Using statistics to monitor automatic node referral activity

To determine how many SMB connections are referred, you can monitor automatic node referral activity by using the statistics command. By monitoring referrals you can determine the extent to which automatic referrals are locating connections on nodes that host the shares and whether you should redistribute your data LIFs to provide better local access to shares on the CIFS server.

About this task

The cifs object provides several counters at the advanced privilege level that are helpful when monitoring SMB automatic node referrals:

You can monitor automatic node referral statistics on your storage virtual machine (SVM) by collecting and viewing data for a specific time period (a sample). You can view data from the sample if you do not stop data collection. Stopping data collection gives you a fixed sample. Not stopping data collection gives you the ability to get updated data that you can use to compare against previous queries. The comparison can help you identify performance trends.

Note: To evaluate and use the information you gather from the statistics command, you should understand the distribution of clients in your environments.

For more information about using the statistics command, see the Performance Monitoring Power Guide.

Procedure

  1. Set the privilege level to advanced: set -privilege advanced
  2. View automatic node referral statistics by using the statistics command.
    This example views automatic node referral statistics by collecting and viewing data for a sampled time period:
    1. Start the collection: statistics start -object cifs -instance vs1 -sample-id sample1
      Statistics collection is being started for Sample-id: sample1
    2. Wait for the desired collection time to elapse.
    3. Stop the collection: statistics stop -sample-id sample1
      Statistics collection is being stopped for Sample-id: sample1
    4. View the automatic node referral statistics: statistics show -sample-id sample1 -counter *node*
      Object: cifs
      Instance: vs1
      Start-time: 2/4/2013 19:27:02
      End-time: 2/4/2013 19:30:11
      Cluster: cluster1
      
          Counter                                             Value
          ----------------------------- ---------------------------
          node_name                                          node1
          node_referral_issued                                    0
          node_referral_local                                     1
          node_referral_not_possible                              2
          node_referral_remote                                    2
          ...
      
          node_name                                          node2
          node_referral_issued                                    2
          node_referral_local                                     1
          node_referral_not_possible                              0
          node_referral_remote                                    2
          ...
      

      Output displays counters for all nodes participating in SVM vs1. For clarity, only output fields related to automatic node referral statistics are provided in the example.

  3. Return to the admin privilege level: set -privilege admin