Cisco VFrame InfiniBand Director User Guide, Release 3.1.1
Managing Assets
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Managing Assets

Table Of Contents

Managing Assets

Locating the Assets Menu

Managing Server Switch Assets

Locating the Server Switch Menu

Viewing Server Switch Properties

Viewing and Editing Server Switch Details

Adding a Server Switch

Deleting a Server Switch

Viewing Fibre Channel Port Pools

Adding a New Fibre Channel Port Pool

Selecting a Server Switch for a Fibre Channel Port Pool

Selecting Ports from the Add a Port Pool Details Window

Viewing and Editing Port Pool Details

Managing Physical Server Assets

Locating the Physical Server Menu

Viewing Physical Server Assets

Adding a Server Manually

Adding a Server Dynamically

Configuring Power Management

Selecting and Configuring APC Power Control

Selecting and Configuring IPMI v1.5+ Power Management

Selecting and Configuring Dell Racadm Power Management

Selecting and Configuring DELL DRAC/MC Power Management

Selecting and Configuring HP BladeSystem Power Management

Selecting and Configuring HP iLO Power Management

Selecting and Configuring IBM BladeCenter Power Management

Selecting and Configuring IBM MPCLI Power Management

Selecting and Configuring Rackable Phantom Power Management

Managing Power from a Script

Viewing and Modifying Physical Server Details

Managing Storage Assets

Discovering and Viewing Targets and Logical Units—Target View

Discovering and Viewing Logical Units and Targets—Logical Unit View

Viewing or Modifying Target Properties

Creating Target Groups

Example Without Target Groups

Example with Target Groups

Configuring Target Groups

Viewing and Editing Logical Unit Properties

Viewing Storage Pool Assets

Adding a Storage Pool

Viewing and Modifying Storage Pool Details

Deleting a Storage Pool

Managing Network Interface Ranges

Viewing and Managing Network Interface Assets

Adding a Network Interface

Deleting a Network Interface

Viewing and Editing Network Interface Properties


Managing Assets


These topics describe Assets menu tasks:

Locating the Assets Menu

Managing Server Switch Assets

Managing Physical Server Assets

Managing Storage Assets

Managing Network Interface Ranges

Locating the Assets Menu

Use the Assets menu to add and manage all physical assets in the VFrame environment, such as server switches, physical servers and Fibre Channel storage.


Step 1 Launch VFrame Director, if it is not already open.

Step 2 Open the Site folder in the left menu.

Step 3 Click Assets folder in the navigation menu.

The main Assets window appears.

Figure 9-1 Assets Menu Main Menu Screen

Step 4 Click the + symbol for the Assets folder.

Step 5 Select the asset type you want to work with:

Click either Server Switches in the navigation tree or Server Switch Assets in the Assets window to display the Server Switches menu. Refer to the "Managing Server Switch Assets" section.

Click either Physical Servers in the navigation tree or Physical Server Assets in the Assets menu to display the Physical Servers Summary window. Refer to the "Managing Physical Server Assets" section.

Click either Storage in the navigation tree or Storage Assets in the Assets menu to display the Storage Assets menu. Refer to the "Managing Storage Assets" section.

Click either Network in the navigation tree or Network Interface Assets in the Assets menu to display the Network Interfaces window. Refer to the "Managing Network Interface Ranges" section.


Managing Server Switch Assets

Server switch assets refer to the InfiniBand switches in your VFrame configuration. To begin managing a VFrame network, you must add all of the Cisco InfiniBand switches that are in the network. Refer to the "Adding a Server Switch" section.

These topics discuss Server Switches menu tasks:

Locating the Server Switch Menu

Viewing Server Switch Properties

Viewing and Editing Server Switch Details

Adding a Server Switch

Deleting a Server Switch

Locating the Server Switch Menu

To locate the Server Switch menu, follow these steps:


Step 1 Launch VFrame Director, if it is not already open.

Step 2 Open the Site folder in the left menu.

Step 3 Open the Assets folder in the left menu.

The Server Switches, Physical Servers, and Storage asset selections appear in the navigation tree.

Step 4 Click Server Switches in the left menu.

The Server Switch Assets window appears on the right side.

The following tabs appear in the Switch Menu:

The Switches tab. See the "Viewing Server Switch Properties" section.

The FC Port Pools tab. See the "Viewing Fibre Channel Port Pools" section.


Viewing Server Switch Properties

To view general properties of server switches, follow these steps:


Step 1 Locate the Server Switch Menu.

a. Open the Assets folder in the left menu.

The Server Switches, Physical Servers, and Storage asset selections appear in the navigation tree.

b. Click Server Switches in the left menu.

The Switches tab appears by default.

Figure 9-2 Switches Tab in the Server Switch Assets Window

Step 2 (Optional) Click the Refresh button to update the information in this screen.

Step 3 View the name of the InfiniBand switches in the System Name field. Click the switch name to view or edit details for the switch. Refer to the "Viewing and Editing Server Switch Details" section.

Step 4 View the IP address of the InfiniBand switch in the Mgmt Address field. The management address of the switch is configured when the switch is added to the site. Refer to the "Adding a Server Switch" section.

Step 5 View the state of the server switch in the State field. The possible states are described in Table 9-1.

Table 9-1 Status Description of Server Switches 

Status
Meaning

OK

Switch is accessible through the management interface and is managed by VFrame. This state is the normal operating state for server switches.

Not Responding

Switch is not accessible through the management address. This condition could occur if the switch is powered off, failed, or there are issues with IP networking between the VFrame Director and the switch.

Disconnected

Switch is accessible through the management address; however, it does not appear to be part of the IB fabric to which the VFrame Director is connected. Verify IB connectivity between the VFrame Director, the IB fabric, and the switch in the Disconnected state.

Unmanaged

The switch is not currently managed by VFrame. VFrame Director will not make any configuration changes to a switch in this state. The managed status can be changed using the switch detail screen. VFrame Director might put a switch into the Unmanaged state if it detects a problem with the switch that prevents its ability to manage the switch.


Step 6 View the physical location of the server switch in the Location field.

Step 7 View the type of InfiniBand switch in the Model field. For example, a model might be the SFS 3012 or SFS 7008.

Step 8 View the subnet manager state in the SM field. The switch that is currently managing displays "Master" and the switch that is currently standing by displays "Standby." If the subnet manager is disabled on a server switch, this field is not populated.


Viewing and Editing Server Switch Details

To view or edit server switch details, follow these steps:


Step 1 Locate the Server Switch Menu.

a. Expand the Assets folder in the navigation tree.

b. Click Server Switches in the navigation tree.

The Switches tab appears by default.

Step 2 Click the switch in the System Name field to which you want to view or edit details.

A display similar to Figure 9-3 appears.

Figure 9-3 Switch Details in the Server Switches Window

Step 3 View or edit the name of the server switch in the System Name field. This field should be changed by experienced VFrame users only.

Step 4 View or edit the location description for the server switch in the Location field.

Step 5 View the model of the server switch in the Model field.

Step 6 View the serial number of the server switch in the Serial Number field.

Step 7 View the status of the subnet manager for the switch in the Subnet Manager field. The possible states are Master or Standby. In multi-server switch environments, only one server switch is running a subnet manager at a time. The standby switch has a subnet manager in standby in case of a fail-over.

Step 8 View state and software details for the server switch in the Status fields.

a. View the state of the server switch in the State field. The possible entries are described in Table 9-2.

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Table 9-2 Status Description of Server Switches

Status
Meaning

Ok

Switch is accessible via the management interface and is managed by VFrame. This state is the normal operating state for server switches.

Not responding

Switch is not accessible via the management address. This condition could occur if the switch is powered off, failed, or there are issues with IP networking between the VFrame Director and the switch.

Disconnected

Switch is accessible via the management address; however, it does not appear to be part of the IB fabric to which the VFrame Director is connected. Verify IB connectivity between the VFrame Director, the IB fabric, and the switch in the Disconnected state.

Unmanaged

The switch is not currently managed by VFrame. VFrame Director will not make any configuration changes to a switch in this state. The managed status can be changed using the switch detail screen. VFrame Director may put a switch into the Unmanaged state if it detects a problem with the switch that prevents its ability to manage the switch.


b. View the software version of the operating system installed on the server switch in the Software Version field. This field also displays the date/time that the current operating system was installed on the server switch.

c. View the state of the subnet manager for this switch in the Subnet Manager field. Only one server switch in a fabric has a master subnet manager at any one time. All other server switches in the fabric are standby or have the subnet manager disabled.

Database synchronization should be enabled between subnet managers if you have multiple server switches in a VFrame site. Refer to the "Enabling Database Synchronization with Element Manager" section on page 4-2.

Step 9 View the management address for the server switch in the Mgmt Address field. This address is populated when the server switch is added. See the "Viewing and Editing Server Switch Details" section.

Step 10 View the software version installed on the server switch in the Software Version field.

Step 11 View the login level in the Login field. This field refers to the login of the server switch. To change login information, refer to the "Editing a User Identification" section on page 7-2.

Step 12 View the Password field. To change password information, refer to the "Editing a User Identification" procedure on page 7-2.

Step 13 View the SNMP Community field. To edit SNMP information, refer to the "Viewing and Editing Site Information" section on page 6-1.

Step 14 View or edit the port that the switch uses when connected using HTTP in the HTTP Port field. The port is 80 by default.

Step 15 View or edit the port that the switch uses when connected using HTTPS in the HTTPS Port field. The port is 443 by default.

Step 16 Use the HTTPS Enabled field to enable or disable HTTPS services. Click the Yes radio button to enable HTTPS. Click the No radio button to disable HTTPS services.

Step 17 Set the server switch to be managed by VFrame by clicking the Yes radio button in the Managed by VFrame field. In most cases, this field should always be set to Yes. However, this feature may be used to have VFrame temporarily ignore a server switch.

Step 18 Click the Apply button to save any changes to the server switch configuration.

Click the Reset button to remove any changes to you prior to saving in this session.

Click the Cancel button to return to the Server Switch Assets window.


Adding a Server Switch

To add a server switch to the VFrame site, follow these steps:


Step 1 Locate the Server Switch Menu.

a. Expand the Assets folder in the navigation tree.

b. Click Server Switches in the expanded navigation tree.

The Switches tab appears by default.

Step 2 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Add Server Switch.

The Add Server Switch window appears.

Figure 9-4 Switches Tab in the Add Server Switch Window

Step 3 Enter the Management Configuration information. All fields are required.

The Management Configuration information tells the VFrame Director how to reach the switch or can be used to have VFrame temporarily ignore a server switch.

a. Enter the management address in the Management Address field. The management address is the address of the management port to use. This field is not modifiable after the server is added. Refer to the "Assigning a Management Address for Server Switches" section on page 2-6.

b. Enter your server switch user name in the Login field.

c. Enter your VFrame server switch password name in the Password field.

d. Enter the SNMP community string, such as private, in the SNMP Community field.

e. Enter the port to use when connecting using HTTP in the HTTP Port field. The default is 80.

f. Enter the port to use when connecting using HTTPs in the HTTPS Port field. The default is 443.

g. (Optional) Enable HTTPs in the HTTPS Enabled field by clicking the Yes radio button.

HTTPS will be used if this option is selected, otherwise HTTP will be used. Either HTTP or HTTPs must be enabled on the server switch. If you select this option, HTTPs will still be used even if HTTP is the set on the switch.

h. Set the server switch to be managed by VFrame by clicking the Yes radio button in the Managed by VFrame field.

This selection can be used to have VFrame temporarily ignore a server switch.

Step 4 (Optional) Click the Add button to add the server switch, or to save any changes.

Once you add a new server switch, the Server Switch Assets screen appears (Figure 9-2) with the newly added switch. The newly added switch should show a state of OK.

Step 5 (Optional) Click the Cancel button to return to the previous window without saving changes.


Deleting a Server Switch

To delete a server switch from the VFrame site, follow these steps:


Step 1 Locate the Server Switch Menu.

a. Expand the Assets folder in the navigation tree.

b. Click Server Switches in the navigation tree.

The Switches tab appears by default.

Step 2 Click the radio button next to the name of the server switch that you want to delete,

Step 3 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Delete Server Switch.

Step 4 The Switches tab refreshes with the server switch deleted.


Viewing Fibre Channel Port Pools

I/O resources can be virtualized into a pool that can be allocated and drawn from as needed. Rather then allocating all the Fibre Channel gateways and ports to all VFrame Directors and virtual servers, pools of ports can be defined logically, and those pools can be allocated to virtual server groups based on need.

A Fibre Channel port pool is a user-defined logical grouping of ports on one or more Fibre Channel gateways, which can be one of the following:

A grouping of one or more gateways that might span multiple server switches.

A grouping of the gateway slot and not the physical gateway itself. Therefore, gateway modules can be moved around and the grouping follows the slot, not the gateway module. In this document, the terms gateway and gateway slot are used interchangeably.

Shared by multiple virtual server groups.

Consisting of a whole gateway slot, or consisting of specific ports.

Consisting of ports from different physical gateways.

To view port pools, follow these steps:


Step 1 Locate the Server Switch window. Refer to the "Locating the Server Switch Menu" section. The Switches tab appears by default.

Step 2 Click the FC Port Pools tab. The Fibre Channel Port Pools window displays as shown in Figure 9-5.

Figure 9-5 FC Port Pools Tab in the Server Switch Assets Window

Step 3 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, you can perform these tasks:

Choose Add New Port Pool to add a new grouping of Fibre Channel ports. Refer to the "Adding a New Fibre Channel Port Pool" procedure.

Click the check box next to a Fibre Channel port pool and choose Delete Selected Port Pools to remove that Fibre Channel port pool.

Step 4 Click the Refresh button to update the information in the window.

Step 5 View the name of any existing Fibre Channel port pools in the Pool Name field. View or edit the details of a Fibre Channel port pool by clicking on the name of a Fibre Channel port pool. Refer to the "Viewing and Editing Port Pool Details" section.

Step 6 View the description of any existing Fibre Channel port pools in the Pool Description field.

Step 7 View the type of ports used in the pool in the Type field. The Type field can have the following values:

NL_Port indicates ports on a 2-port Fibre Channel gateway.

E_Port or F_Port indicates ports on a 4-port Fibre Channel gateway.


Note Currently supported Fibre Channel gateways have two ports only.


Figure 9-6 shows an Fibre Channel Port Pools window including a port pool configured using a 4-port gateway.

Figure 9-6 FC Port Pools Tab using 4-Port Gateway

Step 8 View the number of InfiniBand server switches that are associated with the Fibre Channel port pool in the Switches field. Fibre Channel port pools can span multiple server switches.

Step 9 View the number of Fibre Channel gateways that belong to the Fibre Channel port pool in the # Gateways field. Fibre Channel port pools can span multiple Fibre Channel gateways in one or more chassis.

Step 10 View the number of Fibre Channel gateway ports that belong to the Fibre Channel Port Pool in the # Ports field.


Adding a New Fibre Channel Port Pool

The Add New Port Pool window is used to create a logical grouping of Fibre Channel ports. Configure your pools of ports based on storage needs as well as redundancy requirements.

Refer to the "Configuring Fibre Channel Gateways for High Availability" section on page 4-4 for examples of port pool configurations.


Note Once a port pool has been added, you cannot change its port pool type.


To add a new port pool, follow these steps:


Step 1 Locate the Fibre Channel Port Pools window. Refer to the "Viewing Fibre Channel Port Pools" section.

Step 2 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Add New Port Pool.

The Add New Port Pool window appears.

Figure 9-7 Add New Port Pool Window

Step 3 Assign a name to the pool of Fibre Channel ports in the Pool Name field.

Step 4 Assign a description to the Fibre Channel port pool in the Description field.

Step 5 From the Type drop down menu, choose a type for the port.

Options include:

a. Choose NL_Port to select ports from a two-port Fibre Channel gateway.

b. Choose E_Port or F_Port to select ports from a four-port Fibre Channel gateway.


Note Currently supported Fibre Channel gateways have two ports only.


Step 6 Add a server switch that has the desired gateways and ports by clicking the Add Switch link.

A Gateway Group can be made up of gateways from multiple server switches. Refer to the "Selecting a Server Switch for a Fibre Channel Port Pool" section.

Step 7 Click the Add button to save the grouping of Fibre Channel ports.

You can choose to create a Fibre Channel port pool without adding a server switch at the same time. View the new pool in the FC Port Pools tab. You can come back to add a switch to the pool later.

Step 8 Click the Cancel button to exit the window without saving and return to the FC Port Pools tab.


Selecting a Server Switch for a Fibre Channel Port Pool

The Select Server Switch dialog box opens when you add a server switch to a Fibre Channel port pool. If you have not yet added a server switch as an asset, refer to the "Adding a Server Switch" section.

To select a sever switch for a port pool, follow these steps:


Step 1 Follow the instructions in the "Adding a New Fibre Channel Port Pool" section. You must create a Fibre Channel port pool before you can assign a server switch to that pool.

If you want to add a switch to an existing Fibre Channel port pool, click the name of the pool in the FC Port Pools window. Refer to the "Viewing Fibre Channel Port Pools" section.

Step 2 Click the Add a Switch link in the FC Port Pools window.

The Select Server Switch window appears.

Figure 9-8 Select Server Switch Window

Step 3 Check the check box next to the server switches that you want to include in the port pool. A Fibre Channel port pool can have ports that belong to multiple server switches.

If the state of the switch is not OK, then the switch will not be selectable.

Step 4 Click the Add button.

The new switch appears on the FC Port Pools page. Refer to the "Viewing and Editing Port Pool Details" section.

Step 5 Click the Cancel button to exit the window without saving changes.


Selecting Ports from the Add a Port Pool Details Window

Once you have created a Fibre Channel port pool and added a server switch, use the window described in this section to assign the specific Fibre Channel ports in the server switch chassis.

To select the ports, follow these steps:


Step 1 Create a Fibre Channel port pool before assigning Fibre Channel gateway ports. Follow the instructions in the "Adding a New Fibre Channel Port Pool" section.

If you want to add a switch to an existing Fibre Channel Port Pool, click the name of the pool in the FC Port Pools window. Refer to the "Viewing Fibre Channel Port Pools" section.

The Add New Port Pool details window appears.

Figure 9-9 Add Fibre Channel Ports to the Fibre Channel Port Pool

Step 2 View or edit the name of the Fibre Channel port pool in the Pool Name field.

Step 3 View or edit the description of the port pool in the Description field.

Step 4 View the type of ports used in the pool in the Type field. The Type field can have the following values:

NL_Port indicates ports on a 2-port Fibre Channel gateway.

E_Port or F_Port indicates ports on a 4-port Fibre Channel gateway.


Note Currently supported Fibre Channel gateways have two ports only.


Step 5 View the name of the server switches that you have added to the port pool at the top of the table of available ports.

Step 6 Add the gateway slots or individual ports of the server switch that has been selected.

You can select ports only from Fibre Channel gateways with ports that match the port type specified in the Type field.

You can select only ports that are in the up state.

Ethernet (EN) gateway slots appear, but are not selectable.

The slots that do not have gateways installed do not show ports.

a. Check or uncheck the Fibre Channel slot number to add or remove all the ports at once.

b. Check or uncheck individual port numbers to add or remove a single port at a time.

Step 7 Remove a switch from the pool by clicking the Remove Switch link, which is located at the top of each slot/port table.

Step 8 Click the Add a Switch link to add switches to your Fibre Channel port pool. Fibre Channel port pools can have members from multiple server switches.

Step 9 Click the Apply button to save any changes.

Step 10 (Optional) Click the Cancel button to exit the window without saving changes.


Viewing and Editing Port Pool Details

To view or edit properties of a port pool using the Fibre Channel Port Pool Details window, follow these steps:


Step 1 Locate the FC Port Pools window, if you have not already done so. Refer to the "Viewing Fibre Channel Port Pools" section.

Step 2 Click the name of an existing Fibre Channel port pool that you want edit. To complete the configuration of a newly created Fibre Channel port pool, refer to the "Selecting Ports from the Add a Port Pool Details Window" section.

If you have not yet added a port pool, refer to the "Adding a New Fibre Channel Port Pool" section.

The Fibre Channel Port Pool Details window appears, as shown in Figure 9-10.

Figure 9-10 Modify a Fibre Channel Port Pool

Step 3 View or change the assigned identification of the Fibre Channel port pool.

a. View or change the name of the pool in the Pool Name field.

b. View or change the description of the pool in the Description field.

Step 4 View the type of ports used in the pool in the Type field. The Type field can have the following values:

NL_Port indicates ports on a 2-port Fibre Channel gateway.

E_Port or F_Port indicates ports on a 4-port Fibre Channel gateway.


Note Currently supported Fibre Channel gateways have two ports only.


Step 5 View the server switches that belong to the pool in the Port in Pool section. The slots and ports of the switch are shown in tables.

The name assigned to the server switch is shown at the top of the table.

Step 6 (Optional) Remove a switch from the pool by clicking the Remove Switch link, which is located at the top of each slot/port table.

Step 7 View or change the gateway slots and ports of the switches that have been selected.

The checked slots are ports that are assigned to a pool.

You can select ports only from Fibre Channel gateways with ports that match the port type specified in the Type field.

You can select only ports that are in the up state.

The Ethernet (EN) gateway slots appear, but are not selectable.

Slots without gateways do not show ports.

a. Check or uncheck the slot number to add or remove all the ports at once. A gateway port can only belong to one pool at a time.

b. Check or uncheck individual port numbers to add or remove a single port at a time.

Step 8 Add a new server switch to the pool by clicking the Add Switch link.

A whole switch must be added before you can add gateways or individual gateway ports to the pool. Refer to the "Selecting a Server Switch for a Fibre Channel Port Pool" section.

Step 9 Click the Apply button to save any changes.

Step 10 (Optional) Click the Reset button to remove any changes that you made in the window. This option can only be used before you have clicked the Apply button.

Step 11 (Optional) Click the Cancel button to cancel any changes you made in the window in this session.


Managing Physical Server Assets

All servers that are connected to a VFrame Director-managed switch are considered part of the assets that are managed by VFrame Director.

VFrame Director maintains and provides an inventory of servers, which are identified by the Global Unique Identifier (GUID) of their Host Channel Adapter (HCA). Connected servers are discovered, and then hardware specifics are added by the user.

These servers can then be managed by VFrame Director through the use of prescribed policies and actions, as well as the configuration of power management.

Server policies and actions are described in the "Managing Policies" section on page 12-34.

Locating the Physical Server Menu

To locate the physical server menu, follow these steps:


Step 1 Launch VFrame Director, if it is not already open.

Step 2 Click the + next to the Assets folder in the left menu.

The Server and Storage Asset selections appear.

Step 3 Click Physical Servers in the left menu.

The Physical Servers Summary window appears on the right side. This window appears automatically if you have discovered servers dynamically.


Viewing Physical Server Assets

To use the Physical Servers Summary window to view and manage all physical servers that are discovered as assets in the VFrame site, follow these steps:


Step 1 Locate the Physical Server Assets page.

a. Open the Assets folder in the left menu. The Server and Storage Asset selections appear.

b. Click the Physical Servers in the left menu. The Physical Servers Summary window appears, displaying all physical server hardware that has been discovered or added manually into the VFrame site.

Figure 9-11 Physical Servers Summary Window

Step 2 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, perform one of these tasks:

a. Choose Add Physical Server to manually add a physical server to the VFrame-managed site. See the "Adding a Server Manually" section.

b. Choose Discover Physical Servers to have VFrame automatically discover physical server nodes. See the "Adding a Server Dynamically" section. VFrame discovers servers with the following properties:

An installed HCA

A physical connection to the server switch

A server switch previously added to VFrame UI

c. Click the check box next to one or more physical servers and choose the Disable Selected Physical Server(s) to the physical server.

d. Click the check box next to one or more physical servers and choose the Enable Selected Physical Server(s) to the physical server.

e. Click the check box next to one or more physical servers and choose the Re-Enable Selected Failed Physical Server(s) to bring a formerly failed physical server back into service.

f. Click the check box next to one or more physical servers and select Remove Selected Servers to remove one or more physical servers from the VFrame-managed site. The physical servers will no longer be considered a physical asset.

Step 3 (Optional) Click the Refresh button to update the information in this screen.

Step 4 View the name of a physical server that was previously added or discovered by VFrame in the Name field.

By default, each discovered physical server displays a generic name and the Global Unique Identifier (GUID) of the HCA installed in the server. It is recommended that you change the generic text to an identifiable name, such as Host row 2 - blade 3.

Click the name of the server to view or edit details. Refer to the "Viewing and Modifying Physical Server Details" section.

Step 5 View the State of the physical server. The possible states are described in Table 9-3.

Table 9-3 Status Description for Physical Servers

Status
Meaning

Ok

The physical server is functioning normally and may be used.

Disabled

An administrator has placed this physical server out of service. A server in this state can not be assigned. For example, if maintenance needs to be performed on the server, the administrator can use this state so that the server is not assigned either manually or automatically by policies during the maintenance period. This state can be configured in the physical server details page.

Refer to step 2 to enable the physical server.

Failed

VFrame has detected a problem with this server and has placed it out of service. This is usually the result of a failover policy that has been triggered. As with the disabled state, VFrame will not allow failed servers to be assigned. The administrator should inspect the physical server. When the server has been recovered, the administrator can put the server back into the OK state on the physical server details screen.

Refer to step 2 to bring the server back into service.


A policy is created by default to check the status of all physical servers using Ping. Refer to the "Managing Policies" section on page 12-34.

If VFrame Director discovers that a server has failed, VFrame Director will automatically take that device out of service until it is intentionally brought back online by an administrator (unless you have set a policy to do otherwise). A failed device must be reenabled in VFrame Director before it can be added back into the pool of resources.

To power on, power off, or enable the server, refer to the "Viewing and Modifying Physical Server Details" section.

Step 6 View the description of the physical server in the Description field. Click the name of the server to edit the description. Refer to the "Viewing and Modifying Physical Server Details" section.

Step 7 View the type of CPU available to the physical server in the CPU Type field.

This entry only appears if the type of CPU has been specified in the details window. (See the "Viewing and Modifying Physical Server Details" section.) This field is optional. It is used by VFrame to check against user-based policies in determining if a physical server is acceptable to be brought into service.

Step 8 View the number of CPUs that are in the physical server in the # CPU field.

Step 9 View the speed (in MHz) of a physical server's CPU in the CPU Speed field.

This entry appears only if the CPU speed has been specified in the details window. (See the "Viewing and Modifying Physical Server Details" section.) This field is optional. It is used by VFrame to check against user-based policies in determining if a physical server is acceptable to be brought into service.

Step 10 View the amount of memory available to the physical server in the Memory field.

This entry appears only if the amount of memory has been specified in the details window. (See the "Viewing and Modifying Physical Server Details" section.) This field is optional. It is used by VFrame to check against user-based policies in determining if a physical server is acceptable to be brought into service.

Step 11 View the virtual server to which the physical server is currently assigned, if any.

If the physical server is assigned to a virtual server, you can click the name of the virtual server to go to the properties. See the "Viewing and Editing General Virtual Server Group Properties" section on page 12-6.

Step 12 To assign a physical server to a virtual server group, open the VSG drop-down menu and choose the group.

The field reads Unassigned if the physical server is not currently in use.


Adding a Server Manually

For servers that are not directly connected to the InfiniBand switch, or for servers that do not already have the required drivers loaded, manually add a physical server to be an asset.

To manually add a physical server to be a managed asset using the Add Server window, follow these steps:


Step 1 Locate the Physical Server Assets page.

a. Open the Assets folder in the left menu.

The Server and Storage Asset selections appear.

b. Click the Physical Servers in the left menu. The Physical Servers Summary window appears, displaying all physical server hardware that has been discovered or added manually into the VFrame site.

Choose Add Physical Server from the Select an Action drop-down menu to manually add a physical server to the VFrame-managed site. The Add Server window appears, as shown in Figure 9-12.

Figure 9-12 Add Physical Server Window

Step 2 Enter an easily identifiable name for the physical server in the Name field. If you are naming a VFrame Director host, you may want to assign a name that differentiates this physical server.

Step 3 Enter a description of the physical server in the Description field.

Step 4 Click the Add button in the HCAs field. The HCAs field expands to allow you to enter a Global Unique Identified (GUID). Add the node GUID for the HCA installed in the host in the HCAs field.

If you do not know the Node GUID of the HCA, log into the host and use vstat -v.

Example of Windows 2000 output:

C:\Program Files\topspin\util\hca>vstat -v
1 HCA found:
hca_id=InfiniHost0
vendor_id=0x02C9
vendor_part_id=0x5A44
hw_ver=0xA1
fw_ver=0x300020000
num_phys_ports=2
<output truncated>
node_guid=00:05:ad:00:00:03:0e:e4 (Node GUID for this hca)
local_ca_ack_delay=0x10 

Example of Linux output:

[root@gandalf cdrom]# /usr/local/topspin/bin/vstat -v
1 HCA found:
hca_id=InfiniHost0
vendor_id=0x02C9
vendor_part_id=0x5A44
hw_ver=0xA1
fw_ver=0x300020000
num_phys_ports=2
<output truncated>
node_guid=00:05:ad:00:00:03:0e:e4 (Node GUID for this hca) local_ca_ack_delay=0x10 

Step 5 If two HCAs are installed in the host, click the Add button again and enter the second GUID.

Step 6 Enter server hardware information into the Hardware fields.

The information added in the Hardware fields is used by VFrame Director in the enforcement of policies. If the server is required for service, the hardware information will determine if a particular server meets the user-defined standards. If a server does not meet the minimum standards, it will not be assigned. Refer to the "Step 2 of 5—Specifying Minimum Equipment Requirements" section on page 11-5.

a. Use free form text to specify the type of CPU for the server in the CPU Type field.

Use the amount of detail necessary for your application requirements. For example, you could enter Intel or a more specific Xeon or Itanium.

b. Enter the number of CPUs that are in the server in the # CPUs field.

c. Enter the speed of the server's CPU in the CPU Speed field.

d. Enter the amount of server memory in the Memory field.

e. Enter the type of chipset in the server in the Chipset field. Use this field if you have specific requirements in order for devices to be utilized.

Step 7 From the Type drop-down menu, choose the type of power management you are using for the physical server.

a. Choose APC. The APC Details section appears. See the "Selecting and Configuring APC Power Control" section

b. Choose IPMI v1.5+. See the "Selecting and Configuring IPMI v1.5+ Power Management" section.

c. Choose Dell Racadm. See the "Selecting and Configuring Dell Racadm Power Management" section.

d. Choose Dell DRAC/MC. See the "Selecting and Configuring DELL DRAC/MC Power Management" section.

e. Choose IBM BladeCenter. See the "Selecting and Configuring IBM BladeCenter Power Management" section.

f. Choose HP iLO. See the "Selecting and Configuring HP iLO Power Management" section.

g. Choose IBM MPICLI. See the "Selecting and Configuring IBM MPCLI Power Management" section.

h. Choose Rackable Phantom. See the "Selecting and Configuring Rackable Phantom Power Management" section.

i. Choose Script. See the "Managing Power from a Script" section. Click the Add button to save the new server to the VFrame site as an asset.

Step 8 Click the Cancel button to return to the previous window without saving changes.

Step 9 The server appears in the Server Assets window, where it can be assigned to a virtual server group, or left in the pool of unassigned resources. Refer to the "Managing Server Switch Assets" section.


Adding a Server Dynamically

Servers can be dynamically discovered if they are physically connected to a port on the VFrame Director-managed InfiniBand switch and have the necessary drivers loaded.

In order for VFrame to discover a server, the server must have an HCA installed. The VFrame server must also have a physical connection to the server switch.

To add the server manually, refer to the "Adding a Server Manually" section.

Dynamic discovery can be achieved with diskless systems.

To use the Add Servers menu for dynamic discovery, follow these steps:


Step 1 Perform the physical server setup.

a. Install the HCA in the physical server.

b. Connect physical server to the server switch.

c. Manually power on each server.

VFrame will not have control to power the server until it has been added to the assets.

Step 2 Locate the Physical Server Summary window.

In most cases the physical servers will be discovered automatically. Refer to the "Viewing Physical Server Assets" section

Step 3 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Discover Physical Servers to have VFrame discover physical server nodes if they do not appear in the Physical Servers Summary window.

Step 4 Click the name of any discovered server in the Name field.

The physical server details window appears.

Figure 9-13 Physical Server Details Window

The Identification information will automatically be entered. A generic name and description will already be entered, as well as the host GUID.

Step 5 Change the generic name to something that is easily identifiable in the Name field.

For management purposes, it is helpful to name the VFrame Director hosts with an easily identifiable name, such as VFrame Director 1. You may also want to associate the name to a type of server or the operating system that you plan to use for it.

Step 6 (Optional) Change the generic description to something that is easily identifiable in the Description field.

Step 7 View the Host Channel Adapter (HCA) information in the HCA section.

a. View the Global Unique Identifier (GUID) for the HCA in the HCA field.

b. View the port number of the HCA that is connected in the HCA Port field (this will be either 0 or 1).

c. View the type of server switch that is connected to the physical server in the Server Switch field.

d. View the slot and port number of the server switch to which the physical server is connected in the Switch Port field.

Step 8 Enter physical server details into the Hardware fields.

The information added in the Hardware fields is used by VFrame Director in the enforcement of policies. If the server is required for service, the hardware information will determine if a particular server meets the user-defined standards. If a server does not meet the minimum standards, it will not be assigned. See the "Managing Policies" section on page 12-34.

a. Use free-form text to specify the type of CPU for the server in the CPU Type field.

Use the amount of detail necessary for your application requirements. For example, you could enter Intel or a more specific Xeon or Itanium.

b. Enter the number of CPUs that are in the server in the Number of CPUs field.

c. Enter the speed of the server's CPU in the CPU Speed field.

d. Enter the amount of server memory in the Memory field.

e. Enter the type of chipset in the server in the Chipset field. Use this field if you have specific requirements in order for devices to be utilized.

Step 9 Enter the current power management scheme for the server in the Power Management Configuration fields.

Step 10 From the Type drop-down menu, choose the type of power management you are using for the physical server.

a. Choose APC. The APC Details section appears. See the "Selecting and Configuring APC Power Control" section.

b. Choose IPMI v1.5+. See the "Selecting and Configuring IPMI v1.5+ Power Management" section.

c. Choose Dell Racadm. See the "Selecting and Configuring Dell Racadm Power Management" section.

d. Choose Dell DRAC/MC. See the "Selecting and Configuring DELL DRAC/MC Power Management" section.

e. Choose HP BladeCenter. See the "Selecting and Configuring HP BladeSystem Power Management" section

f. Choose HP iLO. See the "Selecting and Configuring HP iLO Power Management" section.

g. Choose IBM BladeCenter. See the "Selecting and Configuring IBM BladeCenter Power Management" section.

h. Choose IBM MPICLI. See the "Selecting and Configuring IBM MPCLI Power Management" section.

i. Choose Rackable Phantom. See the "Selecting and Configuring Rackable Phantom Power Management" section.

j. Choose Script. See the "Managing Power from a Script" section.

Step 11 Click the Apply button to save changes to the physical server.

The server appears in the Server Assets window, where it can be assigned to a virtual server group, or left in the pool of unassigned resources. See the "Viewing Physical Server Assets" section.

If a server is not discovered automatically, you can enter the server manually. See the "Adding a Server Manually" section.

Step 12 Click the Reset button to remove any recent changes to the window without saving.

Step 13 Click the Power On Server button to use VFrame to power the server up.

Step 14 Click the Power Off Server button to power the server down.

Powering off a server should only be used for manual user intervention. For example, use Power On or Power Off to manually power cycle a server, to test a power configuration, or to access the BIOS setup.

Powering off a server is similar to pulling the power cord. It does not shut down the operating system or applications.


Note You can power on an unassigned server to change BIOS settings, but you will not be able to boot the operating system until the server is assigned to a virtual server group. To assign a server to a virtual server group, refer to the "Viewing Physical Server Assets" section.


Step 15 Click the Disable/Enable Server button to disable or enable a server.

The appropriate button appears depending on the current state of the physical server:

Disable Server button

A server can be disabled to manually prevent it from being used as a resource by a virtual server group. You might choose take such action in response to a problem with a physical server. Once the issue has been resolved and you want to return the server to service, you must manually reenable the server. Refer to the "Viewing Physical Server Assets" section.

A server might have been disabled intentionally to remove it from service, or it may have been automatically disabled by VFrame Director because it suspected a failure.

Enable Server button

Whatever the reason for a disabled server, operation intervention is required before the server can be brought back as a resource. Once an issue has been resolved and you want to return the server to service, you must manually reenable the server by clicking the Enable Server button. Refer to the "Viewing Physical Server Assets" section.


Configuring Power Management

Use the Power Management fields on the Add Physical Server or Physical Server Details window to perform the following power management tasks:

Selecting and Configuring APC Power Control

Selecting and Configuring IPMI v1.5+ Power Management

Selecting and Configuring Dell Racadm Power Management

Selecting and Configuring DELL DRAC/MC Power Management

Selecting and Configuring HP BladeSystem Power Management

Selecting and Configuring HP iLO Power Management

Selecting and Configuring IBM BladeCenter Power Management

Selecting and Configuring IBM MPCLI Power Management

Selecting and Configuring Rackable Phantom Power Management

Managing Power from a Script

Selecting and Configuring APC Power Control

If you are using an APC power strip for power control of the physical servers, use the recommended system BIOS setting for the physical server. Refer to the Cisco VFrame InfiniBand Third-Party Integration Guide for more information regarding APC power configuration.

The setting is in the Advanced or ACPI Settings section and is usually labeled "After Power Failure." The desired effect is that the server turns on whenever the power strip outlet turns on.

Failure to do this can cause the server not to boot in some cases. For example, if the Operating System performs a shutdown and also powers off the server, then the outlet state and server power states are out of sync (outlet on, server off). If you power cycle the outlet at that point, the server will remain off. Changing the BIOS setting as described here changes the behavior so that the server powers on every time the outlet is powered on.

To select and configure APC power management using the Add APC window, follow these steps:


Step 1 Follow the instructions in "Adding a Server Dynamically" section.

Step 2 From the Power Management Type drop-down menu, choose APC.

Step 3 Click the Add APC button. The Add APC dialog box appears.

Figure 9-14 Add APC Power Configuration

Step 4 Enter the IP address of the APC outlet in the IP Address field.

Step 5 Enter the community string, such as private, in the Community String field.

Step 6 Enter the outlet number that applies to the physical server you are configuring in the Outlet # field.

Step 7 Click OK to save the power configuration information. The new configuration appears in the details window, as shown in Figure 9-15.

Step 8 Click the Cancel button to close the dialog box without saving.

Figure 9-15 APC Details

Step 9 Click the radio box next to an APC entry and click Remove APC to delete an entry.


Selecting and Configuring IPMI v1.5+ Power Management

To select and configure IPMI v1.5 power management, follow these steps:


Step 1 Follow the instructions in one of the following sections:

Adding a Server Dynamically.

Adding a Server Manually

Step 2 From the Power Management Type drop-down menu, choose IPMI v1.5+ to add an Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI). The power management details fields appear.

Figure 9-16 Enter IPMI v1.5+ Power Management Configuration

Step 3 Enter the IPMI IP address in the Management IP Address field.

Step 4 Enter the IPMI username in the Username field.

Step 5 Enter the IPMI password in the Password field.

Step 6 Reenter the IPMI password in the Confirm Password field.

Step 7 (Optional) From the Authentication Type drop-down menu, choose the type of IPMI authentication:

None

Password

MD2

MD5

OEM

Step 8 (Optional) Enter an IPMI advanced option in the Advanced Options field.

Step 9 Click the Apply button to save the power configuration.


Selecting and Configuring Dell Racadm Power Management

Racadm version 3.20-1 or higher must be installed on the VFrame Director for the VFrame Director to be able to control the virtual servers. This package should be downloaded from Dell and installed on the VFrame Director. The firmware on the service processors of the managed physical servers must be version 3.13 A01 or higher. This power control applies to Dell 1750 with the optional ERA/O card and Dell 2650.

To select and configure Dell Racadm power management, follow these steps:


Step 1 Follow the instructions in one of the following sections:

Adding a Server Dynamically

Adding a Server Manually

Step 2 From the power management Type drop-down menu, choose Dell Racadm.

The power management detail fields appear.

Figure 9-17 Enter Dell RAC Power Management Configuration

Step 3 Enter the RAC IP address in the RAC IP Address field.

Step 4 Enter the RAC username in the Username field. The default name is root.

Step 5 Enter the RAC password in the Password and Confirm Password fields. The default is calvin.

Step 6 Click the Apply button to save the power configuration.


Selecting and Configuring DELL DRAC/MC Power Management

Use Dell DRAC/MC power management for Dell blade servers. With Dell DRAC/MC power management configured, VFrame Director will use a Telnet interface to perform power control on the blades.

To select and configure Dell DRAC/MC power management, follow these steps:


Step 1 Follow the instructions in one of the following sections:

Adding a Server Dynamically.

Adding a Server Manually

Figure 9-18 Dell DRAC/MC Power Control

Step 2 From the Power Management Type drop-down menu, choose Dell DRAC/MC.

The power management detail fields appear.

Step 3 Enter the IP address in the DRAC/MC IP Address field.

Step 4 Enter the username in the Username field.

Step 5 Enter the password of the power control device in the Password field.

Step 6 Reenter the password of the power control device in the Confirm Password field.

Step 7 Enter the number of the blade in the Blade Number field.

Step 8 Click the Apply button to save the power configuration.


Selecting and Configuring HP BladeSystem Power Management

To select and configure HP BladeSystem power management, follow these steps:


Step 1 To discover and add HP BladeSystem server blades, follow the instructions in one of the following sections:

Adding a Server Dynamically

Adding a Server Manually

Step 2 From the Power Management Configuration Type drop-down menu, chose HP BladeSystem to enter details for HP BladeSystem.

The power management detail fields appear as shown in Figure 9-19.

Figure 9-19 Enter HP BladeSystem Power Management Configuration

Step 3 Enter the IP address of the BladeSystem management module in the Management IP Address field.

Step 4 Enter the BladeSystem username in the Username field.

Step 5 Enter the BladeSystem password in the Password field and confirm it in the Confirm Password field.

Step 6 Enter the blade number in the chassis in the Blade Number field.

Step 7 Click the Apply button to save the power configuration.


Selecting and Configuring HP iLO Power Management

With HP iLO power management configured, VFrame Director controls power to HP servers over an SSH interface.

To select and configure HP iLO power management, follow these steps:


Step 1 Follow the instructions in one of the following:

Adding a Server Dynamically

Adding a Server Manually

Figure 9-20 HP iLO Power Control

Step 2 From the Power Management Configuration Type drop-down menu, choose HP iLO.

The power management detail fields appear.

Step 3 Enter the IP address in the iLO IP Address field.

Step 4 Enter the appropriate username in the Username field.

Step 5 Enter the password of the power control device in the Password field.

Step 6 Reenter the password of the power control device in the Confirm Password field.

Step 7 Enter the number of the SSH port in the SSH Port field.

Step 8 Click the Apply button to save the power configuration.


Selecting and Configuring IBM BladeCenter Power Management


Note Before configuring IBM BladeCenter power, the BladeCenter management modules must be configured with a static IP address and have SSH enabled.


To select and configure IBM BladeCenter power management, follow these steps:


Step 1 To discover and add IBM BladeCenter server blades, follow the instructions in one of the following sections:

Adding a Server Dynamically

Adding a Server Manually

Step 2 From the Power Management Configuration Type drop-down menu, choose IBM BladeCenter to enter details for IBM BladeCenter.

The power management detail fields appear as shown in Figure 9-21.

Figure 9-21 Enter IBM BladeCenter Power Management Configuration

Step 3 Enter the IP address of the BladeCenter management module in the Management IP Address field.

Step 4 Enter the BladeCenter username in the Username field.

Step 5 Enter the BladeCenter password in the Password field.

Step 6 Enter the blade number in the chassis in the Blade Number field.

Step 7 Click the Apply button to save the power configuration.


Selecting and Configuring IBM MPCLI Power Management


Note MPCLI version 2.01 or higher must be downloaded from IBM and installed on the VFrame Director for MPCLI power control to function.


To select and configure IBM MPCLI power management, follow these steps:


Step 1 Follow the instructions in one of the following sections:

Adding a Server Dynamically

Adding a Server Manually

Step 2 From the Power Management Configuration Type drop-down menu, choose IBM MPCLI to enter Management Processor Command Line Interface (MPCLI) details.

The power management detail fields appear, as shown in Figure 9-22.

Figure 9-22 Enter MPICLI Power Management Configuration

Step 3 Enter the management IP address in the Management IP Address field.

Step 4 Enter the username in the Username field.

Step 5 Enter the password in the Password field.

Step 6 Reenter the password of the power control device in the Confirm Password field.

Step 7 Click the Apply button to save the power configuration.


Selecting and Configuring Rackable Phantom Power Management

To select and configure Rackable Phantom power management, follow these steps:


Step 1 Follow the instructions in one of the following sections:

Adding a Server Dynamically

Adding a Server Manually

Step 2 From the Power Management Configuration Type drop-down menu, choose Rackable Phantom to enter Rackable Phantom power management details.

The power management detail fields appear, as shown in Figure 9-23.

Figure 9-23 Rackable Phantom Power Control

Step 3 Enter the management IP address in the IP Address field.

Step 4 Enter the port number in the chassis in the Port field.

Step 5 Click the Apply button to save any changes to the power control configuration.

Step 6 Click the Reset button to remove any changes you made to the dialog box prior to saving.


Managing Power from a Script

To manage power from a script, follow these steps:


Step 1 Follow the instructions in one of the following sections:

Adding a Server Dynamically

Adding a Server Manually

Step 2 From the Power Management Configuration Type drop-down menu, Select Script.

The power management detail fields appear, as shown in Figure 9-24.

Figure 9-24 Enter Script Power Management Configuration

Step 3 Create a file on the VFrame Director that corresponds to the filename (power 14, in the example shown in step 4e).

Step 4 Enter the CLI script into the Command field, as shown in the following example:

/usr/local/topspin/vframe/power/power 14

Step 5 Click the Apply button to save any changes to the power control configuration.

Step 6 Click the Reset button to remove any changes you made to the dialog box prior to saving.


Viewing and Modifying Physical Server Details

To view and modify physical server properties using the Physical Servers Details window, follow these steps:


Step 1 Locate the Physical Server Summary page. See the "Viewing Physical Server Assets" section.

Step 2 Click the name of the server in the Name field. The physical server details window opens, as shown in Figure 9-25.

Figure 9-25 Physical Server Details Window

Step 3 View or edit the name of the physical server in the Name field.

Step 4 View or edit the description assigned to a physical server asset in the Description field.

Step 5 View the ID of a Host Channel Adapter (HCA) in the HCAs field.

The HCA field shows the 8-bit global identifier (GUID) for the host. The GUID of the host appears similar to this example: 00:05:ad:00:00:00:1b:00

The HCA Port field shows the number of the HCA port.

The Server Switch field shows the name of the server switch to which the HCA is connected.

The Switch Port field displays the slot/port number to which the HCA is physically connected.

Step 6 View the status of the physical server in the State field. The possible states are shown in Table 9-4.

Table 9-4 Status Description for Physical Servers

Status
Meaning

Ok

The physical server is functioning normally and can be used.

Disabled

An administrator has placed this physical server out of service. A server in this state can not be assigned. For example, if maintenance needs to be performed on the server, the administrator can use this state so that server is not assigned either manually or automatically by policies during the maintenance period. This state can be configured in the physical server details page.

Refer to step 14 to enable the physical server.

Failed

VFrame has detected a problem with this server and has placed it out of service. This is usually the result of a failover policy that has been triggered. As with the disabled state, VFrame will not allow failed servers to be assigned. The administrator should inspect the physical server. When the server has been recovered, the administrator can put the server back into the OK state on the physical server details screen.

Refer to step 14 to bring the server back into service.


If VFrame Director discovers that a server has failed, VFrame Director will automatically take that device out of service until it is intentionally brought back online by an administrator (unless you have set a policy to do otherwise). The failed device must be reenabled in VFrame Director before it can be added back into the pool of resources.

Step 7 View the name of the virtual server group to which the physical server is currently assigned in the Virtual Server Group field.

a. Click the name of the virtual server group to view the properties of the group. Refer to the "Viewing and Editing General Virtual Server Group Properties" section on page 12-6.

b. Click Unassigned if the server is not assigned to a virtual server group. View all the physical servers that are not currently being used by a virtual server group. See the "Viewing unassigned Resources in the unassigned Virtual Server Group" section on page 12-5

Step 8 View the name of the virtual server to which the physical server is currently assigned in the Virtual Server field.

Step 9 View or edit the server hardware information in the Hardware fields:

The information added in the Hardware fields is used by VFrame Director in the enforcement of policies. If the server is required for service, the hardware information will determine if a particular server meets the user-defined standards. If a server does not meet the minimum standards, it will not be assigned. Refer to the "Viewing and Editing Minimum Equipment Requirements" section on page 12-21.

a. View or edit the free-form text to specify the type of CPU for the server in the CPU Type field.

Use the amount of detail necessary for your application requirements. For example, you could enter Intel or a more specific Xeon or Itanium.

b. View or edit the number of CPUs that are in the server in the Number of CPUs field.

c. View or edit the speed of the server's CPU in the CPU Speed field.

d. View or edit the amount of server memory in the Memory field.

e. View or edit the type of chipset in the server in the Chipset field. Use this field if you have specific requirements in order for devices to be used.

Step 10 View or edit the current power management scheme for the server in the Power Management Configuration fields.

Edit or configure power management for an existing server. Refer to the following sections:

Selecting and Configuring APC Power Control

Selecting and Configuring IPMI v1.5+ Power Management

Selecting and Configuring Dell Racadm Power Management

Selecting and Configuring DELL DRAC/MC Power Management

Selecting and Configuring HP BladeSystem Power Management

Selecting and Configuring HP iLO Power Management

Selecting and Configuring IBM BladeCenter Power Management

Selecting and Configuring IBM MPCLI Power Management

Selecting and Configuring Rackable Phantom Power Management

Managing Power from a Script

Step 11 Click the Apply button to save any changes to an existing server.

Step 12 Click the Reset button to remove any changes you made in this session before saving.

Step 13 Click the Power Off /Power On Server button to power the server up or down.

Powering off a server should only be used for manual user intervention. For example, use Power On or Power Off to manually power cycle a server, to test a power configuration, or to access the BIOS setup.

Powering off a server is similar to pulling the power cord. It does not shutdown the operating system or applications.


Note You can power on an unassigned server to change BIOS settings, but you will not be able to boot the operating system until the server is assigned to a virtual server group. To assign a server to a virtual server group, refer to the "Viewing Physical Server Assets" section.


Step 14 Click the Disable/Enable Server button to disable or enable a server. The appropriate button appears depending on the current state of the server.

Disable Server button

A server can be disabled to manually prevent it from being used as a resource by a virtual server group. You might choose take such action in response to a problem with a physical server. Once the issue has been resolved and you want to return the server to service, you must manually reenable the server.

A server might have been disabled intentionally to remove it from service, or it might have been automatically disabled by VFrame Director because it suspected a failure.

Enable Server button

Whatever the reason for a disabled server, operation intervention is required before the server can be brought back as a resource. Once an issue has been resolved and you want to return the server to service, you must manually reenable the server by clicking the Enable Server button.


Managing Storage Assets

Use the Storage Assets menu to view and manage targets, LUNs, and storage pools. These topics describe procedures for viewing an managing targets and LUNs:

Discovering and Viewing Targets and Logical Units—Target View

Discovering and Viewing Logical Units and Targets—Logical Unit View

Viewing or Modifying Target Properties

Creating Target Groups

Viewing and Editing Logical Unit Properties

These topics provide procedures for viewing, creating, and managing storage pools:

Viewing Storage Pool Assets

Adding a Storage Pool

Viewing and Modifying Storage Pool Details

Deleting a Storage Pool

Discovering and Viewing Targets and Logical Units—Target View

Use the Storage tab in the Assets menu to discover all configured storage assets and view a summary of all targets and LUNs.

Storage that has been associated with a specific virtual server group or virtual server can be viewed through those menus (refer to the "Viewing and Managing Virtual Server Group Storage" section on page 12-17 or "Viewing Dedicated Storage" section on page 12-80).

To discover and view storage assets from the Storage tab using the target view, follow these steps:


Step 1 Launch VFrame Director, if it is not already open.

Step 2 Expand the Assets folder in the left menu. The Server Switch, Physical Server and Storage menus appear.

Step 3 Click the Storage menu.

The Storage window appears with the Storage tab showing by default, as shown in Figure 9-26. By default, the target view appears.

Figure 9-26 Storage Window

Step 4 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Discover Storage.

Any storage configured for access by the VFrame Directors is discovered and added to the Storage Assets display.

If you are using Fibre Channel zoning, make sure that the VFrame assets are included in your Fibre Channel zones. Refer to the Cisco VFrame InfiniBand Third-Party Integration Guide for specific zoning samples.

Step 5 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Remove Unassigned Inactive Devices to remove any devices from the list of storage assets that are inactive or unassigned. If you want to add these devices later, use the Discover Storage option.

Step 6 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Logical Unit View.

The Storage Assets screen appears again and lists the logical units as described in the "Discovering and Viewing Logical Units and Targets—Logical Unit View" section.

Step 7 Click a storage + sign to view the LUNs associated with the storage.

Step 8 Click a storage link in the Name field to view the storage details. The target icon appears blue when a target is active. See the "Viewing or Modifying Target Properties" section.

Step 9 Click a logical ID of a LUN to view the details of the LUN. The LUN icon appears blue when a LUN is active. See the "Viewing and Editing Logical Unit Properties" section.

The Fibre Channel LUN (as seen by the VFrame Director) appears in parenthesis, if that information is available.

Step 10 View the state of the storage target or LUN in the Status field. The possible states are described in Table 9-5.

Table 9-5 Status Description of Fibre Channel Target and LUNs 

Entity/Component
Status
Meaning

Storage target

Active

The target currently is visible to at least one gateway.

Storage target

Not active

The target currently is not visible by any gateways.

Storage LU

Active

All LUs for a given target will be active if any host is using any of the LUs for that target.

Storage LU

Not active

No hosts currently are using the LU.


A target that is active or assigned cannot be removed from the storage assets.

Step 11 View the description assigned to the storage in the Description field.

Step 12 View the size of the LUN in the Size field.


Discovering and Viewing Logical Units and Targets—Logical Unit View

Use the Storage tab in the Assets menu to discover all configured storage assets and view a summary of all targets and LUNs.

Storage that has been associated with a specific virtual server group or virtual server can be viewed through those menus (refer to the "Viewing and Managing Virtual Server Group Storage" section on page 12-17 or "Viewing Dedicated Storage" section on page 12-80).

This topic describes how to view storage through the logical unit view and is helpful in finding all paths to a logical unit.

To discover and view storage assets from the Storage tab using the logical unit view, follow these steps:


Step 1 Launch VFrame Director, if it is not already open.

Step 2 Expand the Assets folder in the left menu. The Server Switch, Physical Server and Storage menus appear.

Step 3 Click the Storage menu.

Step 4 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Logical Unit View.

Step 5 The Storage Assets window reappears showing the logical unit view as shown in Figure 9-27.

Figure 9-27 Storage Window

Step 6 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Discover Storage.

Any storage configured for access by the VFrame Directors is discovered and added to the Storage Assets display.

If you are using Fibre Channel zoning, make sure that the VFrame assets are included in your Fibre Channel zones. Refer to the Cisco VFrame InfiniBand Third-Party Integration Guide for specific zoning samples.

Step 7 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Remove Unassigned Inactive Devices to remove any devices from the list of storage assets that are inactive or unassigned. If you want to add these devices later, use the Discover Storage option.

Step 8 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Target View.

The Storage Assets screen appears again and lists the targets as described in the "Discovering and Viewing Targets and Logical Units—Target View" section.

Step 9 Click a logical unit + sign to view the targets associated with the logical unit.

This display shows all possible paths to the LUN.

Step 10 Click a logical ID of a LUN to view the details of the LUN. The LUN icon appears blue when a LUN is active. See the "Viewing and Editing Logical Unit Properties" section.

The Fibre Channel LUN (as seen by the VFrame Director) appears in parenthesis, if that information is available.

Step 11 Click a storage link in the Name field to view the storage details. The target icon appears blue when a target is active. See the "Viewing or Modifying Target Properties" section.

Step 12 View the state of the storage LUN or target in the Status field. The possible states are described in Table 9-5.

Table 9-6 Status Description of Fibre Channel Target and LUNs 

Entity/Component
Status
Meaning

Storage target

Active

The target currently is visible to at least one gateway.

Storage target

Not active

The target currently is not visible by any gateways.

Storage LU

Active

All LUs for a given target will be active if any host is using any of the LUs for that target.

Storage LU

Not active

No hosts currently are using the LU.


A target that is active or assigned cannot be removed from the storage assets.

Step 13 View the description assigned to the storage in the Description field.

Step 14 View the size of the LUN in the Size field.


Viewing or Modifying Target Properties

The Properties of a storage target refers to the World Wide Port Name (WWPN), the state of the target, and the description of the target. To view these properties using the Target Properties window, follow these steps:


Step 1 Expand the Assets folder in the left menu.

Step 2 Click the Storage menu.

The Storage window appears with the Storage tab showing by default.

Step 3 If you have not yet discovered storage, from the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Discover Storage to find and display all configured storage. See the "Discovering and Viewing Targets and Logical Units—Target View" section,

Step 4 Click a storage link in the Name field to view the storage details.

The Target Properties window appears, as shown in Figure 9-28.

Figure 9-28 Target Properties Window

Step 5 View the World Wide Port Name of the target in the WWPN field.

Step 6 View the current state of the storage in the State field. The possible states are described in Table 9-7.

Table 9-7 Status Description of Fibre Channel Target and LUNs 

Entity/Component
Status
Meaning

Storage target

Active

The target currently is visible to at least one gateway.

Storage target

Not active

The target currently is not visible by any gateways.

Storage LU

Active

All LUs for a given target will be active if any host is using any of the LUs for that target.

Storage LU

Not active

No hosts currently are using the LU.


Step 7 View or change the description assigned to the storage in the Description field. Add a tag to the beginning or end of the string in the Description field to designate the target as part of a target group. Refer to the "Creating Target Groups" section for details about target groups and how to configure them.

Step 8 Click Apply to save a change.

Step 9 Click Reset to undo any unsaved changes to the window.

Step 10 Click the Remove button to remove a storage target port from the VFrame assets.

This button is not active if the LUN is active or assigned because you cannot remove an active or assigned LUN.

Step 11 Click Cancel to return to the Storage menu without saving changes.


Creating Target Groups

Target groups provide a mechanism for discovering all possible paths during storage discovery.

A target group is a set of targets through which a set of LUNs can be accessed. A target group describes the capability of a storage array. While an array can contain many LUNs and targets, it is not necessarily configured to expose all LUNs through all targets, even if that is possible. Defining a target group lets VFrame Director discover all possible paths instead of only the paths which are currently configured.

In small configurations, target groups are not required. The storage arrays will be configured to allow the VFrame Director to see all virtual server LUNs through all required paths. In large configurations, however, it is not possible for the VFrame Director to be configured to access all LUNs through all targets. By defining a target group, you inform the VFrame Director of these additional paths that cannot be directly discovered by the VFrame Director.

Example Without Target Groups

A storage array contains four targets T1, T2, T3, and T4 and LUNs, L1, and L2. The VFrame Director is configured to access L1 using targets T1 and T2, and the L2 using targets T3 and T4. Virtual servers are configured to use L1 and L2 using all four targets.

VFrame Director is LUN masked to see:

L1 on T1 and T2

L2 on T3 and T4

The virtual servers are LUN masked to see:

L1 on T1, T2, T3, T4

L2 on T1, T2, T3, T4

If you discover storage on VFrame Director without target groups defined, VFD discovers the following storage:

L1 on T1, T2

L2 on T3, T4

VFrame cannot assign all virtual server paths because all possible paths were not discovered.

Example with Target Groups

By defining a target group containing all four targets (T1, T2, T3, and T4), the VFrame Director creates an assignable target-LUN path for every combination of the four targets and LUNs from both sets. VFrame Director now discovers the following storage:

L1 on T1, T2, T3, T4

L2 on T1, T2, T3, T4

Now all four paths can be assigned for the virtual server.

Configuring Target Groups

To configure target groups using the Target Properties window, follow these steps:


Step 1 Expand the Assets folder in the left menu.

Step 2 Click the Storage menu.

The Storage window appears with the Storage tab showing by default.

Step 3 If you have not yet discovered storage, from the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Discover Storage to find and display all configured storage. See the "Discovering and Viewing Targets and Logical Units—Target View" section,

The Storage Assets window discovers all configured paths.

Step 4 Select a target you want to place in a target group from the Storage Assets window by clicking on its WWPN in the Name field.

Step 5 Assign the selected target to a target group by tagging the string in the Description field with a tag of the following format:

TG=id

The tag must be separated from the remainder of the description by a space, tab, carriage-return, or line-feed character. The id value can contain any characters except space, tab, carriage-return, or line-feed. The tag must be unique to the target group you are configuring.

If you specify multiple tags in the same Description field, only the first tag is used.

You can place the tag before or after the remainder of the description. Figure 9-29 shows an example.

Figure 9-29 Assigning a Target Group Tag

Step 6 Click Apply to save the change and return to the Storage Assets window.

Step 7 Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 for all remaining targets that you want to include in the target group. Apply the same tag to each target.

Step 8 From the Select an Action pull-down menu in the Storage Assets window, choose Discover Storage again to verify the configuration.

Additional paths are added based on the target grouping. The additional paths that are discovered are shown without displaying the Fibre Channel LUN in parentheses at the end of the LUN Name field because VFrame Director does not have access to those paths.

Possible paths are now assignable to the virtual servers.

Normal LUN masking and zoning rules apply for virtual servers.



Note All members of a target group must be part of a storage array which has the capability to expose the same set of LUNs through the member targets.

During imaging operations, VFrame Director uses overlapping paths to which it has access and to which the virtual server is assigned to use. This feature is supported only to create virtual servers with some overlapping paths with the VFrame Director.


Viewing and Editing Logical Unit Properties

The properties of a LU target refers to the World Wide Port Name (WWPN), the Fibre Channel LUN ID, the state of the target, and the assigned description.

To view or edit logical unit properties using the Logical Unit Properties window, follow these steps:


Step 1 Expand the Assets folder in the left menu.

Step 2 Click the Storage menu.

The Storage window appears with the Storage tab showing by default.

Step 3 If you have not yet discovered storage, from the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Discover Storage to find and display all configured storage. See the "Discovering and Viewing Targets and Logical Units—Target View" section,

Step 4 Click the + sign next to the WWPN of a target in the Name field to show the associated LUNs.

Step 5 Click a logical ID of a LUN to view the details of the LUN. The Logical Unit Properties window appears.

Figure 9-30 Logical Unit Properties Window

Step 6 View the Logical ID of the target LUN in the Logical ID field.

Step 7 View the current state of the target LUN in the State field. The possible states are described in Table 9-8.

Table 9-8 Status Description of Fibre Channel Target and LUNs 

Entity/Component
Status
Meaning

Storage target

Active

The target currently is visible to at least one gateway.

Storage target

Not active

The target currently is not visible by any gateways.

Storage LU

Active

All LUs for a given target will be active if any host is using any of the LUs for that target.

Storage LU

Not active

No hosts currently are using the LU.


Step 8 (Optional) Change the description of the target in the Description field.

Step 9 View the size of the LUN in the Size field.

Step 10 Click Apply to save a change.

Step 11 Click Reset to undo any unsaved changes to the window.

Step 12 Click Remove to remove a LUN from the VFrame assets. This button is not active if the any LUNs are active or assigned because you cannot remove an active or assigned LUN.

Step 13 Click Cancel to return to the Storage menu without saving changes.


Viewing Storage Pool Assets

Storage pools are collections of target-LUN pairs, Each target-LUN pair specifies a path to a LUN. See the "Adding Multiple Virtual Servers to a Virtual Server Group" section on page 11-58 for details about how to use storage pools to add storage devices to multiple virtual servers during virtual server creation.

To view storage pool assets on your VFrame site using the Storage Pools window, follow these steps:


Step 1 Expand Assets in the navigation tree and choose Storage.

The Storage window appears with the Storage tab showing by default.

Step 2 Click the Storage Pools tab.

The Storage Pools tab displays as shown in Figure 9-31.

Figure 9-31 Storage Pools Tab

Step 3 From the Select and Action drop-down menu:

a. Choose Add a Storage Pool to add a storage pool to your VFrame site. See the "Adding a Storage Pool" section.

b. Choose Delete Selected Storage Pool(s) to remove a storage pool. See the "Deleting a Storage Pool" section.

Step 4 View the name of a storage pool in the Pool Name field. Click this name to examine details of the storage pool and make changes to it. See the "Viewing and Modifying Storage Pool Details" section.

Step 5 View the assigned description of the pool in the Pool Description field. Click the pool name to edit this value.

Step 6 View the number of targets configured in this storage pool in the #Targets column. Click the pool name to edit this value.

Step 7 View the number of LUNs configured in this storage pool in the #LUNs field. Click the pool name to edit this value.


Adding a Storage Pool

To add storage pools for allocation to virtual servers using the Storage Pools tab, follow these steps:


Step 1 Expand Assets in the navigation tree and choose Storage.

The Storage window appears with the Storage tab showing by default.

Step 2 Click the Storage Pools tab.

The Storage Pools tab displays as shown in Figure 9-31.

Step 3 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Add New Storage Pool.

The Add New Storage Pool window displays as shown in Figure 9-32.

Figure 9-32 Add New Storage Pool Window

Step 4 In the Pool Name field, enter a name for the storage pool.

Step 5 In the Pool Description field, enter a description of the storage pool.

Step 6 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Add Storage to Pool.

The Add Storage window displays as shown in Figure 9-33.

Figure 9-33 Add Storage Window—Target View

Step 7 To select additional storage using the target view, follow these steps:

a. Expand a target and check the check box next to each LUN that you want to add to the new storage pool.

b. From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Add Selected Storage to Pool.

The Add New Storage Pool window displays with the storage added as shown in Figure 9-35.

Step 8 Alternatively, to select additional storage using the logical unit view, follow these steps:

a. From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Logical Unit View.

The Add Storage window reappears and shows the logical unit view as shown in Figure 9-34.

Figure 9-34 Add Storage Window—Logical Unit View

b. Expand a logical unit and choose a target by checking the check box next to the target you want to add.

c. From the Select an Action Drop-down menu, choose Add Selected Storage to Pool.

The Add New Storage Pool window displays with the storage added as shown in Figure 9-35.

Figure 9-35 Add New Storage Pool Window with Storage Added

Step 9 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Save.

The Storage Pools tab displays again with the new storage pool added.


Viewing and Modifying Storage Pool Details

To view or change the details of a storage pool using the Storage Pool Details window, follow these steps:


Step 1 Expand Assets in the navigation tree and choose Storage.

The Storage window appears with the Storage tab showing by default.

Step 2 Click the Storage Pools tab.

The Storage Pools tab displays as shown in Figure 9-36.

Figure 9-36 Storage Pools Tab

Step 3 In the Pool Name field, click the name of the storage pool you want to view.

The Storage Pool Details window displays as shown in Figure 9-37.

Figure 9-37 Storage Pool Details Window

Step 4 View or alter the name of the pool in the Pool Name field.

Step 5 View or alter the description of the storage pool in the Pool Description field.

Step 6 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, add or remove storage:

a. To remove storage from the pool, check the boxes next to the LUNs that you want to remove, choose Remove Selected Storage from the Pool from the drop-down menu, and then choose Apply Changes from the drop-down menu.

b. To add storage to the pool:

From the drop-down menu, choose Add Storage to Pool. The Add Storage window displays (see Figure 9-33).

In the Add Storage window, select the storage you want to add by checking the check boxes next to the storage, and then click Add. The Storage Pool Details window displays again with the storage added.

From the drop-down menu, choose Apply Changes.

Step 7 View the members of the pool in the Storage Pool Members list.

a. Click a storage link in the Name field to view the storage details. The target icon appears blue when a target is active. See the "Viewing or Modifying Target Properties" section.

b. Click a logical ID of a LUN to view the details of the LUN. The LUN icon appears blue when a LUN is active. See the "Viewing and Editing Logical Unit Properties" section.

c. The Fibre Channel LUN (as seen by the VFrame Director) appears in parenthesis, if that information is available.

d. View the state of the storage target in the Status field. The possible states are described in Table 9-5.

e. View the description assigned to the storage in the Description field.

f. View the size of the LUN in the Size field.


Deleting a Storage Pool

To delete a storage pool, follow these steps:


Step 1 Expand Assets in the navigation tree and choose Storage.

The Storage window appears with the Storage tab showing by default.

Step 2 Click the Storage Pools tab.

The Storage Pools tab displays as shown in Figure 9-31.

Step 3 Check the check box next to the storage pools you want to delete.

Step 4 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Delete Selected Storage Pool(s).

Step 5 Click OK to confirm your selection.


Managing Network Interface Ranges

Use the Network menu to view, add, edit, and delete network interface ranges. Using this mechanism, you can create and manage all interface ranges.

Defining separate management interface ranges for each virtual server group provides isolation between virtual server groups. Alternatively, if isolation of virtual server groups is not critical to your site, you can share management interface ranges among multiple virtual server groups. Sharing ranges has the following benefits:

Avoids proliferation of IP addresses and p-keys.

Reduces the number of IP interfaces that you must configure on the VFrame Director.

Allows the VFrame Director to manage more virtual server groups before it reaches the limit of the number of partitions to which a host can be a member.

You can also use this mechanism to create and manage network interface ranges used for purposes other than management.

The sharing of interface ranges is configured from the Virtual Server Group menu. When you create the group, you can either designate an existing network interface range, or create a new range. Refer to the "Step 3 of 5—Configuring Network Interfaces for a Virtual Server Group" section on page 11-7 for details about how to assign a network range to a virtual server group. Alternatively, you can add a network range to a virtual server group using the virtual server group Network tab, as described in the "Viewing and Managing Virtual Server Group Network Interfaces" section on page 12-11.

These topics describe Network menu tasks:

Viewing and Managing Network Interface Assets

Adding a Network Interface

Deleting a Network Interface

Viewing and Editing Network Interface Properties

Viewing and Managing Network Interface Assets

To view or manage interface assets configured on your site using the Network menu, follow these steps:


Step 1 Launch VFrame Director, if it is not already open.

Step 2 Expand the Assets folder in the left menu.

The Server Switch, Physical Server, Storage, and Network menu items appear.

Step 3 Click the Network menu item.

The Network Interfaces window appears as shown in Figure 9-38.

Figure 9-38 Network Menu

Step 4 View the unique name of the network interface in the Name field. Click this name to view or edit the properties of the network interface. Refer to the "Viewing and Editing Network Interface Properties" section.

Step 5 View the name of the interface alias in the Alias field. Multiple network interface ranges can share the same alias. Click the interface name in the Name field to edit the alias name.

Step 6 View the first IP address in the range in the Base IP Address field. Click the interface name to modify the base address.

Step 7 View the number of IP addresses allowed on this interface above the base IP address in the Range Size field. Click the interface name to modify this value.

Step 8 View the subnet mask of the network interface in the Subnet Mask field. Click the interface name to edit this value.

Step 9 View the default gateway of the network interface in the Default Gateway field. Click the interface name to edit this value.

Step 10 View any partition to which the network interface belongs in the IB Partition field. At minimum, a network interface belongs to the parent partition, which is ff:ff. Click the interface name to edit this value.

Step 11 Determine whether the network interface is configured as a management interface by viewing the Mgmt Network field.

Step 12 Click the Refresh button to update the information in the Network Interfaces window.


Adding a Network Interface

To add a network interface using the Add Network Interface window, follow these steps:


Step 1 Launch VFrame Director, if it is not already open.

Step 2 Expand the Assets folder in the navigation tree. menu.

Step 3 Click the Network menu item.

The Network Interface window appears.

Step 4 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Add New Interface.

The Add Network interface window appears, as shown in Figure 9-39. The example shown is for a new management interface specifically for one virtual server group. You can also add data network interface ranges using this mechanism.

Figure 9-39 Add Network Interface Window

Step 5 Enter a unique name for the new network interface in the Name field. This name distinguishes the defined network range from other networks with the same alias.


Note Once you add the network interface you cannot change its name.


Step 6 Enter an interface alias name for the new network in the Alias field, for example, mgmt.

Step 7 Enter a base IP address for the new network interface in the Base IP Address field.

The base IP address is the lowest address in the range of IP addresses that will be used by virtual servers that use this interface.

If the new interface will be a management interface, this IP address should be a private, nonbridged network address, such as 192.168.10.1.

Step 8 Enter a network range for the new network interface in the Range Size field.

The range is the total number of addresses that are allowed to be added above the base IP address. For example, enter the number 4 if you want to allocate addresses 10.7.0.52 through 10.7.0. 55 to this network interface. If this range will be a management network interface range, you must ensure that the range is big enough to include IP addresses for the VFrame Directors (add 1 for a single instance VFrame Director, add 3 for a high-availability configuration), in addition to every virtual server that will include this interface.

Step 9 Enter the subnet mask for interface in the Subnet Mask field.

Step 10 Enter the default gateway configuration in the Default Gateway field.

Step 11 Enter your own unique partition key (p_key) in the IB Partition field, for example, 99:99.

Step 12 In the Management Network field, click the True radio button if this range will be a management interface range. Otherwise, click the False radio button.

Step 13 Specify whether or not the interface is to be automatically configured on the VFrame Directors in the Auto Configure Interface On Director(s) field by clicking the Yes or No radio button.

Click No if the interface is an Ethernet interface.

If the new interface is an IP over InfiniBand interface, you can select Yes or No:

Click Yes to automatically configure the network interface range on the VFrame Director hosts.

Click No if you prefer to configure the management interface on the VFrame Director host manually. See the "(Optional) Configuring a Management Interface on the VFrame Director Host" section on page 3-11.


Note Failure of an attempt to auto-configure the VFrame Director host is the equivalent of clicking the No radio button; you must configure the management interface on the VFrame Director host manually.


Step 14 Click Cancel to return to the Network Interfaces window without saving your changes.

Step 15 Click Add to create the new network interface.

The Network Interfaces window displays. The new interface is added to the list.

Step 16 Check the check box next to the interface name in the Network Interfaces window, and then click the Add button to add the new network interface range.


Deleting a Network Interface

To delete a network interface range, follow these steps:


Note To delete a management interface range, the range must have no associated virtual server groups, and it cannot be the only management interface remaining on the site.



Step 1 Launch VFrame Director, if it is not already open.

Step 2 Expand the Assets folder in the navigation tree.

Step 3 Click the Network menu item.

The Network Interfaces window appears.

Step 4 Check the check box next to the name of interface range you want to delete.

Step 5 From the Select an Action drop-down menu, choose Delete Selected Interface.

The Network Interfaces window refreshes with the deleted network interface range removed.


Viewing and Editing Network Interface Properties

To view or modify the properties of a network interface using the Modify Interface Properties window, follow these steps:


Step 1 Launch VFrame Director, if it is not already open.

Step 2 Expand the Assets folder in the navigation tree.

Step 3 Click the Network menu item.

The Network Interfaces window appears. See Figure 9-38.

Step 4 Click the name of the network interface range in the Name field for which you want to view or edit details. A display similar to Figure 9-40 appears.

Figure 9-40 Modify Interface Properties Window

Step 5 View the unique name of the network interface in the Name field.

Step 6 View or edit the interface alias in the Alias field.

Step 7 View or edit the first IP address in the range for the interface in the Base IP Address field.

Step 8 View or edit the number of IP addresses allowed in the interface above the base IP address in the Range Size field. Use this field to increase or decrease the number of virtual servers that can use this interface.

Step 9 View or edit the Subnet Mask of the network interface in the Subnet Mask field.

Step 10 View or edit the default gateway of the network interface in the Default Gateway field.

Step 11 View or edit the partition key (p_key) of the partition to which the network interface belongs in the IB Partition field.

Step 12 Determine whether the network interface is configured as a management interface by viewing the Mgmt Interface field.

Step 13 View the virtual server groups with which the network interface range is associated in the Associated Virtual Server Groups field.

Step 14 Determine whether the network interface group is configured for automatic configuration on the VFrame Directors by viewing the Auto Configure Interface on Directors field.

Step 15 Click the Apply button to save any changes to the network interface and return to the Network Interfaces window.

Step 16 Click the Reset button to return the window to the previous settings without saving changes.

Step 17 Click the Cancel button to return to the Network Interfaces window without saving changes.