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Implementing the IBM Storwize V3700

Book Description

Organizations of all sizes are faced with the challenge of managing massive volumes of increasingly valuable data. But storing this data can be costly, and extracting value from the data is becoming more and more difficult. IT organizations have limited resources but must stay responsive to dynamic environments and act quickly to consolidate, simplify, and optimize their IT infrastructures. The IBM® Storwize® V3700 system provides a smarter solution that is affordable, easy to use, and self-optimizing, which enables organizations to overcome these storage challenges.

Storwize V3700 delivers efficient, entry-level configurations that are specifically designed to meet the needs of small and midsize businesses. Designed to provide organizations with the ability to consolidate and share data at an affordable price, Storwize V3700 offers advanced software capabilities that are usually found in more expensive systems.

Built upon innovative IBM technology, Storwize V3700 addresses the block storage requirements of small and midsize organizations. Providing up to 240 TB of capacity packaged in a compact 2U, Storwize V3700 is designed to accommodate the most common storage network technologies to enable easy implementation and management.

This IBM Redbooks® publication is intended for pre- and post-sales technical support professionals and storage administrators.

The concepts in this book also relate to the IBM Storwize V3500.

This book was written at a software level of Version 7 Release 1.

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. Overview of the Storwize V3700 system
    1. 1.1 Storwize V3700 overview
    2. 1.2 Storwize V3700 terminology
      1. 1.2.1 Storwize V3700 models
      2. 1.2.2 Storwize V3700 features
    3. 1.3 Storwize V3700 hardware
      1. 1.3.1 Control enclosure
      2. 1.3.2 Expansion enclosure
      3. 1.3.3 Disk drive types
    4. 1.4 Storwize V3700 terms
      1. 1.4.1 Hosts
      2. 1.4.2 Node canister
      3. 1.4.3 I/O groups
      4. 1.4.4 Clustered system
      5. 1.4.5 RAID
      6. 1.4.6 Managed disks
      7. 1.4.7 Quorum disks
      8. 1.4.8 Storage pools
      9. 1.4.9 Volumes
      10. 1.4.10 Thin-provisioned volumes
      11. 1.4.11 Mirrored volumes
      12. 1.4.12 iSCSI
    5. 1.5 FlashCopy
    6. 1.6 Problem management and support
      1. 1.6.1 IBM Assist On-site and remote service
      2. 1.6.2 Event notifications
      3. 1.6.3 SNMP traps
      4. 1.6.4 Syslog messages
      5. 1.6.5 Call Home email
    7. 1.7 Useful Storwize V3700 websites
    8. 1.8 IBM Storwize V3700 learning videos on YouTube
  5. Chapter 2. Initial configuration
    1. 2.1 Hardware installation planning
    2. 2.2 SAN configuration planning
    3. 2.3 Direct attach planning
    4. 2.4 LAN configuration planning
      1. 2.4.1 Management IP address considerations
      2. 2.4.2 Service IP address considerations
    5. 2.5 Host configuration planning
    6. 2.6 Miscellaneous configuration planning
    7. 2.7 System management
      1. 2.7.1 Graphical user interface
      2. 2.7.2 Command-line interface
    8. 2.8 First-time setup
    9. 2.9 Initial configuration
      1. 2.9.1 Adding Enclosures
      2. 2.9.2 Configure Call Home, email alert, and inventory
      3. 2.9.3 Configure Event Notifications
      4. 2.9.4 Service Assistant tool
  6. Chapter 3. Graphical user interface overview
    1. 3.1 Getting started
      1. 3.1.1 Supported browsers
      2. 3.1.2 Access the management GUI
      3. 3.1.3 Overview panel layout
    2. 3.2 Navigation
      1. 3.2.1 Function icons navigation
      2. 3.2.2 Extended help navigation
      3. 3.2.3 Breadcrumb navigation aid
      4. 3.2.4 Suggested tasks aid
      5. 3.2.5 Presets
      6. 3.2.6 Access actions
      7. 3.2.7 Task progress
      8. 3.2.8 Navigating panels with tables
    3. 3.3 Status Indicators menus
      1. 3.3.1 Horizontal bars
      2. 3.3.2 Allocated status bar menu
      3. 3.3.3 Running tasks bar menu
      4. 3.3.4 Health status bar menu
    4. 3.4 Function icon menus
      1. 3.4.1 Home menu
      2. 3.4.2 Monitoring menu
      3. 3.4.3 Pools menu
      4. 3.4.4 Volumes menu
      5. 3.4.5 Hosts menu
      6. 3.4.6 Copy Services menu
      7. 3.4.7 Access menu
      8. 3.4.8 Settings menu
    5. 3.5 Management GUI help
      1. 3.5.1 Storwize V3700 Information Center
      2. 3.5.2 Watching an e-Learning
      3. 3.5.3 Learning more
      4. 3.5.4 Embedded panel help
      5. 3.5.5 Hidden question mark help
      6. 3.5.6 Hover help
      7. 3.5.7 IBM endorsed YouTube videos
  7. Chapter 4. Host configuration
    1. 4.1 Host attachment overview
    2. 4.2 Preparing the host operating system
      1. 4.2.1 Windows 2008 (R2): Preparing for Fibre Channel attachment
      2. 4.2.2 Windows 2008 R2: Preparing for iSCSI attachment
      3. 4.2.3 VMware ESX: Preparing for Fibre Channel attachment
      4. 4.2.4 VMware ESX: Preparing for iSCSI attachment
    3. 4.3 Creating hosts by using the GUI
      1. 4.3.1 Creating Fibre Channel hosts
      2. 4.3.2 Creating iSCSI hosts
  8. Chapter 5. Basic volume configuration
    1. 5.1 Provisioning storage from IBM Storwize V3700 and making it available to the host
      1. 5.1.1 Creating a generic volume
      2. 5.1.2 Creating a thin-provisioned volume
      3. 5.1.3 Creating a mirrored volume
      4. 5.1.4 Creating a thin-mirror volume
    2. 5.2 Mapping a volume to the host
      1. 5.2.1 Mapping newly created volumes to the host by using the wizard
      2. 5.2.2 Manually mapping a volume to the host
    3. 5.3 Discovering the volumes from the host and specifying multipath settings
      1. 5.3.1 Windows 2008 Fibre Channel volume attachment
      2. 5.3.2 Windows 2008 iSCSI volume attachment
      3. 5.3.3 VMware ESX Fibre Channel attachment
      4. 5.3.4 VMware ESX iSCSI attachment
  9. Chapter 6. Storage migration wizard
    1. 6.1 Interoperability and compatibility
    2. 6.2 Storage migration wizard
      1. 6.2.1 External virtualization capability
      2. 6.2.2 Overview of the storage migration wizard
      3. 6.2.3 Storage migration wizard tasks
    3. 6.3 Storage migration wizard example scenario
      1. 6.3.1 Storage migration wizard example scenario description
      2. 6.3.2 Using the storage migration wizard for example scenario
  10. Chapter 7. Storage pools
    1. 7.1 Working with internal drives
      1. 7.1.1 Internal storage window
      2. 7.1.2 Actions on internal drives
    2. 7.2 Configuring internal storage
      1. 7.2.1 RAID configuration presets
      2. 7.2.2 Customize initial storage configuration
      3. 7.2.3 Create new MDisk and Pool
      4. 7.2.4 Using the recommended configuration
      5. 7.2.5 Selecting a different configuration
    3. 7.3 Working with MDisks
      1. 7.3.1 MDisk by Pools panel
      2. 7.3.2 RAID action for MDisks
      3. 7.3.3 More actions on MDisks
    4. 7.4 Working with storage pools
      1. 7.4.1 Create Pool
      2. 7.4.2 Actions on Storage Pools
  11. Chapter 8. Advanced host and volume administration
    1. 8.1 Advanced host administration
      1. 8.1.1 Modifying Mappings menu
      2. 8.1.2 Unmapping all volumes from a host
      3. 8.1.3 Renaming a host
      4. 8.1.4 Deleting a host
      5. 8.1.5 Host properties
    2. 8.2 Adding and deleting host ports
      1. 8.2.1 Adding a host port
      2. 8.2.2 Adding a Fibre Channel port
      3. 8.2.3 Adding an iSCSI host port
      4. 8.2.4 Deleting a host port
    3. 8.3 Host mappings overview
      1. 8.3.1 Unmapping a volume
      2. 8.3.2 Properties (Host)
      3. 8.3.3 Properties (Volume)
    4. 8.4 Advanced volume administration
      1. 8.4.1 Advanced volume functions
      2. 8.4.2 Mapping a volume to a host
      3. 8.4.3 Unmapping volumes from all hosts
      4. 8.4.4 Viewing a host that is mapped to a volume
      5. 8.4.5 Renaming a volume
      6. 8.4.6 Shrinking a volume
      7. 8.4.7 Expanding a volume
      8. 8.4.8 Migrating a volume to another storage pool
      9. 8.4.9 Deleting a volume
    5. 8.5 Volume properties
      1. 8.5.1 Overview tab
      2. 8.5.2 Host Maps tab
      3. 8.5.3 Member MDisk tab
      4. 8.5.4 Adding a mirrored volume copy
      5. 8.5.5 Editing thin-provisioned volume properties
    6. 8.6 Advanced volume copy functions
      1. 8.6.1 Thin-provisioned
      2. 8.6.2 Splitting into a new volume
      3. 8.6.3 Validate Volume Copies option
      4. 8.6.4 Delete Copy option
      5. 8.6.5 Migrating volumes by using the volume copy features
    7. 8.7 Volumes by storage pool
      1. 8.7.1 Changing the Storage Pool function icon
      2. 8.7.2 Changing the storage pool name
    8. 8.8 Volumes by host
      1. 8.8.1 Renaming a host
    9. 8.9 FlashCopy
      1. 8.9.1 Business requirements for FlashCopy
      2. 8.9.2 FlashCopy functional overview
      3. 8.9.3 Planning for FlashCopy
      4. 8.9.4 Managing FlashCopy by using the GUI
      5. 8.9.5 Quick path to create FlashCopy presets
      6. 8.9.6 Managing FlashCopy mapping
  12. Chapter 9. RAS, monitoring, and troubleshooting
    1. 9.1 Reliability, availability, and serviceability on the IBM Storwize V3700
    2. 9.2 Storwize V3700 components
      1. 9.2.1 Enclosure midplane assembly
      2. 9.2.2 Node canisters: Ports and LED
      3. 9.2.3 Node canister replaceable hardware components
      4. 9.2.4 Expansion canister: Ports and LED
      5. 9.2.5 Disk subsystem
      6. 9.2.6 Power Supply Unit
    3. 9.3 Configuration backup procedure
      1. 9.3.1 Generating a configuration backup by using the CLI
      2. 9.3.2 Downloading a configuration backup by using the GUI
    4. 9.4 Software upgrade
      1. 9.4.1 Upgrading software automatically
      2. 9.4.2 GUI upgrade process
      3. 9.4.3 Upgrading software manually
    5. 9.5 Event log
      1. 9.5.1 Managing the event log
      2. 9.5.2 Alert handling and recommended actions
    6. 9.6 Collecting support information
      1. 9.6.1 Support Information via GUI
      2. 9.6.2 Support information via Service Assistant
      3. 9.6.3 Support Information onto USB stick
    7. 9.7 Powering on and shutting down Storwize V3700
      1. 9.7.1 Shutting down the system
      2. 9.7.2 Powering on
  13. Appendix A. Command-line interface setup and SAN Boot
    1. Command-line interface
    2. SAN Boot
  14. Related publications
    1. IBM Redbooks
    2. IBM Storwize V3700 publications
    3. IBM Storwize V3700 support
    4. Help from IBM
  15. Back cover