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Using the HPE 3PAR StoreServ

Management Console (SSMC)


Simulator
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Contents
Introduction ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................3
Installation and startup .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................3
Preinstalled systems..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................4
Preinstalled objects ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................5
Remote Copy ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................5
Storage Federation .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................6
Peer Motion ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................8
File Persona ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................8
Software titles ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................8
Dynamic Optimization...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................8
Convert provisioning type .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................8
Adaptive Optimization ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................8
Adaptive Flash Cache ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................9
Priority Optimization ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................9
System Reporter ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................10
Encryption ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................10
Smart SAN ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................10
Threshold alerts ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................10
Limitations..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................10
Reset of the simulator......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................10
Logging .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................11
Support..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................11
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Introduction
The HPE 3PAR StoreServ Management Console (SSMC) Simulator is a tool for doing customer demos from a laptop without the need to connect
to a physical HPE 3PAR StoreServ array. It can also be used to gain knowledge on the SSMC and HPE 3PAR StoreServ systems that normally
only comes from direct hands-on experience. The HPE 3PAR SSMC Simulator is installed in less than five minutes.
HPE 3PAR StoreServ Management Console (SSMC) Simulator v2.0 is based on the SSMC 2.3.1 code base. The following HPE 3PAR StoreServ
features are supported with SSMC Simulator:
Storage object operations such as create/remove/modify Common Provisioning Groups (CPG) volumes, volume sets, hosts, host sets, domains,
domain sets, etc.,
Create reports
Review and configure
Remote Copy operations including failover/recover and restore
Adaptive Optimization
Priority Optimization
Dynamic Optimization
Adaptive Flash Cache
File Persona
Storage Federation and Peer Motion
Encryption
Threshold alerts

The SSMC Simulator behaves exactly the same as the working product except that no host I/O load is available to the volumes.

Installation and startup


If you have an existing installation of SSMC Simulator, you have to uninstall it first. Do not keep the data when asked for. When removed, also
delete the directory C:\ProgramData\Hewlett-Packard\SSMC. Note that the directory ProgramData is hidden in Windows. You can
access it through the Windows command line or by typing the directory directly in the path selector in a Windows Explorer window.
The installer software creates a desktop icon looking identical to the SSMC program itself. Double-click this icon to start the SSMC Simulator.
At first startup, the simulator will offer a navigation tutorial. Choose one of the options to continue.
If you get a pop-up that no HPE 3PAR StoreServ are available and are requested to enter the Administrator account for adding some, the
Windows service for the simulator did not yet complete the startup. Close the SSMC window and wait one minute before you double-click the
simulator icon again.
The simulator contains nine preinstalled HPE 3PAR StoreServ systems. Note that up to a few minutes after installation, the simulator may show
less than nine systems available. While open, the remaining systems will show up gradually in the SSMC Simulator. No new HPE 3PAR StoreServ
systems can be added to the array.
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Preinstalled systems
Table 1 lists the HPE 3PAR StoreServ systems with some details that are preinstalled on the systems in the simulator.

Table 1. List of systems preconfigured in the SSMC Simulator


Column header HPE 3PAR StoreServ HPE 3PAR OS Nodes Ports Enclosures Drives

HPE 3PAR_7440C_P HPE 3PAR 7400 3.2.2.484 4 24 4 72

HPE 3PAR_7440C_S HPE 3PAR 7400 3.2.2.484 4 32 4 72

newPrimary HPE 3PAR 7400 3.2.2.220 (DEVEL) 4 36 8 24

newSecondary HPE 3PAR 7400 3.2.2.220 (DEVEL) 4 36 8 24

oldPrimary HPE 3PAR 7400 3.2.2.220 (DEVEL) 4 36 8 24

oldSecondary HPE 3PAR 7400 3.2.2.220 (DEVEL) 4 36 8 24

system1 HPE 3PAR 7400 3.2.2.220 (DEVEL) 4 36 8 24

system2 HPE 3PAR 7400 3.2.2.220 (DEVEL) 4 36 8 24

system3 HPE 3PAR 7400 3.2.2.220 (DEVEL) 4 36 8 24

HPE 3PAR_7440C_P HPE 3PAR 7400 3.2.2.484 4 24 4 72

Every system has an IP address in either the 10.x.x.x or the 192.x.x.x range. The systems contain licenses for nearly all HPE 3PAR StoreServ
software titles. These include:
Virtual Copy
Thin Suite
Peer Motion
File Persona
Priority Optimization
Peer Persistence
Recovery Managers
System Reporter
Data Encryption
Adaptive Optimization
Adaptive Flash Cache
Cluster Extension

The System Tuner license is only installed on the systems with 7440C in their name. The following licenses are installed on all systems except
the 7440C ones:
Data Retention Enterprise WORM
Thin Deduplication
Smart SAN
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Preinstalled objects
A number of objects are preinstalled on the systems in the simulator. Table 2 lists these objects and their quantity.
Table 2. List of objects installed in systems preconfigured in the SSMC Simulator
System name CPGs Virtual volumes VVsets Hosts Host sets Domains Domain sets File shares

HPE 3PAR_7440C_P 15 15 4 2 2 0 0 4

HPE 3PAR_7440C_S 8 12 4 2 2 0 0 0

newPrimary 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

newSecondary 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

oldPrimary 2 9 5 2 1 2 0 0

oldSecondary 2 6 2 0 0 0 0 0

system1 3 13 3 3 1 2 0 0

system2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

system3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Full and thin-provisioned volumes can be created on all systems and dedupe volumes on a subset of them. New CPGs, volumes, hosts and
domains, and sets of these can be created at will. Note that the disk space in use per system is static; it wont change when creating new volumes
or deleting existing ones. New file shares with the NFS, SMB, and Object protocol can be installed on systems licensed for File Persona.

Remote Copy
Two setups for Remote Copy (RC) are predefined in the simulator. One is for RC over IP between systems 3PAR_7740C_P and
3PAR_7740C_S. The second setup implements a mesh of RC over Fibre Channel (FC) on the four systems called oldPrimary,
newPrimary, oldSecondary, and newSecondary. Figure 1 illustrates these setups. Only synchronous replication is configured between
the systems. The setups cannot be edited or deleted; only a quorum witness for them can be configured.

Figure 1. Layout for pre-configured Remote Copy configurations in the simulator

The five predefined RC groups can be started, stopped, and deleted on both setups. New RC groups can be created as well; the volumes created
automatically during the RC group setup show up on the secondary array. Failover, recover, and restore operations can be completed as well as a
switchover operation; each of the sub-activities of a switchover is logged in the Activity section of the SSMC Simulator. Changes to the FC and
IP layout of the predefined RC setups cannot be made.
A new RC setup between the systems system1, system2, and system3 is possible using RCIP, see figure 2.
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Figure 2. Layout for a user-defined Remote Copy configuration in the simulator

FC interconnectivity between them is not supported. Remote Copy groups with synchronous, periodic, and mixed-mode replication
configurations (simultaneous synchronous and periodic) are supported; asynchronous streaming is not available. For the source volume, create a
new virtual volume with a Copy CPG and export it to a host on one of the systems in the RC setup. All failover and switchover activities are
supported. A Synchronous Long Distance (SLD) Remote Copy group can be created but not started.

Storage Federation
Storage Federation can migrate volumes, hosts, VV sets, and RC groups bi-directionally between HPE 3PAR StoreServ systems inside the
federation. Migrations sources can be attached to federation members for unidirectional data migration to one or more federated systems.
Two federations are precreated in the SSMC Simulator. The first one named federation_1 contains two federation members and one
migration sourcesee figure 3 for the setup and names of the systems. The second one named federation_BackupSite has one
federation member and one migration source, see figure 4 for the setup and names of the systems.

Figure 3. Layout for preconfigured Storage Federation called federation_1

Figure 4. Layout for preconfigured Storage Federation called federation_BackupSite


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When selecting the Create or Edit options in the Actions menu on the Federation page, systems system2 and system3 are marked as
available in the list of systems to enter one of the predefined federations or to form a federation between each other. The zoning for a federation
between these two systems is present inside the simulator. Figure 5 shows a new federation setup out of both systems:

Figure 5. Layout for user-defined Storage Federation

You can expand this federation by a third member being system1, the zoning for this is predefined inside the simulator. However, system1 is
a member of federation Federation_1. You can edit this federation, remove system1 from it and add the system as a third member to your
newly created federation, see figure 6. Alternatively, you can add system1 as a migration source resulting in the setup shown in figure 7.

Figure 6. Layout for user-defined Storage Federation with three federation members

Figure 7. Layout for user-defined Storage Federation with two federation members and one migration source

The zoning for the federations adheres the simplified zoning concept introduced with Storage Federation in which multiple Host ports and
Peer ports are zoned into two fabrics following the multi-initiator-multi-target rule. It is instructive to look at the Peer Links and Recommended
Zones items in the Federations menu for each federation configuration to learn which World Wide Names (WWN) enter the two fabrics in the
simplified zoning setup.
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Peer Motion
To explore Peer Motion you can use a predefined federation setup or one that you created yourself. When using the new federation built out of
system2 and system3, create a new host on system2 on FC (use new WWNs), use the Sync federation option in the federation Actions
menu to make this host known to system3 as well. Next, create a few volumes on system2 and export them to this host. With this setup, you
can now explore the migration of a volume from system2 to system3 and back with Peer Motion in the SSMC Simulator.

Volumes in a Remote Copy relationship can be migrated using the SSMC Simulator. A three-system federation setup can be used to migrate
LUNs from the RC source or the RC destination using Peer Motion.

File Persona
System 3PAR_7440C_P has a running File Persona configuration on all four nodes with three shares defined, one of them exported over NFS
and SMB simultaneously. Figure 8 shows the high-level layout of File Persona on this system:

Figure 8. Predefined layout for File Persona in the SSMC Simulator

Additional Virtual File Servers and File Shares exported over NFS, SMB, or as Object storage can be added. User and File Share quota can be
specified and an antivirus vendor, policy, and scan can be executed. System 3PAR_7440C_S can be configured as well for File Persona followed
by the creation of all objects mentioned. The other systems miss a predefined network card pair to enable the configuration of File Persona
although they are licensed for File Persona.

Software titles
Dynamic Optimization
Every volume present in a system can be tuned using Dynamic Optimization (DO) to a new CPG and rolled back. The Activity page will list the
result of the tune operation. Tunes complete in a few seconds regardless of the size of the volume.

Convert provisioning type


Volumes can be converted from full provisioning to thin and the reverse. If an SSD tier is present in the system, volumes can be converted into
thin deduped provisioning and from it as well.

Adaptive Optimization
Two predefined three-tier Adaptive Optimization (AO) configurations are present in the simulator. Figure 9 shows their name and the system
they operate on.
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Figure 9. Predefined Adaptive Optimization schemes in the SSMC Simulator

New two- and three-tier schemes can be created on every system. The scheduling option for an AO scheme will not be honored nor will any data
be moved to another tier in the absence of real-time load on the disks in the tiers.

Adaptive Flash Cache


Adaptive Flash Cache (AFC) is configured in Simulation mode in the Disabled state on two of the nine systems, see figure 10 for the overview.

Figure 10. Predefined layout Adaptive Flash Cache in the SSMC Simulator

AFC can be enabled on all systems in Standard mode for all volumes or for selected volume sets. Testing the Read I/O acceleration is not
possible in the absence of load on the system.

Priority Optimization
The simulator contains four predefined HPE 3PAR Priority Optimization (QoS) policies, all for a Virtual Volume Set, see Figure 11 for the target
names, target types, and systems.

Figure 11. Predefined layout for HPE 3PAR Priority Optimization in the SSMC Simulator
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New policies for Domains and System for IOPS, bandwidth, and latency can be created on all systems present in the simulator. None of these
rules can confine I/O inside the defined limits in the absence of load on the systems.

System Reporter
Default and user-designed reports on historical data can be created on any system; real-time reports are not available due to the absence of load
on the systems. Reports can be zoomed and can be saved in the .csv and .pdf format. The location of the saved reports is
C:\ProgramData\Hewlett-Packard\SSMC\data\persist\scheduledreports.

Encryption
Every system in the simulator is licensed for encryption but the encryption is not yet enabled. The drives are not of the self-encrypting type but
encryption can be enabled. You can export and import the key backup file and rekey the system.

Smart SAN
Although all systems have a Smart SAN license, the tool cannot be used since it is only supported from the HPE 3PAR CLI at this moment.

Threshold alerts
A variety of 25 alerts are installed on 3PAR_7440C_P and 25 on 3PAR_7440C_S. Threshold alerts can be added, enabled and disabled, and
deleted on any other system as well. Because the hosts carry no workload, alerts will not be generated.

Limitations
The IP addresses of the HPE 3PAR StoreServ systems in the simulator cannot be reached from your local Ethernet network as they could conflict
with local systems. That means you cannot log on to these systems use HPE 3PAR CLI nor do manipulations to volumes, hosts, etc., with SMI-S,
SNMP, or WSAPI commands. The VMware VASA provider is also not active.
The values for the usage of data cache, control cache, and CPU usage are artificial and do not change over time.

You cannot issue load to a configured host in the simulator. This means HPE 3PAR System Reporter reports do not show real-time data. The
data points shown in reports are artificial and do not change over time. Adaptive Flash Cache and Adaptive Optimization do not cache or move
data due to the absence of incoming real-time I/O.
Reports cannot be scheduled for execution and will not be mailed to a recipient. You cannot connect to predefined and user-defined file shares.
The SSMC and the SSMC Simulator cannot co-exist on the same machine. If you wish to install SSMC Simulator on a system that already has
SSMC installed, you must first remove the SSMC installation before installing SSMC Simulator.

Reset of the simulator


To remove all objects created by a user on the simulator proceed as follows:
1. Stop the Windows service ssmc
2. Delete the directory persist in <drive>:\ProgramData\Hewlett-Packard\SSMC\data
3. Restart the ssmc service

Any of the predefined objects deleted from the simulator by the user are recreated after this reset operation. This procedure provides a
convenient way to start from scratch after having explored a particular topic in the SSMC.
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Logging
Activities and audit information for SSMC Simulator are written to log files in directory
<drive>:\ProgramData\Hewlett-Packard\SSMC\data\logs.

All creation, deletion, and modification operations are logged in the Activity log available in the menu of the SSMC Simulator.

Support
In case of problems while running the SSMC Simulator, send a detailed description of the problem to the following email address:
SSMC_SIM_PDL@groups.int.hpe.com

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