Let's Get Started
Looking for insight into your data center environment? MagicFlex is the way to go. Here we’ll take a look at how quickly you can get a picture of the health and status of our configuration, performance and alerts within our HPE converged infrastructure.
Installing MagicFlex is rather straightforward, just install the virtual appliance from the provided template. Then you can access the Magic Flex UI by typing in a browser:
https://<IP of MagicFlex virtual appliance>
The Administrator user is: admin and surprise, the Password is also admin. To change this super-secret password, have a peek at the Installation Guide on the documentation page.
We’re in the UI but there’s no data. To be able to collect information, we’ll need to add the relevant devices for our environment.
Currently supported types of devices:
- HPE Virtual Connect
- HPE Onboard Administrator
- HPE H3C Ethernet Switches
- CIsco Catalyst Ethernet
- Cisco Nexus Switches
- Brocade SAN Switches
- VMware vCenter
If we’re also using HPE OneView, we have to add the Logical Interconnects, so we head to the tab next door and enter the IP address, User name and password of the OneView Logical Interconnects, then click Add.
All Logical Interconnects are added together. Nice.
To collect the data we open the Operations tab, then select to provide configuration data from all configured domains.
We’ll need to wait for a few minutes or a few hours for the data to be collected; just how long depends upon the size of the installation.
As for licensing - MagicFlex license can be extended for an unlimited number of domains within 7 days of submitting the request. All you have to do is send in a license request.
To request a license:
1. In the Admin tab, select Devices or OneView.
2. Select Request License. In the popup window, all unlicensed domains are listed.
3. Copy the body of the license request (CTRL + A & CTRL + C) and paste (CTRL + V) the license text in an email to email@example.com
When we receive the email back from MagicFlex, usually within one business day, we’ll need to select Update License and paste the information in the text area. We click and we’re good to go.
In the meantime, we have 7 days for up to 4 domains using the install license.
After MagicFlex has a chance to incorporate the port counters and other records and analyze the data (for larger installations allow a few hours), we’ll want to see which domains and external interfaces have issues. We’ll take a look at the Dashboard to get a quick view of what’s going on.
The top row in the Dashboard provides the combined status of all the Domains, Logical Interconnects and SAN Switches. The middle row shows an icon for each of these elements, color coded with its status – critical, OK, etc. The bottom row shows the health status of the virtual machines.
We hope that you’ve found that getting started with MagicFlex is as easy as we’ve described here, but if you’re having any difficulty please open a ticket on our Support page.