Performing a Isilon Storage Array Profile (12/07/18)

Keith Younger

Overview

Live Optics now supports the profiling Isilon storage arrays.  Supported releases are for Isilon OneFS 8.x .

Using the Live Optics collector, configuration and performance data is captured, analyzed and compiled into a Project. The user can download a PPT file that contains the configuration and performance information, and a XLSX file that contains the detailed configuration information.

This document outlines the process to produce an Isilon 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 from the left menu
  7. Select Isilon
  8. Enter the Isilon array IP address
  9. Enter the admin username and password
  10. For Performance reporting enter the duration of the time for the collection
  11. Click Continue to gather data from these legacy systems
  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. If upload later was selected, enter the file name and directory to save the .SIOKIT file

Collection time will be displayed during the entire collection process, it will contain the status, start/end times and time remaining

After the files are processed and if upload automatically was selected, the data will be sent to the Live Optics portal with NO action required from the user

An option to create a .SIOKIT for backup is provided, this can be skipped or the file can be created at this time

If upload later was selected, the .SIOKIT will need to be manually uploaded to the Live Optics portal.

Click Quit to exit the application


 Detailed Instructions

Download the Live Optics Windows Collector Software

From the Live Optics portal, Download Collectors can be selected from the left menu or from the radio button on the main screen.

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To perform Isilon 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 to the host where the software will run. 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 run on any host with IP connectivity to the storage array being profiled

Run the Live Optics Collector Software

  • Navigate to the directory where the Live Optics collector software is downloaded
  • Run LiveOpticsDotNet4_5
  • Click the “Yes, I agree” button to accept the End User License Agreement

NOTE:  This question only appears the first time the collector software is run

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  • Confirm the name and company is correct and click “Yes, this is me”
  • If the invitation to run Live Optics was from the Dell Systems Consultant, their information will also be listed

NOTE:  This question appears the first time the collector software is run

 

Start Profile Selection Process

Select Storage from the list of Profile Types

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  • Select Isilon from the list of storage array models

Identify the Array to Gather the Data

  • Enter the array IP address, username, and password. The username should be the admin or admin equivalent account
  • There is a choice to Collect Config & Performance or Collect Config Data only
  • For Collect Config & Performance select the Performance Duration from the drop down box. The duration is the time period the collector will run to collect the real time performance data
  • Once entered, click Next

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Start the Configuration Collection

  • The collector will connect to the array and capture the data

 

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Select the Method to Upload to the Live Optics Portal for Processing

  • Selecting the default, “Upload my collection data to the Live Optics web portal automatically” this is the recommended method. Once the collection is complete, the data is automatically upload to the Live Optics portal. Use this option when the host running the collector has Internet access
  • There is an option to upload later. This will save the configuration and performance data to an encrypted file, named [hostname]_Isilon.siokit. The file is written to the same folder the collector was executed. Use this option when the host running the collector does not have Internet. Instructions for uploading the .siokit can be found at the end of these instructions
  • Once selected, click Next.

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

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Start the performance collection

  • During the collection process Start/End Time and Time Remaining are displayed
  • There is an option to Stop the collection before the selected time period
  • If the collection is stopped, the information that has been collected will be uploaded to the Live Optics portal

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Upload the data to the Live Optics portal

  • Once the collection has ended (or stopped) the files are processed and automatically 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 the Internet connection

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  • The collector will indicate when the upload has completed

Create a backup file of the data

  • A choice will be provided to back up the project via a .SIOKIT. There is a choice to skip this option or create the backup file.
  • Identify the file name and save location of this file

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Process has completed successfully!

  • Once the upload has completed. Click Quit to close the collector

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  • An email from Live Optics will be sent when the project is ready for viewing on the web portal

Uploading the .SIOKIT (applies only if the “upload later” was selected)

  • The Live Optics collector software is used to upload the SIOKIT files using the Windows collector
  • Copy the .siokit file along with the downloaded collector software (or download again) to a host with Internet access.
  • Double-click on LiveOpticDotNet4_5.exe to start the collector.
  • From the top menu bar, select Upload SIOKIT.
  • Click Browse for File

Note: The file was written to the same folder the LiveOpticDotNet4_5.exe collector was executed. If uploading a backup .SIOKIT it will be located in the specified directory.

  • Select the .siokit file
  • Enter the name of the project that will be created in the Live Optics portal
  • 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 the Internet connection

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  • The collector will indicate when the upload has completed
  • Click Quit to close the collector
  • An email from Live Optics will be sent when the project is ready for viewing on the web portal

View Project Results

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

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  • Click on the project name to download the Config and/or Performance PPT, an Excel file (XLXS), share the project with other Live Optics users or delete the project

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