IBM® Cloud Management Console for Power Systems™ (CMC) allows you to securely view information and gain insights about all of your Power Systems infrastructure. You can access this information remotely, through a browser window.
The following information is displayed:
- Patch Planning
- Capacity Monitoring
- On Prem support for PowerVC, PowerHA, PowerSC, PowerSCMFA and VM Recovery Manager for HA
- Enterprise Pools2.0
Accessing IBM Cloud Management Console for Power Systems for the first time
When you ordered CMC, you specified a unique subdomain. For example,
http://<my_subdomain>-powercloud.mybluemix.net/. Log in to the portal by using the admin IBM ID that you provided at the time that you ordered CMC.
Configuring IBM Cloud Management Console for Power Systems for connecting to the platform
Secure Cloud Connector provides security between the HMC in your data center and the CMC instance. Secure Cloud Connector verifies the identity of your CMC instance and provides end-to-end encryption between the instance and the HMC in your data center.
Before starting the Cloud Connector in the HMC, ensure that the systems connected to the HMC meets the minimal required firmware level documented in https://ibmcmc.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360038760214-Minimum-system-firmware-level-required
To enable CMC by using Secure Cloud Connector, complete the following steps:
- In the CMC navigation area, click Settings.
- In the contents area, click the Cloud Connector tab. The startup command is displayed.
- Click Copy to clipboard.
- On the HMC in the data center, open a terminal window and paste the startup command.
Note: Depending on the number of resources that you want to monitor, it can take between two and ten minutes for data to appear.Attention: If your HMCs are behind a firewall, the firewall must allow outbound connectivity to the IPs and host names that are listed in the Settings in the Cloud Connector tab.Note: CMC does not use the same IBM service and support IP addresses as those listed on the following page: Internet SSL address lists (https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/POWER8/p8hai/ibmserveraddresslists.htm).
- To view your proxy setup, run the following command:
lssvc -s cloudconn. The password is displayed in an encrypted format. For information on proxy setup see Creating Proxy Connections on the HMC
Using IBM Cloud Management Console for Power Systems
Find information about how to perform tasks on the CMC endpoint.
Create your system users that log on to the CMC.
To create users on the CMC endpoint, complete the following steps:
- In the Navigation area, select Settings
- In the Settings page, click theManage Userstab to view all users who are configured for your organization.
- In the contents area, click Add User.
- Type the IBM ID for the user you want to add, and select the application permissions for the user.
- Click OK. For more information about creating users, see How to manage users .
Enabling and disabling applications
As an administrator, you can enable or disable applications that are hosted by the CMC servers.
To enable or disable applications, complete the following steps:
- In the navigation area, select Settings.
- In the contents area, click the Apps tab.
- Set the switch next to each application to enable or disable the application.
Note: To use the Enterprise Pools 2.0 app, the Capacity Monitoring app must be enabled first for the collection of performance data
Monitoring the health status of the Power Systems environment
Monitoring the overall system health can help you determine the workloads and to troubleshoot.
To monitor the health status of your environment, complete the following steps:
- In the navigation area, select Inventory.
- In the contents area, select the resource that you want to view.
Monitoring the performance of the Power Systems environment
You can identify bottlenecks and the root cause of application problems by monitoring the performance of your environment.
- In the navigation area, select Capacity Monitoring.
- In the contents area, select the resources that you want to view.
Viewing logging dashboards
You can use CMC to gain insight into virtualization operations. Dashboard information includes Live Partition Mobility, remote restart, and other partition activities.
- In the navigation area, select Logging.
- In the contents area, select the PowerVM Virtualization actions that you want to view.
View Patch Planning Information for Inventory
You can get a comprehensive view of your inventory with information about the current patch state of resources in your environment. You can also view a list of resources that need to be updated, and the recommended service level for each resource.
The Patch Planning > Inventory > All view lists all the resources in your environment including the operating systems, firmware, Virtual I/O Servers, Adapters and Hardware Management Consoles.
Adding Resource Roles
Assigning resource role to other users is reserved for the administrator user from the organization that is registered for IBM® Cloud Management Console for Power Systems™services.
If you have a valid ID and you are registered as the administrator user for your organization in the IBM Cloud Management Console for Power Systems portal, you canadd, modify, delete resource role of other users.
You can manage resource roles from the Settings page. To view the Settings page, click the navigation menu icon () in the portal header, and then click the Settings icon (). In the Settings page, click the Manage Resource Role tab to view all resource roles.
On Prem Support
User can add links for PowerVC, PowerHA, PowerSC, PowerSCMFA and VM Recovery Manager for HA while configuring CMC for the first time. Multiple links can be added for each application. A unique name must be given for each link.
Links are accessible from the Cloud Management Console (CMC) dashboard. Links can be added or modified from the CMC dashboard. The bottom strip on the cards indicate whether links are configured or not. If the links are configured, the strip is displayed in dark blue color. Otherwise the strip is displayed in grey color.
Power Enterprise Pools 2.0 with Utility Capacity
IBM® Power® Enterprise Pools 2.0 provides enhanced multi-system resource sharing and by-the-minute consumption of on-premises compute resources to clients who deploy and manage a private cloud infrastructure. Only Power E980 and Power E950 servers are allowed in Power Enterprise Pools 2.0. Power E980 and Power E950 systems cannot be mixed in the same pool.
All installed processors and memory on servers in a Power Enterprise Pool 2.0 are activated and made available for immediate use when a pool is started. Processor and memory usage on each server are tracked by the minute and aggregated across the pool.
A Power Enterprise Pool 2.0 is monitored and managed from the IBM Cloud™ Management Console (CMC).
Getting started with Power Enterprise Pools 2.0
- Purchase one or more Power E980 or Power E950 systems with base processor and memory activations and corresponding software license entitlements.
- Purchase an initial quantity of capacity credits from an IBM Business Partner, directly from IBM Sales, or on the IBM Entitled Systems Support (ESS) website (where available), to pay for potential metered capacity consumption.
- Start a Power Enterprise Pool 2.0 on the IBM ESS website using the serial number of a Power E980 or Power E950 system with associated capacity credits.
- Access the IBM Cloud Management Console and create a Power Enterprise Pool 2.0 using the pool ID received on the IBM ESS website when the pool was started and assign either Power E980 or Power E950 systems to it.
- All processor and memory resources are then activated on all Power systems in the pool, and CMC begins monitoring the pool.
- Metered resource minutes consumed above the pool's aggregated base for that resource are debited against the pool's capacity credits by CMC on a real-time basis and updated in ESS daily.
For more information about the CMC Enterprise Pool 2.0 application, see https://ibmcmc.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360021928094-Power-Enterprise-Pools-2-0-with-Utility-Capacity
Reporting feedback and issues
There are several methods to report feedback and issues that occur while using CMC.
To report feedback or issues, complete one of the following steps:
- Use the Help widget in the upper right of the application portal. You can search documents in the Community, view top recommended articles, launch into the Community, or provide comments with (optional) screen capture.
Note: If you provide comments, a new ticket is not generated.
- Log in to
ibmcmc.zendesk.comby using the same IBM ID that you used to log in to CMC. Go to the Community or create a service request.Note: When you subscribed to CMC, an account was created for you in ibmcmc.zendesk.com. After you subscribed, you would have received an email to set a login password.
- Send an email firstname.lastname@example.org. This will also create a new service request.
Related links for IBM Cloud Management Console for Power Systems
More information about CMC is available in the following websites:
- CMC ZenDesk community topics (https://ibmcmc.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/topics)
- IBM Power Systems HMC Implementation and Usage Guide (http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/pdfs/sg247491.pdf)
- Managing the HMC by using the HMC Classic or HMC Enhanced interface (http://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/POWER8/p8ha1/p8ha1_kickoff.htm)