Performing a NetApp Storage Array Profile

Live Optics Agent

Overview

Live Optics now supports the profiling of competitive hardware storage arrays, first one being the NetApp array.  Supported releases are for c-mode and 7-mode configurations however v8.2 and below c-mode and 7-mode have limited samples. If a version is submitted that has not been tested the reports could potentially take longer than normal to process while we determine if there are any anomalies in the raw data.

Using the Live Optics collector, configuration data is captured, analyzed and compiled into a Project for online viewing.  This document outlines the process to produce a NetApp array storage profile.

 

Quick-Start Directions

  1. Download the Live Optics Collector (Windows .NET version)
  2. Launch Live Optics Collector
  3. Click Get Started
  4. Click “Yes, I agree” to accept the End User License Agreement (prompted only on first execution)
  5. Click “Yes, this is me” after verifying your identity is correct (prompted only on first execution)
  6. Select Storage -> Netapp in the menu
  7. Enter the NetApp array IP address
  8. Enter a username to access the array (admin user)
  9. Enter the password
  10. For 7-mode – ONTAP only supports an insecure version of SSH you will be asked if you would like to continue
  11. Click Add Array
  12. Select the Upload Option, either upload automatically (recommended) or upload later
  13. Click Next
  14. If upload automatically was selected, enter the project name to be created, click Next
  15. After the files are processed and optionally uploaded, an option to create a .SIOKIT for backup is provided.
  16. Click skip or create file
  17. Click Quit to exit the application

Detailed Instructions

Step 1: Download the Live Optics Windows collector software

  • From the Live Optics portal, select Collectors from the left menu, then Download Collector.
  • To perform storage array profiles, download the Windows collector.  Note, the Windows collector requires .NET 4.5 or greater to be installed on the host running the collector.
  • Click the Download button to start the download. A file named LiveOptics.zip will be downloaded.
  • Once the file download completes, extract the contents of the zip file on the host where you wish to run the software. The Live Optics collector does not install like a typical Windows application.  Extracting the zip file is all that is needed to run the collector.  Note, the collector can be run on any host with IP connectivity to the storage arrays you wish to profile.

 Step 2: Run Live Optics collector software

  • Open a command prompt on the windows host where you extracted the files to. Navigate to the directory where the file live. Run the command:
  • LiveOpticsDotNet4_5.exe /netapp

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  • Click the “Yes, I agree” button to accept the End User License Agreement

NOTE:  This appears the first time you run the collector software. Each subsequent time you will not be asked this question

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  • Confirm your name/company is correct and click “Yes, this is me”. If you were invited to run Live Optics, your systems consultant information will also be listed.

Note:  This appears the first time you run the collector software. Each subsequent time you will not be asked this question.

 

Step 3: Select Storage from the list of Profile Types and choose NetApp.   

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Step 4: Enter the array IP address, username, and password.  The username should be the admin or admin equivalent account.  Once entered, click Next.

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  1. For 7-mode – ONTAP only supports an insecure version of SSH you will be asked if you would like to continue. Note this is the only available option for establishing a Live Optics connection to these legacy systems.

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  • The collector will connect to the array and capture the configuration data. Note, the performance will be dependent on the size of the array and your network connectivity to the array.

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Step 5:  Select the method to upload to the Live Optics web site for processing

  • Selecting the default, “Upload my collection data to the Live Optics web portal automatically”, is the recommended method. This option will automatically upload the collected data to the Live Optics portal and start processing. Use this option when the host running the collector has Internet access. Once selected, click Next.

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  • Enter the name of the project for your array profile. Click Next.

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  • The files are processed and uploaded to the web portal. During the upload, a status bar indicates the progress.  As storage array data can be quite large, the upload may take some time to complete depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

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  • The collector will indicate when the upload has completed. A choice will be provided to back up the projects .SIOKIT. You have the choice to skip this option or create the backup file.

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  • The collector will indicate when the upload has completed. Click Quit to close the collector

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  • You will receive an email from Live Optics when your project is ready for viewing on the web portal.

 

  • Selecting “I will upload later…” will process and save your array data to an encrypted file with the name [hostname]_NetApp.siokit. The file is written to the same folder from where the collector was executed. Use this option when the host running the collector does not have Internet access.

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  • After the collection process completes, the file will need to be uploaded to the web portal for processing using the collector.

Step 6: Uploading the SIOKIT file (applies only if selected “I will upload later…”)

  • The Live Optics collector software allows the upload of SIOKIT files that were created for NetApp arrays.  The following outlines the steps for uploading using the Windows collector.
  • Copy the .siokit file along with the downloaded collector files (or download again) to a host with Internet access.
  • Double-click on LiveOpticDotNet4_5.exe to start the collector.
  • From the upper right menu bar, select Upload SIOKIT.

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  • Click Browse for File. Select the .siokit file.
  • Enter the name of the project for your array profile. Click Upload.

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  • The files is uploaded to the web portal. During the upload, a status bar indicates the progress.  As storage array data can be quite large, the upload may take some time to complete depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

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  • The collector will indicate when the upload has completed. Click Quit to close the collector.
  • You will receive an email from Live Optics when your project is ready for viewing on the web portal.

 

Step 7: View Project Results

  • Log in to the Live Optics web portal (https://www.liveoptics.com)
  • Your recent projects are listed on your dashboard. Select your project.

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  • Click on the project page to view the online viewer. From here you can download an Excel file (XLXS) containing all the raw data, print the project, share your project with other Live Optics users such as your systems consultant, or delete your project.

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    Benjamin Hollacher

    Do we still have to use the command promt to start the Collector for a Netapp analyse, as described under  'Detailed Instructions' ?
    Because I can choose Netapp at the current Collector.exe Version without command promt.

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    Ben,

    NetApp support has been moved to General Availability in the Live Optics collector.  You should no longer need to run LiveOpticsDotNet4_5.exe /netapp from the command line to see it listed under the Storage category.  All you should do is start Live Optics like you normally would for any other assessment.

    Josh

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