Insight Server requirements

A dedicated server is recommended. Do not install Insight on a server that has any other applications installed. Both physical and virtual servers are supported, provided that the product requirements are met.

You must have local administrator permissions to install the OnCommand Insight Server software.

Important: Sizing for OnCommand Insight has multiple dependencies, such as data source type and size, number of assets in your environment, polling intervals, and more. The following sizing examples are guidelines only; they represent some of the environments in which Insight has been tested. Changing any of these or other factors in the environment can change the sizing requirements for Insight. These guidelines include disk space for up to 90 days of performance archive data.

It is recommended to contact your Sales Engineer for detailed sizing guidance before installing or upgrading Insight.

Examples:
Environment factors: Disk space, CPUs, and Memory tested:
80 storage arrays

4,000 Volumes

4,000 VMs

4,000 switch ports

250 GB disk space

8 cores

32 GB RAM

160 storage arrays

40,000 Volumes

8,000 VMs

8,000 switch ports

1 TB of disk space

12 cores

48 GB RAM

Requirements:
Component Required
Operating system

A computer running 64-bit Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, or 2016 with the latest service pack.

The Resilient File System (ReFS) introduced with Windows Server 2012 is not compatible with OnCommand Insight. Windows installation of OnCommand Insight is only supported on the NTFS file system.

A dedicated server is recommended.

Virtual machine (VM) This component can run in a virtual environment, provided that the CPU and memory resources for your instance are reserved.
Memory and CPU

24 - 256 GB RAM

8 - 32 cores

It is strongly recommended to set the paging file size to "Windows managed". Small, fixed-size paging files may interfere with the successful storage of Insight performance data.

Available disk space

100 GB - 3 TB install disk space

50 GB - 1 TB performance archive disk space

SSD disks are recommended for the Insight installation space.

Network Ethernet connection and ports:
  • 100 Mbps or 1 Gbps Ethernet connection with dedicated (static) IP address and IP connectivity to all components in the SAN, including FC devices and remote acquisition units.
  • Port requirements for the OnCommand Insight Server process are 80, 443, 1090 through 1100, 3873, 8083, 4444 through 4446, 5445, 5455, 4712 through 4714, 5500, and 5501.
  • Port requirements for the acquisition process are 12123 and 5679.
  • Port requirement for MySQL is 3306.
  • Port requirements for Elasticsearch are 9200 and 9310
  • Dynamic port requirements on Win2008/2012 are 49152 through 65535

Ports 443 and 3306 require external access through any firewall that is present.

Permissions

Local administrator permissions are required on the OnCommand Insight Server.

Remote connectivity Internet connectivity to allow WebEx access or a remote desktop connection to facilitate installation and post-installation support.
Accessibility HTTPS, HTTP, or FTP access to the Internet is highly recommended.

Virus scan

During the installation of this OnCommand Insight component, you must completely disable all virus scanners. Following installation, the paths used by the Insight component (install, backup, and archiver paths) must be excluded from virus scanning.

HTTP or HTTPS servers

Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) or other HTTP and HTTPS servers should not compete for the same ports (80 and 443) as the OnCommand Insight server, and should not start automatically. If they must listen to port 80 or 443, then you must configure the OnCommand Insight server to use other ports.