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BVQ 5.5.2 released

After 2 family & friends version (5.5 & 5.5.1), we have released BVQ version 5.5.2 this week.

This is a major release with new features:

  • SAN module (Brocade) - A new platform has arrived in BVQ - The BVQ SAN module for Brocade. Now you are able to scan your Brocade fabrics and analyze it with all the powerful features of BVQ
  • Alerting - The alerting engine was rewritten from scratch, allowing you a much more powerful and flexible alerting.
  • SVC 7.6 & 7.8.1 feature support for:
    • DRAID
    • Hyperswap & Remote Copy integration
    • Port Congestion Performance Statistics (especially 16GBit/s node ports)
  • a lot of GUI improvements (e.g. new menu to add table columns & enhanced chart context menu)
  • improved Web UI including the new alerting

For a more detailed description of all the new features available, see BVQ 5.5 (download link is also available)

Enjoy the new features!

May 24th 2018, BVQ version 5.4.4 has been released. This is a minor bugfix release.

Find a list of all the new features in version 5.4.x. here: https://bvqwiki.sva.de/display/BVQ/BVQ+5.4 (changelogs & downloads are also available on this page)

May 15th 2018, BVQ version 5.4.3 has been released. This is a minor bugfix release.

Find a list of all the new features in version 5.4.x. here: https://bvqwiki.sva.de/display/BVQ/BVQ+5.4 (changelogs & downloads are also available on this page)

We have created a new documentation for the user management within BVQ. See Types of users in BVQ

For example this shows you how to change the password of an existing MongoDB user or how to create a new user in the BVQ web UI.

The following user types are covered with this documentation:

  • Operating system users

  • Scanned system users (Spectrum Virtualize / Storwize / VMware)

  • Database users in MongoDB

  • Web UI users

  • Grafana users

BVQ 5.4.2 released

After 2 family & friends version (5.4 & 5.4.1), we have released BVQ version 5.4.2 today.

This is a major release with new features:

  • Capacity charting - You can now visualize capacity graphs in the BVQ GUI. This allows you for example to monitor your capacity growth over time or the compression savings.
  • Design IO density - This feature allows you to simulate different backend performance characteristics for your workload. For example: How would this MDisk group perform with  only NL-SAS drives instead of SAS drives.
  • Report scheduling - Now you are able to schedule your reports for automatic creation. The times of repeating manual creations are over (but still available)
  • VDisk copy capacity difference - This allows you to visualize differences in capacity for VDisk copies (e.g. primary copy = fully allocated & secondary copy = thin provisioned) very easily

  • Enhanced path based charting (PBC) - Now there are more object types available to use PBC for all available metrics
  • PBC chart report snippets - With this you can use performance graphs in reports very easily by just creating a PBC favorite in the GUI

  • Enhanced BVQ Server user roles - You can now create users with different roles (e.g. report designer, report creator, report viewer, ...)

  • BVQ server maintenance mode - DB schema manager & scheduler are now moved to the BVQ server

For a more detailed description of the new features available, see BVQ 5.4

Because the installation method is a bit different to former updates, we have a short update guide available, see BVQ Update guide 5.3.x to 5.4.x

 

Enjoy the new features!

In this Blog post I will give you an overview of how to update from BVQ version 5.3.x (or 5.2.x) to 5.4.x.

With BVQ version 5.4.x we are introducing the following new features:

  • BVQ local scanner replacing the old scanner infrastructure (already introduced in BVQ version 5.3.x but not mandatory yet)
  • BVQ scheduler is moved to the BVQ server
  • BVQ server maintenance mode replacing the old db-schema-migration

Because of this, the typical update path is a bit different to former updates.

5.3.x & 5.4.x comparison

BVQ modules comparison

up to BVQ 5.3.7since BVQ 5.4.1

(info) As you can see: BVQ DB schema, SVC scanner, VMware scanner & Scheduler are no longer available

Windows services comparison

BVQ 5.3.7BVQ 5.4.x

(info) Usage of multiple scanner instances led to a more inefficient usage of HW resources before BVQ version 5.4.x (in this example only 1 svc/vmware scanners are used).

How to update to BVQ version 5.4.x

(warning) Recommendation: Always use the same Windows user to perform the BVQ update!

StepDescription
1Download the 5.4.x Download package from the BVQ wiki - click BVQ 5.4 (5.4 & 5.4.1 are only available as family & friends release)
2

Perform the update as usual, except for the following steps:

  • For a proper BVQ installation the following modules are needed
    • BVQ MongoDB
    • BVQ GUI
    • BVQ Server
    (info) Alerter can be installed optionally if used.

  • Check settings (usernames, passwords, memory settings, etc.) carefully

  • Within the BVQ server installer select the BVQ Local Scanner:

    (info) Grafana can be installed optionally if used.

  • Depending on your environment, set the Java max heap size (in MiB) to at least 4096


    (info) If you are experiencing performance issues, increase this value

  • The BVQ local scanner heap size should be set to 1024

    (info) This sizing allows you to scan multiple systems depending on the size of scanned systems (up to 15 systems with 1024).
    If you are experiencing performance issues, increase this value.
3

After the package repository is finished you will be forwarded to the BVQ sever web UI.

(warning) Please use a supported web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Edge or Safari). Internet Explorer is not supported with the BVQ web UI!
(info)
Enable TCP Port 80 (HTTP) in the firewall to reach the BVQ web UI from your local workstation.

(info) It might take some time unitl the web UI is reachable. So maybe the page won't load at the first try.
Please reload the page until you will see the following web site

(info) BVQ server is in maintenance mode to perform Java version check, DB schema migration, Performance expiry settings & BVQ license check.
Use an admin account to log in.

4

(info) Java version check was completed successfully (see green check mark)

Now BVQ schema migration needs to be started

Click Start Migration

DB migration starts, depending on the BVQ version level and the size of your environment, this schema migration will take some time (up to several hours)

When the DB schema migration has finished, click Next

5

As we no longer support the old scheduler in BVQ version 5.4.x, you need to set up the performance expiry again.

In version 5.4.x this can be done in a more granular way.

Enter the required value (you can use the recommendations, values can be changed online afterwards)

First click Save to apply settings. Click Next afterwards to proceed.

6

(info) As the license check completed successfully, the maintenance mode will finish. The BVQ server will restart and forward to the default login page.

Setting up new scanner configurations

(info) With version 5.4.x the old scanner infrastructure is no longer supported. You need to create new configurations within the BVQ server web UI.

(info) You can find a detailed scanner migration guide here: BVQ - Scanner Migration guide

(warning) The new scanner no longer supports SSH keys for authenticating SSH users to SVC/Storwize/FlashSystem clusters for security reasons.
In case you are using SSH keys you have to change the authentication method to username + password prior the setup of new scanners

(warning) By default the scanner services & scheduler should be stopped during the update to version 5.4.x. Please check if the Windows services are stopped:

StepDescription
1

After logging into the web UI, navigate to the scanner section:

2

Within the scanner section setup the new scanners

Click + SVC or + VMWARE to set up a new scanner

3

Enter the needed information for the scanner

Example SVC:

Example VMware:

Click Save to apply scanner settings. Repeat for each SVC/Storwize/FlashSystem/VMware system in your environment.

(info) As before you can enter IP address or DNS name (fully qualified) in the Hostname / URL field

4

The scanner will start after the configuration is saved. Please check scanner overview for scan results

(info) Use buttons on the right to check scanner logs, pause, edit or delete a scanner

Clean up old BVQ modules

The following BVQ modules are no longer needed after the update:

  • bvq-db-schema-manager
  • bvq-scheduler
  • bvq-svc-scanner
  • bvq-vmware-scanner

Use the uninstaller files or Windows Programs and Features to uninstall the old BVQ modules.

The uninstaller files can be found in each module directory:

  • C:\Program Files\SVA\BVQ\bvq-db-schema-manager\uninstall.exe
  • C:\Program Files\SVA\BVQ\bvq-scheduler\uninstall.exe
  • C:\Program Files\SVA\BVQ\bvq-svc-scanner\uninstall.exe
  • C:\Program Files\SVA\BVQ\bvq-vmware-scanner\uninstall.exe

(Depending on your installation, the partition path may vary)

(info) Select all check boxes within the uninstaller to remove the old BVQ modules completely.

Afterwards your BVQ directory within the file explorer should look like this:

Further information

  • For future updates the scanner configurations will remain. Please check the scanner status after a successful update.
  • In BVQ version 5.5.x we will introduce a new alerting, therefor the old alerting will be moved to the BVQ server, too. So you will only have 3 different BVQ modules with version 5.5.x (MongoDB, GUI & Server)
  • Using HTTPS for the BVQ server: The operation of a reverse proxy providing certificate and HTTPS connection to the user is possible. (Connection between BVQ Server - Reverse proxy still HTTP)

 

(info) If you have questions regarding the update or need further support, please contact the BVQ Team (bvq@sva.de).

 

 

February 13th 2018, BVQ version 5.3.7 has been released. This is a minor bugfix release.

Find a list of all the new features in version 5.3.x. here: https://bvqwiki.sva.de/display/BVQ/BVQ+5.3 (Downloads are also available on this page)

Additional fixes for some bugs are part of this release, too (see https://bvqwiki.sva.de/display/BVQ/BVQ+5.3#BVQ5.3-Changelogs)  

December 18th 2017, BVQ version 5.3.4 has been released. This is a minor bugfix release.

Find a list of all the new features in version 5.3.x. here: https://bvqwiki.sva.de/display/BVQ/BVQ+5.3 (Downloads are also available on this page)

Additional fixes for some bugs are part of this release, too (see https://bvqwiki.sva.de/display/BVQ/BVQ+5.3#BVQ5.3-Changelogs)  

On December 1st 2017, BVQ version 5.3.3 has been released. This is a minor bugfix release.

Find a list of all the new features in version 5.3.x. here: https://bvqwiki.sva.de/display/BVQ/BVQ+5.3 (Downloads are also available on this page)

Additional  fixes for some bugs are part of this release, too (see https://bvqwiki.sva.de/display/BVQ/BVQ+5.3#BVQ5.3-Changelogs)  

We released BVQ version 5.3.2 on Oct 23
 

 

Open this version for clickable links
https://customercenter.sva.de/home/x/LwBUB

Have a look to our BVQ Wiki to see a full listing and description of all new features -
https://bvqwiki.sva.de/display/BVQ/BVQ+5.3

For Reporting with BVQ Server you can also look into this youtube video

How to use Excel to create reports out of BVQ