Connectrix: What is Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS) ?


   Article Number:     531452                                   Article Version: 3     Article Type:    How To 




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The Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS) is an optional storage area network (SAN) health monitor supported on all switches running Fabric OS 7.2.0 or later that allows user to enable each switch to constantly monitor itself for potential faults and automatically alerts the user to problems before they become costly failures. MAPS tracks a variety of SAN fabric metrics and events. Monitoring fabric-wide events, ports, and environmental parameters enables early fault detection and isolation as well as performance measurements. MAPS provides a set of pre-defined monitoring policies that allows user to immediately use MAPS on activation.   
    Predefined policies:   
    MAPS provides three predefined policies that you can neither modify or delete:   
    1. dflt_moderate_policy   
    Contains rules with thresholds values between the aggressive and conservative policies.This is the default policy.   
    2. dflt_aggressive_policy   
    Contains rules with very strict thresholds. Use this policy if you need a pristine fabric (for example, FICON fabrics).   
    3. dflt_conservative_policy   
    Contains rules with more lenient thresholds that allow a buffer and do not immediately trigger actions.This policy to be used in environments where the elements are resilient and can accommodate errors.   
    Although the pre-configured policies can't be modified, a policy can be created based on these policies.    
    User-defined policies   
    MAPS allows user to define their own policies. User can create a policy and add rules to it, or can clone one of the default policies and modify the cloned policy.    
    In addition, MAPS provides customizable monitoring thresholds. These allow user to configure specific groups of ports or other elements so that they share a common threshold value. User can configure MAPS to provide notifications before problems arise, for example, when network traffic through a port is approaching the bandwidth limit. MAPS lets user define how often to check each switch and fabric measure and specify notification thresholds. Whenever fabric measures exceed these thresholds, MAPS automatically provides notification using several methods, including e-mail messages, SNMP traps, and log entries.   
    The MAPS dashboard provides user with the ability to view in a quick glance what is happening on the switch, and helps administrators dig deeper to see details of exactly what is happening on the switch (for example, the kinds of errors, the error count, and so on.)   
    MAPS provides a seamless migration of all customized Fabric Watch thresholds to MAPS, thus allowing you to take advantage of the advanced capabilities of MAPS. MAPS provides additional advanced monitoring, such as monitoring for the same error counters across different time periods, or having more than two thresholds for any error counters. MAPS also provides support for user to monitor the statistics provided by the Flow Monitor feature of Flow Vision.   
    MAPS configuration tasks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Configuration taskCommand
Enabling MAPSmapsconfig --enablemaps
Migrating from Fabric Watch to MAPS (Converting Fabric Watch policies to MAPS policies)mapsconfig - -fwconvert
Viewing group informationlogicalgroup --show
Modifying a policymapspolicy
Creating a policymapspolicy --create
Enabling a policymapspolicy --enable
Modifying a default policymapspolicy --clone
Adding a rule to a policymapspolicy --addrule
Deleting a rule from a policymapspolicy --delrule
Creating a rulemapsrule --create
Modifying a rulemapsrule --config
Enabling or disabling actions at a global levelmapsconfig --actions
Sending alerts using e-mailmapsconfig --emailcfg
Viewing the MAPS dashboardmapsdb --show
Viewing historical datamapsdb --show history
    For more information refer to the respective FOS version’s MAPS guide.