Monitor RP4VM with vR Ops

The recent release of EMC Storage Analytics (ESA) for vRealize Operations Manager provides the ability to discover and monitor EMC RP4VM (RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines).

This post will walk through the installation and configuration of the RP4VM adapter in vR Ops and show some of the available dashboards.

The EMC Storage Analytics (ESA) management pack for vR Ops has been covered a number of times on this site, providing details on configuration of various adapters for storage and data protection.

As mentioned in the EMC Storage Analytics & vR Ops post, each EMC product within the ESA requires it’s own adapter instance, and each of those adapter instances depends upon/requires the EMC Adapter instance for vCenter. So before trying to configure any other ESA adapter, make sure that the EMC Adapter for vSphere has been configured first.

Configure the RP4VM adapter

Once the EMC ESA itself has been installed, to add the required Adapter for RP4VM, in the vR Ops Admin UI go to Administration > Solutions, select the EMC Adapter and click the Green + icon

Configure the following properties in the pop-up window:

  • Display name: Can be any friendly/intuitive name
  • Management IP: IP address of vRPA
  • Connection Type: RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines
  • License: leave blank
  • Credential: Create and use a valid credential (Administrative) to access the vRPA

RP4VMAdapter

Click OK, then Test Connection to verify successful communications. If successful, then click Save Settings and click OK.

After a short amount of time, verify that the new RP4VM adapter instance is collecting and receiving data ok.

RP4VMAdapter_collectingOK

The EMC RP4VM dashboards are easy to navigate on the vR Ops home page from the drop down menu:

RP4VMdashboards

4 individual dashboards are available for RP4VM:

  • RecoverPoint for VMs Metrics
  • RecoverPoint for VMs Overview
  • RecoverPoint for VMs Performance
  • Top-N RecoverPoint for VMs Objects

RecoverPoint for VMs Metrics

The RP4VM Metrics dashboard provides the user with the ability to select from the available Topology of RP4VM objects, and view the related metrics.

RP4VMdashboards_Metrics

In the example above, by selecting an RP Consistency Group, we can immediately view the associated vRPAs, Replication Sets Volumes and Copies from which the respective metrics can be selected and displayed.

Below (taken from the ESA Install and User Guide) displays how the ESA establishes mappings between the various RP4VM objects:

RP4VMtopology

What this diagram illustrates is the relationship(s) between any of the discovered RP4VM objects. So if you select any one of them, you will see the associated parent/child object or VMware relationship.

RecoverPoint for VMs Overview

RP4VMdashboards_Overview01

The example above displays Heatmaps with Metrics for the RP4VM Systems and RP Clusters … and if we scroll down the page we see similar widget displays for RP4VM Consistency Groups and Splitters.

RP4VMdashboards_Overview02

RecoverPoint for VMs Performance

The RecoverPoint for VMs Performance dashboard provides a single view of the most important performance metrics for the following resources:

  • Link – Lag %
  • vRPA  – CPU %Utilisation
  • Consistency Group – Protection Window
  • Consistency Group – Performance
  • Cluster – Performance
  • vRPA – Performance

The Performance dashboard displays two types of heat maps:

  • Metrics with definitive measurements such as CPU usage (0–100%) are assigned colour ranges from lowest (green) to highest (red).
  • Metrics with varied values that cannot be assigned a range show relative values from lowest (light blue) to highest (dark blue).

RP4VMdashboards_Performance

 

Top-N RecoverPoint for VMs Objects

Click a Top-N dashboard to view your top performing devices at a glance.

RP4VMdashboards_TopN

By default, a Top-N dashboard shows the top 10 devices in the following categories across RecoverPoint for Virtual Machine systems:

  • Top-10 vRPAs by Incoming Writes (IO/s) (24h)
  • Top-10 vRPAs by Incoming Writes (KB/s) (24h)
  • Top-10 Clusters by Incoming Writes (IO/s) (24h)
  • Top-10 Clusters by Incoming Writes (KB/s) (24h)
  • Top-10 Consistency Groups by Incoming Writes (IO/s) (24h)
  • Top-10 Consistency Groups by Incoming Writes (KB/s) (24h)

 

What we have walked through in this post is the ability to discover and monitor EMC RP4VM within VMware vRealize Operations Manager (via the ESA). This is very different (but complimentary) to the EMC RP4VM plugin for VMware vCenter (via the vSphere Client), as shown below:

RP4VMvSpherePlugin

 

Thanks for reading, hope it helps!

Software used in this post:

  • VMware vRealize Operations Manager v6.1
  • VMware vCenter Server v6.0
  • EMC Storage Analytics v4.0.3
  • EMC RP4VM v4.3.1.1

 

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