DS8000 Storage Management GUI web browser support and configuration

To access the DS8000 Storage Management GUI, you must ensure that your web browser is supported and has the appropriate settings enabled.

The DS8000 Storage Management GUI supports the following web browsers:
Table 1. Supported web browsers
DS8000 series version Supported browsers
Mozilla Firefox 68
Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
Note: Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 supports TLS 1.2, but it does not support TLS 1.3.

Microsoft Edge 44
Google Chrome 76
IBM® supports higher versions of the browsers as long as the vendors do not remove or disable functionality that the product relies upon. For browser levels higher than the versions that are certified with the product, customer support accepts usage-related and defect-related service requests. As with operating system and virtualization environments, if the support center cannot re-create the issue in the our lab, we might ask the client to re-create the problem on a certified browser version to determine whether a product defect exists. Defects are not accepted for cosmetic differences between browsers or browser versions that do not affect the functional behavior of the product. If a problem is identified in the product, defects are accepted. If a problem is identified with the browser, IBM might investigate potential solutions or workaround that the client can implement until a permanent solution becomes available.

Enabling TLS 1.2 and TLS 1.3 support

If the security requirements for your storage system require conformance with NIST SP 800-131A, enable transport layer security (TLS) 1.2 or 1.3 on web browsers that use TLS to access the DS8000 Storage Management GUI. See your web browser documentation for instructions on enabling TLS 1.2 or 1.3. For Internet Explorer, complete the following steps to enable TLS 1.2.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
  2. On the Advanced tab, under Settings, select Use TLS 1.2.
  • Firefox, Release 24 and later, supports TLS 1.2. However, you must configure Firefox to enable TLS 1.2 support.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 does not support TLS 1.3.

For more information about security requirements, IBM DS8000 series online product documentation for security best practices

Selecting browser security settings

You must select the appropriate web browser security settings to access the DS8000 Storage Management GUI. In Internet Explorer, use the following steps.
  1. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
  2. On the Security tab, select Internet and click Custom level.
  3. Scroll to Miscellaneous, and select Allow META REFRESH.
  4. Scroll to Scripting, and select Active scripting.

Configuring Internet Explorer to access the DS8000 Storage Management GUI

If DS8000 Storage Management GUI is accessed through IBM Spectrum Control with Internet Explorer, complete the following steps to properly configure the web browser.
  1. Disable the Pop-up Blocker.
    Note: If a message indicates that content is blocked without a signed by a valid security certificate, click the Information Bar at the top and select Show blocked content.
  2. Add the IP address of the DS8000 Hardware Management Console (HMC) to the Internet Explorer list of trusted sites.

For more information, see your browser documentation.