Before you begin checklist for IBM Storage Insights
IBM Storage Insights is an off-premises, IBM Cloud® service. Because it's an IBM Cloud service, getting started is a snap. However, every environment is different, so to ensure that your getting started experience goes smoothly, use the following checklists as a guide.
Getting started in three easy steps
- Sign up. If you have IBM® block storage systems and don't already have IBM Storage Insights, sign up at https://ibm.biz/insightsreg.
- Deploy a metadata collector. The collector is a lightweight application
that streams performance, capacity, and configuration metadata to IBM Storage
Insights.Pro tip: To ensure the availability of metadata collection, deploy two or more data collectors on separate servers in each of your data centers.
- Add your storage and switches. Connect IBM Storage Insights to the storage that you want to monitor.
After you complete those steps, your dashboard is ready. It's that easy to elevate how you monitor and manage your storage environment!
Before you begin checklist
To jumpstart your IBM Storage Insights experience, preparation is key. Use this checklist to smooth the way.
After you sign up, you'll receive a Welcome email. In your inbox, look for emails that were sent by the following email addresses:
|☐||Learning about security||
Protecting information about your storage is critical. Key highlights:
|☐||Choosing your platform: Operating system requirements||
You can install the data collector on the following operating systems:
When you install the data collector, you can configure it to connect to a proxy server.
|☐||Choosing your platform: Hardware requirements||
The location where you install a data collector must be available 24X7:
|☐||Determining how many data collectors to install||
You can install multiple data collectors to fail over to another data collector when a metadata collection fails or to optimize the metadata collection from data centers in different locations.
|☐||Preparing for the data collector: Firewalls and an outbound port configuration||
|☐||Preparing for the data collector: Antivirus software||
If your antivirus software is set on the maximum mode, it might prevent some of your changes from being accepted.
Configure your antivirus software product on the server or virtual machine where you install the data collector to allow new executable files to be created in its installation directory. If your antivirus software prevents the monitoring of some of your devices, such as XIV, Hitachi VSP, Dell EMC, NetApp, Pure storage, or VMware ESXi hosts, add the related executable files for those devices to your allowlist.
If McAfee Adaptive Threat Protection is enabled on the server where an IBM Storage Insights data collector is installed, it might prevent the data collector from starting or stopping. To help avoid this issue, open McAfee Adaptive Threat Protection and go to settings. In the Real Protect Scanning (Windows only) section, verify if Enable client-based scanning is selected. If so, select Low from the Sensitivity level list.
For more information about McAfee Adaptive Threat Protection, see the following links:
|☐||Downloading the data collector||In the IBM Storage Insights GUI, go to , and click Deploy Data Collector. Click your operating system to download the compressed file.|
|☐||Ensuring that the data collector can access your storage systems||
|☐||Avoiding the use of special characters||
If you install data collectors on servers or virtual machines that run Windows Server 2012 and later, you might find the following information useful.
|☐||Choosing a location for the data collector .zip file||
|☐||Viewing the contents of the data collector .zip file||
After you extract data collector .zip file, here are some key files for you to use:
|☐||Installing the data collector as an administrator||
To install the data collector, you must run installDataCollectorService.bat as an administrator. To run the batch file as an administrator, you can use the following methods:
AIX and Linux checklist
If you install data collectors on servers or virtual machines that run AIX or Linux, you might find the following information useful.
|☐||Choosing a location for the data collector .gz file||
|☐||Viewing the contents of the data collector .gz file||
After you extract data collector .gz file, here are the key files for you to use:
|☐||Installing the data collector as root||
To install the data collector, you must have root authority on the server or virtual machine where you run installDataCollectorService.sh.
To view all the steps for installing a data collector on AIX or Linux, see Installing data collectors on AIX or Linux.
As easy as getting started with IBM Storage Insights can be, unexpected problems might occur. If you get stuck, you can open an IBM Support case to get help. You can also access self-help resources, including posing questions to experts in the technical community.
For a directory of help options, see Getting support.