Dell Foglight™ for Storage Management 4.1.0
Developed for Foglight Management Server 126.96.36.199
Welcome to Foglight for Storage Management
New in this Release
Resolved Issues and Enhancements
Upgrade and Compatibility
Getting Started with Foglight for Storage Management
Foglight for Storage Management is a monitoring solution for virtual environments utilizing physical storage to provide metrics and alerts for: performance, capacity, and topology. With Foglight for Storage Management, virtualization administrators can visualize their entire virtual to physical storage environment through detailed architectural representations. Out-of-the-box alerts provide the ability to predict, diagnose, and resolve problems affecting performance, capacity, and availability, while allowing storage administrators to visualize the consumers of storage and impacts to changes. Foglight for Storage Management enables organizations to better manage their underlying physical storage for optimal virtual infrastructure performance, and reduce data gathering time with end-to-end visibility to quickly ascertain root cause.
These Release Notes link to the Release Notes for each component in the bundled solution. Review all notes before starting the installation.
When you install Foglight for Storage Management, the following set of components is installed. Each component is developed independently and bundled in the installation package. The following table lists the component names and version numbers, indicates whether the component has been updated since the last release, and provides a link to the component release notes. It also indicates which components are enabled with each product license.
Important: Foglight for Storage Management contains significant changes that improve security and performance. These changes may impact customizations such as user-created cartridges or custom Groovy scripts. We strongly recommend that you fully test any such components with this release in a pre-production environment before using this release to upgrade production installations of Foglight for Storage Management. See Upgrade and Compatibility for details.
To review what's new for the installed components, see the release notes for each component.
Version at time of release
Updated since last release?
Enabled with Foglight for Storage Management License
Foglight Agent Manager
Foglight Agent Manager Release Notes (188.8.131.52)
|Storage Management||4.1.0||Yes||Managing Storage in Virtualized Environments Release Notes||Yes|
|VMware||184.108.40.206||Yes||Foglight for VMware Release Notes||Yes, limited version|
|Hyper-V||220.127.116.11||Yes||Foglight for Hyper-V Release Notes||Yes, limited version|
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To review resolved issues and enhancements for the installed components, see the release notes for each component (see New in this Release).
The following is a list of issues known to exist at the time of this release. To review known issues for the installed components, see the release notes for each component (see New in this Release).
After activating the trial license on the primary server, when a secondary server takes over, the trial license is not enabled on the secondary server.
Workaround: Dynamically added licenses are not synchronized across HA servers automatically. Restart all secondary Management Servers after adding or changing licenses
The VMware menus are missing from the navigation panel.
Workaround: This is a symptom of FGL-15794. Restart the secondary server. Verify that all cartridges licensed for Foglight for Storage Management are enabled. StorageCollector.car may need to be enabled manually. If the menus are still missing, restart the primary server.
After activating the Foglight for Storage Management trial license from Foglight for Virtualization EE, unable to create a Storage agent. The Storage Device Setup Wizard displays an error.
Workaround: This is a symptom of FGL-15794. Restart the secondary server. Restart the primary server. Enable StorageCollector.car. You should now be able to create the agent.
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Foglight for Storage Management 4.1.0 includes a new version of the underlying Foglight Management Server 5.7.5 and the Foglight Agent Manager 18.104.22.168. This updated Foglight platform provides new features, security improvements, and performance upgrades to Foglight for Storage Management. These changes may impact customizations such as user-created cartridges or custom Groovy scripts. We strongly recommend that you fully test any such components with this release in a pre-production environment before using this release to upgrade production installations of Foglight for Storage Management. See the Foglight 5.7.5 Release Notes for further details.
Select one of the following upgrade paths:
Note: For a new installation, see Getting Started.
Before you begin, review the licensing notes for your currently installed version:
During this upgrade process, Foglight for Storage Management/vFoglight Storage is upgraded to version 4.1.0.
Important: Upgrading vFoglight Storage 2.x directly to Foglight for Storage Management 4.1.0 is not supported. To upgrade from version 2.x to version 4.0.0, first upgrade to version 3.1.2, and then to version 4.0.0.
To upgrade your existing Foglight for Storage Management installation to version 4.1.0:
You can activate a trial version of Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition from within Foglight for Storage Management.
To upgrade from Foglight for Storage Management to Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition:
Note: If you do not install a full license before the trial expires, the Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition functionality is disabled after 45 days. To find out how many days are left for your license, review the information displayed below the time range in the display area.
Foglight for Storage Management requires a license. This section describes the license requirements when upgrading.
If you have an active support agreement for Foglight for Storage Management, you are entitled to a free upgrade of your Foglight for Storage Management license. This upgraded license enables operation of the limited Hyper-V support which was added in the 4.0 release of Foglight for Storage Management. Contact your Dell Software sales representative to obtain this important license upgrade.
The vFoglight Storage 2.0.x license does not work with Foglight for Storage Management. If you have an active support agreement, you are entitled to a free upgrade of your Foglight for Storage Management license. For instructions, see Requesting an Upgrade License. If not, contact your Foglight sales representative to purchase a Foglight for Storage Management license.
Note: Your historical data continues to be available after upgrading.After you install Foglight for Storage Management and its new license, you also need to deploy the following three agent packages on every Foglight Agent Manager running Foglight for Storage Management:
For more information, see "Installing the Permanent Foglight for Storage Management License" in the Managing Storage in Virtual Environments Installation and Configuration Guide.
vFoglight Storage 1.6.x is now Foglight for Storage Management. It is no longer a stand-alone product; its functionality is integrated into Foglight.
Important: When migrating from vFoglight Storage 1.6.x to Foglight for Storage Management, all settings and historical data are lost. You are starting from a clean installation.
The vFoglight Storage 1.6.x license does not work with Foglight for Storage Management. If you have an active support agreement, you are entitled to a free upgrade of your Foglight for Storage Management license. For instructions, see Requesting an Upgrade License. If not, contact your Foglight sales representative to purchase a Foglight for Storage Management license.
To request a new license for Foglight for Storage Management:
For information about system requirements for this release, see:
The Cartridge for Operating Systems entered Limited Support as of October 2012. General support for this cartridge has now ended. This cartridge was not distributed with the 5.7.5 release of Foglight.
Due to architectural limitations of the Cartridge for Operating Systems
agents, certain agents should no longer be used. In particular, the Cartridge
for Operating Systems’ SNMP Agent has specific security
vulnerabilities. Customers using older (unpatched) operating systems should
discontinue use of the SNMP Agent immediately. A new SNMP agent is in
active development; please contact your Sales representative for details.
The Operating System agents, as well as the LogFilter, WebMonitor, and NetMonitor utility agents, have equivalent Foglight for Infrastructure agents, which should now be used. We have been working to close functional gaps between the old and new agents. Please contact your Sales or Support representative if you have specific concerns about using these agents.
We are aware of specific feature differences in the Foglight for Infrastructure agents that do not fully replace the FileSystem and AppMonitor agents. At this time there are no known incompatibilities or vulnerabilities in these two agents. We are extending the Limited Support lifetime of these two specific Cartridge for Operating Systems agents until June 2015, for customers using those agents in a pre-existing installation. Support cannot be provided for new deployments of these agents.
We are grateful for the feedback we have received from customers who require functionality provided by the Cartridge for Operating Systems. Those customers who have open support cases for specific compatibility concerns should contact their Support representative for the current status of those requests.
Foglight for Storage Management includes a trial license. You can activate it on the Homes > Environment Overview dashboard.
When a trial license expires, the trial product stops collecting data. You still have access to historical data. If you want to continue collecting data, you need to purchase a commercial license. If you want to stop collecting data before the trial license expires, deactivate your monitoring agents using the Agent Status dashboard. For more information, see the Foglight Administration and Configuration Guide.
To purchase a full license, contact your Foglight sales representative. You can install purchased licenses either during the 45-day trial or after the trial period has expired. You install and manage licenses using the Manage Licenses dashboard.
To activate a trial or a purchased commercial license:
The Foglight for Storage Management 4.1.0 release package contains the following:
For information about installing Foglight for Storage Management 4.1.0, see the Foglight Installation and Setup Guide for your target environment.
Note: Foglight for Storage Management 4.1.0 requires Management Server 5.7.5, which is included in the installer.
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