Monitoring Your Arrays

An array runs well after it is installed and configured. It normally requires only minimum maintenance. It is a good idea, though, to monitor the system regularly to make sure that everything is working as expected.

You can choose options from the GUI Monitor menu to monitor the array in real time. You can track system trends and proactively ensure that no bottlenecks occur. The intuitive monitoring system lets you see space usage and performance at a glance.

In addition to monitoring your array, you can monitor certain host features. The GUI Monitor menu also includes a Hosts section, where you can find information about Cross-Stack Analytics for Hyper-V and Host Diagnostics.

Several array monitoring options use common controls. When you monitor capacity, performance, interfaces, connections, the audit log, or replication, you can specify the time interval of interest to you:
  • Real-time, which is useful for monitoring real-time activity
  • Last 3 minutes (3M), which is useful for monitoring very recent activity
  • Last 60 minutes (1H), which is useful to determine whether an activity is a temporary or recurring condition
  • Last 24 hours (1D), which is useful for tracking activity patterns for the day
  • Last 7 days (1W), which is useful for tracking activity patterns for the week
  • Last 30 days (1M), which is useful for tracking activity patterns for the month
  • Custom, which lets you specify a time interval of interest

The selected interval determines how much data is shown. The longer the time interval, the more compressed the data appears in the graph. Use longer time intervals for tracking trends that you can use for purchasing estimates and capital expense projections.

When you monitor Capacity or Performance, you can also select one or all volumes to include in the data collection. By default, all volumes are included. However, you can limit the display to a specific volume.

The other monitoring options do not have the Real-Time and Volume common controls. Those pages provide other ways to track activity patterns.