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Predeployment considerations

Prepare the system and the site for UCP Advisor installation.

xDC and GSS requirements

Follow the xDC and GSS workflows to complete the deployment process.

The xDC team uses the UCP Converged Infrastructure Build Guide and xDC workflow to build the UCP converged infrastructure appliance. UCP Advisor is compatible with VMware ESXi 6.5 U1.

The xDC team verifies that the UCP converged infrastructure system is built according to the hardware specifications and has shipped to the customer site. At the completion of the build process for the UCP converged infrastructure system, the GSS team proceeds with its workflow. When the hardware is shipped from xDC, the GSS team takes installation ownership of the hardware and software customer site customization.

The following workflow diagrams for xDC and GSS provide the steps required to integrate the UCP Advisor system into the technology infrastructure and complete the deployment process.

xDC workflow

This section provides an overview of the XDC data center and customer site workflow tasks you perform to ensure an easy and error-free UCP Advisor implementation.

The following diagram shows the xDC workflow.

For detailed implementation guidance and workflow, refer to the UCP Converged Infrastructure Build Guide. Verify that the UCP converged infrastructure is built according to the hardware specifications and has shipped to the customer site. At this stage of the implementation, the GSS team begins its workflow.

GSS workflow

The GSS team takes ownership and installs the hardware and software customization at the customer site.

The following diagram shows the GSS workflow.

Verify that these steps are followed by the team receiving the UCP converged infrastructure equipment. It is important to verify that the storage, compute, networking, and virtual components are deployed according to best practices.

UCP Advisor predeployment steps

The UCP Advisor converged infrastructure appliance is completely deployed via the UCP Converged Infrastructure Build guide.

The following diagram provides an overview of the required UCP converged infrastructure appliance predeployment steps.

The following sections provide additional predeployment resources and considerations.

Management node

Determine if the management node is provided by the customer or Hitachi. UCP Advisor and its components are installed on the selected management node.

It is important to understand and communicate with the customer regarding the requirement for a management node and who provides the management node.

Customer-supplied management node

Determine if the composition and resources of the customer-supplied management node are sufficient.

The following table provides the decision guidelines for installing UCP Advisor on a customer management node.

Criteria Recommended task
Does the management node have ESXi 6.5 Update 1 installed? If no, upgrade or install ESXi 6.5 Update 1 on the management node.
Connectivity Ensure node connection to Cisco 3048 (management network). Ensure node Fibre Channel connection to Brocade G620 (storage connection).
Ensure that the management node is added to a VMware vCenter. If no, then add the management node(s) to the vCenter.
Are the management nodes configured in a cluster? If no, then ensure that two nodes are set up in a VMware cluster, with VMware high availability enabled on the cluster.
Are there enough resources for UCP Advisor VM components? Refer to UCP Controller virtual machine requirements and UCP Advisor Gateway virtual machine to evaluate the resources required to install UCP Advisor components on the customer management node.
Does the customer require these additional management components?
  • VMware vRealize Orchestrator
  • VMware vRealize Log insight
  • Hitachi Automation Director
  • Hitachi Hi-Track Monitoring
Assess the requirements and resources based on the list of components the customer requires and needs. Ensure that high availability and performance considerations are taken into account.
NoteInstall the components based on the deployment steps defined in the GSS workflow.

Hitachi-supplied management node

Hitachi can provide and deploy the management node as a part of the UCP Advisor converged infrastructure system.

The following table provides the decision guidelines for installing UCP Advisor on a Hitachi-provided 2u4N management node.

Criteria Recommended task
Install ESXi on the management nodes. Installed by the xDC converged infrastructure team before it is shipped to the customer.
Install vCSA 6.5 U1 on the management nodes. Installed at the customer site by the Hitachi representative.
Modify the network settings to reflect correct IP settings. Reassign the management node system component IP addresses to reflect the customer data center.
Ensure that the management node is connected to the UCP Advisor converged infrastructure system. Requires a management connection to Cisco 3048 (Management). Requires a Fibre Channel connection to Brocade G620.
Are the management nodes configured in a cluster? If no, then ensure that two nodes are set up in a VMware cluster, with VMware high availability enabled on the cluster.
Are there enough resources for UCP Advisor VM components? Refer to UCP Controller virtual machine requirements and UCP Advisor Gateway virtual machine to evaluate the resources needed to install UCP Advisor components on the customer management node.
Does the customer require these additional management components?
  • VMware vRealize Orchestrator
  • VMware vRealize Log insight
  • Hitachi Automation Director
  • Hitachi Hi-Track Monitoring
Assess the requirements and resources based on the list of components that the customer requires and needs. Verify that thigh availability and performance issues are taken into consideration.
NoteInstall the components based on the deployment guide steps defined in the GSS workflow.

Dependent Software

UCP Advisor recommends installing and configuring the following products prior to installing UCP Advisor:

  • vCenter Appliance
  • VMware vRealize Orchestrator (Optional)
  • vCenter Appliance and vRealize Orchestrator Integration (Optional)
  • VMware vRealize Log Insight (Optional)
  • Hitachi Automation Director (Optional)
  • Hitachi Hi-Track (Optional)

Setting up a vCenter Appliance

See the section on deploying the vCenter Server Appliance in the online VMware vSphere ESXi and vCenter Server 6.0/6.5 documentation for information on deploying vRO.

The VMware vSphere ESXi and vCenter Server 6.0/6.5 documentation is located at: http://www.vmware.com/.

VMware vRealize Orchestrator Setup

See the section on deploying the vCenter Server Appliance in the online Installing and Configuring VMware vRealize Orchestrator documentation for information on setting up VMware vRealize Orchestrator.

The Installing and Configuring VMware vRealize Orchestrator documentation is located at: http://www.vmware.com/.

Note Automatic log file collection depends on incoming ssh access to VMware products. To use this feature, configure the installed VMware products to allow incoming ssh connections.

Deploying vRealize Orchestrator plug-in

To begin using VMware vRealize Orchestrator, you must deploy the vRealize Orchestrator plug-in.

  1. Log in to the vRO control centerhttps://<vRO-IP>:8283/vco-controlcenter/.

  2. Navigate to Manage Plug-Ins located under the plug-in section.

  3. Click Browse and navigate to UCP Advisor installed directoryC:\Program Files\Hitachi\UCP Advisor\vRO\plugin.

  4. Select the Hitachi Storage Connector plug-in o11nplugin-HSC.dar and install.

  5. Once installed, choose Save Changes.

  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to install Hitachi Compute Connector plug-in o11nplugin-HiVCOServer.dar.

  7. Go to the Home screen and select Startup Options.

  8. Restart the Orchestrator server service and wait for the service to respond.

  9. Navigate to Manage Plug-ins, located under the plug-in section to validate that the appropriate plug-ins are enabled as shown below.

  10. Check that the plug-in installation has completed and all Hitachi storage and compute workflows are available from vRO client.

Setting up vCenter Appliance and vRealize Orchestrator integration

Register vCenter Orchestrator as a vCenter Server.

  1. Log on to the vRO client as an administrator.

  2. Click Workflows to view the Workflows view.

  3. In the workflows list, select the following path: Library > vCenter > Configuration.

  4. Right-click Register vCenter Orchestrator as a vCenter Server extension workflow, then click Start workflow.

  5. Click the vCenter Server instance to register vRO with the vCenter Server.

  6. Enter the service URL of the vRO server.

  7. Click Submit.

Hitachi Automation Director

Hitachi Automation Director is an optional component with UCP Advisor. It is used to automate and simplify the end-to-end provisioning process for UCP Advisor devices and data center administrators.

The building blocks of the product are prepackaged automation templates known as service templates.

Some of the supported features of Hitachi Automation Director are:

  • Preconfigured service templates that help you customize automation services
  • Automation services for intelligent provisioning of volumes from different storage classes
  • Role-based access to defined services
  • Performance-based pool selection that chooses the best performance pools from infrastructure groups and provides pool information to each task for specifying the volume usage details
  • Common service management attributes that can be assigned and shared across all automation services
  • A customizable service catalog that users can create to address specific data needs
  • RESTful API for management operations

See the Hitachi Automation Director 8.5.3 product documentation library at:

https://knowledge.hds.com/Documents/Management_Software/Automation_Director/8.5.3

Hitachi Hi-Track

Hi-Track Monitor is an optional component with UCP Advisor. It is used as a "call-home" service and can monitor most of the hardware components in the UCP Advisor appliance. Hi-Track must be installed on the UCP Advisor Windows VM.

The VM must connect to the HDS Support Center by means of a modem or an internet connection. In the event of a component failure, Hi-Track reports the failure to the Support Center, without user action. Hi-Track ensures that most problems can be identified and fixed prior to actual failure.

Use this section as a guide for determining the capabilities and requirements of Hi-Track. If the customer requests Hi-Track installation, use the following link for instructions:

http://hitrack.hds.com/index.htm

Hi-Track prerequisites

Verify that the following Hi-Track prerequisites have been completed:

  • The minimum version of Hi-Track Monitor required is 8.0 or greater.
  • There must be TCP/IP LAN connectivity between Hi-Track Monitor and the monitored hardware. Hi-Track Monitor is recommended to be deployed on the UCP Advisor VM, and this VM must have connectivity to the Internet.

For a list of required ports and a list of supported modems, see the Hi-Track Monitor Installation Guide.

Hi-Track software installation

Follow the Hi-Track Monitor Installation Guide to configure the Hi-Track software on the UCP Advisor VM.

Get the latest software found in the downloads section at: http://hitrack.hds.com/index.htm, then follow the procedures in the Hi-Track Monitor Installation Guide to configure the Hi-Track software on the UCP Advisor VM.

Configuring Hi-Track monitor

Verify that the Site ID and Transport Agents are set and begin adding devices.

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to http://localhost:6696/CGI-LOGON. The default password is HDS.

  2. Verify that the Site ID and Transport Agents are set in the configuration, and that users have been created and configured successfully in the User Management tab.

  3. In the Summary tab, begin adding devices to UCP Advisor, as well as all of its components (for example, Fibre Channel Switches, Ethernet Switches, and so on).

    1. You can add new components by clicking Item, selecting a device type, and clicking Add.

Upgrading Hi-Track

Get the latest version of Hi-Track Monitor.

Procedure

  1. Obtain the Hi-Track software from the Download section at http://hitrack.hdssd.hitachi.com/.

  2. In the Services.msc file, verify that the Hi-Track Monitor service is not running.

  3. In the About window, select Shutdown, then follow the steps in the Hi-Track Monitor Installation Guide, located at:

    http://hitrack.hdssd.hitachi.com/hitrack/Hi-Track_Monitor_Installation_Guide.htm#Upgrade.

  4. When the upgrade is complete, enable monitoring by clicking the Hi-Track number in the Item list and then selecting Enabled.

Additional Hi-Track reference documentation

Obtain additional Hi-Track deployment help by accessing the Hi-Track online help file.

The HiTrackHelp.chm file, which is part of the Hi-Track_SVP.zip file, provides additional Hi-Track documentation. This zip file contains the Hi-Track Monitor software, and is found under the Downloads section at http://hitrack.hds.com/index.htm.