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Isilon Ask the Expert Forum happening now

Risa Galant

Risa Galant

Principal Technical Writer at EMC Isilon Storage Division
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The Ask the Expert forum on the EMC Isilon Community featuring the Isilon Information Experience team is happening now until August 7.

This is a great opportunity to ask questions, exchange ideas, and share opinions about Isilon technical content with the people who create it, including  product documentation, release notes, videos, white papers, and more.  Check it out here. See you there!

Is your site ready for an EMC Isilon cluster?

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

If you’re in the market for a new data storage solution, such as an EMC® Isilon® scale-out network attached storage (NAS) system, you’ve probably done a good amount of research to determine which solution will best meet your needs.

One important area of research is determining if your data center is ready for an EMC Isilon cluster. The Isilon Site Preparation and Planning Guide (login with an EMC Community Network account required) can help answer important questions about how to prepare a data center infrastructure for new Isilon equipment. Designed for system administrators or facility managers, this guide offers specific information about environmental and power requirements for data centers.

The information in this guide extends beyond providing site requirements. It’s also a useful reference for selecting equipment and preparing for the arrival and set up of your new cluster.

Selecting the right equipment

EMC Isilon NodesThe Isilon Site Preparation and Planning Guide is a singular resource for specifications and recommendations about all the equipment that makes up an Isilon cluster.

For example, this guide includes specifications for the following:

  • Nodes: Get specs on storage capacity, dimensions, and more for all supported nodes including S210, S200, X200, X410, X400, NL400, and A100 accelerator nodes.
  • Rack cabinets: Learn about standard storage racks requirements and delivery dimensions.
  • Cables: Get recommendations for managing InfiniBand and Cat 5 cables. For demonstrations of proper cable management, watch the EMC Isilon Site Preparation and Planning: Cabling video.

Installing your cluster

For an overview of cluster installation basics, such as topology, node positioning, and planning for expansion or service needs, watch the EMC Isilon Site Preparation and Planning: Cluster Installation video.

To help you with the installation process, Isilon Professional Services can assist you with setting up your new Isilon cluster to meet the needs of your specific workflows. The Isilon Site Preparation and Planning Guide provides a list of what to consider when first installing your cluster, which you can review with your Professional Services account representative:

  • Which version of the Isilon OneFS® operating system to install on the cluster
  • Network connectivity details, including IP ranges, for your cluster nodes, client, and InfiniBand networks
  • DNS configuration details, including name servers and search lists
  • Directory services such as Active Directory, LDAP, NIS, or local user groups
  • File sharing protocols such as SMB and NFS, and advanced file sharing options
  • Data protection levels, anti-virus solutions, NDMP backup, and auditing
  • Cluster alert solutions such as ESRS and SNMP monitoring

For more complete information on these topics, read the Isilon Site Preparation and Planning Guide.

Start a conversation about Isilon content

Have a question or feedback about Isilon content? Visit the online EMC Isilon Community to start a discussion. If you have questions or feedback about this blog, send an email to isi.knowledge@emc.com. To provide documentation feedback or request new content, send an email to isicontent@emc.com.

 

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Find Isilon help content on the EMC Isilon online community

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

You now have a fast and easy option for downloading EMC® Isilon® help content: visit the EMC Isilon online community.

Recently, the Isilon Community was enhanced in an effort to bring together Isilon-related content—including discussions and documentation—into one place and make it searchable on popular search engines. Here is a list of OneFS and Isilon documentation you can access immediately (you many have to log in to your EMC Community Network [ECN] account to access some of the documents).

Document Title

Overview

OneFS Version

OneFS Web Administration Guide A comprehensive guide to administering your cluster from the web administration interface.

 

OneFS CLI Administration Guide* A comprehensive guide to administering your cluster from the command-line interface. OneFS 7.1
Isilon Site Preparation and Planning* Learn about node specifications, switches and cables, networking topology, and other site installation topics. All versions
EMC Isilon Upgrade Planning and Preparation Includes steps for planning, completing, and troubleshooting a OneFS upgrade.
Backup and Recovery Guide Learn about methods for backing up your cluster, such as SyncIQ and NDMP. OneFS 7.1
Current Isilon Software Releases Learn which releases are available for Isilon OneFS, OneFS software modules, and Isilon firmware packages. All versions

* Requires an EMC Community Network (ECN) account

 

Search for technical white papers

The EMC Isilon Community also features technical white papers. White papers typically describe a solution to a specific problem or scenario. For example, you can download technical white papers on topics such as Hadoop implementation, data migration, electronic design automation, and multiprotocol security. To search for these white papers and additional Isilon documentation, go to the Content tab of the Isilon Community, click on the Document icon, and filter by the “documentation” tag.

How to find more help content

The EMC Isilon Community is a good source for Isilon-related content. However, additional Isilon help documentation is available only on the EMC Online Support site, including:

  • Knowledgebase articles
  • EMC Technical Advisories
  • Software downloads (except the OneFS 7.1.0.1 simulator, which is available for download on the EMC Isilon Community)
  • Help documentation for all OneFS versions

To begin your search, first log in to the EMC Online Support site, go to the OneFS product page, and enter your search terms. Watch the video, How to find content on the EMC Online Support site, for more information.

Start a conversation

Have a question or feedback about Isilon content? Visit the online EMC Isilon Community to start a discussion. If you have questions or feedback about this blog, send an email to isi.knowledge@emc.com. To provide documentation feedback or request new content, send an email to isicontent@emc.com.

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Top 20 EMC Isilon support documents in May 2014

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

One of the goals of this blog is to share the most useful EMC® Isilon® support-related content that we have to offer. In this post, we’re highlighting 20 of the most viewed knowledgebase (KB) articles and product documents from the month of May.

We hope these documents will help you to quickly find an answer to a common question or resolve an issue.

Top 10 KB articles

To access these KB articles, log in to the EMC Online Support site. Articles in bold are new to the top 10 list this month.

  1. OneFS 7.1 SMB and Authentication Rollup Patch (174372)
  2. OneFS 7.0.2 SMB and Authentication Rollup Patch (172623)
  3. Best practices for NFS client settings (90041)
  4. How to reset a node to factory defaults (16696)
  5. How to upgrade firmware on Intel (QLogic) 12300 and 12800 InfiniBand switches (170524)
  6. Troubleshooting performance issues (88844)
  7. How to create a bootable image of OneFS on a USB flash drive (16691)
  8. OneFS 7.0.0 – 7.0.1.2: The SmartConnect zone is not available, or all clients connect to one node in the SmartConnect zone in OneFS 7.0.x (91535)
  9. OneFS sysctl commands (89334)
  10. How to reimage a node using a USB flash drive (16582)

 

Top 10 product documents

To access these PDF documents, log in to the EMC Online Support site. Documents in bold are new to the top 10 list this month.

  1. Current Isilon Software Releases
  2. OneFS 7.1 CLI Administration Guide
  3. Isilon Supportability and Compatibility Guide
  4. OneFS 7.1.0 MR Release Notes
  5. OneFS 7.1 Web Administration Guide
  6. OneFS 7.0.2 Administration Guide
  7. OneFS 7.0.1 Administration Guide
  8. Current Patches for Isilon OneFS 7.1
  9. Current Patches for Isilon OneFS 7.0
  10. OneFS 7.0.2 Command Reference

 

Start a conversation

Have a question or feedback about Isilon content? Visit the online EMC Isilon Community to start a discussion. If you have questions or feedback about this blog, send an email to isi.knowledge@emc.com. To provide documentation feedback or request new content, send an email to isicontent@emc.com.

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The top 20 EMC Isilon support documents in March 2014

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

One of the goals of this blog is to share the most useful EMC Isilon support-related content that we have to offer. In this post, we’re highlighting 20 of the most viewed knowledgebase (KB) articles and product documents from the month of March.

We hope these documents will help you to quickly find an answer to a common question or resolve an issue.

Top 10 KB articles

To access these KB articles, log in to the EMC Online Support site. Articles in bold are new to the top 10 list this month.

  1. How to upgrade firmware on Intel (QLogic) 12300 and 12800 InfiniBand switches (170524)
  2. How to download OneFS 7.1.0.1 (172492)
  3. OneFS 7.0.2 SMB Rollup Patch (172623)
  4. OneFS 7.1 SMB and Authentication Rollup Patch (174372)
  5. Best practices for NFS client settings (90041)
  6. Patches available for EMC Isilon OneFS (88358)
  7. OneFS sysctl commands (89334)
  8. How to reset a node to factory defaults (16696)
  9. How to create SPN accounts to allow Kerberos authentication using SmartConnect DNS entries (16528)
  10. Troubleshooting performance issues (88844)

 

Top 10 product documents

To access these PDF documents, log in to the EMC Online Support site. Documents in bold are new to the top 10 list this month.

  1. OneFS 7.1 CLI Administration Guide
  2. Isilon Supportability and Compatibility Guide
  3. Current Isilon Software Releases
  4. OneFS 7.0.2 Administration Guide
  5. OneFS 7.1 Web Administration Guide
  6. Current Patches for Isilon OneFS 7.0
  7. OneFS 7.1.0 MR Release Notes
  8. OneFS 7.0.1 Administration Guide
  9. OneFS 7.0.2 Command Reference
  10. OneFS 7.0.2.5 Release Notes

 

If you have questions or feedback about this blog, send an email to isi.knowledge@emc.com. To provide documentation feedback or request new content, send an email to isicontent@emc.com.

How to keep your EMC Isilon cluster from reaching capacity

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

It’s important to maintain enough free space on your EMC® Isilon® cluster to ensure that data is protected and workflows are not disrupted. At a minimum, you should have at least one node’s worth of free space available in case you need to protect data on a failing drive.

When your Isilon cluster fills up to more than 90% capacity, cluster performance is affected. Several issues can occur when your cluster fills up to 98% capacity, such as substantially slower performance, failed file operations, the inability to write or delete data, and the potential for data loss. It might take several days to resolve these issues. If you have a full cluster, nearly full cluster, or need assistance with maintaining enough free space, contact EMC Isilon Technical Support.

Fortunately, there are several best practices you can follow to help prevent your Isilon cluster from becoming too full. These are detailed in the “Best Practices Guide for Maintaining Enough Free Space on Isilon Clusters and Pools” (requires login to the EMC Online Support site). Some of these best practices are summarized in this blog post.

Monitoring cluster capacity

To prevent your cluster from becoming too full, monitor your cluster capacity. There are several ways to do this. For example, you can configure email event notification rules in the EMC Isilon OneFS® operating system to notify you when your cluster is reaching capacity. Watch the video “How to Set Up Email Notifications in OneFS When a Cluster Reaches Capacity” for a demonstration of this procedure.

Another way to monitor cluster capacity is to use EMC Isilon InsightIQ™ software. If you have InsightIQ licensed on your cluster, you can run FSAnalyze jobs in OneFS to create data for InsightIQ’s file system analytics tools. You can then use InsightIQ’s Dashboard and Performance Reporting to monitor cluster capacity. For example, Performance Reports enable you to view information about the activity of the nodes, networks, clients, disks, and more. The Storage Capacity section of a performance report displays the used and total storage capacity for the monitored cluster over time (Figure 1).

Figure 1: The Storage Capacity section of a Performance Report in InsightIQ 3.0.

Figure 1: The Storage Capacity section of a Performance Report in InsightIQ 3.0.

For more information about InsightIQ Performance Reports, see the InsightIQ User Guides, which can be found on the EMC Online Support site.

To learn about additional ways to monitor cluster capacity, such as using SmartQuotas, read “Best Practices Guide for Maintaining Enough Free Space on Isilon Clusters and Pools.”

More best practices

Follow these additional tips to maintain enough free space on your cluster:

  • Manage your data
    Regularly delete data that is rarely accessed or used.
  • Manage Snapshots
    Snapshots, which are used for data protection in OneFS, can take up space if they are no longer needed. Read the best practices guide for several best practices about managing snapshots, or read the blog post “EMC Isilon SnapshotIQ: An overview and best practices.”
  • Make sure all nodes in a node pool or disk pool are compatible
    If you have a node pool that contains a mix of different node capacities, you can receive “cluster full” errors even if only the smallest node in your node pool reaches capacity. To avoid this scenario, ensure that nodes in each node pool or disk pool are of compatible types. Read the best practices guide for information about node compatibility and for a procedure to verify that all nodes in each node pool are compatible.
  • Enable Virtual Hot Spare
    Virtual Hot Spare (VHS) keeps space in reserve in case you need to move data off of a failing drive (smartfail). VHS is enabled by default. For more information about VHS, read the knowledgebase article, “OneFS: How to enable and configure Virtual Hot Spare (VHS) (88964)” (requires login to the EMC Online Support site).
  • Enable Spillover
    Spillover allows data that is being sent to a full pool to be diverted to an alternate pool. If you have licensed EMC Isilon SmartPools™ software, you can designate a spillover location. For more information about SmartPools, read the OneFS Web Administration Guide.
  • Add nodes
    If you want to scale-out your storage to add more free space, contact your sales representative.

If you have questions or feedback about this blog or video described in it, send an email to isi.knowledge@emc.com. To provide documentation feedback or request new content, send an email to isicontent@emc.com.

 

The top 20 support documents in December 2013

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

One of the goals of this blog is to share the most useful EMC Isilon support-related content that we have to offer. In this post, we’re highlighting 20 of the most viewed knowledgebase (KB) articles and product documents from the month of December.

We hope these documents will help you to quickly find an answer to a common question or resolve an issue.

Top 10 KB articles

To access these KB articles, log in to EMC Online Support. Articles in bold are new to the top 10 list this month.

  1. How to download OneFS 7.1 (172492)
  2. OneFS 7.0.2.1 – 7.0.2.4: Multiple issues addressed by SMB Rollup Patch-114318 (172623)
  3. Best practices for NFS client settings (90041)
  4. How to reset a node to factory defaults (16696)
  5. How to reimage a node using a USB flash drive (16582)
  6. How to create a bootable image of OneFS on a USB flash drive (16691)
  7. Matrix of patches available for Isilon OneFS (88538)
  8. OneFS 7.0: List of services and daemons (169044)
  9. OneFS sysctl commands (89334)
  10. How to upload files to Isilon Technical Support (16759)

 

Top 10 product documents

To access these PDF documents, log in to EMC Online Support. Documents in bold are new to the top 10 list this month.

  1. Isilon Supportability and Compatibility Guide
  2. Current Isilon Software Releases
  3. OneFS 7.0.1 Administration Guide
  4. OneFS 7.0.2 Administration Guide
  5. InsightIQ 2.5 Installation and Setup Guide
  6. Isilon Node Firmware Package 8.3 Release Notes
  7. OneFS 7.0.2 Command Reference
  8. OneFS 6.5.5 User Guide
  9. Current Patches for Isilon OneFS 7.0
  10. OneFS 7.0 Administration Guide

 

The top 20 support documents in November 2013

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

One of the goals of this blog is to share the most useful EMC Isilon support-related content that we have to offer. In this post, we’re highlighting 20 of the most viewed knowledgebase (KB) articles and product documents from the month of November.

We hope these documents will help you to quickly find an answer to a common question or resolve an issue.

Top 10 KB articles

To access these KB articles, log in to EMC Online Support.

  1. Best practices for NFS client settings (90041)
  2. OneFS pre-upgrade preparation (88672)
  3. Troubleshooting performance issues (88844)
  4. Matrix of patches available for Isilon OneFS (88538)
  5. How to reset a node to factory defaults (16696)
  6. How to upload files to Isilon Technical Support (16759)
  7. OneFS sysctl commands (89334)
  8. How to create a bootable image of OneFS on a USB flash drive (16691)
  9. Visio Stencils of Isilon Clustered Storage Systems (90170)
  10. How to reimage a node using a USB flash drive (16582)

 

Top 10 product documents

To access these PDF documents, log in to EMC Online Support.

  1. Current Isilon Software Releases
  2. Isilon Supportability and Compatibility Guide
  3. OneFS 7.0.1 Administration Guide
  4. OneFS 7.0.2 Administration Guide
  5. InsightIQ 2.5 Installation and Setup Guide
  6. Isilon Node Firmware Package 8.3 Release Notes
  7. OneFS 7.0.2 Command Reference
  8. Insight 2.5 User Guide
  9. OneFS 7.0.1.10 Release Notes
  10. OneFS 6.5.5 Command Reference

 

The top 20 EMC Isilon support documents in October 2013

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

One of the goals of this blog is to share the most useful EMC Isilon support-related content that we have to offer. In this post, we’re highlighting 20 of the most viewed knowledgebase (KB) articles and product documents from the month of October.

We hope these documents will help you to quickly find an answer to a common question or resolve an issue.

Top 10 KB articles

To access these KB articles, log in to EMC Online Support.

  1. Best practices for NFS client settings (90041)
  2. Troubleshooting performance issues (88844)
  3. How to create SPN accounts to allow Kerberos authentication using SmartConnect DNS entries (16528)
  4. How to reimage a node using a USB flash drive (16582)
  5. OneFS pre-upgrade preparation (88672)
  6. Introduction to drive stalls (89477)
  7. How to create a bootable image of OneFS on a USB flash drive (16691)
  8. FSA reports fail when InsightIQ cannot access the FSA database (88945)
  9. Configuring sysctls and making sysctl changes persist through node and cluster reboots and upgrades (89232)
  10. OneFS sysctl commands (89334)

 

Top 10 product documents

To access these PDF documents, log in to EMC Online Support.

  1. Current Isilon Software Releases
  2. OneFS 7.0.2 Administration Guide
  3. Isilon Supportability and Compatibility Guide
  4. OneFS 7.0.1 Administration Guide
  5. InsightIQ 2.5 Installation and Setup Guide
  6. OneFS 7.0.1.10 Release Notes
  7. Isilon Node Firmware Package 8.3 Release Notes
  8. OneFS 7.0.2 Command Reference
  9. OneFS 6.5.5.24 Release Notes
  10. OneFS 7.0.2 Upgrade Guide

 

EMC Isilon OneFS 7.1 now available!

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

It’s here! The latest major release of EMC Isilon’s operating system, OneFS version 7.1, is now available to download and install.

The Isilon OneFS 7.1 release includes new features, enhancements, and our most comprehensive set of product guides to date. Over the next month, we’ll highlight some of these new features, such as enhancements to SMB auditing and job engine performance. To learn about new features and functionality, visit the EMC Pulse Product & Technology Blog for an overview, or review the following documents available from the EMC Online Support site:

For general information about how OneFS 7.1 can help you with big data storage, watch the webinar, “IDC and EMC: Strategies to Meet the Evolving Big Data Storage Challenge.

How to upgrade to OneFS 7.1

Explore your upgrade options by reviewing the Isilon Supportability and Compatibility Guide* and the OneFS Upgrade Planning and Process Guide*.

Then, visit the Isilon OneFS Install, License, and Configure page* on the EMC Online Support site. On this page, you’ll find all the information you need to complete the steps below:

New product guides available

All product documentation related to OneFS 7.1 is now available on the EMC Online Support site. We’re excited to introduce several new guides with this release:

  • OneFS CLI Administration Guide*
    This guide, formerly known as the OneFS Command Reference, provides task-based instructions on how to configure OneFS through the command-line interface.
  • OneFS Security Configuration Guide*
    This new guide provides an overview of all the security features in OneFS, with pointers to instructions in the OneFS Web Administration Guide on how to configure those features. This information was previously available in the administration guide; however, this new guide highlights security features.
  • OneFS Site Preparation and Planning Guide*
    This new guide provides information about hardware requirements and guidelines to help system administrators and facility managers plan for and implement an Isilon cluster.
  • OneFS Upgrade Planning and Process Guide*
    This new guide provides considerations that users should take into account when deciding to upgrade to any version of OneFS, and provides information on tasks that users should perform to prepare the cluster for the upgrade.

To see a complete list of all OneFS 7.1-related documentation, please visit the Isilon OneFS Support page* on the EMC Online Support site.

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* Note: you must log in to access documents on the EMC Online Support site.