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Ask the Expert: Best Practice for fixing ViPR SRM Topology Maps and Queries on it

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During this event we'll go over the best ways to fix and resolve, as well as steps to discover the topology maps in SRM monitoring and reporting. Let's discuss how topology works in SRM and address some basic topology queries. Will address issues in Topology data collection and how it works. Our support subject matter experts are available during the period of this event to provide you detailed information and support on any of your queries.


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Technical Support Engineer III

Krishna is a member of the EMC India ASD (Advanced Software Division), working with SRM support team from past three year, have experience in ECC, ProSphere and UIM products.  Previously worked with ClARiiON support.

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Associate Principal Engineer

After completing his MS in Cloud Computing Gnan started working at EMC and has been for the past 5 years. During his tenure, he has helped develope a few websites for his team to help PS and SRM teams deal with upgrade project and customer follow-up's.

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Krishna_s
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Re: Ask the Expert: Topology Maps in ViPR SRM Best Practice for fixing ViPR SRM Topology Maps and Queries on it

Welcome all,

This Ask the Expert session is now open for questions. For the next couple of weeks our SMEs will be around to reply to your questions, comments or inquiries about our topic. Let's make this conversation useful, respectful and entertaining for all.

Cheers!

slarkin1
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Re: Ask the Expert: Topology Maps in ViPR SRM Best Practice for fixing ViPR SRM Topology Maps and Queries on it

What issues are there with the topology maps?  What steps do we need to go through to fix them and how can we query them repeatedly and have consistent results?
Thank you

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Krishna_s
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Re: Ask the Expert: Topology Maps in ViPR SRM Best Practice for fixing ViPR SRM Topology Maps and Queries on it

Hello Sean,

You have different scenarios with the Topology maps, few of them as follows,

1. Maps do not show any objects( Hosts, Arrays & Switches ).

2. Maps do not show for only for few objects.

3. Maps not being displayed for passively discovered hosts.

4. Maps not being displayed after upgrading to newer version of SRM, etc.

Starting SRM version 3.6, a Diagnostic UI is available for both Topology service and Topology-Mapping-Service, which allows easy access to all diagnostic and recovery features mentioned below.

The diagnostic UI is web based and available via the following URLS:

https://<primaryBE_hostname>:48443/Backends/Topology-service/Default/diagnostics/ui

Primary Backend on SRM is where the Topology service is installed.

Topology Mapping Service is installed on each collector installed on SRM and the URL for it is

https://<collector_hostname>:48443/Backends/Topology-Mapping-Service/Default/diagnostics/ui


Using the above two links you will be able to find if the raw values for the discovered objects are being polled in SRM and we can troubleshoot accordingly.

Prior to SRM 3.6 we have SPARQL queries to query the topology data.

Thanks & Regards,

Krishna

reddyg2
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Re: Ask the Expert: Best Practice for fixing ViPR SRM Topology Maps and Queries on it

Hi Sean,

I would like to add more points to Krishna's previous post on troubleshooting.

Starting from 3.6 maps service is removed from frontend host. Frontend will query the Topology db directly and display the maps.

Few points to keep in mind about topology issues:

1. SNIA libraries should be up-to-date on the hosts that is discovered in SRM.

2. Some times Topology mapping service(Collector host) might not be in sync with Topology service (Primary backend)

    i. Synchronization can be manually triggered by using below link:

        https://<collector_hostname>:48443/Backends/Topology-Mapping-Service/Default/diagnostics/ui

    ii. Accept the security exception

    iii. Username - admin, Password - changeme

    iv. Click on Resynchronize at the bottom of the page to send the latest data to Topology Service.

3. If you would like to see the objects stored in Topology database, you can query them using this link:

    i. Navigate to this link -   https://<primaryBE_hostname>:48443/Backends/Topology-service/Default/diagnostics/ui

    ii. Accept Security Warning

    iii. Username - admin, password-changeme

    iv. Click on Launch Explorer

    v. There would be variety of options in the drop down list.

    vi. For example if you would like to verify the host details

        In Type: select http://ontologies.emc.com/2013/08/srm#Host option

        In Filter By select : http://ontologies.emc.com/2013/08/srm#displayname

        Enter hostname in value field. Click on Object id to view the details.Drill down to see more details.

Troubleshooting:

1. Verify is the correct backend name is specified in collector configuration files:

    cat /opt/APG/Backends/Topology-Mapping-Service/Default/conf/tmsconfig.xml

    <host>Primary Backend Name</host>

2. If the maps are not available you can refresh the topology database by deleting the data folder on Collector host:

    i. Stop all the services on Collector host.

    ii. Navigate to /opt/APG/Backends/Topology-Mapping-Service/Default and remove data folder.

    iii. Restart all the services.

3. Edit /opt/APG/Backends/Topology-Mapping-Service/Default/topology-mapping-service.properties and

    change com.emc.srm.topology.mapping-service.rawValueRDFUpdateManager.ignoreAction=false to true.

    

     Details about this flag: 

     # Collectors flag each RawValue as either "FORCE_REFRESH" or "NO_ACTION"

     # From the mapping service perspective, this means either "map" or

     # "don't bother mapping", respectively.  If you wish the mapping service to

     # always map regardless of the RawValue flag, then set this flag to true.

    Restart topology mapping service after changing the above flag.

4. If you need support from EMC to troubleshoot topology related issues please open an SR by uploading below logs:

    i. Diagnostic logs from Collector, PBE and Frontend hosts.

    ii. Journal copy from Collector host : /opt/APG/Backends/Topology-Mapping-Service/Default/data/topology/local  

        /LocalStore.jnl

Regards

Gnanendra

       

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8 Krypton

Re: Ask the Expert: Best Practice for fixing ViPR SRM Topology Maps and Queries on it

How does topology maps work for IBM VIO Servers / Client LPARS. In my case it only displays the Host and does not display the end to end storage connectivity.

What steps can I follow to troubleshoot this issue in detail. Any help will be much appreciated.

Thanks

Vaishak

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8 Krypton

Re: Ask the Expert: Best Practice for fixing ViPR SRM Topology Maps and Queries on it

Did you discover the servers both via the Physical Host SP and the IBM LPAR SP?  You need both to collect all the required information.

Dan

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Re: Ask the Expert: Best Practice for fixing ViPR SRM Topology Maps and Queries on it

Yes the hosts are discoverable via the Physical Host SP and IBM LPAR SP, however I noticed that the Disk Information is not being populated in the reports, the fields return a blank value.

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Raghu_M
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Re: Ask the Expert: Best Practice for fixing ViPR SRM Topology Maps and Queries on it

Topology maps related question:

I assume you have added IP address/hostname of both VIO Server and VIO Clients (i.e; LPAR) on discovery center.

  1. If you do not see HBA tables being populated you would need to verify SNIA libs on the host.

  2. Use INQ tool that gets pushed into $USR_HOME. If you do not allow SRM to push INQ on the host, please download them from generic-rsc collector. INQ for correct OS variant (i.e.; AIX 64 bit?) needs to be installed on host. Run the option inq -snia_test to verify whether your SNIA libraries are reported correctly.

SRM will require INQ to identify correct HBA Port WWN values from INQ values to report end to end connectivity on maps.

Disk Information:

Please send support logs from the host; perl ./LunMappingDetection.pl support=/tmp/<servername>_log.txt

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reddyg2
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Re: Ask the Expert: Best Practice for fixing ViPR SRM Topology Maps and Queries on it

Hey Brian,

Please upload the physical host/ibm lpar collector logs along with the information requested by Raghu to the below ftp share.

https://ftp.emc.com/action/login?domain=ftp.emc.com&username=VTTEGIZV5&password=DBAu9FxuA5

This link will be active for 7 days.

Regards

Gnanendra

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