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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 system.

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 workflows 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 procedure shows the xDC workflow:

  1. Follow the build guide: acquire the required storage, compute, and networking equipment.
  2. Complete the initial setup: complete the hardware setup, wiring, and implementation of the basic IP schema.
  3. Set up the hypervisor and management node: set up the ESXi host (VMware 6.5 Update 1 hypervisor and all of the compute clusters, if included, on the management node).

For detailed implementation guidance and workflow, refer to the build guide specific to the UCP Advisor system you are setting up. Verify that the UCP Advisor system is built according to the hardware specifications and is shipped to the customer site for implementation by the GSS team.

GSS workflow

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

The following procedure shows the GSS workflow:

  1. Set up the UCP Advisor equipment at the customer site: ensure that hardware component integrity is maintained.
  2. Customize the UCP Advisor system environment: follow the appropriate build guide to configure the IP systems and rezone the storage according to customer requirements.
  3. Install the UCP Advisor prerequisites: deploy VMware 6.5 U1, VMware management stack, and optional components (such as vRealize Orchestrator and vRealize Log Insight).
  4. Plan the UCP Advisor deployment: strategize the deployment methodology for the UCP Advisor software.

Verify that these steps are followed by the team receiving the UCP Advisor 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 workflow provides an overview of the required UCP converged infrastructure appliance predeployment questions and steps:

  1. Management node: Does the customer already have a management node? Does it support UCP Advisor requirements (clustering, high availability)?
  2. Strategize prerequisites and software installation of peripheral components: Does the customer have their own VCSA environment? Does it support the UCP Advisor software requirements (version, supportability)?
  3. Install required and optional UCP Advisor software: VCSA, vRealize Orchestrator, vRealize Log Insight, Hitachi Automation Director, Hitachi Hi-Track Monitor.
  4. Ready to deploy UCP Advisor: ensure hardware and software resource availability based on UCP Advisor requirements.

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 it.

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 installed? If no, upgrade or install ESXi 6.5 on the management node.
Connectivity Ensure node connection to Cisco 3048 (management network). Ensure node Fibre Channel connection to Brocade G620 (storage connection).
Is the management node added to a VMware vCenter? If no, add a management node to vCenter.
Are the management nodes configured in a cluster? If no, 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 the following 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.

Hitachi-supplied management node

Hitachi can provide and deploy the management node as 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 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.
Is the management node 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, 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 high availability and performance issues are taken into consideration.

Prerequisite software

We recommend 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 vRealize Orchestrator.

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

Supported operating system types for bare metal provisioning

UCP Advisor supports bare metal provisioning for the operating system (OS) types shown in the following table.

Operating system name Operating system version Boot modes
CentOS 7.3 LEGACY
CentOS 7.4 LEGACY/UEFI
Oracle Linux 7.3 LEGACY
Oracle Linux 7.4 LEGACY/UEFI
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 LEGACY
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 LEGACY/UEFI
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SP2 LEGACY/UEFI
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SP3 LEGACY/UEFI
VMware ESXi 6.5 U1 LEGACY/UEFI
VMware ESXi 6.5 U2 LEGACY/UEFI
VMware ESXi 6.0 U3a LEGACY/UEFI
CentOS 7.3

File name: CentOS-7-x86_64-Everything-1611.iso

Source: http://archive.kernel.org/centos-vault/7.3.1611/isos/x86_64/

SHA256: af4969ebbdc479d330de97c5bfbb37eedc64c369f009cb15a97f9553ba441c88

Boot modes: LEGACY

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.1.0.2

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 2.1-1

CentOS 7.4

File name: CentOS-7-x86_64-DVD-1708.iso

Source: http://archive.kernel.org/centos-vault/7.4.1708/isos/x86_64/

SHA256: ec7500d4b006702af6af023b1f8f1b890b6c7ee54400bb98cef968b883cd6546

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.4.0.1

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 3.0-1

Oracle Linux 7.3

File name: V834394-01.iso

Source: https://edelivery.oracle.com/osdc/faces/SoftwareDelivery*

SHA256: 2ad5327428c44d505a7d882a273cb3f5fbac4e56e739cf18f895565dde987101

Boot modes: LEGACY

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.1.0.2

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 2.1-1

Oracle Linux 7.4

File name: V921569-01.iso

Source: https://edelivery.oracle.com/osdc/faces/SoftwareDelivery*

SHA256: f2e11a2fceba8e285490c8df7c2172336cc23eb4bab95924b98d1029dce7eb0b

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.4.0.1

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 3.0-1

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3

File name: rhel-server-7.3-x86_64-dvd.iso

Source: https://developers.redhat.com/download-manager/content/origin/files/sha256/12/120acbca7b3d55465eb9f8ef53ad7365f2997d42d4f83d7cc285bf5c71e1131f/rhel-server-7.3-x86_64-dvd.iso

SHA256: 120acbca7b3d55465eb9f8ef53ad7365f2997d42d4f83d7cc285bf5c71e1131f

Boot modes: LEGACY

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.1.0.2

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 2.1-1

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4

File name: rhel-server-7.4-x86_64-dvd.iso

Source: https://developers.redhat.com/download-manager/content/origin/files/sha256/43/431a58c8c0351803a608ffa56948c5a7861876f78ccbe784724dd8c987ff7000/rhel-server-7.4-x86_64-dvd.iso

SHA256: 431a58c8c0351803a608ffa56948c5a7861876f78ccbe784724dd8c987ff7000

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.2.0.6

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 3.0-1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SP2

File name: SLE-12-SP2-Server-DVD-x86_64-GM-DVD1.iso

Source: https://www.suse.com/download-linux*

SHA256: dd724e9248f2c3507e8e9d0050a4c8b6e9aeda7fdf0870858757cc6c01b7d47d

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.1.0.1

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 3.0-1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SP3

File name: SLE-12-SP3-Server-DVD-x86_64-GM-DVD1.iso

Source: https://www.suse.com/download-linux*

SHA256: 48408157ef667100671b22f92c3e20771ccf2100108b96e3ae83d8df30abddd5

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.4.0.1

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Mellanox Connect-IB Version 3.0-1

VMware ESXi 6.5 U1

File name: VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0.update01-5969303.x86_64.iso

Source: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/login*

SHA256: f6e5000dff423c275b3ffbdfe08145f369d04b8c4ade5a413f2ef2a029a5e3ef

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.4.142.11

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Nmlx5-core 4.16.0.0-1

VMware ESXi 6.5 U2

File name: VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0.update02-8294253.x86_64.iso

Source: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/login*

SHA256: d290c36acb28d85e812b42f242f5c6c0f059551df4a24432adf1a4b9e96eb694

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 11.4.142.11

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Nmlx5-core 4.16.0.0-1

VMware ESXi 6.0 U3a

File name: VMware-VMvisor-Installer-201706001-5572656.x86_64.iso

Source: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/login*

SHA256: c3aec5dd00d47548089918075c84edb8e8c5017cbec901c6abf8a815d5149aac

Boot modes: LEGACY/UEFI

HBA manufacturer/model: Emulex lpe31000

Driver version: Emulex lpfc 10.2.298.12-1

NIC manufacturer: Mellanox

NIC driver version: Nmlx5-core 4.15.8.8-1

VMware vRealize Orchestrator (Optional)

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.

For more information about the compute and storage connectors for vRealize Orchestrator workflows, see the following documentation:

Deploying the vRealize Orchestrator plugin

To begin using VMware vRealize Orchestrator, you must deploy the vRealize Orchestrator plugin.

  1. Log on to the vRealize Orchestrator control center.

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

  3. Click Browse and navigate to UCP Advisor installation directory atC:\Program Files\Hitachi\UCP Advisor\vRO\plugin.

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

  5. Click Save Changes.

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

  7. On the Home window, 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 plugin section, to validate that the appropriate plugins are enabled, as shown below.

  10. Verify that all Hitachi storage and compute workflows are available from vRealize Orchestrator client.

Setting up vCenter Appliance and vRealize Orchestrator integration

Register vCenter Orchestrator as a vCenter Server.

  1. Log on to the vRealize Orchestrator client as an administrator.

  2. Click Workflows.

  3. From the workflows list, select 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 vRealize Orchestrator with the vCenter Server.

  6. Enter the service URL of the vRealize Orchestrator server.

  7. Click Submit.

Deploying the vRealize Log Insight content pack

Deploy the vRealize Log Insight content pack.

  1. Log on to vRealize Log Insight.

  2. From the admin pull-down tab, select Content Packs.

  3. Click Import Content Pack.

  4. Browse to the content pack from the UCP Advisor installation directory, C:\Program Files\Hitachi\UCP Advisor\HiLogInsightConverged\Content Packs\Hitachi - UCP Advisor Converged v2.0.vlcp.

  5. Select the Install as content pack option, and then click Import.

  6. Check to ensure that the content pack has been installed successfully.

  7. Navigate to the dashboard to view the Hitachi UCP Advisor converged content pack.

    Note
    • In addition to the preceding steps, you also need to import both the Microsoft Windows and the Brocade SAN and IP Networks content packs for Log Insight to vRealize Log Insight and configure the content pack to monitor the UCP Advisor Windows appliance. To perform an import, download the content pack from the Login Site Content Pack Marketplace. See the VMware vCenter Log Insight Installation and Administration Guide to set up VMware vRealize Log Insight (vRLI), located at http://www.vmware.com/.
    • The UCP Advisor converged content pack does not process network syslogs. You must download the Brocade and Cisco Networks content pack from VMware solution exchange to process network syslogs as described here: https://marketplace.vmware.com/vsx/?product=3397%2C2061%2C2060%2C2059%2C2058%2C2057%2C2056%2C2055%2C2054%2C2052.

Hitachi Automation Director (optional)

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 product documentation library at: https://knowledge.hitachivantara.com/Documents/Management_Software/Automation_Director.

Setting up Hitachi Automation Director

Automation Director is an optional management component and must be installed after UCP Advisor is deployed and configured.

To configure Automation Director with UCP Advisor, verify that you have deployed UCP Advisor successfully. The following workflow provides an overview of the Hitachi Automation Director setup steps:

  1. Ensure that UCP Advisor is installed and configured.
  2. Install and configure Hitachi Automation Director.
  3. Set up the connection between UCP Advisor and Hitachi Automation Director.

Hitachi Automation Director is used as an independent management platform to create service templates and workflows. The workflows pertinent to UCP Advisor can be tagged under UCP Advisor so that they are displayed in the UCP Advisor console, as shown below.

When a workflow is initiated, UCP Advisor sends a context message for the specific components (Server, Ethernet, Fibre Channel, or Storage). Hitachi Automation Director can use this information to create a custom workflow to access the UCP Advisor REST API or third-party services.

A Hitachi Automation Director task ID is shown for tracking purposes, as shown in the following examples.

Resource ID Resource Type Appliance ID
Serial number example: 56919 Storage UCP Advisor Appliance ID example: 4c5c7831-051b-4a03-ae0d-9c09ada8475a
IP address example: 172.17.234.23 Ethernet UCP Advisor Appliance ID example: 4c5c7831-051b-4a03-ae0d-9c09ada8475a
IP address example: 172.17.234.33 Fibre Channel UCP Advisor Appliance ID example: 4c5c7831-051b-4a03-ae0d-9c09ada8475a
BMC IP address example: 172.17.234.101 Server UCP Advisor Appliance ID example: 4c5c7831-051b-4a03-ae0d-9c09ada8475a

Configuring Hitachi Automation Director

You can configure Hitachi Automation Director to enable workflows to be run from UCP Advisor.

  1. In the Navigator window, click Administration.

  2. Click the Configuration tab.

  3. Scroll down to Hitachi Automation Director and click the Add icon.

  4. In the Hitachi Automation Director dialog box, enter the relevant details as follows:

    • Hostname or IP Address: Host name or IP address for the Hitachi Automation Director server.
    • Port: Port for Hitachi Automation Director.
    • Username: User name identifying the user with administrator privileges who is to access Hitachi Automation Director. Enter system.
    • Password: The Hitachi Automation Director administrator password. Enter manager.
  5. Click Submit.

Automation Director parameters

Automation Director parameters are passed from UCP Advisor for each managed resource, such as the following:

  • Resource ID: A unique identifier that specifies a device
  • Resource Type: Identifies the Storage, Ethernet, Fibre Channel, or Server device resource type
  • Appliance ID: A unique identifier that specifies a UCP Advisor appliance
Storage
  • Resource ID: Serial number example: 56919
  • Resource Type: Storage
  • Appliance ID: Advisor Appliance ID example: 4c5c7831-051b-4a03-ae0d-9c09ada8475a
Ethernet
  • Resource ID: IP address example: 172.17.234.23
  • Resource Type: Ethernet
  • Appliance ID: Advisor Appliance ID example: 4c5c7831-051b-4a03-ae0d-9c09ada8475a
Fibre Channel
  • Resource ID: IP address example: 172.17.234.33
  • Resource Type: FC
  • Appliance ID: Advisor Appliance ID example: 4c5c7831-051b-4a03-ae0d-9c09ada8475a
Server
  • Resource ID: BMC IP address example: 172.17.234.101
  • Resource Type: Server
  • Appliance ID: Advisor Appliance ID example: 4c5c7831-051b-4a03-ae0d-9c09ada8475a

Setting up Automation Director workflows

Create custom workflows with UCP Advisor parameters that are passed for managed UCP Advisor resources.

When you are creating workflows in Automation Director, you must tag each workflow as a UCP Advisor workflow. The UCP Advisor tag makes the workflow visible in the Automation Director view window of UCP Advisor.

For more information about how to create workflows or templates in Automation Director, and detailed information about this product, see https://knowledge.hitachivantara.com/Documents/Management_Software/Automation_Director/8.5.3/Use_Service_Builder/Get_started/About_Service_Builder.

Hitachi Hi-Track Monitor (optional)

Hitachi 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 Monitor must be installed on the UCP Advisor Windows VM.

The VM must connect to the Hitachi Support Center by means of a modem or an Internet connection. In the event of a component failure, the Hi-Track Monitor reports the failure to the Support Center, without user action. Hi-Track Monitor 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 Monitor. If the customer requests Hi-Track Monitor installation, use the following link for instructions:

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

Hi-Track Monitor prerequisites

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

  • The minimum version of Hi-Track Monitor required is 8.1.
  • 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 at https://knowledge.hitachivantara.com/Knowledge/Support_Tools/Hi-Track/Hi-Track_Monitor_Installation_Guide.

Installing Hi-Track Monitor

Download the latest version of the Hi-Track Monitor software, then install it as described in the Hi-Track Monitor Installation Guide.

Configuring Hi-Track Monitor

The following procedure describes the simplest and most common Hi-Track Monitor configuration.

For detailed step-by-step installation instructions and explanations, see the Hi-Track Monitor Installation Guide at http://hitrack.hdssd.hitachi.com/hitrack/Hi-Track_Monitor_Installation_Guide.htm.

Procedure

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

  2. On the User Management tab, verify that a remote user ID exists for UCP Advisor.

  3. On the Configuration tab:

    1. Click Base, then enter the Site ID.

    2. Click Transport Agents, then select a data transfer agent from the list. Click Create.

  4. On the Summary tab, add UCP Advisor.

    1. Click Add a device.

    2. From Select Device Type, select Hitachi UCP Advisor.

    3. Enter the remaining information, then click Add.

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.