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IBM PowerVC Version 1.3.2 Introduction and Configuration

Book Description

IBM® Power Virtualization Center (IBM® PowerVC™) is an advanced, enterprise virtualization management offering for IBM Power Systems™. This IBM Redbooks® publication introduces IBM PowerVC and helps you understand its functions, planning, installation, and setup.

IBM PowerVC Version 1.3.2 supports both large and small deployments, either by managing IBM PowerVM® that is controlled by the Hardware Management Console (HMC) by IBM PowerVM NovaLink, or by managing PowerKVM directly. With this capability, IBM PowerVC can manage IBM AIX®, IBM i, and Linux workloads that run on IBM POWER® hardware.

IBM PowerVC is available as a Standard Edition, or as a Cloud PowerVC Manager edition.

IBM PowerVC includes the following features and benefits:

  • Virtual image capture, deployment, and management

  • Policy-based virtual machine (VM) placement to improve use

  • Management of real-time optimization and VM resilience to increase productivity

  • VM Mobility with placement policies to reduce the burden on IT staff in a simple-to-install and easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI)

  • Role-based security policies to ensure a secure environment for common tasks

  • The ability to enable an administrator to enable Dynamic Resource Optimization on a schedule

  • IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager includes all of the IBM PowerVC Standard Edition features and adds:

  • A Self-service portal that allows the provisioning of new VMs without direct system administrator intervention. There is an option for policy approvals for the requests that are received from the self-service portal.

  • Pre-built deploy templates that are set up by the cloud administrator that simplify the deployment of VMs by the cloud user.

  • Cloud management policies that simplify management of cloud deployments.

  • Metering data that can be used for chargeback.

  • This publication is for experienced users of IBM PowerVM and other virtualization solutions who want to understand and implement the next generation of enterprise virtualization management for Power Systems.

    Unless stated otherwise, the content of this publication refers to IBM PowerVC Version 1.3.2.

    Table of Contents

    1. Front cover
    2. Figures
    3. Tables
    4. Examples
    5. Notices
      1. Trademarks
    6. Preface
      1. Authors
        1. Now you can become a published author, too!
        2. Comments welcome
        3. Stay connected to IBM Redbooks
    7. Summary of changes
      1. January 2017, Fifth Edition
    8. Chapter 1. IBM PowerVC introduction
      1. 1.1 IBM PowerVC overview
        1. 1.1.1 IBM PowerVC functions and advantages
        2. 1.1.2 IBM PowerVM NovaLink overview
      2. 1.2 IBM PowerVC Editions
        1. 1.2.1 IBM PowerVC Standard Edition
        2. 1.2.2 IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager
      3. 1.3 PowerVC versions and releases
        1. 1.3.1 IBM PowerVC release to OpenStack edition cross-reference
        2. 1.3.2 IBM PowerVC Version 1.3.0
        3. 1.3.3 IBM PowerVC Version 1.3.1
        4. 1.3.4 IBM PowerVC Version 1.3.2
      4. 1.4 IBM PowerVC adoption
    9. Chapter 2. IBM PowerVC planning
      1. 2.1 IBM PowerVC requirements
        1. 2.1.1 Hardware and software requirements
        2. 2.1.2 Hardware and software requirements for IBM PowerVC
        3. 2.1.3 Other hardware compatibility
        4. 2.1.4 Web browsers
      2. 2.2 IBM PowerVM NovaLink requirements
        1. 2.2.1 PowerVM NovaLink system requirements
      3. 2.3 Host and partition management planning
        1. 2.3.1 Physical server configuration
        2. 2.3.2 HMC or PowerKVM planning
        3. 2.3.3 Virtual I/O Server planning
      4. 2.4 Placement policies and templates
        1. 2.4.1 Host groups
        2. 2.4.2 Placement policies
        3. 2.4.3 Template types
        4. 2.4.4 Information that is required for compute template planning
        5. 2.4.5 Information that is required for deploy template planning
      5. 2.5 IBM PowerVC storage access SAN planning
        1. 2.5.1 vSCSI storage access
        2. 2.5.2 NPIV storage access
        3. 2.5.3 Shared storage pool: vSCSI
        4. 2.5.4 Storage access in IBM PowerVC Standard Edition managing PowerKVM
      6. 2.6 Storage management planning
        1. 2.6.1 IBM PowerVC terminology
        2. 2.6.2 Storage templates
        3. 2.6.3 Storage connectivity groups and tags
      7. 2.7 Network management planning
        1. 2.7.1 Infoblox support
        2. 2.7.2 Multiple network planning
        3. 2.7.3 Shared Ethernet Adapter planning
        4. 2.7.4 Planning Single Root I/O Virtualization networks
      8. 2.8 Planning users and groups
        1. 2.8.1 User management planning
        2. 2.8.2 Projects and role management planning
      9. 2.9 Security management planning
        1. 2.9.1 Ports that are used by IBM Power Virtualization Center
        2. 2.9.2 Providing a certificate
      10. 2.10 Product information
    10. Chapter 3. IBM PowerVC installation
      1. 3.1 Setting up the IBM PowerVC environment
        1. 3.1.1 Creating the virtual machine to host IBM PowerVC
        2. 3.1.2 Downloading and installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux
        3. 3.1.3 Customizing Red Hat Enterprise Linux
      2. 3.2 Installing IBM PowerVC
      3. 3.3 Uninstalling IBM PowerVC
      4. 3.4 Upgrading IBM PowerVC
        1. 3.4.1 Before you begin
        2. 3.4.2 Performing in-place upgrade
        3. 3.4.3 Upgrading or migrating from earlier versions
      5. 3.5 Updating IBM PowerVC
      6. 3.6 IBM PowerVC backup and recovery
        1. 3.6.1 Backing up IBM PowerVC
        2. 3.6.2 Recovering IBM PowerVC data
        3. 3.6.3 Status messages during backup and recovery
        4. 3.6.4 Consideration about backup and recovery
      7. 3.7 IBM PowerVC command-line interface
        1. 3.7.1 Exporting audit data
      8. 3.8 Virtual machines that are managed by IBM PowerVC
        1. 3.8.1 Linux on Power virtual machines
        2. 3.8.2 IBM AIX virtual machines
        3. 3.8.3 IBM i virtual machines
    11. Chapter 4. IBM PowerVC for managing IBM PowerVM
      1. 4.1 IBM PowerVC graphical user interface
      2. 4.2 Introduction to the IBM PowerVC setup
      3. 4.3 Managing resources outside of IBM PowerVC
      4. 4.4 Connecting to IBM PowerVC
      5. 4.5 Host setup
        1. 4.5.1 Host maintenance mode
        2. 4.5.2 Host Groups
      6. 4.6 Hardware Management Console management
        1. 4.6.1 Adding an HMC
        2. 4.6.2 Changing the HMC credentials
        3. 4.6.3 Changing the HMC
        4. 4.6.4 Change management connection, HMC, and PowerVM NovaLink
      7. 4.7 Storage and SAN fabric setup
        1. 4.7.1 Adding a storage controller to IBM PowerVC
        2. 4.7.2 Adding a SAN fabric to IBM PowerVC
      8. 4.8 Storage port tags setup
      9. 4.9 Storage connectivity group setup
      10. 4.10 Storage template setup
      11. 4.11 Storage volume setup
      12. 4.12 Network setup
        1. 4.12.1 Basic network setup
        2. 4.12.2 SR-IOV network setup
      13. 4.13 Compute template setup
      14. 4.14 Environment verification
        1. 4.14.1 Verification report validation categories
      15. 4.15 Management of virtual machines and images
        1. 4.15.1 Virtual machine onboarding
        2. 4.15.2 Refreshing the virtual machine view
        3. 4.15.3 Starting the virtual machine
        4. 4.15.4 Stopping the virtual machine
        5. 4.15.5 Opening a console window
        6. 4.15.6 Capturing a virtual machine image
        7. 4.15.7 Deploying a new virtual machine
        8. 4.15.8 Resizing the virtual machine
        9. 4.15.9 Migration of virtual machines
        10. 4.15.10 Host maintenance mode
        11. 4.15.11 Restarting virtual machines remotely from a failed host
        12. 4.15.12 Attaching a volume to the virtual machine
        13. 4.15.13 Detaching a volume from the virtual machine
        14. 4.15.14 Resetting the state of a virtual machine
        15. 4.15.15 Deleting images
        16. 4.15.16 Unmanaging a virtual machine
        17. 4.15.17 Deleting a virtual machine
      16. 4.16 Users, groups, and roles setup
        1. 4.16.1 Adding user accounts
        2. 4.16.2 Updating the user accounts
        3. 4.16.3 Disabling the root user account from IBM PowerVC
        4. 4.16.4 Working with roles
        5. 4.16.5 Setting project policies
        6. 4.16.6 Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
        7. 4.16.7 User and Group filtering
    12. Chapter 5. IBM PowerVC Standard Edition for managing IBM PowerKVM
      1. 5.1 Install IBM PowerVC Standard to manage PowerKVM
      2. 5.2 Setting up PowerVC Standard managing PowerKVM
        1. 5.2.1 Adding the PowerKVM host
        2. 5.2.2 Adding storage
        3. 5.2.3 Adding a network
      3. 5.3 Host group setup
      4. 5.4 Importing ISO images
        1. 5.4.1 Importing ISO images by using the command-line interface
        2. 5.4.2 Importing ISO images by using the GUI
        3. 5.4.3 Deploying an RHEL ISO image
      5. 5.5 Capturing a virtual machine
        1. 5.5.1 Installing cloud-init on the virtual machine
        2. 5.5.2 Changing devices to be mounted by name or UUID
        3. 5.5.3 Capturing the virtual machine
      6. 5.6 Deploying images
      7. 5.7 Resizing virtual machines
      8. 5.8 Suspending and resuming virtual machines
      9. 5.9 Restarting a virtual machine
      10. 5.10 Migrating virtual machines
      11. 5.11 Restarting virtual machines remotely
      12. 5.12 Deleting virtual machines
      13. 5.13 Creating and attaching volumes
      14. 5.14 Attaching volumes
    13. Chapter 6. IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager
      1. 6.1 Logging in as a self-service user
      2. 6.2 Self-service portal graphical user interface
      3. 6.3 Deploying virtual machines from a template
      4. 6.4 Viewing the information that is used for deployment
      5. 6.5 Viewing deployment requests
      6. 6.6 Administrator actions for user requests
        1. 6.6.1 Viewing request details as an administrator
        2. 6.6.2 Approving a request as an administrator
        3. 6.6.3 Viewing approved new virtual machines
    14. Appendix A. Software-Defined Networking (technical preview)
      1. SDN requirements for IBM PowerVC
      2. Security groups
      3. Components of private and public communication when using SDN
      4. Setting up a network node
    15. Appendix B. Useful commands and scripts
      1. Useful OpenStack commands
      2. Useful powervc-config commands
      3. Useful software-defined network commands (technical preview only)
      4. Useful scripts
      5. REST APIs example
    16. Related publications
      1. IBM Redbooks
      2. Online resources
      3. Help from IBM
    17. Back cover