Dell EMC VMAX / PowerMax

Dell EMC VMAX is Dell EMC’s flagship enterprise storage array product line. It evolved out of the EMC Symmetrix array, EMC’s primary storage product of 1990s and early 2000s.

Type of Technology

  • Hybrid / All Flash Storage Array

Compatibility

The Dell EMC VMAX / PowerMax modules are compatible with:

  • VMAX-3, VMAX AFA, PowerMax 2000 and 8000 series.
  • Unisphere versions 9.0 – 9.2

As Dell releases newer versions, LogicMonitor will test and extend coverage as necessary.

Credentials

LogicMonitor must provide the appropriate credentials in order to successfully access the resource. These credentials must belong to a Unisphere REST API user account that has been assigned the following minimum permissions:

RoleDescription
Read-onlyThe Unisphere Management REST API Programmer’s Guide defines this role as Performance Monitor

Once a Unisphere REST API user account is established, the following properties must be set on the EMC VMAX / PowerMax resource within LogicMonitor. For more information on setting properties, see Device Properties.

PropertyValue
emc.unisphere.userUnisphere REST API username
emc.unisphere.passUnisphere REST API password
emc.unisphere.port(Optional) Unisphere REST API Port; default is 8443

Documentation found here: Unisphere Management REST API Programmer’s Guide

The modules have been tested and verified to work with both a standard API user and LDAP-SSL based user credentials.

Migration from Legacy LogicModules

In November of 2021, LogicMonitor released a new suite of Dell EMC VMAX/PowerMax modules. The new modules provide many advantages, including:

  • Access to more data
  • Improved graphs and datapoint descriptions
  • Streamlined version handling

The release of these new DataSources serves to deprecate the following legacy DataSources:

  • EMC_VMAX_Array
  • EMC_VMAX_Array_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_BEDirectors
  • EMC_VMAX_BEDirectors_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_BEEmulation
  • EMC_VMAX_BEEmulation_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_BEPort
  • EMC_VMAX_BEPort_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_Board
  • EMC_VMAX_Board_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_Core
  • EMC_VMAX_Core_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_DSEPool
  • EMC_VMAX_DSEPool_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_Disk
  • EMC_VMAX_Disk_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_DiskGroup
  • EMC_VMAX_DiskGroup_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_EDSDirector
  • EMC_VMAX_EDSDirector_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_EDSEmulation
  • EMC_VMAX_EDSEmulation_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_FASTPolicy
  • EMC_VMAX_FEDirectors
  • EMC_VMAX_FEDirectors_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_FEEmulation
  • EMC_VMAX_FEEmulation_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_FEPort
  • EMC_VMAX_FEPort_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_FICONEmulation
  • EMC_VMAX_FICONEmulation_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_IMDirector
  • EMC_VMAX_IMDirector_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_IMEmulation
  • EMC_VMAX_IMEmulation_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_RDFDirector
  • EMC_VMAX_RDFDirector_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_RDFEmulation
  • EMC_VMAX_RDFEmulation_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_RDFPort
  • EMC_VMAX_RDFPort_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_RDFS
  • EMC_VMAX_RDFS_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_StorageGroup
  • EMC_VMAX_StorageGroup_V8.3
  • EMC_VMAX_ThinPoolLUN
  • EMC_VMAX_ThinPoolLUN_V8.3

If you are currently monitoring Dell EMC VMAX devices using any of these legacy DataSources, you will not experience data loss upon importing the new DataSources. This is because DataSource names have been changed to eliminate module overwriting.

However, you will collect duplicate data and receive duplicate alerts for as long as both sets of DataSources are active. For this reason, we recommend that you disable the above-listed DataSources after importing the new set of DataSources and confirming that they are working as intended in your environment.

When a DataSource is disabled, it stops querying the host and generating alerts, but maintains all historical data. At some point in time, you may want to delete the legacy DataSources altogether, but consider this move carefully as all historical data will be lost upon deletion. For more information on disabling DataSources, see Disabling Monitoring for a DataSource or Instance.

LogicModules in Package

LogicMonitor’s out-of-the-box monitoring package for Dell EMC Unity contains:

Display NameTypeDescription
addCategory_PowerMaxPropertySourceCollects the current PowerMax version and adds to system.categories.
ArraysDataSourceArray statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
Back End DirectorsDataSourceBE Director statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
Back End EmulationDataSourceBE Emulation statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
Back End PortDataSourceBE Port statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
BoardDataSourceBoard statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
CoreDataSourceCore statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
Delta Set Extension PoolsDataSourceDSE Pool statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
DisksDataSourceDisk statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
Disk GroupsDataSourceDisk Group statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
Enginuity Data Services DirectorDataSourceEnginuity Data Services Director statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
Enginuity Data Services EmulationDataSourceEnginuity Data Services Emulation statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
FICON EmulationDataSourceFICON Emulation statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
Front End DirectorsDataSourceFE Director statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
Front End EmulationDataSourceFE Emulation statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
Front End PortDataSourceFe Port statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
Infrastructure Manager DirectorDataSourceInfrastructure Manager Director statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
Infrastructure Manager EmulationDataSourceInfrastructure Manager Emulation statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
RDF DirectorDataSourceRDF Director statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
RDF EmulationDataSourceRDF Emulation statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
RDF PortDataSourceRDF Port statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
RDFSDataSourceRDFS statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
Storage GroupDataSourceStorage Group statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.
Thin Pool LUNDataSourceThin Pool statistics for EMC PowerMax/VMAX/Symmetrix devices.

Ensure that all of these LogicModules are imported into your LogicMonitor platform.

When setting alert thresholds on the various metrics tracked by this integration package, LogicMonitor follows the technology owner’s best practice KPI recommendations. If necessary, we encourage you to adjust these predefined thresholds to meet the unique needs of your environment. For more information, see Tuning Alert Thresholds.

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