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XIOS 4.0.10 And XMS 4.2.0 Are Here, Here’s What’s New

Hi,

I’m so proud to finally announce the GA of XIOS 4.0.10/ XMS 4.2, this release contains couple of features that so many of you, our customers have been asking for so let’s highlight them and then deep a little bit deeper to each one of them

ŸXtremIO PowerShell support
ŸSMI-S support
ŸServiceability enhancements
ŸREST API Improvements
ŸVSS enhancements
ŸXMS Simulator
ŸWebUI Tech Preview
Ÿthe usual bug fixes.

XtremIO PowerShell support

  • Supported with XMS 4.2.0
    PowerShell Supported versions: 4.0 and 5.0
    Based on XtremIO REST API version 2.0
    Supports all storage management commands

    Installation

    XtremIOPowerShell.msi package – available on support page
    Verify PowerShell ISE version 4 and above is installed
    Installation package imports the module to PowerShell path


Connecting To The XMS

New-XtremSession
Connect to single cluster or all clusters manages by the XMS


Powershell Commands

Supports storage management REST commands
XtremIO command structure:
Action-Xtrem<Object>
Supported actions:
Get
New
Set
Remove
Example: Get-XtremVolumes

Capabilities

Ability to list a subset of attributes (-Properties)
Filtering logic support (-Filters)
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-CLImode: avoid user confirmation in session level (for scripting)
-Confirm: user confirmation for single command
-ShowRest: returns the command in json format
-Full: list all object attributes


PROPERTIES: EXAMPLE


FILTERS EXAMPLE


SHOWREST: EXAMPLE


FULL: EXAMPLE


SMI-S Integration

What is an SMI-S Provider?


SNIA developed standard intended to facilitate the management of storage devices from multiple vendors in storage area networks.
Enables broad interoperable management of heterogeneous storage vendor systems
Multiple ‘Profiles’ can be implemented
We have implemented the profiles required for Microsoft SCVMM and Microsoft Azure platforms
All SCVMM operations can be done in the GUI or through CMDlets
More profiles would be implemented in future based on field requirements and roadmap features

SMI-S PROVIDER – IMPLEMENTATION DETAILS

SMI-S Provider implemented directly on the XMS
No external component needs to be installed
Better and consistent performance guaranteed
Array operations possible
Create/delete a volume
Create an XtremIO Virtual Copy – XVC (aka Snapshot)
Mount the volume on a host
The entire array is considered as a single pool
Internally uses RestAPI calls
Completely stateless and does not cache any data

SMI-S PROVIDER – USER CREATION
ECOM needs a new Read Only user on XMS
Needs to be defined on ECOM (for non-default password usage)
Same user to be defined on ECOM and XMS for adding
SCVMM
Provide the same credentials in SCVMM
LDAP users also supported

SMI-S PROVIDER – IMPLEMENTED PROFILES
The following profiles have been implemented:
Array
Masking and Mapping
Software
Disk Drive Lite
FC Target Ports
iSCSI Target Ports
Physical Package
Multiple Computer System
Location
Block Services Package
Thin Provisioning
Replication Services (Snapshots)

SMI-S PROVIDER – COMMAND FLOW

ADDING XMS IN SCVMM

Fabric Tab -> Add
Resources -> Storage
Devices
Specify the “Run As” account as defined in ECOM
and XMS
Go to the ‘Jobs’ tab to see operation status
‘Providers’ option will show the XMS information and current status


VIEWING STORAGE DETAILS

ADDING LUN IN SCVMM
Create Logical Unit’
allows to create new volumes
Right click on volume name to delete


MOUNTING LUN IN SCVMM
Right Click on Host -> Properties


SNMP HEARTBEAT
Allow active clusters to send SNMP keep alive trap to SNMP manager
Can be sent between 5 min to 24 hours , customer configurable
Working via CLI require two commands
1. Enable the feature and frequency on XMS level:
modify-snmp-notifier enable-heartbeat heartbeat-frequency=15
2. Enable the feature on cluster level (default is enabled for all):
modify-clusters-parameters enable-heartbeat

EXPORT/IMPORT XMS CONFIGURATION

ŸGUI and CLI now support the option to export and
XMS configuration for back-up and restoration
ŸThe following configuration elements are exported
XMS: User Account, Ldap Config, Syr Notifier, Syslog Notifier, Snmp Notifier, Email Notifier, Alert Definition
Cluster: Cluster Name, X-Brick Name, SC Name, Target Ports, iSCSI Portal & Routes, IG, Initiator, Volume, CG, LUN Mapping, Tag, Scheduler


Snapshot Enhancements
Native VSS support for application aware snapshots
Snapshot Enhancements
The new VSS supports working inside the VM guest using RDM volumes.


WebUI Technical Preview

Yea..that’s the one you have all been waiting for but couple of disclaimers, it’s a technical preview which means we ask you to test and provide feedback for, it’s not the final Web UI and It’s likely to change before GA and again, the reason we are releasing it is that you can contact us and let us know your opinion about it, good, bad, ugly, it’s all good! Please note that the classic Java is still working and provides the full functionality, so it’s

WEB BASED BROWSER ACCESS
100% pure HTML5 (no Java) !!!
Just enter XMS WebUI URL
Enter your standard XMS User credentials
Nothing to install
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HOMEPAGE OF WEBUI
In Multi-cluster setup: Multi-Cluster Overview
In Single cluster setup: Single-Cluster Overview
To access WebUI Homepage: Click on WebUI Logo


CLUSTER/S HOMEPAGE
Single cluster homepage


MULTIPLE CLUSTERS HOMEPAGE

NAVIGATION
2 main navigation
components:
Menu bar
Context selector


CONTEXT SELECTOR
Only object types supported
by the selected menu items will appear in the Context Selector
Filtering capabilities:
Direct: Text, selected properties, tags
Indirect: Filter based on relationship to other objects


CLUSTER/S OVERVIEW

 


DRILL DOWN TO MOST ACTIVE INITIATOR GROUP


VIEW ALL VOLUMES OF AN APPLICATION



Reports

For each object type in the Context selector there is a list of supported reports
ŸAll reports support single/multiple object reports, for example:


Troubleshoot an object with all available data:
One-click navigation between pre-defined reports


Track capacity and data savings over time


Track endurance and SSD utilization

Notifications Events


Events screen

Alerts
ŸDrill down to Critical/Major Alerts from Cluster Overview

Storage Configuration & mapping

Configuration Screen
Create/delete, perform all actions on selected objects.


Storage configuration & mappings
Configuration Screen
No context selector
Indirect cluster filtering


Mappings Screen
Map between selected Volumes/CGs/Snapsets and selected Initiator Groups (many-to-many object mappings supported)


Main provisioning flow

(1)Create Volumes (2)Create Initiator Groups (3)Map


3. Map

Add volumes to Consistency Group


Local Protection

Create 1-time local protection or define local protection policy


Refresh copy


EXPORTING DATA TO CSV FILE


  • Export configuration/inventory object data


Hardware view



Inventory



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