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IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node Introduction and Implementation Guide

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IBM® Flex System™ products are ideally suited for data center environments that require flexible, cost-effective, secure, and energy-efficient hardware. The IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node is the latest addition to the IBM Flex Systems product family and is a modular storage system designed to fit into the IBM Flex System Enterprise chassis.

When purchased in the IBM PureFlex configurations, the IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node is configured from the factory into the hardware solution purchased. If, however, the configuration wanted is not offered in the predefined offerings, then a "Build to Order" configuration is designed to meet your needs.

The IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node includes the capability to virtualize its own internal storage in the same manner as the IBM Storwize® V7000 does. It is designed to be a scalable internal storage system to support the compute nodes of the IBM Flex System environment.

This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces the features and functions of the IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node through several examples. This book is aimed at pre-sales and post-sales technical support and marketing personnel and storage administrators. It can help you understand the architecture of the IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node, how to implement it, and how to take advantage of the industry leading functions and features.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
  2. Notices
    1. Trademarks
  3. Preface
    1. The team who wrote this book
    2. Now you can become a published author, too!
    3. Comments welcome
    4. Stay connected to IBM Redbooks
  4. Chapter 1. Introduction to IBM Flex Systems and IBM PureSystems offerings
    1. 1.1 IBM PureSystems overview
      1. 1.1.1 Product names
      2. 1.1.2 IBM PureFlex System
      3. 1.1.3 IBM PureApplication System
    2. 1.2 IBM PureFlex System building blocks
      1. 1.2.1 Highlights
      2. 1.2.2 Components
    3. 1.3 IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis
      1. 1.3.1 Chassis power supplies
      2. 1.3.2 Fan modules and cooling
    4. 1.4 Compute nodes
      1. 1.4.1 IBM Flex System x440 Compute Node
      2. 1.4.2 IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node
      3. 1.4.3 IBM Flex System x220 Compute Node
      4. 1.4.4 IBM Flex System p260 and p24L Compute Nodes
      5. 1.4.5 IBM Flex System p460 Compute Node
    5. 1.5 I/O modules
      1. 1.5.1 IBM Flex System Fabric CN4093 10 Gb Converged Scalable Switch
      2. 1.5.2 IBM Flex System Fabric EN4093 and EN4093R 10 Gb Scalable Switch
      3. 1.5.3 IBM Flex System EN4091 10 Gb Ethernet Pass-thru
      4. 1.5.4 IBM Flex System EN2092 1 Gb Ethernet Scalable Switch
      5. 1.5.5 IBM Flex System FC5022 16 Gb SAN Scalable Switch
      6. 1.5.6 IBM Flex System FC3171 8 Gb SAN Switch
      7. 1.5.7 IBM Flex System FC3171 8 Gb SAN Pass-thru
      8. 1.5.8 IBM Flex System IB6131 InfiniBand Switch
    6. 1.6 Introduction to IBM Flex System storage
      1. 1.6.1 IBM Storwize V7000 and IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node
      2. 1.6.2 Benefits and value proposition
      3. 1.6.3 Data Protection features
    7. 1.7 External storage
      1. 1.7.1 Storage products
      2. 1.7.2 IBM Storwize V7000
    8. 1.8 Useful websites
  5. Chapter 2. Introduction to IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node
    1. 2.1 IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node overview
    2. 2.2 IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node terminology
    3. 2.3 IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node
      1. 2.3.1 IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node capabilities
      2. 2.3.2 IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node functions
      3. 2.3.3 IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node licensing
    4. 2.4 IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node hardware
      1. 2.4.1 Control canister
      2. 2.4.2 Expansion canister
      3. 2.4.3 Supported disk drives
      4. 2.4.4 IBM Storwize V7000 expansion enclosure
      5. 2.4.5 SAS cabling requirements
    5. 2.5 IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node components
      1. 2.5.1 Hosts
      2. 2.5.2 Control canisters
      3. 2.5.3 I/O groups
      4. 2.5.4 Clustered system
      5. 2.5.5 RAID
      6. 2.5.6 Managed disks
      7. 2.5.7 Quorum disks
      8. 2.5.8 Storage pools
      9. 2.5.9 Volumes
      10. 2.5.10 Thin-provisioned volumes
      11. 2.5.11 Mirrored volumes
      12. 2.5.12 Easy Tier
      13. 2.5.13 Real-time Compression (RTC)
      14. 2.5.14 iSCSI
      15. 2.5.15 Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
    6. 2.6 Advanced copy services
      1. 2.6.1 FlashCopy
      2. 2.6.2 IBM Flex System V7000 Remote Mirroring software
      3. 2.6.3 Remote Copy licensing
      4. 2.6.4 Synchronous / Asynchronous Remote Copy
      5. 2.6.5 Copy Services configuration limits
    7. 2.7 Management and support tools
      1. 2.7.1 IBM Assist On-site and remote service
      2. 2.7.2 Event notifications
      3. 2.7.3 SNMP traps
      4. 2.7.4 Syslog messages
      5. 2.7.5 Call Home email
    8. 2.8 Useful references from Storwize V7000 websites
    9. 2.9 IBM virtual storage learning videos on YouTube
  6. Chapter 3. Systems management
    1. 3.1 System Management overview
      1. 3.1.1 Integrated platform management tools
      2. 3.1.2 IBM Flex System storage management
      3. 3.1.3 Storage management interfaces
    2. 3.2 IBM Flex System Chassis Management Module (CMM)
      1. 3.2.1 Overview of IBM Flex System Chassis Management Module
      2. 3.2.2 Accessing the CMM
      3. 3.2.3 Viewing and configuring IP addresses of chassis components
      4. 3.2.4 Accessing I/O modules using CMM
      5. 3.2.5 Managing storage using IBM Flex System Chassis Management Module
      6. 3.2.6 Data collection using CMM
    3. 3.3 Flex System Manager (FSM)
      1. 3.3.1 Overview of IBM Flex System Manager (FSM)
      2. 3.3.2 IBM Flex System Manager storage management features
      3. 3.3.3 Logging in to the IBM Flex System Manager Node
      4. 3.3.4 Overview of IBM Flex System Manager and IBM FSM Explorer
      5. 3.3.5 Accessing I/O modules using FSM
      6. 3.3.6 Data collection using FSM
      7. 3.3.7 Managing storage using IBM Flex System Manager
  7. Chapter 4. IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node initial configuration
    1. 4.1 Planning overview
      1. 4.1.1 Hardware planning
      2. 4.1.2 SAN configuration planning
      3. 4.1.3 LAN configuration planning
      4. 4.1.4 Management IP address considerations
      5. 4.1.5 Service IP address considerations
      6. 4.1.6 Management interface planning
    2. 4.2 Initial setup for IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node
      1. 4.2.1 Using FSM for initial setup
      2. 4.2.2 Using CMM for initial setup
    3. 4.3 IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node Setup Wizard
    4. 4.4 System management
      1. 4.4.1 Graphical User Interface (GUI)
      2. 4.4.2 Launching IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node GUI from CMM
    5. 4.5 Service Assistant
      1. 4.5.1 Changing the Service IP address
    6. 4.6 Command-Line interface (CLI)
    7. 4.7 Recording system access information
  8. Chapter 5. IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node GUI interface
    1. 5.1 Overview of IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node management software
      1. 5.1.1 Access to the Graphical User Interface
      2. 5.1.2 Graphical User Interface layout
      3. 5.1.3 Navigation
      4. 5.1.4 Multiple selections
      5. 5.1.5 Status Indicators menus
    2. 5.2 Home menu
    3. 5.3 Monitoring menu
      1. 5.3.1 Monitoring System Details menu
      2. 5.3.2 Monitoring Events menu
      3. 5.3.3 Monitoring Performance menu
    4. 5.4 Pools menu
      1. 5.4.1 Volumes by Pool menu
      2. 5.4.2 Internal Storage menu
      3. 5.4.3 External Storage menu
      4. 5.4.4 System Migration tools
      5. 5.4.5 MDisks by Pools menu
    5. 5.5 Volumes menu
      1. 5.5.1 The Volumes menu
      2. 5.5.2 Volumes by Pool menu
      3. 5.5.3 Volumes by Host menu
    6. 5.6 Hosts menu
      1. 5.6.1 Hosts menu
      2. 5.6.2 Ports by Host menu
      3. 5.6.3 Host Mappings menu
      4. 5.6.4 Volumes by Host menu
    7. 5.7 Copy Services menu
      1. 5.7.1 FlashCopy menu
      2. 5.7.2 FlashCopy Consistency Group menu
      3. 5.7.3 FlashCopy Mapping menu
      4. 5.7.4 Remote Copy and the Partnerships menu
    8. 5.8 Access menu
      1. 5.8.1 Users menu
      2. 5.8.2 Audit Log menu
    9. 5.9 Settings menu
      1. 5.9.1 Event Notification menu
      2. 5.9.2 Directory Services
      3. 5.9.3 Network menu
      4. 5.9.4 Support menu
      5. 5.9.5 General menu
  9. Chapter 6. Basic volume and host configuration
    1. 6.1 Storage provisioning from the IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node
      1. 6.1.1 Creating a generic volume
      2. 6.1.2 Creating a thin-provisioned volume
      3. 6.1.3 Creating a mirrored volume
      4. 6.1.4 Creating a thin-mirror volume
      5. 6.1.5 IBM Real-time Compression
    2. 6.2 Creating a new host
      1. 6.2.1 Creating a Fibre Channel attached host
      2. 6.2.2 Creating an iSCSI attached host
    3. 6.3 Mapping a volume to the host
      1. 6.3.1 Mapping newly created volumes to the host using the wizard
      2. 6.3.2 Additional features
  10. Chapter 7. Storage Migration Wizard
    1. 7.1 Preparing for data migration
    2. 7.2 Migrating the data using the Storage Migration Wizard
      1. 7.2.1 Checking the Windows 2008 host before upgrade
      2. 7.2.2 Remapping the disk to the IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node
      3. 7.2.3 Storage Migration Wizard on the IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node
      4. 7.2.4 Checking that the Windows server can see its disks
      5. 7.2.5 Finalizing the migration
      6. 7.2.6 Mapping to host performed after the migration has begun
      7. 7.2.7 Renaming the volume
  11. Chapter 8. Storage pools
    1. 8.1 Working with internal drives
      1. 8.1.1 Actions on internal drives
      2. 8.1.2 Configuring internal storage
    2. 8.2 Working with MDisks
      1. 8.2.1 Adding MDisks to storage pools
      2. 8.2.2 Importing MDisks
      3. 8.2.3 RAID action for MDisks
      4. 8.2.4 Selecting the tier for MDisks
      5. 8.2.5 Additional actions on MDisks
      6. 8.2.6 Properties for Mdisks
    3. 8.3 Working with storage pools
  12. Chapter 9. IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node Copy Services
    1. 9.1 Services provided
    2. 9.2 FlashCopy
      1. 9.2.1 Business requirements for FlashCopy
      2. 9.2.2 FlashCopy functional overview
      3. 9.2.3 Planning for FlashCopy
      4. 9.2.4 Managing FlashCopy using the GUI
      5. 9.2.5 Managing FlashCopy mapping
    3. 9.3 Remote Copy
      1. 9.3.1 Remote Copy concepts
      2. 9.3.2 Global Mirror with Change Volumes
      3. 9.3.3 Remote Copy planning
    4. 9.4 Troubleshooting Remote Copy
      1. 9.4.1 1920 error
      2. 9.4.2 1720 error
    5. 9.5 Managing Remote Copy using the GUI
      1. 9.5.1 Managing cluster partnerships
      2. 9.5.2 Deleting a partnership
      3. 9.5.3 Managing a Remote Copy consistency group
  13. Chapter 10. Volume mirroring and migration
    1. 10.1 Volume mirroring and migration options
    2. 10.2 Tunable timeout
    3. 10.3 Usage of mirroring for migration
    4. 10.4 Managing Volume Mirror and migration with the GUI
  14. Chapter 11. SAN connections and configuration
    1. 11.1 Storage Area Network overview
    2. 11.2 Connection to chassis I/O modules
      1. 11.2.1 I/O module configurations
      2. 11.2.2 I/O module connection summary
    3. 11.3 iSCSI connectivity
      1. 11.3.1 Session establishment and management
      2. 11.3.2 iSCSI initiators
      3. 11.3.3 iSCSI multisession configuration and support
      4. 11.3.4 iSCSI multipath connectivity
      5. 11.3.5 Configuring multiple iSCSI host links
    4. 11.4 FCoE connectivity
      1. 11.4.1 FCoE protocol stack
      2. 11.4.2 Converged Network Adapters
      3. 11.4.3 FCoE port types
      4. 11.4.4 Configuring CN4093 for FCoE connectivity
    5. 11.5 Fibre Channel connectivity
      1. 11.5.1 The concept of layers
      2. 11.5.2 Fibre Channel topologies
      3. 11.5.3 FC addressing and port types
      4. 11.5.4 Zoning a compute node for storage allocation
      5. 11.5.5 Multipathing
      6. 11.5.6 FC Switch Transparent Mode and N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)
    6. 11.6 Storage Area Network summary
  15. Chapter 12. Host configuration
    1. 12.1 Host configuration overview
    2. 12.2 Discovering volumes from the host and multipath settings
    3. 12.3 Windows host attachment
      1. 12.3.1 Windows 2008 R2 Fibre Channel volume attachment
      2. 12.3.2 Windows 2008 R2 iSCSI volume attachment
      3. 12.3.3 Windows 2008 R2 FCoE volume attachment
    4. 12.4 VMware ESX host attachment
      1. 12.4.1 VMware ESX Fibre Channel attachment
      2. 12.4.2 VMware ESX iSCSI attachment
    5. 12.5 AIX host attachment
      1. 12.5.1 Configuring the AIX compute node for FC connectivity
      2. 12.5.2 Operating system versions and maintenance levels
      3. 12.5.3 Checking connectivity to the IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node
      4. 12.5.4 Installing the 2145 host attachment support package
      5. 12.5.5 Subsystem Device Driver Path Control Module
    6. 12.6 Linux host attachment
      1. 12.6.1 Linux Fibre Channel attachment
      2. 12.6.2 Linux distributions
  16. Chapter 13. Maintenance and troubleshooting
    1. 13.1 Reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS)
    2. 13.2 Hardware and LED descriptions
      1. 13.2.1 Understanding the system state using the control enclosure LEDs
      2. 13.2.2 Understanding the system state using the expansion enclosure LEDs
      3. 13.2.3 Power-on self-test
      4. 13.2.4 Powering on using LED indicators
    3. 13.3 Monitoring system status and health
      1. 13.3.1 Using FSM for status and health
      2. 13.3.2 System Status and Health tasks
    4. 13.4 Managing storage nodes
      1. 13.4.1 Using FSM Chassis Manager page to manage storage node
      2. 13.4.2 Using FSM Storage Management to manage storage node
    5. 13.5 Configuration backup and restore process
    6. 13.6 Software upgrade
      1. 13.6.1 Choosing an upgrade method
      2. 13.6.2 Upgrading the system software
    7. 13.7 Drive firmware upgrade
    8. 13.8 Troubleshooting
      1. 13.8.1 Using the CMM for troubleshooting tasks
      2. 13.8.2 Using the management GUI for troubleshooting tasks
      3. 13.8.3 Removing and replacing parts for troubleshooting and resolving problems
      4. 13.8.4 Event reporting
      5. 13.8.5 Viewing the event log
      6. 13.8.6 Error event IDs and error codes
    9. 13.9 Audit log navigation
    10. 13.10 Support data collection
      1. 13.10.1 Collecting System Management Server service data using the CMM
      2. 13.10.2 Collecting support files using FSM
    11. 13.11 Using event notifications
    12. 13.12 Configuring Call Home
      1. 13.12.1 Configuring Call Home if FSM is not included
      2. 13.12.2 Configuring Call Home if FSM is included
    13. 13.13 IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node power on and off
      1. 13.13.1 Powering on the system
      2. 13.13.2 Powering off the system
      3. 13.13.3 Shutting down using IBM Flex System V7000 command-line interface
      4. 13.13.4 Powering off a node using the CMM
      5. 13.13.5 Powering on a node using the CMM
  17. Appendix A. CLI setup and configuration
    1. Command-line interface
  18. Related publications
    1. IBM Redbooks publications
    2. Other publications
    3. Online resources
    4. Help from IBM
  19. Back cover