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Overview of UCP Advisor

Hitachi UCP Advisor provides detailed information about the infrastructure components and allows you to manage operations for connected devices.

UCP Advisor simplifies infrastructure operations. Seamless integration allows automated provisioning of the UCP systems--for both the converged and hyperconverged infrastructure. It provides unified management, central oversight, and smart life-cycle management for firmware upgrades, element visibility, and troubleshooting.

Features

Hitachi UCP Advisor provides pertinent information and allows you to manage operations for connected devices.

Major features include:

  • Simplified deployments: UCP Advisor simplifies IT management and orchestration for faster and easier deployment of converged and hyperconverged systems.
  • Automated upgrades from previous versions.
  • Federated system management: UCP Advisor enables simplified management of one or many Unified Compute Platform systems, including converged and hyperconverged systems. UCP Advisor allows provisioning of compute nodes, storage, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel from a single, unified management interface.
  • Easy synchronization of VLANs with rack switches: UCP Advisor intelligently synchronizes the virtual, distributed switch trunk VLANs with the node switch interfaces on the rack switches and allows easy port-level VLAN management.
  • Simple, one-click firmware upgrade: The upgrade firmware option allows you to download a firmware bundle from the Hitachi portal and upload it to UCP Advisor. Supports firmware upgrade for compute nodes and Ethernet, or Fibre Channel switches. The simple, one-click automated upgrade process upgrades the firmware by moving the compute hosts into maintenance mode, applying relevant patches, and bringing hosts back online.
  • Integration with VMware applications.
    • VMware vRealize Orchestrator: UCP Advisor integrates seamlessly with vRealize Orchestrator. You can initiate workflows such as managing compute nodes, performing data backup/restores, and provisioning of datastores. You can also track, manage, and complete the workflows in vRealize Orchestrator.
    • VMware vRealize Log Insight: UCP Advisor tightly integrates with vRealize Log Insight to provide a single interface to monitor system-level activities and provide security audit logs for the UCP environment. This enables you to quickly identify security-level breaches and detect unauthorized access from rogue IPs.
  • Intelligent automation and orchestration with Hitachi Automation Director (HAD): Integration with Hitachi Automation Director enables IT process automation and smart infrastructure provisioning capabilities. UCP Advisor leverages the smart provisioning workflows and templates available through HAD.
  • Ability to simultaneously or sequentially provision operating systems on multiple bare metal servers, or to overwrite operating systems on multiple servers that are already provisioned.

    UCP Advisor provides the bare metal OS provisioning capability that allows the management of custom BIOS settings on the server and deployment of operating systems on the DS120 nodes with the option to use Automation Director for a customized workflow. See the Release Notes for the list of officially supported operating systems and URLs.

    UCP Advisor provides the framework to deploy the custom operating systems shown in the supported operating system list, with the additional driver package as part of the image.

    Once the bare metal operating system has been deployed on the physical server with the network configured, the environment is ready for configuration management. Any tools, such as Puppet, Chef, Ansible, and so on, can be used to add additional packages, services, and patches to the operating system.

  • Ability to view and manage multisite VMware Infrastructure and link multiple vCenter Servers in UCP rack-scale (RS) systems.
  • Ability to change user passwords for Hitachi Advanced Servers.
  • Remote console viewing for Hitachi Advanced Servers.

UCP Advisor environment

The UCP Advisor environment consists of a UCP Controller (management node) and the onboarded Advisor Gateways.

A typical UCP Advisor environment is shown below.

The management node is the server on which the UCP Advisor components, UCP Controller VM, and Advisor Gateway VM are installed. The UCP Advisor software is deployed on clustered server nodes. The management node has redundant connections to ensure connectivity to UCP Advisor systems. For every UCP Advisor system, a single controller VM is deployed and can manage one or many UCP converged infrastructure (CI) or UCP hyperconverged (HC) systems, as long as an Advisor Gateway VM is deployed per system.

Each UCP CI system includes Ethernet and Fibre Channel switches, storage systems, servers, and compute nodes and is connected to the controller VM via individual gateway VMs in each CI, HC, and RS system.

UCP Advisor VM resource requirements

UCP Advisor is comprised of the following virtual machines, each with different resource requirements.

  • UCP Advisor controller VM
  • UCP Advisor Gateway VM

The following table shows the minimum requirement per resource assigned to the UCP Advisor controller VM.

Resource Minimum requirement
Operating system Windows Server 2016
RAM 16 GB
CPU 4 vCPUs (default)
Disk 250 GB (thin-provisioned disk)
Network 1 vNIC (connect to Management VLAN VMXNET3)
Supported virtualization host ESXi 6.5x

The following table shows the minimum requirement per resource assigned to the UCP Advisor Gateway VM.

Resource Minimum requirement
Operating system CentOS 7.3
RAM 2 GB (default)
CPU 2 vCPUs (default)
Disk 40 GB (thin-provisioned disk)
Network 1 vNIC (connect to management VLAN VMXNET3)
Supported virtualization host ESXi 6.5x

Accessing UCP Advisor

You access UCP Advisor from the VMware vSphere Web Client.

  1. Log on to the VMware vSphere Web Client using your vCenter Administrator credentials (you must have Administrator role permission).

  2. From the Home menu, located in the upper left area of the vSphere Web Client window, select UCP Advisor. All currently available UCP system appliances are shown.

    NoteIn most cases, the UCP system and the devices required by your site will already have been registered and onboarded during the pre-deployment configuration. If you do not see the appliances that you expect, or if you need to add a new one, follow the procedure described in Registering a UCP system.
  3. Select the UCP System appliance that you want to access. A choice of all currently onboarded compute, storage, or network devices is provided on the UCP Advisor window.

    NoteIf you need to onboard additional devices, see Automatically adding resources using a CSV file or Manually adding resources and add the necessary devices before continuing with the next steps.
  4. Click the icon representing the type of devices you want to manage. Depending on the type of device you select, a listing of available devices is shown. Following is an example of a storage device listing.

  5. In the Navigator window (or listing of devices shown on the right), double-click on the device you want to access. As an example, the management window for the selected storage system device is shown with the Manage tab selected.

  6. Click the Summary tab to get general information about the device, or click the Manage tab to access various management options.