Brocade clear port stats

Before you start working with a brocade switch or when trouble shooting it can be useful to clear the port stats.  We will look at how to clear individual ports stats and clear all the stats from the brocade switch.

To view the current stats and errors for a port use the following command:

porterrshow

The following commands will allow us to clear these stats to see if any error counters are increasing.

To clear the stats for a single port:

portstatsclear portindex

For example to clear the stats on port 1

portstatsclear 1

To clear the stats for a range of ports

portstatsclear -i portindex1-portindex2

For example to clear the stats on port 1-5

portstatsclear -i 1-5

To clear all the switch port and diagnostic switch in one go

statsclear
Choosing infsight VM details option in 3PAR

Configuring 3PAR with InfoSight

HPE previously announced the availability of InfoSight on 3PAR. This guest post by Armin Kerl runs through the process of setting up the VMware vCenter with 3PAR to enable InfoSight. This allows a number of insights into the performance of VM’s held on the storage.

Hello 3PAR Guys, today I will show you how to enable VM Details in your HPE InfoSight (StoreFront Remote). To use InfoSight with 3PAR you need the following prerequisites:

  • 3PAR Call Home enabled, as I describe here
  • Service Processor version 5.0.3
  • 3PAR OS minimum 3.3.1.

Integrating the Service Processor with vCentre

1 Once you are logged into your Service Processor you can see the firmware version of the service processor like in the screenshot below

503 error

2 Now go to Systems > Edit System.

3 Choose Add vCentre

Adding vCentredetails to ServiceProcessor

4 Enter IP address, password and other relevant information for your vCenter.

Adding vCenterto infosight

Troubleshooting

If you got this Message:

RDA Message

Than the RDA Transport Protocol is not active, and the SP uses the old SSA transfer. This happens mostly, if you have updated the Service Processor from 4.4 to 5.0. To solve this:

Logon to the Service Processor with the “hpepartner” Account and go to “Edit SP configuration”.

Service Processor EditNow under Support change from SSA to RDA Transport Agent.

Check if Call Home Transfer is still working, it may be the RDA needs different firewall exceptions on your site.

Checking Infosight is integrating with vCentre

In Activity, we see now VM Collections running.

3PAR activity log

At this Time, the SP configuration is completed and we have to wait for 2-3 Days for background processing in the HPE InfoSight backend.

After 3 Days, log on to InfoSight and click “VM Details”:

Choosing infsight VM details option in 3PAR

 

Now you get lots of VM to Storage related information:

Example 3PAR INfoSight Repor2t

 

Example 3PAR INfoSight Report

In this previous post available you can see more examples other reports InfoSight will make available. That is all the steps you need to configure 3PAR with InfoSight.

 

 

Encrypted veeam configuration backup

Protecting Your Veeam Backup Server

Backing up the backups

Should you backup your backup server – hell yeah. If you suffer a site failure and want to start bringing things back the first thing you are going to need is restore your backup server. Veeam Backup and Replication provides this facility through Configuration Backups. Configuration backups dump out the information stored in the DB associated with Veeam to a flat file with a .bco extension

Default Veeam configuration backup settings

The good news is the that these config backups are enabled daily by default.  They will however run to the default backup repository which is held locally on the Veeam backup server. Obviously a key part of your recovery strategy will be ensuring you can cope with the loss of your backup server.

To view your current config backup setup, pull down the main menu and select configuration backup

Selecting configuration backup from Veeam main menu

In the below screenshot we can see an example config backup setup.  The choice of settings is simple frequency, number of restore points and backup repository.

Veeam configuration backup window

You can choose any backup repository as a target. So choosing a remote backup repository will ensure the config file is off sited. Your other option is to use a File Copy Job to ensure that you get two copies of the config and send one of these offsite. Just remember to keep a note of where your config backup is held in your DR plans.

If you have encrypted jobs or tapes in Veeam you will need to enable encrypt configuration backup. If you do not do this configuration backups will not run since otherwise the encryption keys in the config DB could be visible. The added benefit of encrypting config backups is that they will then include the details stored in the credentials manager.  This means that when you restore your backup server you will not need to re-enter credential information.

Encrypted veeam configuration backup

 

Other availability options

The backup server its self can be backed up as you would with any other VM.  The VM backup of the Veeam backup server can then be backed up to a an offsite repository, or offsited with a copy job.

Another option which would deliver the quickest recovery is that the backup server its self can also be in a Replication Job.

Final Thoughts

  • Start be thinking about what you are trying to achieve, what is the RPO and RTO for your backup server and remember to relate this to your main recovery objectives.  You will not be able to recover any servers until you bring back your backup server
  • Once you have considered what you are trying to achieve think which protection method you need to use from configuration backups, backup copies and replication jobs. Also consider that the protection methods are not mutually exclusive, you can use a combination of them.
  • Finally no matter which method you choose ensure that you document and test the recovery process