Synergy: The Synergy Composer

Synergy: The Synergy Composer



hello everyone my name is John Vause art I'm an HP II solution center engineer for Angra micro I help support servers blade systems storage as well as networking technology solutions from HPE in my videos what I like to do is show you a slide from a popular PowerPoint that presents you what that means within a management interface today we're gonna continue our discussion with HP's composable solution called synergy so certainly synergy looks like and certainly can act like a traditional blade system but once we add on or layer on our layers of composability it becomes a cool of resources that is compute storage as well as networking resources that we could draw from in order to create services and applications within our environment today we're gonna focus in on the synergy Composer which is an appliance that can either go on an appliance May 1 or 2 within a synergy frame what we used to call an enclosure right now I'll need to synergy Composer appliances purse energy stack or logical stack within an environment what do I mean by logical stack so I could have multiple synergy frames all connected through the frame link module in the back of the enclosure and I'd only need 2 composers in order to be able to manage the environment so for example like I have a synergy composer in the frame that was at the top most of a rack and a redundant composer that was in the frame at the bottom most of the rack so the synergy composer runs a specialized version of one view tailored for the synergy solution ok so with that being said if you've seen one of you demonstrations and this should look similar I'll point out some of the differences that you'd see within a synergy environment as far as the longview platform is concerned so with that being said let's explore this management interface ok so I've already logged into my synergy composer as you can see up here it is labeled as one view across the bottom I have scheduled tasks so if I was doing any firmware updates or backups backups as a suppliant they would show up down here could also see I have plant alerts as well as active alerts and I've got one morning that showing up here let me show you what that is I got a demonstration of proof of something as I'd mentioned you need to synergy composers with an environment create a level redundancy and you can see plants be it was a configure for high availability so let's just explore what's going on here so if I go back to the dashboard I look at enclosures this will be the front of the enclosure up here you can see I have one synergy composer here but in the secondary appliance bait I have an image streamer so I'm gonna save the image streamer as well as the D 3940 storage module for another video my murders can focus in on your energy composer this is a proof-of-concept setup alright just I have it available just to be able to show you guys just the different capabilities of the solution up here we have some compute modules or what we used to call blade servers I could certainly look at the context of those by clicking on them or go over here back to the dashboard and select server hardware and then get to see both of these compute modules one in Bay one and wannabe to something that is a little bit different between these you see one of them has a server profile assigned to him and the other one does not right so we'll explore server profiles in a little bit so some of the things I can do from this context certainly I can reach into the remote key VM features or the graphical user interface by launching the console close to the drunk link into the I load ship and I can interact with this system like I was local inside the environment some other things that can do it I can look at utilization such as CPU utilization power utilization or a variety of things I can look at the interconnect mapping of these components within this environment all right so let's go back the dashboard I'll go back to our enclosure as well so if you're familiar with blade systems you'll know that the compute modules the blade servers generally come with two dual port adapters inside the environment and if you put an adapter in there and one of those ports will go to the left side interconnect module and one will go to the right side interconnect module all right so if you don't know blade system so well when you look at these compute modules of these blade servers there's no actual physical ports for network as well as storage resources in the environment they actually pass through the enclosure and out the back of interconnect modules if you look down here at the rear view of the enclosure you'll see a with the interconnect modules in the back again if you're familiar with blade systems you'll know they're Bo right on the Left interconnect module same concept exists except it's gonna be a top and a bottom and interconnected modules so appear on the top this is done mainly for redundancy and each one of these interconnect modules go to different ports on the controller cards that you put inside your system so at the top since I have the storage module here I have a SAS module in the back it's redundant running down here I also have virtual connect modules we'll talk about what Virtual Connect is I would say that if you're going down the path of composability let's say one of the ways they'd be able to pull from your pool of resources is by using Virtual Connect this will be your first step creating a fully composable environment is by using the virtual connect modules right now we can look at a little bit more detail on those modules again if you go to the dashboard that I select two interconnects what I've slept at right now is one of the virtual connect modules and I could look at information on these guys such as port utilization right so we looked at scheduled tasks appliance alerts talk about the enclosure we talked about the hardware interconnects now we have these logical entities here as I mentioned through the frame link module in the back and if we're looking at the line drawing it'll be these guys I have the ability to interlink these frames and manage them as a single entity or a single logical entity so the idea is as I grow my environment or added extra synergy frames I don't want to reconfigure each one of those over and over again I can just add them to the logical entity I think the best way to kind of look at that or describe that is if I look at the logical interconnects again I have the virtual connect interconnects I click here I have these entities that again I can select as a part of a server profile you can all talk about that in a little bit right if I do the information will flow through these ports the back of the interconnect module I look at a little bit more detail I'm gonna click Edit then we'll look at this configuration and then within this you can see all my VLAN settings so as I bring new enclosures as well as interconnects I don't want to configure these all over and over again I just add them to this logical entity I'm gonna click cancel here click cancel again then I'm gonna go back to the dashboard right so we look at scheduled tasks plants alerts with doing a closure server hardware interconnects as well as these logical entities now let's talk about the storage capabilities so I certainly have storage pools we're here as well as volumes over here but so I have the ability to be able to add starred systems into my synergy solution or within one view and in my configuration I have three three power storage service systems loaded up in this environment I can get the different utilization between each of those now if you've done three power in the past you might understand what cpgs are but CPGs are just policies or storage pools for configuring raid types as well as drive types i go back to the dashboard i can look at those storage pools over here from that i can then create volumes now certainly i got three 3par storeserv systems in there and only have two volumes these are just the bios i've chose to present by clicking add a volume so in add volumes from the three power storage system if I wanted to write or I could create a brand-new volume again it'll reach into the three power storage system and actually create that by there's a different way to do this I could do this as part of a server profile again I'm going to show you that in a little bit as another side note I could go over to actions and actually create snapshots as well so let's go back to the dashboard so we've covered a lot of these topics already them so the only things that we really have left our blade bays which is kind of self-explanatory how many bays are populated and we have servers with profiles as well as server profiles so what our server profiles well server profiles are softer to find services that we pull from within our network so I'm gonna pull my pulls of resources in my environment yeah and compute storage and networking and I'm going to aggregate them into something like a software-defined within my environment and I must sign those two systems you can see this one is a sign to bei – so the compute modular blade server that's in Bay 2 has six connections and it's also connected to the sand storage so I think the best way to kind of look at this is actually to go in and edit it now this is a movable entity this isn't necessarily nailed down to any particular system I could choose different compute modules in order to be able to run this if I felt like it we'll explain that a little bit later on but let's scroll on down and look some other settings so some of the differences certainly there is an OS deployment server and this would be the image streamer you're gonna save that for another another video I can also manage firmware within this environment so if you're familiar with Service Pack 4 Alliance those are a nice so that contains all the firmware and Driver updates for an HP ProLiant system that can upload those into this composer or this one view environment and then manage them so for example if I select this service pack for ProLiant I can do a firmer as well as driver update using smart update tools and this is just a tool within the operating system that allows me to perform these updates all right so I can do the firmware a driver I can just do the farmer or I could select farm or only which means the next time the server boots right it'll get that that update or a boot from that I sell right I want things to happen a little quicker here and this adds a little bit to the boot time so that's why I have it set for manage manually we're trying to show you something interesting here now go down a little bit further you'll see that I have connections so as I had mentioned my blade system or my compute module has 220 gig Ethernet connections inside and it's a preferred network adapter in combination with Virtual Connect I have the ability to carve out each of one of these 20 gig adapters into four devices or four virtualized devices they almost look like physical devices when you look inside the operating system environment so in my environment – 20 gig connections I have carved out one two three and four Ethernet connections as well as two storage connections or two fiber connections I have a Channel over Ethernet to be specific right and all that rides over 220 gig connections it's not very difficult to make these carvings and I can click add a connection select my resource it will do for real an 82 and click Add now if you notice it doesn't have a virtualized MAC address or doesn't have a MAC address right now when I put this up it'll grab a virtualized MAC address and assign it and that'll become a moveable entity meaning I can move MAC addresses and worldwide names between compute modules I'm gonna remove that if you look up you'll see all these devices have MAC addresses as well as worldwide names associate yeah these aren't nailed down to the few module I can pick up and make them portable within the environment now if I want to look at this within the operating system this server profile is associated to this system here let's go take a quick look we'll open up device manager and expand out network adapters we'll see I have four network adapters sitting here and if I go down to storage controllers you see have another two storage controllers so total of six devices which is exactly what I have inside here other things I can do within a server profile I could manage local storage so if you want to have resources that are portable and moveable you won't necessarily want to manage the integrated storage controller xib local hard drives within a blade system you can do that if you wanted to but there's also the ability to manage mess storage or composable stores from the D 3940 again I'm gonna save that for another video at another time a little bit further down as sand storage so I have the ability to manage my three power storage systems film with it soon tomorrow you can see that I have a hundred gig volume already presented in the sub part and if I go inside my system can open this up and you'll see there is that hundred gig about you I can also add additional resources to this so again pulling from a pool of resources by clicking add volume they choose an existing vibe but I think this time I'm gonna create a new volume we're gonna give it a name say it's our volume we could use a template if we felt like it I'm gonna use one of my storage pools again these are CPGs if you know what 3par is and I'm gonna select off my SSD drives I'm gonna click Add so I've added another 100 Gig drive and then click ok one more time so it actually gets created and president presented to the system it's going through the process of configuring that stores it's already done it's gonna go over I'm gonna click Edit again they bring up that context it will go down to storage again you can see I have 200 gig drives now allocated now if I go inside the operating system I'll go over to disk management you'll see that that Drive exists so I'll take I'll make that online will initialize the disk and of course will format that on out click Next and finish it so again I've pulled for my storage resources and I've added them into this environment so all the things I could manage certain I could manage boot mode legacy or UEFI boot order certainly the large settings that you can find within a BIOS can be edited as well as some other advanced options right and this is a software-defined entity so this is movable because there's no local storage within those compute modules in the environment I saw something catastrophic happened so for example and close this out that the server failed I could reassign those resources so what I'm gonna do in this case go back over to the enclosure I'm gonna take the resource that's currently running on compute module two and move that over to one and it'll be the exact same system when I move it on over right so again failure happened here I can move it on over let's go back over to the server profiles who under actions was then I've taken reassign this to day one and yes we're gonna reassign that I'm gonna click okay you know we can see the process that we're setting so I'm going to take out a little bit of the dead space within this video as always I'm going to get a true AK an accurate representation of time look down below I want to speed this up I don't want to keep you here any longer than you have to be now some things to look at is is if you you think about this as a pool of resources that we could pull from right I have this profile server profile not assigned necessary anything or it's set aside right so if say one of these blade solutions was being used by test and dev right I could turn to them and say hey my compute that was running for my production level application has failed me I need to park what you're using and use that to be able to get my application server back up and running so again I can reassign my resources based on what's driving business within my environment okay the update is completed so I'm going to go over I'm gonna launch the console all right then a power on this this uh compute module expand it out a little bit you see it's starting to boot now if I go back over I'll go back to you enclosure you can see now that that profile is assigned to be one instead of be two again the system will boot up and I'll look like we're it's the same server then it's gonna go through a couple cycles of a boot process in order to be able I to that you notice in the background we're getting a little bit notice that an error is happening with the connections that's because we are reassigning the virtual network connections from Virtual Connect from one made to another and we're seeing another message showing up over here but this will disappear as the profile gets assigned now we're looking at our first reboot right after it goes through its storage configuration they were getting our message about configuring the remote manager software so again being configured by one of you you can already see it starting to correct itself there is I'll cleaned up my system will reboot shortly now I could see the operating system is starting to load now we're at a prompt where we can log in you see that we're working with the exact same system and then we're getting the message about a crash so I just heard powered off the sky but we open this up you can see that my storage is still assigned so my resources are still assigned the storage perspective as well as from a networking perspective so we all gonna be here almost seen the same network adapters as well as storage controllers but if we dug in deeper we'd see the MAC addresses would be exactly the same so I was able to reallocate these resources based on what was driving business all right so this is how to use composability within a synergy and environment this is the one of the ways to be able to allocate resources from a shared storage pool I plan to show you how to how to allocate other resources and some other videos coming up I hope you enjoyed this video then please stay tuned for more videos

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