hxman101
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EMC VSI Software/Plugin Requirements

Hello,

I was wondering what pieces I will need to install for vSphere 5.x and a VNX5100?

The list is:

VSI Storage Viewer

VSI Unified Storage Management

VSI Storage Pool Management

VSI Symmetrix SRA Utilities

VSI Path Management

I currently have the following installed:

VSI Storage Viewer

VSI Storage Pool Management

I also get an error message when installing "

VSI Unified Storage Management", "The wizard was interrupted..... bla...bla....". Is this piece suppose to install corectly? I also get a "Failed to refresh the list of VNX systems" error messages in Storage Viewer-->VNX Systems.

Thanks for any pointers.......

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kendcollins
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Re: EMC VSI Software/Plugin Requirements

For use w/ a VNX, the following are recommended:

VSI Uniifed Storage Management

VSI Storage Viewer

The other VSI features are more applicable to ESD based arrays (VMAX, etc). VSI Storage Pool Management, for example, is used for provisioning storage ONLY on ESD arrays (VMAX, etc).

The Unified Storage Management feature has a separate wizard framework for provisioning USD-based arrays (the VNX family).

Please send copy of your USM (unified storage mgmt) feature logs to nastoolsupport@emc.com and we will review and get back to you on the issue along w/ possible resolution.

Thanks,

Ken

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jingyi1
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Re: EMC VSI Software/Plugin Requirements

Ken, thanks for the clarification. My question is if I want to use VSI to manage VMAX, should I install VSI storage Viewer. I assume it's not a must, but will it work on ESD arrays? Also are all these tools installed on vSphere client side? Thanks.

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Re: EMC VSI Software/Plugin Requirements

are you install the vsi on windows 7/windows 2008? then run as administrator will do the trick

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Re: EMC VSI Software/Plugin Requirements

i use almost all vsi in our environment vsi usm and storage viewer 5.1 is cool plugins for vmware to monitor the iops performance on datastore. path management is usefull for changing the path. imagine you change the path on each host for each datastore for 20 host and 20 datastore then it will take ages, better using path management plugins for that job.

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Re: EMC VSI Software/Plugin Requirements

vsi is install on the vclient that will manage the storage not on every host or every esxi. just install on your notebook/pc that manage the environment.

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kendcollins
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Re: EMC VSI Software/Plugin Requirements

jingyi,

Yes, Storage Viewer does support VMAX arrays as well as VNX. For use on VMAX, you would want to install:

Storage Viewer

Storage Pool Manager

Path Management

and if you are using SRDF and/or SRDF along w/ SRM then also install:

SRA Utilities

Ken

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jingyi1
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Re: EMC VSI Software/Plugin Requirements

I'm kind of curious about VSI might be competiting against ControlCenter because we are giving VSI out for free. If a customer only has VMAX/VNX/ESX environment. They can use SMC/Unisphere/VSI and native switch management software to manage the whole environment. I can't see there is a special reason to purchase ControlCenter.

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dynamox
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Re: EMC VSI Software/Plugin Requirements

ControlCenter does so much more than just simple provisioning (performance collection, call-home, reporting). It's like comparing apples and oranges

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kendcollins
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Re: EMC VSI Software/Plugin Requirements

jingyi,

VSI should be installed on the workstation/server where you are running vSphere client to manage vCenter.

Storage Viewer is not required for use w/ ESD arrays, but I would highly recommend it. Storage Viewer will provde you more details on the storage that makes up your virtual disks than vSphere/vCenter alone. Storage Viewer will map a VM's storage all the way back to the storage array and then further to the actual disks and shelf. This can be very help ful information for layout design, troubleshooting, etc.

Ken

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