Thursday, November 1, 2012

IBM Storage MP updated (XIV special)

IBM had updated the Storage MP a while ago. Now I had my first touch with it in a productive environment and I’d like to share my findings.

First, glad to see that, in general, my guide is still valid: IBM Storage MP for XIV

But there are some things I’d like to mention, especially regarding XIV again:

  1. The MP supports SCOM 2007 (R2) and SCOM 2012 as well
  2. If you update from 1.1 to 1.2 you have to update all server that should monitor the XIV. Other nodes running SCOM-control utility would not work anymore
  3. Finally IBM changed the discovery. So the workflows will only fired on systems with the SCOM-control utility and not on all Windows Computers as before (if you did not override it by your own
  4. You can use any agent based system as monitoring host and don’t have to use a MS (and RMS in 2007 environments)
  5. It might be a good advice to put the SCOM-control utility on a system with no volume on the monitored storage boxes
  6. Configure discovery intervals (usually 84600sec should be fine to discover XIV Systems and Monitoring Computers)
  7. Installing and configuring the integration on more than one server will result in multiple discovered instances

Get the recent MP here.

All information is provided "as is" without any warranty! Try in lab before. Handle with care in production.

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