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DR Series Software - Administrator Guide

Introduction to the DR Series System Documentation Understanding the DR Series System Setting Up the DR Series System Hardware Configuring the DR Series System Settings Managing DR Series Storage Operations Monitoring the DR Series System Using Global View Using the DR Series System Support Options Configuring and Using Rapid NFS and Rapid CIFS Configuring and Using Rapid Data Access with Dell NetVault Backup and with Dell vRanger Configuring and Using RDA with OST
Understanding RDA with OST Guidelines Terminology Supported RDA with OST Software and Components Best Practices: RDA with OST and the DR Series System Setting Client-Side Optimization Configuring an LSU Installing the RDA with OST Plug-In Configuring DR Series System Information Using NetBackup Backing Up Data From a DR Series System (NetBackup) Using Backup Exec With a DR Series System (Windows) Understanding the OST CLI Commands Understanding RDA with OST Plug-In Diagnostic Logs Collecting Diagnostics Using a Linux Utility Guidelines for Gathering Media Server Information
Configuring and Using VTL Configuring and Using Encryption at Rest Troubleshooting and Maintenance Supported Ports in a DR Series System Getting Help

Using the Dashboard Page to Monitor System Health

Using the Dashboard Page to Monitor System Health

To use the Dashboard page to display and monitor the current DR Series system hardware status, complete the following:

Click Dashboard in the navigation panel.
The Dashboard page is displayed and provides a HW State link in the System Status bar (for example, HW State: optimal). (You can also access the Health page when you click Dashboard→ Health.)
Click the HW State link (in this example, optimal) to display the Health page.
The Health page provides a System tab, which is the default displayed on this page. If you have installed at least one enclosure, your system will also include an Enclosure tab. The System tab displays front and rear views of the chassis showing the disk drive locations in the front view (0–11), the OS internal drives (12–13), and the fans, system connectors, and power supplies in the rear view. If installed and clicked, the Enclosure tab displays front and rear views of the enclosure chassis showing the physical disk locations (0–11) in the front view, and the enclosure connectors, fans, and pluggable drive locations in the rear view. In addition, the service tag of the expansion shelf is displayed. Both the System and Enclosure tabs display the System Hardware Health summary table that lists the current status of all major components in the DR Series system or its expansion shelf, respectively.
NOTE: This method is convenient when you are already at the Dashboard page and want to display more information about current System Status.

DR Series system — System Hardware Health components

Enclosure — System Hardware Health components

Using the Dashboard Health Options

Using the Dashboard Health Options

To use the navigation panel to display the current system status of the DR Series system components (or any expansion shelf enclosure) that are installed, complete the following steps:

Click Dashboard → Health.
The Health page is displayed.
Mouse over the chassis front and rear panel views on the Health page to display a dialog with the status, name, and state for the DR Series system disk drives and OS drives.
Use the same process to display a similar dialog with the status and name for the power supplies and rear panel connectors for an expansion shelf enclosure.

Understanding DR Series System NICs And Ports

Understanding DR Series System NICs And Ports

The DR Series system supports the use of the following types of NICs:

1-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) two-port (10-Base T); Dell recommends using CAT6a copper cabling

The 1-GbE, 10-GbE, and 10-GbE SFP+ NICs configurations bond multiple Ethernet ports into a single interface by default:

The DR Series system supports configuring the NICs to use either of the following supported bonding configurations:

ALB—adaptive load balancing (ALB) is the default; this configuration does not require special switch support, but it does require the data source machine to be on the same subnet as the DR Series system. The ALB is mediated by the Address Resolution Protocol (ARP).
802.3ad—also known as Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) is used for copper-wired Ethernet applications; this configuration does require special switch management (the requirement being that it be managed from the switch).

For more information, see Configuring Networking Settings.

ALB and the 802.3ad are link aggregation methods that aggregate or combine multiple network connections in parallel to increase throughput beyond what a single connection could support.

Link aggregation for Ethernet connections also provides redundancy, in case one of the links fails. The DR Series system also comes with a Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) card for future enhancements.

The DR Series system ships equipped with the 1-GbE, I-GbE, or 10-GbE SFP+ NIC. To visually differentiate between the NIC types, observe the markings on the NICs installed in the rear chassis of the DR Series system:

To verify the types of NICs that are installed in your system, click System Configuration → Networking to display the NIC information. For more information, see Configuring Networking Settings. In addition, you can also use the DR Series system CLI network --show command to display other NIC-related information.

Monitoring System Usage

Monitoring System Usage

Setting a Latest Range Value
Setting a Time Range Value

To display the current DR Series system usage, click Dashboard → Usage to display the Usage page. This page allows you to monitor system status and the currently displayed system usage status is based on the Latest Range or Time Range settings that are in effect. These settings define the output for the following tab categories on the Usage page:

All (displays all system status categories)
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