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HOL-1828-01: VxRail Management, Monitoring, and Maintenance Features

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VxRail Manager dashboard displays storage, CPU, and memory utilization at the cluster, appliance, or individual node level.  It also incorporates functionality for hardware serviceability and appliance platform lifecycle management. For instance, it guides systems administrators through adding new appliances to an existing cluster, and it automatically detects new appliances when they come online. VxRail Manager is also used to replace failed disk drives without disrupting availability, to generate and download diagnostic log bundles, and to apply VMware updates or software patches non-disruptively across VxRail nodes.

VxRail Manager Dashboard Overview

VxRail is fully integrated with vCenter Server, accessible though the vSphere Web Client. Together, VxRail Manager and vSphere Web Client provide complete access to daily operations.

The following areas of the Dashboard are visible upon login:

  • Overall System Health:  shows the high-level system status
  • VxRail Community:  shows recent articles from the online VxRail community
  • Support:  shows status and links to support resources
  • Event History: displays the most recent system events
  • Config: lists any additional software that can be installed on your VxRail Cluster,  Available Applications for the Cluster, and General Configuration for your VxRail Cluster including Log Collection, Changing the Support Account and Enabling EMC Secure Remote Support.

Lets take a closer look at each one of these Dashboard features.

This part of the lab is presented as a Hands-on Labs Interactive Simulation. This will allow you to experience steps which are too time-consuming or resource intensive to do live in the lab environment. In this simulation, you can use the software interface as if you are interacting with a live environment.

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  1. Click Health - you can view the Main Health Timeline which provides a diagram of the Storage IOPS, CPU Usage and Memory Usage.  You can also view the Storage Information on the ESXi Nodes as well as the Health of the Physical and Logical devices on this tab.
  2. Click Events - Events display the most recent system events.  You can search for Events by ID/Severity or Component.
  3. Click Dashboard - The VxRail Manager Dashboard shows system health and support resources at a glance.  The Dashboard is the default starting tab when logging into VxRail Manager Appliance.
  4. Click Config - System Information, Market and General support options are available under Config tab.  
  5. Click Market - available applications for the Cluster are visible on this tab.  You can determine what other options you can include to further improve your VxRail Cluster management.
  6. Click General - this tab covers your VxRail version, your VxRail Support Account, Log Collection and the ability to enable EMC Secure Remote Support (ESRS).  You can also configure Network environment settings, Suppress Cluster monitoring, System Diagnostics and Shut Down the Cluster from this tab.  Lastly, you can also change your local language settings here.

Note: this is a simulated lab. You will be unable to access the VxRail Live Community or browse all available Configuration options in this lab demonstration.

You can access the VxRail Appliance Community by copying and pasting the highlighted URL into a new browser.

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