Monitoring and administering applications, departments, and general groups

You create applications to monitor the storage capacity, space usage, and performance of applications, and you create departments to monitor the space usage of the applications in the department. You can structure your applications and departments hierarchically to match the structure of your business organization.

You can map the application to the storage resources that the application uses to do capacity trending, health monitoring, and performance troubleshooting tasks. For example, a department might use 15 applications and be part of another five departments. Also a department might share storage resources with another department, subdepartment or application even if they do not belong in the same business hierarchy. Another example, might be if you are contacted because an application within a department is experiencing a performance issue. You carry out tasks like capacity reporting or trending on the behalf of the application.

Create general groups to quickly view information about storage resources that have common characteristics. For example, you might group the subset of ports on a SAN Volume Controller that are used for inter-node communication, or all the storage systems with lease agreements that end in the current year, or the storage systems that are used by a critical business application.

Application administration

Go to the pages for creating and administering the applications that you want to monitor.
Table 1. Create and administer applications and subcomponents
Actions Navigation
Create applications and assign storage resources directly to the application.
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Applications.
  2. On the Applications page, click Create Application.
  3. On the Select a Method page, click Assign storage resources to the application.
Create subcomponents that can have its own storage resources.
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Applications.
  2. On the Applications page, click Create Application.
  3. On the Select a Method page, click Create a subcomponent that can have its own set of storage resources.
Create a filter to use in assigning resources.
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Applications.
  2. On the Applications page, right-click a row in the Applications list and click View Details.
  3. In the Members section, click Filters.
  4. On the Filters page, click Create Filter.
Add applications as subcomponents to an application.
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Applications.
  2. Right-click the applications that you want to add as subcomponents, and then click Add to.. > Application.
  3. On the Add to Application page, select the applications and click Save.
Add applications to departments.
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Applications.
  2. On the Applications page, select one or more applications, right-click and then click Add to.. > Department.
  3. On the Add to Department page, select the applications that you want to add as members and click Save.
Add applications to subdepartments.
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Departments.
  2. Right-click the department, and then click View Details.
  3. In the General section, click Subdepartments.
  4. Right-click the subdepartment, and click View Details.
  5. In the General section, click Applications.
  6. Click Create Application.
Remove applications and subcomponents that you do not want to monitor.
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Applications.
  2. On the Applications page, select one or more applications, and click Delete.
  3. If you select Delete subcomponents, the subcomponents that belong only to that application are removed.
Remove subcomponents within direct context of an application that you do not want to monitor.
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Applications.
  2. Right-click the application and click View Details.
  3. In the General section, click Subcomponents.
  4. Right-click the subcomponent, and click Remove from Application.
Remove selected resources from applications or subcomponents
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Applications.
  2. Right-click the application and click View Details.
  3. In the Related Resources section, click an eligible resource.
  4. Optional: In the Members section, click the storage resource that is part of the application.
  5. On the resource page, right-click the resource, and click Remove from Application.
Troubleshoot applications
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Applications .
  2. Right-click the application, and then click View Details.
Investigate the performance of the application and the storage resources that are associated with the application by viewing the charts on the Overview page. You can investigate the performance of related resources by clicking the resource and clicking the Performance tab.
Troubleshoot subcomponents
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Applications .
  2. Right-click the application, and then click View Details.
  3. In the General section, click Subcomponents.
  4. Right-click the subcomponent, and click View Details.
Investigate the performance of the storage resources that are associated with the subcomponent by viewing the charts on the Overview page. You can investigate the performance of related resources by clicking the resource and clicking the Performance tab.

Department administration

Go to the pages for creating and administering the departments that you want to monitor.
Table 2. Create and administer departments and subdepartments
Actions Navigation
Create departments and associate members (applications and departments) to create a hierarchal structure.
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Departments.
  2. On the Departments page, click Create Department.
  3. On the Add Members page, click Add one or more applications or Create subdepartment.
Add departments as subdepartments to a department.
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Departments.
  2. On the Departments page, right-click the departments that you want to add as subdepartments, and then click Add to Department.
Add applications to departments.
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Departments.
  2. Right-click the department, and then click View Details.
  3. In the General section, click Applications.
  4. Click Create Application.
Add applications to subdepartments.
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Departments.
  2. Right-click the department, and then click View Details.
  3. In the General section, click Subdepartments.
  4. Right-click the subdepartment, and click View Details.
  5. In the General section, click Applications.
  6. Click Create Application.
Remove departments, subdepartments, and applications, that are members of the department.
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Departments.
  2. On the Departments page, right-click one or more departments and click Delete.
  3. If you select Delete subdepartments and applications, the subdepartments and applications that belong only to the department, that is being removed, are removed.
Remove applications from a department or subdepartment.
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Departments.
  2. Right-click the department, and then click View Details.
  3. In the General section, click Subdepartments.
  4. Right-click the subdepartment, and click View Details.
  5. In the General section, click Applications.
  6. Select and right-click the applications, and then click Delete or Remove from Department.
Remove subdepartments within direct context of a department that you do not want to monitor.
  1. In the menu bar, go to Groups > Departments.
  2. Right-click the department, and then click View Details.
  3. In the General section, click Subdepartments.
  4. Right-click the subdepartments that you want to remove, and then click Remove from Department.

General group administration

Administer the general groups that you use to organize storage resources with common characteristics.
Table 3. Administering general groups
Actions Navigation

Create a general group and add resources.

  1. In the menu bar, click the resource list page for the resources that you want to add. For example, if you want to add file storage systems, click Storage > File Storage Systems.
  2. Right-click one or more resources and click Add to General Group.
  3. Click Add to new group, specify a name and description for the new group, and click Save.

Add resources to general groups.

  1. In the menu bar, click the resource list page for the resources that you want to add. For example, if you want to add block storage systems, click Storage > Block Storage Systems.
  2. Right-click one or more resources and click Add to General Group.
  3. Take one of the following actions:
    1. To add the resources to one or more existing groups, click Add to existing groups, click the appropriate groups in the list, and click Save.
    2. To add the resources to a new group, click Add to new group, specify a name and description for the new group, and click Save.

Set which alert policy manages a general group Learn more

  1. Go to the details page for the general group for which you want to set the policy. In the menu bar, click Groups > General Groups.
  2. Right-click one of the general groups, then click View Details.
  3. Click Alerts in the General section.
  4. Click Set Policy from the Policy Actions menu.

To set the alert policy for multiple general groups, go to Settings > Alert Policies. Double-click the policy, click the resources tab, then click Edit Resources.

Create an alert policy from the alert definitions and notification settings in a general group

  1. Go to the details page for the general group from which you want to create the policy. In the menu bar, click Groups > General Groups.
  2. Right-click one of the general groups, then click View Details.
  3. Click Alerts Definitions in the General section.
  4. Click Create Policy from the Policy Actions menu.

View or modify the alert policy that manages a general group Learn more about defining alerts and notification settings

  1. Go to the details page for the general group whose policy you want to view. In the menu bar, click Groups > General Groups.
  2. Right-click one of the general groups, then click View Details.
  3. Click Alerts in the General section.
  4. Click View Policy from the Policy Actions menu.

Delete general groups.

  1. In the menu bar, click Groups > General Groups.
  2. Right-click one or more general groups and click Delete.
  3. To delete subgroups, ensure that the Delete subgroups? check box is selected.
When a group is deleted, the information that is associated with the group, such as alerts and alert definitions, is removed from the product. The resources that were members of the group are removed from the group but are still monitored by the product.

Remove resources from a general group.

  1. In the menu bar, click Groups > General Groups.
  2. Right-click a general group and click View Details.
  3. In the Members section, click the type of resource that you want to remove. For example, if you want to remove some of the volumes from the group, click Volumes.
  4. Right-click the resources that you want to remove and click Remove from General Group.
  5. Click OK to confirm that you want to remove the resources from the general group and from all of its subgroups.

Add general groups as subgroups.

  1. In the menu bar, click Groups > General Groups.
  2. Right-click one or more general groups and click Add to General Group.
  3. Take one of the following actions:
    1. To add the groups as subgroups of existing groups, click Add to existing groups, click one or more groups in the list, and click Save.
    2. To add the groups as subgroups of a new group, click Add to new group, specify a name and description for the new group, and click Save.

Remove subgroups from a group hierarchy.

  1. In the menu bar, click Groups > General Groups.
  2. Right-click a general group and click View Details.
  3. Click Subgroups in the General section.
  4. Right-click the general groups that you want to remove and click Remove from General Group.
When you remove a subgroup from its parent group, the subgroup is moved to the same level in the hierarchy as the parent group. The subgroup is still monitored by the product.

Create a subgroup.

  1. In the menu bar, click Groups > General Groups.
  2. Right-click the general group that you want to create a subgroup for and click View Details.
  3. Click Subgroups in the General section.
  4. Click Create Subgroup.
  5. Specify a name and description for the new group.
  6. Customize the icon for the group by clicking the existing icon and selecting another icon.
  7. Click Create.

Delete subgroups.

  1. In the menu bar, click Groups > General Groups.
  2. Right-click the general group that contains the subgroups that you want to delete and click View Details.
  3. Click Subgroups in the General section.
  4. Right-click one or more subgroups and click Delete.
  5. To delete further subgroups, ensure that the Delete subgroups? check box is selected.
When a group is deleted, the information that is associated with the group, such as alerts and alert definitions, is removed from the product. The resources that were members of the group are removed from the group but are still monitored by the product.