Performing an Isilon Storage Array Data Collection

Live Optics Agent

Overview

Live Optics now supports collecting configuration information from an Isilon cluster. Supported release is Isilon OneFS 8.0.x and above.

Using the Live Optics collector, configuration data is captured, analyzed and compiled into a Project and the information is displayed in an Excel output that the user can download. This document outlines the process to produce an Isilon cluster storage data collection.

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” -> “Isilon (Limited Preview)” in the menu
7. Enter the Isilon Cluster array IP address
8. Enter the Admin username to access the cluster
9. Enter the password
10. Click “next”
11. Select the Upload Option, either upload automatically (recommended) or upload later
12. Click “Next”
13. If upload automatically was selected, enter the project name to be created, click “Next”
14. After the files are processed and optionally uploaded, an option to create a .SIOKIT for backup is provided.
15. Click “skip” or “create file”
16. Click “Quit” or “Launch Web Portal” 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.
• Click the “Yes, I agree” button to accept the End User License Agreement

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

 • 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 2: Select Storage from the list of Profile Types and choose Isilon.

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• Open the directory where you extracted the files from the zip download and double-click LiveOpticsDotNet4_5.exe.

• 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.

• 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: 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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 • The collector will connect to the Isilon cluster and capture the configuration data. 

 

Step 4: Select the method to upload to the Live Optics web site

• 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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 Step 5:  Enter the name of the project for your array profile 

• Enter the name of the project for your array profile. This is the name of the project that will appear in the LiveOptics project list Click “Next”.

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Step 6: Enter the name of the project for your array profile

• The files are processed and uploaded to the web portal. During the upload, a status bar indicates the progress. As Isilon Cluster data can be quite large, the upload may take some time to complete depending on the speed of your Internet connectionIsilon_image_5.png 

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

 

Step 7: Backup your collection data as a .SIOKIT file (optional)

• 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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Step 8: Complete data collection

 • The collector will indicate when the upload has completed. Click Quit to close the collector, run another collector or launch the Web Portal to view your project and download the report

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Step 9: 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

     o It takes time for LiveOptics to analyze the Isilon cluster information generating the report.  Therefore you will most likely see the project status as “Unpacking”

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      o Once LiveOptics finishes analyzing the data and creating the report you will see the status change to “Complete”

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Step 10: Download report (excel)
• Click on the project page to download an Excel file (XLXS) containing all the Isilon cluster configuration information.

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