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Monitoring the CTERA Edge Filer

You can monitor the HC2400M CTERA Edge Filer from the VMware Host Client or, if included as an additional feature of the HC2400M CTERA Edge Filer, using Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC).

Monitoring the CTERA Edge Filer From the VMware Host Client

You can monitor the CTERA Edge Filer using the VMware Host Client.

Note

The ESXi hypervisor cannot be managed in a VMware vCenter.

To log in to the VMware Host Client:

  1. Get the ESXi IP address from the system administrator.
  2. In a browser access the VMware Host Client by entering the IP address.
  3. Enter the username and password.
    The user is by default root and the password is CTERA123!.
    Warning

    CTERA recommends changing this password.

    Note

    If you see a warning message when displaying the HC400 virtual machine that the configured guest OS does not match the guest currently running, you can ignore the warning.

Unless included as a procedure in this chapter, all tasks in the VMware Host Client, except for monitoring, are not allowed. The following monitoring is available from the VMware Host Client:

  • Under Hosts > Monitor, you can monitor:
    • Performance tab – From the drop-down box you can select one of the following to monitor at the ESXi host level:
      • CPU
      • Memory
      • Network
      • Disk
    • Hardware tab – From the drop-down box you can select one of the following to monitor:
      • System sensors
      • Storage
    • Events tab
    • Tasks tab
    • Logs tab – Scroll to the log you want and click to see the log.
    • Notifications tab
  • Under Virtual Machines select the Monitor option under the CTERA Edge Filer virtual machine to monitor at the virtual machine level:
    • Performance tab – From the drop-down box you can select one of the following to monitor:
      • CPU
      • Memory
      • Network
      • Disk
    • Events tab
    • Tasks tab
    • Logs tab – Scroll to the log you want and click to see the log.
    • Notifications tab
      For full details refer to VMware ESXi documentation.

Using Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC)

Note

The following section applies if the CTERA Edge Filer includes the iDRAC license.

The Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) provides both a web interface and command line interface that allows you to perform remote management tasks. The first time you log on to iDRAC, CTERA recommends changing the password.

To access iDRAC:

  1. Attach a network cable to the iDRAC port.
  2. Uses the buttons at the front of the server to get the IP address to access iDRAC from a browser.
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  3. In a browser enter the IP address.
    The iDRAC login screen is displayed.
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  4. On first login, enter the default username and password from Dell: root/calvin and click Submit.
    You are requested to change the default password.
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  5. Change the default password and click Continue.
    The iDRAC console is displayed.
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Using iDRAC, you can monitor the sever, including the health of the server fans and server temperature.

For full details about iDRAC, refer to Dell documentation.

The HC2400M CTERA Edge Filer has two 10GBASE-T of SFP+ ports. You can use both these ports to implement NIC Teaming in either active-active or active-passive modes:

Active-active: This mode provides load balancing of virtual machine traffic across the physical NICs in the bond. If one NIC within the bond fails, the server’s network traffic automatically routes over the second NIC.

Active-passive: This mode provides failover capability. Only one NIC in the bond is active. If the active NIC fails, the server reestablishes a link to the network using the other NIC.

NIC Teaming is configured in ESXi.

For more information, refer to VMware documentation.

To enable NIC Teaming:

  1. Connect Ethernet, or fiber, cables to both the 10GBASE-T ports, or fiber ports, at the back of the HC2400M.
  2. Log in to the VMware Host Client, as described in Monitoring the CTERA Edge Filer From the VMware Host Client.
  3. select Networking in the Navigator and in the Virtual Switches tab select the CTERA 10GbE virtual switch.
    The CTERA 10GbE page is displayed.
  4. Click Add uplink.
    The Edit standard virtual switch - CTERA 10GbE window is displayed.
  5. Choose the option for the second uplink.
  6. Expand NIC teaming and make sure of the following settings.
    Load balancing – set to Route based on the originating port ID.
    Network failover detection – set to Link status only.
    Notify switches – set to No.
    Failback – set to Yes.
    Failover order – Leave the default.
  7. Click Save.
Note

A reboot is not required.

If a physical network cable is disconnected access to the CTERA Edge Filer continues transparently as all SMB connections and the browser user interface remain connected.


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