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Please read

BVQ version 2021.H1 and higher no longer support Windows Server 2012 R2, 64-bit. 

See BVQ Server Requirements

Please read

Upgrading from version 6.2.x to 2021.H2 might take a long time because of major database updates in this release. Depending on the size of the database, it can take several hours until the migration is completed!

While the migration is ongoing, BVQ scanners are not impacted and continue to collect data which will be written to the database once the migration has completed.

Please be patient and wait for BVQ maintenance mode to complete!


Highlights


BVQ OS Agent for AIX

Brief description

BVQ 2021.H2 supports a new platform which is actually an extension to the already existing PowerVM platform: A BVQ OS agent for AIX systems, VIOS and LPARs which collects performance and topology information that aren't available via HMC.

Licensing

Please review BVQ License Information Page or ask your sales contact for more information.

Information gathering

Unlike all other scanner types in BVQ, the BVQ OS Agent for AIX  is the first one to receive data from the scanned systems rather than pulling the data from them. An RPM package including the agent has to be installed on each partition. This agent is responsible for collecting data, packaging the data and sending the package to the BVQ server using scp once a minute.

The data that is collected contains topology information coming from several AIX commands as well as performance data gathered with NJMON.

Which information is collected?

  • Topology configuration information
    • collected every minute (default) on each partition and sent to BVQ serve
    • 16 object types containing a total of ~155 attributes
  • Performance statistics
    • collected every minute (default) on each partition and sent to BVQ server
    • 12 objects types containing a total of ~300 performance statistics


Additional information:

Object types

A bunch of new object types come along with the BVQ Agent for AIX. Several of them are closely related to objects in the PowerVM module and have the same meaning. The following table provides an overview of those new object types, their meaning and whether they offer performance information.

Grouping

BVQ Name

Bedeutung / Infos

AIX devicePVM OT

Performance OT?

System



AIX Instance groupThe AIX Instance group is the BVQ master grouping object. This means, all partitions running the BVQ OS Agent are grouped under this object

(minus)
AIX Instance

OS instance running the BVQ Agent for AIX (either LPAR or VIOS)



(tick)
AIX Managed systemHardware that is hosting the AIX instance
PVM Managed system(minus)
AIX Virtual CPU

Virtual processors in an AIX instance

procX
(tick)
AIX Logical CPU

Logical processors in an AIX instance

cpuX
(tick)
Storage


AIX Disk adapter

An AIX Disk adapter is either a FC adapter or a virtual SCSI adapter. This object type contains all adapters that have block storage attached. Adapters with tape connection are not included.

fcsX / vscsiXPVM vFC client adapter / PVM vSCSI client adapter(tick)
AIX FC adapter

Fibre Channel Adapter

fcsXPVM vFC client adapter(tick)
AIX DiskStorage volume hdiskXPVM VIOS PV / PVM VIOS LV(tick)
AIX Disk pathPath between AIX Disk adapter and AIX Disk

(minus)
LVM



AIX Volume group

Volume group

rootvg, etc.
(tick)
AIX Logical volume

Logical volume in a volume group



(tick)
AIX Paging space

Paging space - typically a logical volume (hd6)



(tick)
AIX FilesystemFilesystem on a logical vollume

(tick)
AIX LV2PV

describes the relation between logical volume and physical volume, for example on which disk resides a partition copy of a logical volume?



(minus)
NetworkAIX Network adapterNetwork adapterentXPVM Network client adapter(tick)
AIX Network interfaceNetwork interfaceenX, lo0
(tick)

The following graphs show the AIX object types and their connections to existing platforms:


Predefined Alert Rules

Coming soon... Not yet available (2021.H2.1)

Predefined Web Dashboards

Coming soon... Not yet available (2021.H2.1)

Predefined reports

Coming soon... Not yet available (2021.H2.1)

BVQ Expert GUI representation

All objects, attributes and statistics of this platform can be interactively browsed within the BVQ Expert GUI. 

Where to find IBM AIX objects?

Similar to all other objects, they show up in the Path browser inside the property panel of the BVQ Expert GUI or can be opened as a Table view from the Favorite browser. Several AIX objects can be combined in an end to end relation to objects of other platforms.

AIX objects in Path browserAIX object Table views in BVQ Favorites

Object attributes

BVQ displays a lot of interesting attributes provided by AIX. Please explore the BVQ AIX table view favorites to get an impression of the most important attributes.

Performance and error statistics

The BVQ Agent for AIX collects many performance statistics from a partition using njmon.

Typical questions around performance, load and utilization are answered by BVQ:

  • Is the LPAR performance negatively affected by the SAN congestion or storage latencies?
  • Which LPAR puts a heavy load on a storage volume?
  • Does an latency peak have influence on the performance of an LPAR?
  • Does LPAR load generate latency peaks in storage
  • Is the LPAR or host performance affected by slow drainers in the SAN?
  • How is the LPAR connected to the SAN?

To view performance statistics for one or multiple objects, simply select the object(s), right-click and select the performance object type you are interested in.

In the performance chart view, open the properties panel to select the metrics you are interested in:

Grafana 8 support

BVQ finally updated from Grafana 6.4 to Grafana 8.1 to fix several security vulnerabilities and support many new Grafana features. As the Grafana project changed its internal plugin architecture the BVQ Datasource plugin was rewritten and extended.

(warning) Depreciations and fundamental changes prevent a migration of Grafana 6 dashboards. Therefor all Dashboards have to be rebuilt or manually migrated.

To support this migration process BVQ has an option to install Grafana 6 and 8 side by side. The installer will provide the following option:


Grafana 8 will use the configured Grafana port and Grafana 6 will switch to "configured Grafana port" + 1 (e.g. Grafana was installed on port 3000. After an upgrade to BVQ 2021.H2.2 Grafana 8 will use port 3000, Grafana 6 will still be accessible through port 3001)

BVQ Datasource Features

The BVQ Datasource plugin allows to connect Grafana to a BVQ Server and to visualize its data. Hence, the BVQ Server must be up and running.

QUERY MODE "Chart"

This mode is designed to get historical data in timeseries format that can be used in all panels supporting this format. Primarily the Timeseries panel. QUERY MODE "Chart" has six options:

OptionUsage
TYPEUse Topology or Performance to select the type you want to choose from. All other options depends on the TYPE option. For Topology only numeric attributes are available.
FROMSelect the object type. The object type is responsable for the metrics you can choose. If TYPE ist set to Performance only object types with native performance data are available.
REACHABLE BYDepends on the available dashboard variables. BVQ will only show data where a connection between "FROM object type" and the variable used here can be made.
WHEREUse a BVQ filter to limit the results based on "FROM object type". All filters of the BVQ filter syntax are available. For example: name contains "svc".
GROUP BYAggregate all objects to another object type level and show the results as single line. E.g. "FROM SVC VDisk" and "GROUP BY SVC Cluster" will aggregate all individual SVC VDisk within an SVC Cluster.
METRICSChoose one or multiple metrics or attributes to show in the panel. The available options are depending on the selected TYPE and FROM option.

Important: Based on the requested time range, interval, objects and metrics data load can cause higher BVQ Server load and longer response times!!!


QUERY MODE "Topology table"

This mode is designed to get tabular data for a specific point in time without a history. The point in time is calculated form the TO date of the chosen time range. QUERY MODE "Topology table" has three options:

OptionUsage
SELECTION PATHThe SELECTION PATH is comparable to the BVQ Pathselector in the Expert GUI and let you create a hierarchy. Each path element can be filtered with the BVQ Filter Syntax and allows columns for this object type.
COLUMNSThe COLUMNS option allows to choose attributes, capacities and linked objects for each object type used in the SELECTION PATH. Performance data are only available for the last object type used in the SELECTION PATH.
REACHABLE BYTo limit the output based on a Grafana dashboard variable it is possible to use the REACHABLE BY option. To use this option a dashboard variable of the same object type as the last selection path element is necessary.

The Topology mode is much faster as it only shows a point in time. It is suitable for stats and table panels.

(info) The Topology table is a replacement of the BVQ Favorite Datasource and removes the requirement of creating a favorite in the BVQ Expert GUI prior to launching the information within Grafana.


QUERY MODE "Event table"

This mode is designed to get tabular data for system events and has three options:

OptionUsage
EVENT SOURCEThis variable is mandatory and based on dashboard variables. It is only possible to select an event source if a dashboard variable with an appropriate object type exists. The results will be restricted based on the object type and the selected value in the Grafana dashboard variable. The additional option "show events of the whole system" provides an easy way to show all events for the whole system.
IDENTIFIER LENGTHThere are 3 options to control the identifier length. Shorter identifier might work for scoped dashboards but might cause duplicates.
EVENT LEVELLimit the event levels you want to show. Available levels differ based on the selected source.

(warning) As some platforms provide a massive amount of events the output is limited to 1000 events!!!

BVQ default Dashboards

The BVQ default Dashboards have been migrated and improved for Grafana 8. 

New Grafana Features

As the update from Grafana 6 to Grafana 8 skips multiple major and minor versions with plenty of new features, please take a look at the Grafana website to review all details: https://grafana.com/docs/grafana/next/whatsnew/

Grafana itself improved in many different areas; especially the UI was redesigned for better usability. The following links provide an overview of the most BVQ relevant changes:

Brocade FOS 9 support

BVQ now supports Brocade switches running Fabric OS 9.x and there are some enhancements in the Brocade (REST) module:

  • new attributes for objects type Brocade switch and Brocade switch port
  • new metrics for object type Brocade switch:

  • two new object types to visualize Brocade's Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS): Brocade Policy and Brocade Rule.
    BVQ displays all Brocade Rules which either belong to the active Brocade Policy or are not predefined.

Systems Health Map performance improvements

In large environments, loading time for the Systems health map was unacceptably slow. To speed it up, the way of calculating alert rule results and display them in the Systems health map has been changed.

As a result, BVQ no longer displays absolute numbers in the Systems health map but percentages.

The absolute numbers of objects in each state can still be seen in the detail view of each alert rule:

In addition, the presentation of the Systems health map on the Home-screen has been changed from sunburst to stacked bar chart. Again, this change has the advantage of loading the data much faster than before. The numbers shown here represent the amount of objects per alert rule in a certain state.

Call Grafana directly from BVQ Server

There is a new menu option in the BVQ WebUI which allows you to jump to Grafana directly.

The URL is dynamically created from the URL the user is using to access the BVQ server and the Grafana port selected during setup. If this URL needs to be adjusted, navigate to Adminstration → Grafana configuration and enter the correct URL for your Grafana setup.





Requirements and restrictions 

Requirements of the HW/SW environment

Please see Supported Environments

Minimum BVQ version required for an update

v6.2

Known Issues

See https://customercenter.sva.de/home/x/NwwgAw
(support agreement needed to get access credentials)




Changelogs

Version 2021.H2.4

New features

Issue ID

Module

Description

Improvements

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-16943WebUI: Scanner ConfigUsability improvements
BVQ-16750WebUI: Scanner OverviewMove Scanner buttons into Scanner configuration drop-down
BVQ-15190WebUI: LicensingImprove license entitlement visualization 
BVQ-16728Reporting: SchedulingAdd possibility to create a new schedule
BVQ-16262ReportingTables do no use the complete width of the page.
BVQ-16183EMC UnityNew attribute "Pool Free capacity in %"
BVQ-17055BVQ Repository InstallerIncrease memory heap limit for bvq-server

Bug fixes

Severity

Issue ID

Module

Description

CriticalBVQ-17046Scanner: SVCTopology persist fails because of duplicate key exception
CriticalBVQ-16993Scanner: AIXScanner fails because password too long
MajorBVQ-17009GUI Interval in Performance Charts set to 1h by default
MinorBVQ-17037Scanner: SVCHostname unique check does not check port
MinorBVQ-16994Scanner: SVCFolder "duplicates" not cleaned up
MinorBVQ-17001WebUI: Scanner ConfigUsability improvements for text fields that expect numbers
MinorBVQ-17036WebUI: Delete SystemsScanner config missing in table
MinorBVQ-16727WebUI: GUI Download ButtonDownloaded file has no name when opened in new tab
MinorBVQ-17024AlertingAlert rule worker enabled check is not done for system checks
MinorBVQ-16959GrafanaBugfixes and improvements in 2021H2 SVC Dashboards
MinorBVQ-16880PowerVMAIX LPAR should not show PVM VIOS as linked object
MinorBVQ-17052SVCAttribute device_model_name is unknown for V5000 Gen2 and displayed twice in GUI for all models
MinorBVQ-16013EMC Unity: PerformanceInterval based perf metric calculation is not coverage aware






Version 2021.H2.3

New features

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-16934PowerVM AIX AgentLink AIX with EMC
BVQ-15641PowerVMNew PowerVM Predefined Alert rules
BVQ-16777PowerVM AIX AgentIntegrate OT Tape Path and performance view for "AIX Tape"
BVQ-16740AlertingNew predefined Rules for new SVC Node port stats
BVQ-16741SVCNew min metrics for SVC Node port SFP stats

Improvements

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-17012Common

Allow updates from 6.2.x to 2021.H2.x

BVQ-13679Scanner: SVCSuppress unnecessary lsvdiskanalysis commands
BVQ-16942AlertingAlert Result prefiltered by selectecd systems
BVQ-16591AlertingExtend alerting results by alert rule
BVQ-15971Alerting: ExcludeReinclude also on multiple configuable state changes
BVQ-16264GUISelecting a linked objects should select object itself
BVQ-16686GUIShow only available Favorite Systems
BVQ-16989PowerVMMake AIX Instance reachable for LPAR and VIOS
BVQ-16947PowerVMShared Storage Pool OT & Attribute Improvents
BVQ-16803Scanner/PersisterUnify defaults for "files to keep"

Bug fixes

Severity

Issue ID

Module

Description

MajorBVQ-16699DataGridX: Aggregation cachingCount aggregations do not update if foreign linked object changes
MajorBVQ-16907PowerVMOT PVM IOR Device to PVM FC Port relation faulty
MajorBVQ-16015WebUI: Scanner overviewScanner does not show errors if system cannot be reached
MajorBVQ-16988AlertingGot more than 1 valid history entry
MinorBVQ-16970AlertingPredfined alert rules with schedule after persist not calculated after disable/enable
MinorBVQ-16956Alerting: TemplatesAlert Rule "NetApp Volume total latency too high" cannot be imported
MinorBVQ-16955Alerting: TemplatesRules are "complex" instead of "template"
MinorBVQ-16831GUI: TablesCode alias gets lost when changing table type
MinorBVQ-16392ReportingBrocade (REST) Table content missing
MinorBVQ-16919SVCRead DataReductionCache performance values from node stat file
MinorBVQ-16976SchemaMissing MGO Links
MinorBVQ-16938System EventLog / Perf favoritesFavorites contain system identifiers






Version 2021.H2.2

New features

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-15542SVCImprovements for thin-provisioned mdisks & compressed FCM drives (New OT "SVC Provisioning group")
BVQ-15543SVCNew object type "SVC MDisk provisioning group"
BVQ-16896GrafanaNew System Dashboards for Grafana 8
BVQ-16835LicensingUse Thin Provisioned MDisks' physical capacity to calculate entitlements
BVQ-16917Power OS Agent AIXConnect DiskPath with SAN

Improvements

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-16194GUIRemember last export directory target for tables
BVQ-16017SVCMDisk & Drive capacity attributes clean up
BVQ-16905Scanner: AIXChange level of ssh-server messages from INFO to DEBUG

Bug fixes

Severity

Issue ID

Module

Description

MajorBVQ-16427SVCMDisk group Physical capacity values too high
MinorBVQ-16766WebUIInfo message do not disappear automatically
MinorBVQ-16913WebUI: Administration: Delete SystemsDeletion of Performance Data is based on wrong Method
MinorBVQ-16932AlertingCustom alert rules do not load calculate after persist status
MinorBVQ-16915Alerting: Custom alert rulesChanges not visible without page reload
MinorBVQ-16937GUISome System favorites based on old view version
MinorBVQ-16931Performance ExpiryAll remote copy hfcts data is expired on deletion of single cluster
MinorBVQ-15812PersisterHardening for empty files
MinorBVQ-16920Power OS Agent AIXNo WWPN reported by NJMON for FC Adapter
MinorBVQ-16736PowerVMCalculation of Shared Processor Pool Utilization % incorrect
MinorBVQ-16906SVCVDiskIdentifier: svc_cluster_id is missing






Version 2021.H2.1

New features

Issue ID

Module

Description

multipleOS Agent for AIXNew platform: OS Agent for AIX
BVQ-15547SVCAdd v8.4.0 new SVC Node port performance stats
BVQ-10937SVCIntegrate IO Throttling & Extended IO Throttling
BVQ-15310SVCAdd internal NVMe Ports to SVC Node port  and activate PerfPersist

Improvements

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-16362SVCAdd Encryption attributes to SVC Cluster object
BVQ-16564VMware New attribute "template" for VM Virtual machine
BVQ-16684GUI: Detail PaneCombine "Foreign objects" and "Linked objects"
BVQ-16716GrafanaAdd plugin README
BVQ-16878GrafanaAdd default FieldConfigs
BVQ-16808GrafanaTimeout with misleading error message
BVQ-15560Grafana: DockerCreate a custom bvq grafana image
BVQ-15816PersisterRun error folder expiry in fallback commands
BVQ-16404WebUI: Administration: LicenseLicense Entitlement View not scalable and exportable
BVQ-16748Scanner: PowerVMSuppress unnecessary warnings
BVQ-16761ReportingAdd Play-button for scheduled reports

Bug fixes

Severity

Issue ID

Module

Description

CriticalBVQ-16840BVQ ServerDB Backups not deleted if "backups to keep" exceeds
CriticalBVQ-16897AlertingAlert rule conditions change after being saved
MajorBVQ-16807GrafanaTable Data not correct if data missing
MajorBVQ-16275PersisterFailing "Identifying object to scan..." keeps files in new folder
MajorBVQ-16836PowerVMCore usage peak utilization not calculated
MajorBVQ-16841ReportingNo chart object types listed in performance chart snippet
MajorBVQ-15863AlertingColoring of alert results in systems health map can be incorrect
MinorBVQ-16706Alerting: Predefined alert rulesUpdate https links 
MinorBVQ-16822Alerting: Predefined alert rulesVersion increase after each execution
MinorBVQ-16793WebUIMain Page throws JS Error "Can't find variable: refreshIntervalSeconds"
MinorBVQ-15472Performance PersistIf pre execution checks fail, files should stay in new






Version 2021.H2.0

New features

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-16093

GrafanaGrafana 8 support
BVQ-16388BrocadeFOS 9 support

Improvements

Issue ID

Module

Description

BVQ-16621AlertingReplace bar chart in alert rule overview with optimized progression chart
BVQ-16364AlertingOptimize Systems Health Map Loading Times
BVQ-15545GUI / WebUIUse Brocade naming conventions consistently across BVQ
BVQ-15429BVQ ServerCall Grafana directly from BVQ Server

Bug fixes

Severity

Issue ID

Module

Description












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