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EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance Version 2.0 SP1: New features and changes

EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance Version 2.0 SP1 brings the following enhancements to the PowerPath Virtual Appliance web console.

A new tab named PowerPath Monitor added. Includes:

  • PowerPath Monitor > Group/Host view lists all the PowerPath hosts under corresponding groups. Physical PowerPath hosts are organized under their corresponding user-defined host groups (created from the inventory tab) and ESXi hosts are grouped under the corresponding vCenter to which they belong.
  • PowerPath Monitor > Group/Host > Summary view Provides host monitoring capabilities including device/path monitoring. The monitor displays PowerPath volume, path, and bus details.
    Healthy state:
    EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance Version 2.0 SP1 - ESX host summary - healthy

    Degraded:
    EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance Version 2.0 SP1 - ESX host summary - degraded

  • PowerPath Monitor > Group/Host > LUN view similar to PowerPath Viewer, LUN view adds Queued IO value displayed under LUN view, (not available with PowerPath Viewer).
    EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance Version 2.0 SP1 - LUN view
  • PowerPath Monitor > Group/Host > BUS view shows the association between HBA Ports > Array > Array Ports along with the IOs queued for the bus.
    EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance Version 2.0 SP1 - BUS view
  • EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance capabilities available as a plug-in for VMware vCenter: PowerPath Virtual Appliance supports script plugins on vSphere vCenter 5.5 and above (only vCenter Web Client is supported). vCenter plugin provides a minimal view of the PowerPath Virtual Appliance GUI. The script plugin is registered and enabled on the vCenter server. It can be accessed via the short cut “EMC PowerPath/VE License Manager” in vCenter web client. Only the details of ESXi hosts belonging to the current instance of vCenter are displayed.
    EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance Version 2.0 SP1 - vCenter Plugin
    Registering EMC PowerPath vCenter Plugin:

    • Click on Register vCenter Plugin;
    • Accept vCenter Server certificate if required;
    • By default script based plugins are disabled in vCenter Web Client. To enable script the plugin on vCenter server follow these steps:
      • Edit the webclient.properties file, and then append the following line at the end of the file (if not already added):
        scriptPlugin.enabled = true
        You can locate the webclient.properties file in the following locations of the vCenter server:

        • On vCenter server 5.x:
          • VMware vCenter Server Appliance: /var/lib/vmware/vsphere-client
          • Windows 2003: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%Application DataVMwarevSphere Web Client
          • Windows 2008/2012: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%VMwarevSphere Web Client
        • On vCenter server 6.0.x:
          • VMware vCenter Server Appliance: /etc/vmware/vsphere-client/
          • Windows 2008/2012: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%VMwarevCenterServercfgvsphereclient
      • Restart the vSphere Web client service on the vCenter server.
        • On Windows-based vCenter appliances, restart the service with name vSphere Web Client
        • On Linux-based vCenter appliances, run /etc/init.d/vsphere-client restart
    • Access the plugin after registering and enabling it. Use the short-cut, EMC PowerPath/VE License Manager, located in the vCenter Web client.
      EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance Version 2.0 SP1 - vCenter Plugin - icon
      Note
      If you use the default self-signed certificate of Virtual Appliance, open the PowerPath Virtual Appliance GUI in a new tab in order to accept the certificate before accessing plugin via the vCenter web client.
  • Minimum configurable polling interval for PowerPath/VE changed to 10 minutes.
    Navigate to System > Settings, adjust polling interval if required
    EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance Version 2.0 SP1 - ESXi poll interval
  • Added polling capability for PowerPath/VE 6.0 and later hosts – based on events.
  • Direct upgrade support from EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance 2.0.0.
    See EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance Upgrade from 1.2.x -> 2.0.0 and 2.0.0 to 2.0.1 for details.
  • Added user interface enhancement for Context menu option in PowerPath Monitor tab for inventory management
  • Enhanced back-up and restore capability of EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance inventory.
    The EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance Installation and Configuration Guide provides more information.
  • Added new fields in REST API response for host including:
    • osVersion: Version of OS running on the host
    • hostStateTimestamp: Time when the host state was updated in PowerPath Virtual Appliance
    • deadPathCount: Total number of dead paths in the host
    • totalPathCount : Total number of paths in the host
    • totalVolumeCount : Total number of volumes in the host
    • degradedVolumeCount: Total number of degraded volumes on the host
  • Support for RTOOLS 6.0 SP1
  • Queued IO count has been added in the response for Path REST API

Documentation:

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