Public LAN — Used to access network resources for basic Networking activities.
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•
NOTE: Private and public LANs are functionally identical in ASM. The purpose of offering both labels is to help users
categorize LANs based on functional use.
SAN (iSCSI) — Used to manage storage-related traffic on an iSCSI network. If an IP address pool is associated with the
network, then ASM can use it to configure the iSCSI initiator IP address when doing a SAN (iSCSI) boot. Static or DHCP.
Hypervisor Management — Used to identify the management network for a hypervisor or operating system deployed on a
server.
Hypervisor Migration — Used to manage the network that you want to use for live migration. Live migration allows you to
move running virtual machines from one node of the failover cluster to different node in the same cluster.
Hypervisor Cluster Private — Used for private cluster heartbeat network communication.
OS Installation — Allows static or DHCP network for OS imaging on servers.
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NOTE: When the OS Installation network is set to Static, OS Installation is supported only for installing Linux, ESXi,
and Windows on bare-metal systems with Intel NICs.
Fileshare — Used to manage the NFS traffic in the NetApp Storage file system.
Hardware Management — Used for out-of-band management of hardware infrastructure.
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•
•
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The FIP VLAN Request is multicast to the destination MAC Address of ALL-FCF-MACs. The Source Address for the VLAN
Request is the ENode MAC and it is important to note that the frame is transmitted without an 802.1Q (VLAN) tag
VLAN ID
A VLAN ID is a unique identifier that enables switching and routing of network traffic.
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The VLAN ID must be a number between 1 and 4094. If using a flat network (no VLANs), type a value of 1.
Deleting a network
NOTE: You should not delete a network that is referenced in a template. This affects the services that are deployed
using this template.
To delete a network:
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Networks.
2.
Click the network that you want to delete, and then click Delete.
3.
Click OK when the confirmation message is displayed.
The Networks page is displayed.
Related links
Defining or editing existing network
Repositories
On the repositories page, you can perform the following operations:
•
OS Image Repositories tab — Enables you to create OS image repositories.
•
Firmware/Software Repositories tab — Enables you to upload firmware and software repositories.
The OS Image Repositories tab displays the following information:
•
State — Displays the following states:
– Available — Indicates that the OS image repository is downloaded and copied successfully on the appliance.
– Pending — Indicates that the OS image repository download process is in progress.
– Error — Indicates that there is an issue downloading the OS image repository.
•
Repository — Display the name of the repository.
•
Image Type — Displays the operating system type.
•
Source Path — Displays the share path of the repository in a file share.
•
In Use — Displays the following options:
– True — Indicates that the OS image repository is in use.
– False — Indicates that the OS image repository is not in use.
•
Available Actions — Select any one of the following options:
– Delete
– Edit
– Resynchronize
NOTE: You cannot perform any actions on repositories that are in use. However, you can delete repositories that are in
an Available state but not in use.
NOTE: All the options are available only for repositories in an Error state.
From this page, you can:
•
Click Add to add a new repository.
•
Select a repository from the list and click Remove to remove a repository.
Related links
Types of firmware repositories
Understanding Firmware/Software Repositories tab
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Adding OS Image repositories
To add an OS image repository:
1.
On the Repositories page, click OS Image Repositories tab, and then click Add.
2.
In the Add OS Image Repository dialog box, enter the following:
a.
In the Repository Name box, enter the name of the repository.
b.
In the Image Type box, enter the image type.
c.
In the Source Path and Filename box, enter the path of the OS Image file name in a file share.
To enter the CIFS share, see the format used in the following example: \\192.68.2.1\lab\isos\Windows2012r2.iso
To enter the NFS share, see the format used in this following example: 192.68.10.1:var/infs/linux.iso
d.
If you are using the CIFS share, enter the User Name and Password to access the share.
Editing OS image repository
To edit the OS image repository:
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Repositories.
2.
From the Available Actions drop-down menu, click Edit for a repository in an Error state.
The Edit OS Image Repository page is displayed.
3.
Edit the Source Path and Filename and type the user credentials.
NOTE: You cannot modify the Repository Name and Image Type.
4.
Click Save.
Resynchronizing OS image repository
You can use the resynchronize option to restore the OS image from the database after a backup and restore.
To resynchronize the OS image repository:
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Repositories.
2.
From the Available Actions drop-down menu, click Resynchronize for a repository in an Error state.
The Resynchronize OS Repository page is displayed.
3.
Type the user credentials and click Test Connection to test the network connection.
NOTE: You cannot edit the Source Path and Filename.
4.
Click Resynchronize.
The repository state changes to Copying state.
Understanding Firmware/Software Repositories tab
The Firmware/Software Repositories tab displays the following information about the firmware repositories:
•
Repository Name — Displays the name of the repository.
•
Source — Displays the path of the repository that contains the catalog file.
Select the repository to view the following information about firmware package:
•
Bundles — Displays the number of bundles available in the firmware catalog.
•
Components — Displays the number of firmware software components available in the firmware catalog.
•
Created On — Displays the date when the repository is created.
•
Last Updated — Displays the date when the repository last updated.
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•
Services Affected — Displays the services in which the firmware catalog is used.
From this page, you can:
•
Add new repository
•
Select a repository from the list, and click the delete icon in the same row to remove the repository.
NOTE: If you remove a repository, the repository is deleted from the appliance not from the file share.
NOTE: The embedded repository may not be removed
•
Select a repository from the drop-down list, to set a repository as the default firmware repository
•
Select a repository from the list, in the right pane, click View Bundles to view the firmware and software bundles available in the
repository.
•
Select a repository from the list, in the right pane, click Add Custom Bundle to add custom firmware file to the repository.
Related links
Adding firmware repositories
Viewing firmware and software bundles details
Adding firmware repositories
1.
On the Repositories page, click Add Firmware Repository.
2.
In the Add Firmware Repository dialog, select one of the following options:
3.
•
Import ASM's recommended repository from ftp.dell.com — Select this option to import the firmware repository that
contains the firmware bundles recommended for ASM.
•
Load repository from network path — Select this option to upload the repository from any one of the following file shares
NFS, CIFS, FTP, and HTTP.
• Load repository from local drive — Select this option to upload the repository from local system.
If you selected Load repository from network path, perform the following:
•
In the File Path box, enter the location of the catalog file. Use on of the following formats:
– NFS share for xml file: host:/share/filename.xml
– NFS share for gz file: host:/share/filename.gz
– CIFS share for xml file: \\host\share\filename.xml
– CIFS share for gz file: \\host\share\filename.gzb
– FTP share for xml file:ftp://host/share/filename.xml
– FTP share for gz file:ftp://host/share/filename.gz
– HTTP share for xml file:http://host/share/filename.xml
– HTTP share for gz file:http://host/share/filename.gz
4.
• If using a CIFS share, enter the User Name and Password.
If you selected Load repository from local drive, click Browse, and select the catalog file.
5.
Click Save.
Types of firmware repositories
There are three types of firmware repositories:
NOTE: Only devices validated against the embedded or default repository are displayed on the Resources page.
•
Embedded ASM Firmware Repository — ASM ships with an Embedded Firmware Repository that contains a subset of the
minimum firmware versions that are supported by ASM for the management interfaces of Dell hardware.
This embedded catalog is not a full catalog. If a full catalog is not downloaded, the firmware level of all devices discovered in
ASM are validated against the firmware level listed in the embedded firmware repository. Compliance to this Repository can be
viewed on the Resources page.
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NOTE: Devices with firmware levels below the minimum firmware listed in the embedded ASM firmware repository
are marked as Upgrade Required.
•
Default Firmware Repository — This is the Default Firmware Repository. This repository is applied to all devices that are either
not in a Service or are part of Services that do not have a Service Level Firmware Repository.
To set a default firmware repository, you must download a catalog either from Dell.com or from an internal share through the
ASM User Interface. The Embedded Repository is no longer used if a Default Firmware Repository is set. Compliance to this
Repository can be viewed on the Resources page.
NOTE: Devices with firmware levels below the minimum firmware listed in the default repository are as NonCompliant (out of compliance).
•
Service Level Firmware Repository — This repository is applied only to Servers that are in Service and to which the Service
Level Firmware Repository is assigned.
NOTE: Devices with firmware levels below the minimum firmware level listed in service level repository are marked as
Non-Compliant. When a Service Level Firmware Repository is assigned to a Service, the firmware validation is
checked only against the Service Level Firmware Repository and the Default Firmware Repository checks are no
longer applied to the devices associated with this Service.
Viewing firmware and software bundles details
The following are the steps to view the firmware and software bundles details:
1.
2.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Repositories.
Click the Firmware/Software Repositories tab, select a repository, and then click View Bundles.
A list of system and software bundles is displayed.
3.
Click System Bundles to view the firmware or system bundles.
4.
Click Software Bundles to view the software bundles.
You can see the following information regarding bundles:
•
Name — Displays the name of the firmware or software update package.
•
Version — Displays the version of the firmware or software update package.
•
Date — Displays the date when the firmware or software update package was downloaded.
NOTE: You cannot create a catalog from start in ASM. You have to create a base catalog in DRM tool and then you can
upload that to ASM. You can select the uploaded catalog and add bundles in it using Add Bundle feature.
Adding Custom Bundle
Add Custom Bundle feature allows you to add firmware bundles to an imported catalog. Previously you were only allowed to import
catalogs, but now you can add firmware bundles to the existing catalogs to ensure firmware compliance and update firmware when
required. Perform the following steps to use this feature:
1.
Click Settings on the Getting Started page.
2.
Under Settings, click Repository
3.
On Repository page, click Firmware.
4.
Select a catalog from the page, in which you want to add bundle. After that, Click Add Custom Bundle top right corner of the
same page.
5.
An Add Custom Bundle window is displayed.
a.
Enter the custom bundle’s name in Name field.
b.
Enter the custom bundle’s description in Description field.
c.
Enter the custom bundle’s version in Version field.
d.
Select device type from Device Type drop-down menu.
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NOTE: If you select switch from Device Type drop-down menu, version should include parenthesis. For
example: 9.7(01).
e.
Select device model from Device Model drop-down menu.
f.
You can select priority either as Urgent, or Recommended or else Optional from Criticality drop-down menu.
g.
Click Browse button beside Upload Firmware option. Browse and select firmware file, click Open.
h.
Click Save.
After you perform the tasks, the firmware file will get uploaded with the bundle.
NOTE: Adding custom bundles is applicable only for firmware update.
NOTE: If you do not want to add firmware file, then you can perform only compliance check.
NOTE: You cannot create a catalog from scratch in ASM. You have to create a base catalog in DRM tool and then you
can upload that to ASM. You can select the uploaded catalog and add bundles in it using Add Bundle feature.
Jobs
NOTE: User with Administrator role can only view the jobs.
In ASM, you can view the details of the following jobs:
•
Discovery
•
Firmware Update
•
Inventory
•
Service Deployment
•
Chassis Configuration
The Jobs page displays the following information about the jobs that are scheduled or currently running in ASM:
•
State — Displays one of the following states based on the job status:
– Error — Job has completed with errors (job is complete but failed on one or more resources)
– Scheduled — Job is scheduled to run at a specific time. It can be scheduled to run at a single time or at several times as a
recurring job.
– In progress — Job is running.
•
Job Name — Identifies the name of the job.
•
Started By — Displays the name of the user who started the job.
•
Start Time — Displays the date and time when the job is scheduled to run.
•
Time Elapsed — Displays the time elapsed from the start time to the end time of a job instance.
NOTE: If a job scheduled is a one-time job, after execution, it will not be listed in the Jobs page.
Users
The Users page allows you to manage the users within ASM. You can create a user, or edit, delete, enable, disable or import existing
users from Active Directory.
The Users page displays the following information about users:
•
User Name
•
Domain
•
Role
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•
Last Name
•
First Name
•
State (Enabled or Disabled)
On this page, you can:
•
Click refresh icon on the top left of the Users tab to retrieve the newly added users.
•
Edit or delete an existing user.
•
Create local user.
•
Enable or disable a user account.
•
Import Active Directory Users.
Also, you can click the specific user account to view the following user-related information:
•
Email
•
Phone
•
Directory Services
NOTE: You can also refresh the information on the page. To sort the users list based on the entries in a column, click the
arrow next the column header.
Creating a user
The Create option allows you to create an ASM user. Enter the following information to create a user.
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Users.
2.
On the Users page, click Create.
3.
Enter a unique User Name to identify the user account.
4.
Enter a Password that a user enters to access ASM. Confirm the password.
NOTE: The password length must be between 8–32 characters and must include at least one number, one capital
letter, one lowercase letter.
5.
Enter the user’s First Name and Last Name.
6.
From the Role drop-down list, select one of the following roles:
7.
•
Administrator
•
Standard
• Read only
Enter the Email address and Phone number for contacting the user.
8.
Select Enable User to create the account with an Enabled status, or clear this option to create the account with a Disabled
status.
9.
Click Save.
Related links
Users
Editing a user
Deleting a user
Enabling or disabling users
Importing Active Directory Users
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Deleting a user
The Delete option allows you to remove an existing ASM user. Perform the following tasks to delete a user:
1.
On the home page, click Settings and then click Users.
2.
On the Users page, select one or more user accounts to delete.
3.
Click Delete.
Click Yes in the warning message to delete the account(s).
Editing a user
The Edit option allows you to edit an ASM user profile. Perform the following tasks to edit a user profile:
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Users.
2.
On the Users page, select a single user account which you require to edit.
3.
Click Edit.
NOTE: For security purpose, please confirm your password before editing the user.
4.
You can modify the following user account information from this window:
•
First Name
•
Last Name
•
Role
•
Email
•
Phone
•
Enable User
NOTE: If you select the Enable user check box, user is able to log in to ASM. If you disable the check box, user will
not able to log in to ASM interface.
5.
Click Save.
Related links
Users
Creating a user
Deleting a user
Enabling or disabling users
Importing Active Directory Users
Enabling or disabling users
The Enable option allows you to change the user account state to Enabled and the Disable option allows you to change the user
account state to Disabled. Perform the steps following to enable or disable the user account state:
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Users.
2.
On the Users page, select one or more user accounts to enable/disable.
3.
In the menu, click Enable or Disable, to update the State to Enabled or Disabled, as selected.
NOTE: For an already Enabled user account State, the Enable option in the menu is deactivated, and for an already
Disabled user account State, the Disable option in the menu is deactivated.
Directory services
The Directory Services functionality allows you to create Directory Service that ASM can access for importing remote users.
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On this page, you can:
•
Create a Directory Service.
•
Delete a Directory Service.
•
Edit a Directory Service.
Directory services
The Directory Services option allows you to add, edit or delete an Active Directory using the Directory Services functionality. ASM
can access these active directories to import users.
NOTE: An Active Directory user is authenticated against the specific Active Directory Domain that a user belongs to.
NOTE: While logging in to the ASM software, the Active Directory user is required to first enter the directory name that
a user belongs to, followed by the username, for example: domain\username.
The Directory Services page displays the following information about the ASM active directories:
•
Host IP address
•
Name
•
Directory Type
From this screen, you can:
•
Add a directory service.
•
Edit or Delete an existing directory service.
Related links
Deleting a directory service
Editing a directory service
Adding a directory service
To add a Directory Service, configure the following:
•
Connection Settings
•
Attribute Settings
Connection settings
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Users.
2.
In the Directory Services tab, click Create.
3.
Select the directory service type from the Type of Directory Service drop-down list.
4.
Enter the directory service name in the Name box.
5.
Enter the User Name, Password, Host, Port and Protocol (Plain or SSL) of the Active Directory that is to be added to ASM.
NOTE: The default Windows port is 389, but see your Active Directory configuration for the specific port used for
your Active Directory. Currently, the only format supported for User Name is <user name>@<domain.com >.
6.
Click Next.
Related links
Attribute settings
Connection settings matrix
Attribute settings matrix
Summary
Importing Active Directory Users
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Connection settings matrix
Table 15. Connection settings matrix
Field Name
Description
Type Of Directory Service
Refers to the type of directory service (currently available, Microsoft Active Directory).
Name
Refers to the Active Directory (AD) configuration name as added in ASM. For example:
mydomain
User Name
Refers to the AD account that has privileges to search for users. The account name must be
entered using the User Principle Name format. For example: [email protected]
Password
Refers to the AD server password for the account in the User Name box.
Host
Refers to the AD server FQDN host name or IP address. For example: 192.168.0.5
Port
Refers to the AD server port. For example: 389
Protocol
Refers to the protocol type as Plain or SSL.
For example: Plain
Attribute settings
The Attribute Settings allows you to perform the attribute settings required for adding an Active Directory.
1.
Enter the Base DN, Filter, Username Attribute, First Name, Attribute, Last Name Attribute, and the Email Attribute of the
Active Directory that is to be added to ASM.
2.
Click Next.
Attribute settings matrix
Table 16. Attribute settings matrix
Field Name
Description
Base DN
Refers to the Distinguished Name (DN) where the users are searched by ASM. It is the
Distinguished Name (DN) of the starting point for directory server searches.
For example: CN=Users,DC=mydomain,Dc=com
Filter
Refers to the filters that enable you to define search criteria. For example: objectClass=*
User Name Attribute
Refers to the Active Directory record attribute that represents the User Name attribute. This
attribute is mapped to ASM User Name attribute. For example: sAMAccountName
First Name Attribute
Refers to the Active Directory record attribute that represents First Name. This attribute is
mapped to ASM First Name attribute. For example: givenName
Last Name Attribute
Refers to the Active Directory record attribute that represents the Last Name of the user. This
attribute is mapped to ASM Last Name attribute. For example: sn
Email Attribute
Refers to the Active Directory record attribute that represents the Email of the user. This
attribute is mapped to ASM Email attribute. For example: mail
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Summary
The Summary option allows you to verify the entered connection and attribute settings before committing the settings. Perform
the required steps as mentioned below:
1.
To change the Connection Settings or the Attribute Settings, click Back.
2.
To create the directory services with the existing settings, click Save.
Related links
Attribute settings
Connection settings
Editing a directory service
The Edit option allows you to edit the existing directory settings. Perform the following steps to edit the active directory settings:
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and the click Users.
2.
In the Directory Services check box, select a single directory service to be edited by checking the required service directory
check box.
3.
Edit the Connection settings, as necessary.
4.
Edit the Attribute Settings, as necessary.
5.
Review the Summary and edit settings. (Optional).
6.
Click Save to update the edited settings.
Related links
Deleting a directory service
Deleting a directory service
The Delete option allows you to delete a directory service. Perform the following steps to delete a directory service:
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Users.
2.
In the Directory Services tab, select a single or multiple directory services to be deleted, by checking the required service
directory check boxes.
3.
Click OK in the warning message window to delete the selected directory services.
Related links
Editing a directory service
Importing Active Directory Users
The Import Active Directory Users option allows you to import various active directory users into ASM. Perform the following tasks
to import the users into ASM:
NOTE: Prior to importing Active Directory users, you must create at least one directory service using ASM. After
importing the users, these users can log in to ASM virtual appliance using the following format: <ASM Directory Service
Name>/ <user name>, and then type the password.
NOTE: If an imported user is deleted from Active Directory, that user is not automatically deleted from ASM. The
deleted user cannot log in to the virtual appliance, and you must remove the user manually from the user list.
NOTE: Importing an already imported user does not have any effect. The user role also remains the same.
1.
Click Settings, and then click Users.
2.
Under Users tab, click Import Active Directory Users.
The Import Active Directory Users page is displayed.
3.
Select a specific directory source from the Directory Source drop-down list to import the users from the selected directory
source.
4.
Under the Available Users/Groups section, type a user or group name in the Find a User/Group field to search for a user or
group in the selected directory.
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NOTE: You can select any one of the following options from the View drop-down menu to filter the search results:
5.
•
All — displays both users and groups
•
Users— displays only users
• Groups — displays only groups
Select the users or group you want to import and click the forward arrow (>>) button.
The selected users or groups are added to the Users/Groups to the imported section.
6.
To assign a role to all the users or groups, select the users or groups and select any one of the following roles from the User
Role drop-down menu:
•
Read Only
•
Standard
•
Administrator
NOTE: To apply specific roles, select the role from the Role drop-down menu beside the user or group name.
NOTE: You can view the imported group by selecting the All Groups from the Filter by Group drop-down menu.
NOTE: In a single import operation, if you import a user individually and as part of group, the role assigned to the
user individually precedes the role assigned to the group.
NOTE: While importing Active Directory users, ASM roles are not automatically mapped to Active Directory user
roles. Therefore, it is important to assign an appropriate role to each imported user.
About roles
Every ASM user account can be assigned to any one of the following roles:
•
Administrator — Users with Administrator role have the privilege to view all the pages and to perform all operations in ASM and
grant permission to Standard users to perform certain operations.
•
Standard — Users with Standard role can view certain pages and perform certain operations based on the permission granted
by Administrator. Also, Standard users can grant permission to other users to view and perform certain operations they own.
•
Read Only — Users with Read Only role can view all ASM operations but are not allowed to perform any operations. When a
user logs in as a Read Only user, ASM does not allow the user to perform any operations by deactivating the functionality on the
UI.
The following table describes the privileges or permissions associated with the roles:
Table 17. About roles
Feature
Permission
Roles
Administrator
Dashboard
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View
Yes
Standard
Owner/ Participant
Read-only
Yes
NOTE: Standard
users who are
granted permission
or are owners, can
view the dashboard
data and links to
services, templates,
resource utilization,
and resource pools.
However, the data
is filtered by
services, resource
utilizations and
pools, recent
templates, and any
recent activity
performed by the
user as an owner or
participant.
Read
Yes
Owner/ Participant
Link to other pages
Yes
Owner/ Participant
Yes
Yes
NOTE: Direct links
to deploy a service
from recent
templates is
disabled.
Services
View
Yes
Owner/ Participant
Yes
NOTE: Users can
view only services
that they own or
are granted
permission to.
Deploy a Service
Yes
Owner/ Participant
No
NOTE: Users can
only deploy services
they own or are
granted permission
to.
Export to File
Yes
Owner/ Participant
No
NOTE: Users can
only export services
they own or are
granted permission
to.
Service Details
View
Yes
Owner/ Participant
Yes
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NOTE: On the
Service page, users
can view service
details and perform
actions only for
services which they
are owners or are
granted permission
to. Users with this
role cannot perform
any firmware
action.
Templates
Open Device Console
Yes
Owner/ Participant
No
Edit Service Information
Yes
Owner
No
Delete
Yes
Owner
No
Cancel
Yes
Owner
No
Retry
Yes
Owner
No
View All Settings
Yes
Owner/ Participant
Yes
Export to File
Yes
Owner/ Participant
No
Add component
Yes
Owner
No
Migrate servers
Yes
Owner
No
Firmware Actions
Yes
No
No
View
Yes
Participant
Yes
NOTE: Users can
only view templates
for which they have
been granted
permission to by an
administrator.
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Read template
Yes
Participant
Yes
Create new template
Yes
No
No
Edit template
Yes
No
No
Delete template
Yes
No
No
View template details
Yes
Participant
Yes
Clone template
Yes
No
No
View
Yes
No
No
Template Details
Resources
Edit name/category/
description
Yes
No
No
Publish template
Yes
No
No
Delete template
Yes
No
No
View All Settings
Yes
No
No
Import template
Yes
No
No
View
Yes
Participant
Yes
Deploy Service
Yes
Participant
No
Edit
Yes
No
No
View All Settings
Yes
Participant
Yes
Delete Template
Yes
No
No
View
Yes
Participant
yes
NOTE: Users can
view resources that
part of a server
pool for which they
are granted
permission. They
can also view
common and
shared resources
that are not part of
a pool. However,
users with this role
can only run
inventory update on
the resources.
Server Pools tab
View All Resources tab
Yes
Participant
yes
Run Discovery
Yes
No
No
Remove resources
Yes
No
No
Manage or unmanage
resources
Yes
No
No
Run inventory
Yes
Participant
No
View details (all tabs)
Yes
Participant
Yes
Launch resource element
manager (in details)
Yes
Participant
No
View
Yes
Participant
Yes
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Firmware tab
Settings
Create
Yes
No
No
Edit
Yes
No
No
Delete
Yes
No
No
View
Yes
Yes
Yes
Add Repository
Yes
No
No
Remove
Yes
No
No
Set as Default
Yes
No
No
Import latest
Yes
No
No
View Bundles
Yes
Yes
Yes
View
Yes
No
Yes
NOTE: Users
cannot view the
Settings page.
Application Logs
Backup and Restore
Credential
Management
Getting Started
View
Yes
No
Yes
Export All
Yes
No
No
Purge
Yes
No
No
View
Yes
No
Yes
Backup Now
Yes
No
No
Restore
Yes
No
No
Edit Settings and Details
Yes
No
No
Edit Auto Schedule Backup
Yes
No
No
View
Yes
No
Yes
Create
Yes
No
No
Edit
Yes
No
No
Delete
Yes
No
No
View
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Define Networks
Discover Resources
Define Existing Services
Configure Resources
No
No
•
•
•
•
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•
Networks
Users
Directory Services
Virtual Appliance
Management
Virtual Identity Pools
Publish Templates
View
Yes
No
Yes
Define
Yes
No
No
Edit
Yes
No
No
Delete
Yes
No
No
View
Yes
No
Yes
Create
Yes
No
No
Edit
Yes
No
No
Disable/Enable
Yes
No
No
Delete
Yes
No
No
Import
Yes
No
No
View
Yes
No
Yes
Create
Yes
No
No
Edit
Yes
No
No
Delete
Yes
No
No
View
Yes
No
Yes
Generate Troubleshooting
Bundle
Yes
No
No
Edit Time Zone and NTP
Settings
Yes
No
No
Edit Proxy Settings
Yes
No
No
SSL Certificates
Yes
No
No
Generate Certificate
Request
Yes
No
No
Upload Certificate
Yes
No
No
Edit License
Yes
No
No
View
Yes
No
No
Create
Yes
No
No
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Export
Yes
No
No
Delete
Yes
No
No
Related links
Creating a user
Editing a user
Deleting a user
Enabling or disabling users
Importing Active Directory Users
Virtual appliance management
Virtual Appliance Management allows you to:
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Generate a troubleshooting bundle
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Update the ASM virtual appliance
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Edit NTP settings
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Update Repository Path
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Edit DHCP Settings
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Edit proxy server settings
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Generate and download a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) and upload the resulting SSL certificate
•
Upload an ASM license
Related links
Update the ASM virtual appliance
Editing default time zone and NTP settings
Generating a certificate signing request
Downloading the certificate signing request
Uploading an SSL certificate
Editing proxy settings
License management
Editing DHCP settings
Update the ASM virtual appliance
To update the ASM virtual appliance, do the following:
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Virtual Appliance Management.
2.
In the Update Repository Path section it displays if a newer version of ASM is available.
NOTE: For more information, see Update Repository Path to configure the update repository path.
3.
On the Virtual Appliance Management page, click Update Virtual Appliance.
Update Repository Path
To update the repository path, do the following:
1.
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After you click Update Virtual Appliance, a dialogue box is displayed with a statement and warning message.
NOTE: The message displayed in the dialogue box is “ Updating the appliance restarts the system. The action will
log off all current users and cancel all jobs in progress.” It even displayed the message “ The update process takes
approximately 25 minutes depending on your data connection: 15 minutes to download the update and 10 minutes to
apply.” Apart from these, it gives you information about number of logged-in users, and in progress jobs. At the end,
it asks for your confirmation “ Are you sure you want to perform an appliance update?
2.
Click Yes on the dialogue box to update your appliance.
NOTE: This process restarts your system. Once update and restore is complete, you get logged in again. Once the
update is complete, it redirects you to the login page. In the meantime, it monitors the progress of updates and
displays messages accordingly. At the end, you get a tab as Click to log in. After you click the tab, you will be
directed to login page to log in again to the appliance.
Generating a troubleshooting bundle
A troubleshooting bundle is a compressed file that contains appliance logging information for ASM virtual appliance. If necessary,
you must download the bundle and send it to Dell support for issue debug.
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Virtual Appliance Management.
2.
On the Virtual Appliance Management page, click Generate Troubleshooting Bundle.
3.
Open or save the file.
Generating and uploading the SSL certificates
Uploading an SSL certificate provides the following advantages:
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Ensures secure transmission by encrypting data that ASM sends over the web
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Provides authentication and ensures that data is routed to its intended endpoint
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Prevents users from receiving browser security errors
To upload an SSL certificate:
1.
Generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR).
2.
Download the CSR.
3.
Submit the CSR to a Certificate Authority (CA). The CA provides a valid SSL certificate.
4.
Upload the SSL certificate to ASM.
Related links
Generating a certificate signing request
Downloading the certificate signing request
Uploading an SSL certificate
Generating a certificate signing request
A Certificate Signing Request (CSR) includes server information (such as domain name, locale) that certificate authorities require to
provide a valid SSL certificate.
After generating the CSR, download the encrypted text, and then submit it to a certificate authority. The Certificate Authority
provides a valid SSL certificate for you to upload.
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Virtual Appliance Management.
2.
On the Virtual Appliance Management page, under the SSLCertificates section, click Generate Certificate Signing Request.
a.
In the Distinguished Name (www.domain.com) box, type a distinguished name in the format www.domain.com.
b.
In the Business Name box, type a business name where the certificate is recorded.
c.
In the Department Name box, type a department name of the organizational unit (for example, IT, HR, or Sales) for which
the certificate is generated.
d.
In the Locality (Town/City) box, type a locality name in which the organization is located.
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3.
e.
In the State (Province/Region) box, type a state name in which the organization is located (do not abbreviate).
f.
From the Country drop-down list, select a country in which the organization is located.
g.
In the Email box, type a valid email address.
h. Click Generate.
Click Download Certificate Signing Request, and then copy the text that is displayed. To receive a valid SSL certificate,
submit this text to a certificate authority.
Downloading the certificate signing request
After generating the CSR, download the resulting text and submit it to a certificate authority. The certificate authority provides an
SSL certificate for you to upload to ASM.
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Virtual Appliance Management.
2.
In the Virtual Appliance Management page, under the SSLCertificates section, click Download Certificate Signing Request.
3.
To receive a valid SSL certificate, copy the displayed text and then submit it to a certificate authority.
After the certificate authority provides the SSL certificate, upload it to ASM.
Uploading an SSL certificate
Before you upload an SSL certificate, generate and download a certificate signing request (CSR). To receive a valid SSL certificate,
submit the CSR to a certificate authority. Save the certificate to a local network share.
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Virtual Appliance Management.
2.
On the Virtual Appliance Management page, under the SSLCertificates section, click Upload Certificate.
3.
Click Browse, and select an SSL certificate.
4.
To upload the certificate, click Save.
5.
Confirm or cancel the action when a confirmation message is displayed.
After uploading the certificate, the GUI becomes unavailable as the web services are restarted, the virtual appliance shell is still
accessible and all active users are logged out.
Editing DHCP settings
If you have already configured a DHCP server on the ASM appliance, you can edit the DHCP server settings on the Virtual
Appliance Management page.
To edit the DHCP server settings:
1.
On the Virtual Appliance Management page, under the DHCP Settings section, click Edit.
2.
In the DHCP Settings dialog box, modify the setting as needed. For more information on configuring the DHCP settings, see
Configure DHCP Settings
Related links
Configure DHCP settings
Editing proxy settings
If your network uses a proxy server for external communication, then you must type the critical information to enable
communication with ASM virtual appliance.
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Virtual Appliance Management.
2.
On the Virtual Appliance Management, under the Proxy Settings section, click Edit.
3.
Select Use HTTP Proxy Settings.
4.
In the Server Address (IP or Hostname) box, type a server address for the proxy server.
5.
In the Port box, type a valid port number from 1–65535. Commonly used ports for a proxy server are 80 and 8080.
6.
If the proxy server requires credentials to log in, select Use Proxy Credentials and then in User Name and Password boxes,
type the required user name and password. To verify the password, type the password in Confirm Password.
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7.
To validate the settings typed on this page, click Test Proxy Connection.
8.
Click Save.
License management
ASM licensing is based on the total number of managed resources.
The valid license type supported is Standard license. Standard license is a full-access license type. After uploading an initial license,
you can upload subsequent licenses on the Virtual Appliance Management page. Subsequent uploads replace the existing license.
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Virtual Appliance Management.
2.
On the Virtual Appliance Management page, under the License Management section, click Add. License Management
window is displayed.
3.
Click Browse button beside Upload License and select an Evaluation license file, and then click Open.
You get information regarding license type, number of resources and expiration date of the uploaded license. on License
Management window.
4.
Click Save to apply the evaluation license.
After uploading the license file, the following information about the license is displayed:
5.
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License Type
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Number of Resources
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Number of Used Resources
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Number of Available Resources
• Expiration Date
To replace the Evaluation license with standard license click the same Add button under License Management section, click
Browse button beside Upload License and select a regular standard license file, and then click Open.
You get information regarding license type, number of resources and expiration date of the uploaded license. on License
Management window.
6.
Click Save to apply the standard license,
It replaces the evaluation license with standard license.
After uploading the license file, the following information about the license is displayed:
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License Type
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Number of Resources
•
Number of Used Resources
•
Number of Available Resources
You can add multiple standard licenses. In that scenario, details of all the licenses are displayed together under License
Management section on Virtual Appliance Management page.
NOTE: If you try to upload the same standard license second time, you get an error message stating that License
has already been used.
Editing default time zone and NTP settings
Changes on this page affect the time zone and NTP server(s) that are applied to ASM virtual appliance. All time data is stored in
UTC format, and is used to display log and event time stamps.
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Virtual Appliance Management.
2.
On the Virtual Appliance Management page, under the Time Zone and NTP Settings section, click Edit.
3.
From the Time Zone drop-down list, select a time zone.
4.
Type the IP address or hostname in Preferred NTP Server and Secondary NTP Server (optional) for time synchronization.
5.
Click Save. The GUI becomes unavailable as the web services are restarted, the virtual appliance shell is still accessible and all
active users are logged out.
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Updating repository path
By default, it comes with a repository path. To update the repository path, perform the following tasks:
1.
Click Settings, click Virtual Appliance Management under Settings.
Virtual Appliance Management page is displayed
2.
Click Edit beside Update Repository Path option.
3.
Update Repository Path window is displayed. You can update the path using Update Repository Path field.
4.
Click Save to save the updated path.
5.
It directs you to Virtual Appliance Management page. On the page, under Update Repository Path, you get the updated
information regarding Current Virtual Appliance Version, Available Virtual Appliance Version, Repository Path
6.
To perform the update, click Update Virtual Appliance.
7.
After you click Update Virtual Appliance, a dialogue box is displayed with few statement and warning message.
NOTE: The message displayed in the dialogue box is “ Updating the appliance restarts the system. The action will
log off all current users and cancel all jobs in progress.” It even displayed the message “ The update process takes
approximately 25 minutes depending on your data connection: 15 minutes to download the update and 10 minutes
to apply.” Apart from these, it gives you information about number of logged-in users, and in progress jobs. At the
end, it asks for your confirmation “ Are you sure you want to perform an appliance update?”
8.
After reading the message, if you decide that it’s good to proceed with update virtual appliance, click Yes on the dialogue box.
It updates your appliance.
NOTE: This process restarts your system. Once update and restore is complete, you will be logged in again. Once the
update process is complete, it redirects you to a login page. In the meantime, it monitors the progress of the update and
messages you accordingly. At the end, you get a tab stating Click to log in. After you click the tab, you will be directed to
a login page to log in again to the appliance.
Adding Dell ASM Service Tag
To add Dell ASM Service Tag:
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Virtual Appliance Management.
2.
Under Dell ASM Service Tag, click Edit, type Dell ASM Service Tag, and click Save.
Virtual identity pools
In ASM, virtual identity pools provide a conceptual way to categorize the virtual identities that help in network communication.
A virtual identity pool can include any combination of following virtual identities:
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MAC
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IQN
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WWPN
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WWNN
By default, virtual identities that are not assigned to any virtual identity pool are automatically assigned to the Global pool.
After creating a virtual identity pool, you can assign the virtual identity pool to one or more templates. For example, you might create
a virtual identity pool to use for specific business units, such as Finance, Human Resource, and for any specific application.
The Virtual Identity Pools page displays the following information about the virtual identity pools that are configured in ASM:
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Name — Displays the name of the virtual identity pool.
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Description — Displays the description to identify the virtual identity pool.
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Created By — Displays the name of the user who created the virtual identity pool.
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Created Date — Displays the time that the virtual identity pool was created and last modified.
In the Virtual Identity Pools page, click an existing virtual identity pool to see the following information about the virtual identity
pools in the Summary tab:
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Selected Prefix — Displays the prefix that is added to the beginning of the virtual identities.
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Reserved — Displays the total number of virtual identities reserved for future use.
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Assigned — Displays the total number of virtual identities assigned to the resources.
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Available — Displays the total number of virtual identities available in the virtual identity pool.
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Auto Generate — Indicates whether auto generate virtual identity pools option is enabled or disabled.
To edit the virtual identity pools information, click Update Pool Identities at the bottom of the Summary tab.
On the Virtual Identity Pools page, you can:
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Create virtual identity pools
•
Export virtual identity pools
•
Delete virtual identity pools
Related links
Creating virtual identity pools
Creating virtual identity pools
The Create Virtual Identity Pool wizard enables you to create virtual identity pools and add virtual identities to the virtual identity
pools.
To create a virtual identity pool:
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Virtual Identity Pools.
2.
In the Virtual Identity Pools page, click Create.
The Create Virtual Identity Pool wizard is displayed.
3.
On the Pool Information page, type the Pool Name and Pool Description to identify the virtual identity pool, and then click
Next.
The virtual identity pool name must be fewer than 100 characters.
4.
On the Virtual MAC page, add the virtual MAC identities, and then click Next.
5.
On the Virtual IQN page, add the virtual IQN identities, and then click Next.
6.
On the Virtual WWPN page, add the virtual WWPN identities, and then click Next.
7.
On the Virtual WWNN page, add the virtual WWNN identities, and then click Next.
8.
On the Pool Summary page, click Finish.
Related links
Adding virtual MAC identities
Adding virtual IQN identities
Adding virtual WWPN identities
Adding virtual WWNN identities
Adding virtual MAC identities
1.
On the Virtual MAC page of the Create Virtual Identity Pool wizard, in the Number of Virtual MAC Identities boxes, type the
total number of virtual MAC identities that you want to add (any whole number between 1 and 1,024).
2.
From the MAC Address Prefix list, type the MAC address prefix to be added to the starting of the MAC addresses.
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3.
Select Auto Generate Identities if needed during deployments check box to automatically generate the Virtual MAC address
during the deployment, if necessary.
Adding virtual IQN identities
You can add from 1 to 1024 virtual WWPN identities at one time. The maximum number of virtual WWPN identities that ASM can
manage is 16,000.
1.
On the Virtual IQN page of the Create Virtual Identity Pool wizard, in the Number of Virtual iSCSI Identities boxes type the
total number of virtual IQN identities that you want to add (any whole number between 1 and 1,024).
2.
In the IQN Prefix box, type the IQN prefix that to be added at the starting of the IQN.
Examples of possible prefixes include product types, serial numbers, host identifiers, and software keys.
NOTE: The IQN prefix cannot exceed 213 characters, must contain only alphanumeric characters (uppercase and
lowercase), and the following special characters: – _, ,: .
3.
Select Auto Generate Identities if needed during deployments check box to automatically generate the Virtual IQN addresses
during the deployment, if necessary.
Adding virtual WWPN identities
You can add from 1 to 1024 virtual WWPN identities at one time. The maximum number of virtual WWPN identities that ASM can
manage is 16,000.
1.
On the Virtual WWPN page of the Create Virtual Identity Pool wizard, in the Number of Virtual WWPN Identities boxes, type
the total number of virtual WWPN identities that you want to add (any whole number between 1 and 1,024).
2.
From WWPN Prefix drop-down list, select the WWPN prefix to be added to the starting of the WWPN.
3.
Select Auto Generate Identities if needed during deployments check box to automatically generate the Virtual WWPN
addresses during the deployment, if necessary.
Adding virtual WWNN identities
You can add from 1 to 1024 virtual WWNN identities at one time. The maximum number of virtual WWNN identities that ASM can
manage is 16,000.
1.
On the Virtual WWNN page of the Create Virtual Identity Pool wizard, in Number of Virtual WWNN Identities type the total
number of virtual WWNN identities that you want to add (any whole number between 1 and 1,024).
2.
From the WWNN Prefix drop-down list, select the WWNN prefix to be added to the starting of the WWNN.
3.
Select Auto Generate Identities if needed during deployments check box if you want to automatically generate the Virtual
WWNN addresses during the deployment.
Deleting virtual identity pools
NOTE: You cannot delete a Global virtual identity pool, and you cannot delete the virtual identity pools that are currently
associated with a template or if the virtual identity pools contain identities in an Assigned or Reserved state.
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Virtual Identity Pools.
2.
On the Virtual Identity Pools page, select the check boxes next to the virtual identity pools that you want to delete, and then
click Delete.
3.
Click OK when the confirmation message is displayed.
Exporting virtual identity pools
You can export the .txt file that contains the virtual identity pools information.
1.
On the home page, click Settings, and then click Virtual Identity Pools.
2.
On the Virtual Identity Pools page, select the virtual identity pools detail that you want to export, and then click Export.
3.
Open or save the file.
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Troubleshooting
This topic includes details for resolving common issues encountered in ASM 8.3.
LC operation times out while deploying server profile to a server
While updating the server configuration using config XML, the LC job remains in the RUNNING state and eventually gets timed out.
This is observed in case there is "bootseq" attribute in the request XML. This is identified as an issue in LC and fix for this is available
along with 13G.
To resolve this issue, remove the content "bootseq" attribute from the config XML.
Hyper-V host deployments using network storage only support certain
configurations
Currently, while deploying Hyper-V, exactly two EqualLogic storage volumes using IP/IQN authentication are required. For Hyper-V,
CHAP authentication is not supported.
iSCSI storage network only support static IP addressing
Currently, while creating a network in ASM for iSCSI connectivity, specify the network using static IPs. Setting an iSCSI network to
DHCP causes issues during deployment.
Unable to deploy a service for Compellent component with same
server object and volume names
You cannot deploy a service for Compellent component if the server object is already mapped to the volume. This error occurs
because a volume name available in recycle bin is same as the volume that the resource module is trying to create using ASM UI.
You must have unique names for Volumes and Server Objects in the system (even if the volumes and server objects are in different
folders) because of the issues caused in Compellent API and UI behavior.
Unable to deploy a service using the template with two EqualLogic
CHAP components
Unable to deploy a service using the template with two EqualLogic CHAP components.
In ASM 8.3 release, you cannot create a template with two EqualLogic CHAP components and deploy a service that includes ESXi
hosts attached to storage. Currently, ESXi deployments support a single EqualLogic component.
Unable to log in to ASM using active directory using ""
You cannot log in to ASM using Active Directory with the domain name and user name separated by back slash "\".
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To log in to ASM using Active Directory, use forward slash "/". For example: <domain>/ <username>.
NOTE: Domain is the name for the Active Directory service you have created in ASM.
Chain booting issue occurs while booting microkernel in a multi-hop
DHCP environment
The chain booting error occurs if the DHCP server is configured in a different subnet or network or connected to a different switch.
In such scenarios, the DHCP network is tagged.
To resolve this issue, in switch configuration, modify the native VLAN of server or computer facing ports to PXE VLAN.
Sample native VLAN configuration in Dell PowerConnect switch:
interface Gi1/0/2
spanning-tree portfast
switchport mode general
switchport mode general
switchport general allowed
vlan add 3000
switchport general allowed
vlan add 20,30,40 tagged
exit
In the above example:
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3000: Indicates Native PXE VLAN
•
20,30,40: Indicates Management or vMotion or ISCSI
In case of production environments with large networks, routers may be configured with IP Helper Addresses to point to a DHCP on
another network.
The health status for Compellent storage devices displays as Unknown
on the Resources page
Make sure that the Compellent SNMP agent is configured with the same public string that is used in the Compellent credentials, the
SNMP agent is started, and enabled on the device.
Scaling down a server that is part of a cluster with HA and DRS
disabled does not remove the server from vCenter. The associated
virtual machines may also appear in a Disconnected state.
It is recommended that before you scale down a server, you must migrate the VMs to a different host if HA and DRS are not
enabled on the cluster.
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Firmware update on a server fails with a POST error
Ensure that the F1/F2 Prompt on Error option in the BIOS is set to disabled.
Stale Active Directory account entries for HyperV host and cluster can
fail HyperV deployments.
A HyperV deployment may fail if stale Active Directory account entries corresponding to a host or a cluster name are used in a
deployment. Ensure that you clear the unused and stale entries from Active Directory and then try a deployment.
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