Health Check Commands for Dell EMC, Hitachi, IBM, HP & other Enterprise Storage Arrays

How effectively it’s required to use the Health Check Commands on storage array tools?

Large service delivery accounts also find it difficult to conduct health checks and track power on hundreds of arrays and switches scattered across the globe, in various places, in different environments. Which may be cloud distribution accounts that help multiple SAN environments, either customer-dedicated or shared by multiple customers; or multiple SAN environments that result from a merger or acquisition. A health check report is prepared several times a day to guarantee the Service Level Agreement (SLAs) so that the arrays can be closely monitored and to ensure that all faults are treated properly. This is a repetitive and time-consuming job that involves the efforts of several engineers dedicated to this mission. The difficulty is increasing as the fabrics can be spread through environments and locations. Moreover, due to the complexity of the arrays and switches, the purpose of monitoring the entire environment that not be one single device.

The basic health check commands for various arrays are discussed in this section.

HNAS CLI Health check commands (Latest models: HNAS 4060, HNAS4080, HNAS4100)

HNAS CLI (command line interface) can be accessed as follows

1. install putty
2. use SSH to connect to the NAS server and start

CLI command Summary
Hostname :$ evs list
Displays the health status of all evs with ip, port, label, id, node information
Hostname :$ span-mirror-health output has 5 fields gives::span instance name::span permanent ID::Health&Licensing Primary(HL or FL or MU or..):: Health&Licensing Secondary(XX):: pegging(P or U or M)
Hostname :$ cluster-show Displays Status and Health of the node.
Hostname :$ cluster-show –all Displays overall cluster health information
Hostname :$ sd-list List system drives give health status, capacity, role, Access, Device id.
Hostname :$ filesystem-list-stored List health status of a file system(loaded)
Hostname :$ filesystem-notifications List the last notification activity for each filesystem in the array
Hostname :$ chassis-drive-status Display the chassis drive status
Hostname :$ dailystatusreport [Email id to send] Send the daily status report to the email id mentioned
Hostname :$ uptime Displays how long the system has been running
Hostname :$ multi-tenancy-show show status of multi-tenancy environment
Hostname :$ ndmp-status Displays the current status of NDMP
Hostname :$ overallstatus Displays the health status of all cluster nodes, quorum device
Hostname :$ papi-status Displays PAPI client and server status with server build and API version details
Hostname :$ bt active Displays list of current active threads
Hostname :$ dedup-replication-target-index-log Shows the logs of dedupe index access on replication target filesystems
Hostname :$ dedup-replication-target-index-log Shows the statistics of storage(read,set_length, open, write response times) and network stats(read and write)

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VPLEX Health check commands:

CLI commands to be run on VPLEXCLI:

VPlexcli:/>vpn status Displays diagnostic of VPN connection
VPlexcli:/>cluster status Cluster health check
VPlexcli:/>cluster summary Cluster summary
VPlexcli:/>storage-volume summary storage-volume summary
VPlexcli:/>virtual-volume summary virtual-volume summary
VPlexcli:/>ndu pre-check Can be run as a high-level health check
VPlexcli:/>validate-system-configuration Runs high-level health check on cache replication, logging volume, back-end connectivity, and meta-volume
VPlexcli:/>ll clusters/**/virtual-volumes/* Displays status, health, and stats on virtual volumes
VPlexcli:/>ll /clusters/* High-level cluster information
VPlexcli:/>version -a –verbose Full version information
VPlexcli:/>sessions Displays all active VPLEX mgmt console sessions
VPlexcli:/>rebuild status Displays DM progress/stats
VPlexcli:/>local-device summary Summarizes local device information
VPlexcli:/>extent summary Summarizes extent information
VPlexcli:/>export port summary Summarizes the export ports at the given clusters
VPlexcli:/>ds summary Summarizes distributed-devices and WOF groups
VPlexcli:/>director uptime Displays director uptime since the last reboot
VPlexcli:/>director app status Displays application status running on each director
VPlexcli:/>ll engines/**/fans/* Displays fan health
VPlexcli:/>ll engines/**/power-supplies/* Displays power supply health
VPlexcli:/>ll engines/**/stand-by-power-supplies/* Displays stand by power supply health
VPlexcli:/>ll engines/**/io-modules/* Displays io module health
VPlexcli:/>ll engines/**/internal-disk-* Displays health of internal disks
VPlexcli:/>ll engines/**/dimm-* Displays health of dimms
VPlexcli:/>ll /engines/**/ports Displays port status
VPlexcli:/>ll engines/**/sfps/* Displays specific sfp information
VPlexcli:/>ll engines/**/ports/* Displays specific port information
VPlexcli:/>health-check General Health check
VPlexcli:/>export storage-view summary Lists each view and the number of virtual volumes and initiators that it contains
VPlexcli:/>connectivity validate-be Checks for back end HA and connectivity issues
VPlexcli:/>connectivity director director-1-1-A (wild cards do not work for this command) Lists all devices logged into a given director
VPlexcli:/>connectivity validate-wan-com Compares expected to actual wan-com visibility
VPlexcli:/>connectivity show Shows all (actual) wan-com connectivity
VPlexcli:/>fc-port-stats Displays port stats – needs to be run in a directory context

*** Use ‘ll –ful’ to list out abridged listings of virtual volumes/initiators within certain contexts ***

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Centera Health check commands:

Login to Centera viewer -> connect to respective Centera IP -> commands -> cli

Config# show health
Config# show capacity avail
Config# show replication detail
Config# show config notif
Config# show report health

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VMAX (Symmetrix Health check):

Product: VMAX (Symmetrix Health check)

Symcfg –sid XXXX list –env_data Displays the status of Hardware component in the array (-v gives the detailed information)
Symcfg –sid XXXX list –dir all Displays the online status of all directors (Frontend+Backend)
Symevent –sid XXXX list –error –fatal Displays the critical alerts generated
Symdisk –sid XXXX list failed Displays the list of Failed disks

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NAS Health Check:

Command Summary
nas_replicate -list Displays list and status of configured replication links
nas_replicate -info <name of replication link> Displays info in versbose mode with last sync time
nas_storage -list Displays list of all attached systems like clarion,VNX.
nas_storage -info -all Displays info in verbose mode
nas_server -list Displays list of physical Datamovers configured
nas_server -list -vdm Displays list of VDM(virtual Datamovers) configured
nas_server -info -all Displays information in verbose mode
nas_event -list -a callhome Displays list of components and Facilities that generate events
nas_pool -list Diplays list of configured pool
nas_pool -info -all Displays list of configured pool in verbose mode
nas_pool -size -all Displays size and status of nas pools configured
nas_fs -list -all Displays the list of all configured filesystem
nas_fs -info -all Dispays details of filesystem in Verbose mode
nas_fs -size <fs_name> Dispalys the size of filesystem mentioned
nas_connecthome -info Displays the status of configured parameters of services FTP,ESRS,SRS,email,HTTPS.
nas_environment -info -all Displays health status of all hardware components of the Array
nas_cs -info Displays configured control station properties
nas_volume -list Displays details of volume(vol id,type of volume(mirror,clone),inuse,Vol_name
nas_volume -info -all Displays details in verbose mode
nas_volume -size <volumename> Displays details of size of Volume


Products: CELERRA, VNX, VNXe

nas_server –list
nas_inventory –list

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XtremIO Health Check CLI commands:

xmcli (admin)> show-bricks
xmcli (admin)> show-storage-controllers
xmcli (admin)> show-storage-controllers-inifiniband-counters
xmcli (admin)> show-bbus
xmcli (admin)> show-clusters
xmcli (admin)> show-daes
xmcli (admin)> show-storage-controllers-psus
xmcli (admin)> show-alerts
xmcli (admin)> show-initiators-connectivity
xmcli (admin)> show-discovered-initiators-connectivity
xmcli (admin)> show-targets-fc-error-counters
xmcli (admin)> show-ssds
xmcli (admin)>show-initiators-performance duration= 4000 frequency=5

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Avamar Product:

Health check commands:

Product: AVAMAR

[email protected]:~/#:uptime Check the uptime of the grid to ensure no unexpected reboots have occurred.
[email protected]:~/#:status.dpn The status.dpn commands list the status of all the nodes in
the Avamar Grid along with their capacity utilization percentage.
[email protected]:~/#:dpnctl status Next, check the status of different services, such as gsan, mcs, ems,
backup scheduler, dtlt, axionfs, and maintenance windows scheduler.

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Hitachi HDS Arrays

Login to Device Manager CLI

Product: Hitachi HDS Arrays

HiCommandCLI GetStorageArray subtarget=FreeSpace model=HDS9980V serialnum=10001 Check the capacity utilization of array groups.
HiCommandCLI get alerts Check system-generated alerts for any hardware failures or warnings

IBM XIV Arrays:

The IBM XIV Storage System command-line interface (XCLI) provides a mechanism for issuing commands to manage and maintain the XIV systems. XLI commands are entered on an XCLI client system (or XCLI client) supplied by the customer

Product: IBM XIV Arrays

ats_list ats Check the status of the ATS (Automatic Transfer Switch) configuration. ATS switches between line cords to allow redundancy of external power.
cf_list -f all Check the status of the Compact Flash (CF) cards on the array.
component_list filter=FAILED|NOTOK List the failed system components.
mm_list -f all Check the status of the maintenance module
module_temperature_list -f all Check the status of the internal temperature of modules
fs_check Check Filesystems Health State
fan_list Check the status of FANs in the System

HP XP Arrays:

The Command View XP Command Line Interface (CLI) is a text-based interface used to manage and retrieve information about XP disk arrays.

Product: HP XP Arrays

showbattery show battery status information
showclienv show CLI environment parameters
showflashcache show the status of the flash cache per node or VV
shownet show network configuration and status
showsched show scheduled tasks in the system
showportlesb show Link Error Status Block information about devices on Fibre Channel port
showport-i show Fibre Channel and iSCSI ports in the system
showpdata show preserved data status
showpd–failed-degraded show failed or degraded physical disks (PDs) in the system with parameters capacity, status, RPM, type, cage position
checkhealth-svc-detail checks the overall health of all components and summarises the issues if any
list array_status Check array locked status.
list acp_status Check the Array Control Processor (ACP)
list dka_status Disk Adapter (DKA) status.
list chip_status Check Channel Host Interface Processor
list cha_status Check Channel Adapter Status
list chp_status Check Channel Processor Status
list cm_status Check Cache Status
list csw_status Check Cache Status
list dkc_status Check Backend Disk Status
list dkp_status Check Backend Disk Status
list dku_status Check Backend Disk Status

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