Discover storage arrays in the plugin

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To display and manage storage resources, you must use the Storage Plugin for vCenter interface to discover the IP addresses of arrays in your network.

Step 1: Enter network addresses for discovery

Before you begin
  • You must know the network IP addresses (or range of addresses) of the array controllers.

  • The storage arrays must be correctly set up and configured, and you must know the storage array login credentials (user name and password).

Steps
  1. From the Manage page, select Add/Discover.

    The Enter Network Address Range dialog box appears.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To discover one array, select the Discover a single storage array radio button, and then enter the IP address for one of the controllers in the storage array.

    • To discover multiple storage arrays, select the Discover all storage arrays within a network range radio button, and then enter the starting network address and ending network address to search across your local sub-network.

  3. Click Start Discovery.

    As the discovery process begins, the dialog box displays the storage arrays as they are discovered. The discovery process might take several minutes to complete.

    If no manageable arrays are discovered, verify that the storage arrays are properly connected to your network and their assigned addresses are within range. Click New Discovery Parameters to return to the Add/Discover page.

  4. Select the checkbox next to any storage array that you want to add to your management domain.

    The system performs a credential check on each array that you are adding to the management domain. You might need to resolve any issues with untrusted certificates before proceeding.

  5. Click Next to proceed to the next step in the wizard.

    If the storage arrays have valid certificates, go to Step 3: Provide passwords.

    If any storage arrays do not have valid certificates, the Resolve Self-Signed Certificates dialog box appears. Go to Step 2: Resolve untrusted certificates during discovery.

    If you want to import CA-signed certificates, cancel out of the discovery wizard and click Certificate Management from the left panel. Refer to the online help for further instructions.

Step 2: Resolve untrusted certificates during discovery

You must resolve any certificate issues before proceeding with the discovery process.

  1. If the Resolve Self-Signed Certificates dialog box opens, review the information displayed for the untrusted certificates. For more information, you can also click the ellipses at the far end of the table and select View from the pop-up menu.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If you trust the connections to the discovered storage arrays, click Next and then click Yes to confirm and continue to the next dialog in the wizard. The self-signed certificates are marked as trusted and the storage arrays will be added to the plugin.

    • If you do not trust the connections to the storage arrays, select Cancel and validate each storage array’s security certificate strategy before adding any of them.

  3. Click Next to proceed to the next step in the wizard.

Step 3: Provide passwords

As the last step for discovery, you must enter the passwords for the storage arrays that you want to add to your management domain.

  1. For each discovered array, enter its admin password in the fields.

  2. Click Finish.

    It can take several minutes for the system to connect to the specified storage arrays. When the process is finished, the storage arrays are added to your management domain and associated with the selected group (if specified).