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EMC Symmetrix Management Console

December 19th, 2008 1 comment

Overview:

The Symmetrix Management Console is a very important step towards allowing customers take a control of their Symmetrix / DMX Disk Arrays. As much as it allows a customer to manage their Symmetrix / DMX, it allows them to duplicate devices when provisioning. Customers can manage up to 6 Symmetrix Systems all through a web interface.

Important Features of Symmetrix Management Console are

  • 1) Simplify day-to-day Symmetrix management with ease-of-use capabilities.
  • 2) It takes minutes to install. Windows environment running a Windows Server 2003 along with IIS would be the best choice.
  • 3) The interface the customers work on is a GUI that has the looks and feels of ECC and the Console also integrates with ECC.
  • 4) New systems configured and managed through the Symmetrix Management Console.
  • 5) The console gives the customer capabilities for Discovery, Configuration, Monitoring, Administration and Replication Management.
  • 6) Allows customer to setup ILM policies for Tiered Storage including Symmetrix Priority Controls, Dynamic cache partitioning, SRDF and Timefinder replication.
  • 7) Manages Access Control through iSCSI CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol) and RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-in Service)
  • 8. Command line Generator for additional flexibility

Major strengths of Symmetrix Management Console are

  • 1) Management, Configuration, Administration of Symmetrix DMX.
  • 2) Dependable Local and remote replication management
  • 3) Robust information and system security

It is not a replacement to Symcli at this point but does make a SAN Admin’s provisioning and system management easy. It only allows configuration from a software level, will not allow perform any functions related to hardware changes (adding or replacing disk, adding or replacing FA’s, etc).

Symmetrix Management Console can be obtained from EMC Powerlink or through your account manager from EMC if you have an active contract in place with EMC for hardware/software maintenance or if your systems are under warranty.

Highly recommended management tool for SAN Admins and its free.

EMC Symmetrix Enginuity Operating Environment

December 19th, 2008 8 comments

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The Clariion Environment is governed by Flare Code and the Symmetrix / DMX by Enginuity Code. The Enginuity Code was developed internally at EMC and so far to my knowledge not outsourced anywhere for development purposes.

EMC Engineering is the crown of EMC, inventing new technology and pushing the envelope in terms of defining future products, technologies and markets.

Unlike the Clariion Flare Code that is customer upgradeable, the code on EMC Symmetrix / DMX is upgraded through EMC only. This code sits on the Service Processor but also gets loaded on all the Directors during installation and upgrades. On these Directors is also loaded the BIN FILE (Configuration of the Symmetrix) along with the Emulation code. The initial Enginuity code load and BIN FILE setup is performed when the customer first purchases the machine and is customized based on their SAN environment.  

As new Enginuity code releases hit market, customers can get the upgrades from EMC. It is very normal for customers to go through multiple code upgrades during the 3 to 5 year life cycle of these machines.

The service processor houses the code, but the Symmetrix / DMX can be rebooted or can be fully functional without the Service processor present. The Service processor will allow an EMC trained and qualified engineer to perform diagnostics and enable the call home feature for proactive fixes and failures.

For any host related configurations changes, the presence of this service processor including EMC’s Symmwin Software is absolutely necessary. Without the presence of above it becomes impossible to obtain configuration locks on the machine through ECC or Symcli, restricting customer BIN FILE Changes for reconfiguration.

Enginuity Code level break down are based on the Family of machines.

Typically 50XX versions are limited to Symm 3.0 Models (3100/5100, 3200/5200, 3500/5500). 

The 37xx versions are limited to Symm 2.5 Models (4200,4400, 4800)

The code levels 5265, 5266, 5267 are limited to Symm 4.0 (3330/5300, 3400/5430, 3700/5700) and Symm 4.8 family (3630/5630, 3830/5830, 3930/5930) of machines.

For Symm 5.0 and 5.5 the Enginuity code versions are 5567 and 5568. The last code version for the Symm 5.0 and 5.5 is 5568.68.28. There will be no code upgrades for the Symmetrix after this version.

Going into the DMX1 & DMX2 (DMX800, DMX1000, DMX2000, DMX3000), code levels 5669, 5670 and 5671 are the major family Enginuity Code levels. For the DMX3 and DMX4 code levels 5771, 5772 and 5773 are the major releases.

The latest version 5671.75.75 is the last known version for the DMX1 and DMX2 family of machines.

 

The guidelines for Enginuity Code level breakdowns is as follows.

Example 5671.75.75 (Please see the color coded system below)

 

First Two digits

50=Symm 3.0

52=Symm 4.0, 4.8

55=Symm 5.0, 5.5

56 = DMX1/DMX2

57 = DMX3/DMX4

 

The next two digits are

67, 68 = Microcode Family, Major Symmetrix Releases for Symm 5.0/Symm 5.5

69, 70, 71 = Microcode Family, Major Symmetrix-DMX Releases for DMX1/DMX2

71, 72, 73 = Microcode Family, Major Symmetrix-DMX Releases for DMX3/DMX4

 

The next two digits are

Emulation Number designated as EE 

 

The last two digits are

Field Release level Service Processor Code Level (Symmwin Version)

 

The version of the Enginuity code will define what functionality and features the Symmetrix / DMX will have for that generation. As the hardware gets better and faster, the Enginuity Code has to improve and add features to perform along with it. 

Clariion CX, CX3, CX4 – Serial Number of Clariion CX3-20, CX3-40, CX3-80

December 16th, 2008 1 comment


For CX3 series model 20 and model 40

The storage-system serial number (TLA S/N number) is located behind the storage processor enclosure’s front bezel. To remove the front bezel, push the two buttons on the front of the bezel and pull the bezel toward you. The serial number is on a vertical blue label on the left side of the chassis.

For CX3 series model 80

The storage-system serial number (TLA S/N number) is located behind the front bezel. To remove the front bezel, push the two buttons on the front of the bezel and pull the bezel toward you. The serial number is on a horizontal blue label on the left side of the chassis.

Clariion CX, CX3, CX4 – Navisphere Storage System Initialization Utility

December 16th, 2008 No comments

For CX-series storage systems, use the utility to discover storage systems, and set network parameters (IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway). An authorized service provider must install and run the Initialization Utility.

For AX-series storage systems, use the utility to discover storage systems, set network parameters (IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway), and create management user accounts.

For AX150 and CX3-series iSCSI storage systems, use the utility to set network parameters for the storage system’s iSCSI data ports.

You must initialize the storage system in order to register the server HBAs with the storage system and have access to the storage system’s data.

Note: The Navisphere Initialization Utility runs on servers attached to CX3-series, CX700, CX500-series, CX300-series, and AX-series storage systems. CX3-series systems must be running FLARE OE 03.22.xxx.5.yyy or later. CX700, CX500-series, CX300-series, and AX100-series systems must be running FLARE OE 02.16.xxx.5.yyy or later. AX150-series systems must be running FLARE 02.20.xxx.5.yyy or later.