Asset Views

Because different asset types return different data, RAMP DCIM has different views for each of the asset types.

While the information returned for each asset type will vary, each asset will have a consistent means of viewing the information. A consistent header bar will be shown for each asset.

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The header bar will display a status icon indicating the current state of the asset, the name of the asset, and the following buttons:

iconDashboard Home – displays the primary dashboard view

iconProperties Properties – displays a dropdown list of property screens

iconGraphs Graphs – extended graph screen for creating custom graphs and exporting graph data to a spreadsheet

iconAlarms Alarms – displays the current alarms and alarm history

iconRefresh Refresh – refresh the asset data

iconReports Reports – create PDF, Word, or Excel reports, as well as scheduling recurring reports

iconAdvanced Advanced – advanced options

iconLayout Layout – displays the visual view of the location

Home

iconDashboard Clicking Dashboard will display the primary dashboard view.

Setting the Location

iconPencil While an asset is displayed on-screen, clicking on the pencil icon will allow the user to edit the location for an asset. The select location form will be displayed.

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Select the location from the hierarchy tree.

If the asset is a rack-mounted device such as a server, you will also be able to select the rack location and whether the asset is mounted in the front or the rear of the rack.

Click OK to save the changes or Cancel to quit.

Note that you can also set the location for assets by dragging and dropping the asset from the tree view (hierarchy, device type, or search view) to a rack or location.

Setting the Power Source

Click the pencil edit icon to change the power source for an asset. The power sources form will be displayed.

To delete a power source, click the trash can icon next to the power source.

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To add a power source, click Add Power Source. Choose a power source from the tree view of power sources. Note that devices in a rack will most likely be powered by a power source in that rack, so the tree will display all power sources in the rack under In My Rack for convenience.

After choosing a power source, you may be asked for additional information. For a rack PDU, for example, you will be asked for the outlet number. For a PDU, you will be asked for panel and breaker information.

If the power source provides power information (a metered rack PDU, for example), choose the Read power from source radio button. If the power is read from a meter, click the Read power from meter radio button and then select the power meter which will be providing the power information.

Click Add to add the power source or Cancel to quit.

Note that you can also set the power source for assets by dragging and dropping the asset from the tree view (hierarchy, device type, or search view) to a power source.

Properties

Clicking Properties will display a dropdown list of property screens. The list of options will vary for each asset but will typically have the following options:

  • Properties – list of properties for the asset
  • Change Log – detailed list of all changes which have been made to the asset
  • Contracts – editable list of contracts for the asset
  • Cost – editable list of costs for the asset
  • Expansion Modules – list of Expansion Modules for the asset (If applicable)
  • Hardware – list of hardware for the asset (Processor / Memory / Network Interfaces / Disk Drives / Storage)
  • Logical Groups – editable list of “Current” and “Available” logical groups
  • Software – list of software for the asset (If applicable)
  • Network Path – displays network connections
  • Power Path – displays the power path for the asset
  • Documents – manage documents for the asset
  • Notifications – manage notifications (alarms) for the asset
  • Warranty/Service – manage warranties, leases, service contracts, and end of life for the asset
  • View Images – display views of the asset; manage views
  • Virtual Machines – list of virtual machines for the asset
  • Discovery Log – detailed view of the asset discovery, displaying which protocols were used to discover the asset

Some assets will have additional options. The properties view of a server, for example, would also include options to display the hardware configuration, installed software, and virtual machines running on the server.

Properties

The Properties menu option will display a list of properties for the asset.

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Properties which are returned from the asset will not be modifiable by the user and will be displayed as read-only fields. If the device provides a serial number during auto-discovery, for example, you will not be able to change the serial number to something else. Other fields can be modified on the Properties screen.

The General Properties section also displays a list of states an asset can be in. The different states mean the following:

  • Unknown - the asset does not belog to any of the other states mentioned below.
  • Active - the asset is actively being monitored by RAMP and is returning sensor data.
  • Inactive - the asset is not active and is not providing any sensor data.
  • Maintenance - the asset is undergoing maintenance. Any alarms generated by the asset will still be logged in RAMP but will include a note that the asset is in Maintenance. The asset will continue returning sensor data to RAMP.
  • Retired - the asset is retired, can not be placed in a rack, and RAMP is not retrieving any sensor data. However, old sensor data (before retiring the asset) is retained.
  • Returned - the asset is returned back to the manufacturer.
  • Staging - the asset is undergoing final testing and is getting ready for production.

Click Save to save the changes. Click Revert to undo any changes you have made since the last time you clicked Save.

Click Manage Custom Properties to add, delete, or edit user-defined fields.

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First select a name for the user property. This is the name which will be displayed with the value of the property.

Next, select the type of field:

  • String – free-form text
  • Number – number
  • Choices – list of acceptable values
  • Date – date

Next, select the asset types which will display this user property. A user property can be applied to all assets or to one or more asset types (server, blade server, UPS, and so on). User properties can also be applied to locations and logical groups. Check the appropriate check boxes for the entities on which you want the user property to appear.

If the user property is a number, the Unit field will be enabled. The unit (such as W, VA, and so on) will be displayed following the value. User input on a number field will be restricted to numbers.

If the property type is Choices, the Choices field will be enabled. Allowed values should be entered (one per line). User input will be restricted to the choices in the drop-down list. Note that these fields can be used for Boolean type fields such as On/Off, Active/Inactive, True/False, Yes/No and so on by entering the possible fields in the list of possible values.

A default value can be selected by entering it in the Default Value field. This will be the default value displayed until the user changes the value.

To add the new user property, click Save.

To edit an existing user property, first select the user property from the list of user properties. The current information for the user property will be displayed. Make whatever changes you want to the user property and click Update to save the new information.

To delete an existing user property, select the user property from the list of user properties and click Delete.

Click the Close button to close the form.

Change Log

The Change Log menu option will display a detailed list of all changes which have been made to the asset.

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Changes will be displayed with the newest change at the top of the list. These changes will include both user-initiated changes, such as changing the asset tag or power source, and system recognized changes, such as RAMP DCIM recognizing that a network cable has been moved to another port, firmware has been updated on a UPS, or new software has been installed on a server. You can enter a comment in the log by clicking the Add Comment button. Enter the comment and click Save to save the comment.

By default, the change log will show all changes made in the past 3 days. You can change this by using the up and down arrows to choose a new time frame.

You can expand the change log to show all infrastructure supporting the asset by clicking the Infrastructure radio button. This will show all changes to the asset and supporting infrastructure (power and network) for the selected time frame.

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You can return to the device-only change log by clicking the Device Only radio button.

Network Path

The Network Path menu option will display a list of the network connections for an asset.

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The following fields will be displayed:

  • Interface Name – name of the network interface on the asset
  • Name – name of the network device to which the asset is connected
  • Path – network path (including patch panels) from the asset to the network device
  • IP Address – IP address(es) used on this connection
  • MAC Address – MAC address of the network card

Note: RAMP DCIM can auto-detect network connections to the physical port on the network device. Users can also manually connect an asset to a network port by dragging and dropping the asset to the port. If the asset was manually connected, it will be displayed in blue to indicate a manual connection.

To get more information about a network device, double-click on the network device in the list.

Click the Visualization tab to see a visual view of the network connections:

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Power Path

The Power Path menu option will display the power path for the asset. The power path can be displayed in a tree format or visually.

Tree Format

For a power providing device, the power path will start from the device and proceed through all power connections upstream of the device. In addition, the power path will display all assets being powered by the device. All assets shown in red indicate a single point of failure. In the screenshot below, for example, if RackPDU/RPP Right (the displayed device) were to go down, all assets shown in red (cisco-switch-1, Dell PowerConnect, file01, ubuntu, and vmware1) will go down. The server hyper-v (and all of its virtual machines), will stay up because it has an alternate power source.

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Visualization Format

Click the Visualization tab to view a visual power view (one line power diagram).

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The node shown in white (RackPDU/RPP Right in this screenshot) is the selected device. The one-line diagram will show all assets powered by the selected device as well as all upstream power devices. All assets shown in red indicate single points of failure.

Selecting another node in the diagram will change the focus to that asset. In the screenshot below, the user has clicked on hyper-v, making it the new focus.

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Click the home icon to switch the focus back to the originally selected device (RackPDU/RPP Right in this example).

Click the zoom in or zoom out icons to zoom in or out.

Switch to a left to right view by clicking the image274 button.

Switch to a top to bottom view by clicking the image275 button.

Expansion Modules

RAMP DCIM provides the ability to attach expansion modules to many asset types. Expansion modules can be used to track and manage attachable modules which have serial numbers and asset tags. Expansion modules for an asset will be shown as below and have their own property page as well.

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Documents

RAMP DCIM provides the ability to link documents to assets, models, locations, or logical groups. The Documents menu option will allow you to manage documents associated with the asset. This management includes adding, viewing, or removing a document.

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Click to add a new document.

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A document can be added for a specific asset or for all devices matching the asset’s model. In the image above, for example, you can choose to add a document link to “this asset only” or to “all servers with model ProLiant DL360 G6”.

If you choose to add the link to this asset only, it will set up a directly linked document. This would be applicable for documents such as purchase orders, warranties, service contracts or other documents pertaining specifically to this asset. All directly linked documents will appear under the Directly Linked Documents section.

If you choose to add the link to all servers with this model, it will set up an indirectly linked document. This would be applicable for documents such as installation or user guides for this type of server. All indirectly linked documents will appear under the Indirectly Linked Documents section.

You can add one of the following types of documents:

  • Existing Document – document which has already been linked through RAMP DCIM)
  • New Document – document which has not previously been added through RAMP DCIM
  • Link to Document – web address

If you choose Existing Document, you will be able to choose an existing document in the RAMP DCIM system by selecting the document from the tree. Documents will be stored under one of four areas:

  • Recent – recently uploaded document
  • By Location – associated with a physical location (all assets in the physical location will be indirectly linked to the document)
  • By Asset – associated with a specific asset
  • By Model – associated with a model (all assets with this model will be indirectly linked to the document)
  • By Logical Group – associated with a logical group (all assets in the logical group will be indirectly linked to the document)
  • By Contract – associated with a contract (lease, purchase order, service contract, or warranty)
  • By Workflow – associated with a workflow
  • By Workflow Template – associated with a workflow template
  • By Task – associated with a task
  • By Task Template – associated with a task template

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If you choose New Document, you will need to enter a name for the document. Click Browse… to browse for the file.

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You can view all of the linked documents by selecting the Manage Documents menu option from the main action menu.

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A list of documents will be displayed.

  • Name – name of document
  • Type – type of document (types include documents, spreadsheets, pictures and videos)
  • Link Type – describes how the document is linked (asset, location, model or logical group)
  • Direct Links – number of direct links

Notifications

RAMP DCIM provides the ability to notify users when events occur. Events could be a configuration change, a rack PDU/RPP exceeding a power limit or a UPS going to battery power, for example. The Notifications option allows you to manage notifications (alarms) for the asset.

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To add a new notification, click the Add Notifications. The All Notifications page will be displayed. To edit an existing notification type, click the pencil icon for the notification type to be edited (see All Notifications for details on how to change a notification).

Select the notification type and alarm criticality by checking one or more of the checkboxes and then clicking the Update button.

Contracts

The Contracts menu option allows you to manage leases, service contracts, warranties, and purchase orders for an asset.

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To select a lease, service contract, warranty, or purchase order use the appropriate drop-down list to select the contract for the asset. The detailed information for the contract will be displayed.

View Images

Use the View Images option to view and manage images for an asset.

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Click Manage Images to add or delete images for the asset.

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Click Delete to delete the image, Note that you cannot delete images which were supplied with the RAMP DCIM software, but you can upload additional images. Click Upload to upload a new image. Click Close to close the form.

Graphs

Clicking Graphs will display the extended graph screen for creating custom graphs and exporting graph data to a spreadsheet.

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The expanded graph will allow you to select the following options:

Time Span

  • Last Day – show data for the last 24 hours
  • Last Week - show data for the last week
  • Last Month – show data for the last month
  • Last Year – show data for the last year
  • Custom – select beginning and ending start dates for the data to be displayed
  • Show Markers – click the checkbox to display markers on the graph or unclick to remove markers

Variables

A list of available variables will be displayed. Select one or more variables from the list by clicking on the checkbox preceeding the variable name. At least one variable must be selected.

Click any combination of Minimum, Average and Maximum checkboxes to display the minimum, average and/or the maximum values for the selected variables. At least one option must be selected.

After making your time span and variable selections, click Display Chart to display the data or Export Chart to export the data to a spreadsheet.

To highlight one of the lines, hover over the variable in the legend. To temporarily hide a line, click on the variable in the legend. Click on the variable again to display the variable again.

Alarms

Clicking Alarms will display the current and historical alarms for the asset.

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To clear an alarm, click the trash can icon.

To edit an alarm, click the pencil icon.

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Select the severity from the dropdown list. If you want this message to be ignored in the future, click the Always Ignore checkbox. Set the message text in the edit field. Note that some messages, such as the one illustrated above, can also provide variable information. In this case, the name of the disk volume is stored in variable {volumeName}, the current disk usage is stored in {reading}, and the warning threshold is stored in {threshold}. If variable names are to appear in the message, they must be enclosed in braces.

By default, the active alarms will be displayed. Click Show All to show all alarms, including closed alarms.

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Click Clear Log to clear the alarm log.

Refresh

Clicking Refresh will refresh the asset data.

Reports

The Reports will allow you to create PDF, Word, or Excel reports, as well as scheduling recurring reports. There are two report types that are available for all assets:

  • PDF
  • RTF (compatible with Microsoft Word)

In addition, a third report option, CSV (Comma Separated Values, compatible with Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheets), is available for reporting on groups of variables.

To schedule a report, click Scheduled Reports. The Scheduled Reports setup form will be displayed:

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Select the schedule parameters:

  • Daily – set the time of day for the report
  • Weekly – set the day of the week and the time of day for the report
  • Monthly – set the day of the month (or Last) and the time of day for the report

Add one or more recipients by clicking Add Recipient. Select either a RAMP DCIM user or enter an email address. To delete a recipient, click the trash can icon next to the recipient to be deleted.

Click Add to schedule the report or Cancel to close the form without scheduling a report.

Scheduled reports can be managed from the Scheduled Reports menu option on the Logs and Reports menu.

Advanced Options

Clicking Advance will display a dropdown list of advanced options. The list of options will vary for each asset type but will typically have the following options:

  • Add to Clipboard
  • Add New
  • Retire Asset
  • Delete Asset
  • Place Asset into Maintenance
  • Connect to this device
  • Open in New Window
  • View Location
  • Asset Information
  • Discovery Log

Retire Asset

Select the Retire Asset option to retire the asset. Retired assets will be placed in the retired assets group. You can view this retired assets by selecting the Retired Assets menu option from the RAMP DCIM Actions menu. The historical data will be retained. If the asset is rediscovered, it will be re-added to the system. If the asset has been retired, select the Un-Retire Asset menu option to un-retire the asset.

Delete Asset

Click Delete Asset to delete the asset. You will be asked to confirm the deletion. It is important to note that the following actions will be taken once the deletion is confirmed:
  • Asset will be deleted from the RAMP DCIM system
  • Asset historical data will be deleted
  • If the asset is rediscovered, it will be re-added to the system.

Place into Maintenance / Remove from Maintenance

Select Place into Maintenance to put the asset into maintenance mode. A dialog will be displayed asking for input on why the asset is being put into maintenance mode.

Select Remove from Maintenance to return the asset to normal mode. A dialog will be displayed asking for input on the maintenance work which was done.

Disable/Enable Monitoring

Select Disable Monitoring to disable monitoring for a device.

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The device properties on the main asset dashboard will show that the asset is not being monitored.

Note that even though the asset is no longer being monitored, it will be discovered if its IP address is included in a discovery.

Select Enable Monitoring to reenable monitoring for a device.

Connect to this device

If you click Connect to this device, RAMP DCIM will attempt to connect to the URL defined using the Set Connection Method action. The connection will be displayed in a new window. By default, the connection method will be defined to be http://ip_address, where ip_address is the IP address of the asset.

Click the Set Connection Method… menu option to define the URL to use when Connect to this device is clicked.

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Enter the URL you wish to use and then click OK to confirm. Click Cancel to cancel any changes.

Open in New Window

Click Open in New Window to display an asset or rack in a new window. This allows you to view multiple devices at the same time without clicking through different tabs.

View Location

Click View Location to find the physical location of the asset. This will set the visual view to the selected location and will change the view to that location. If the asset is not is a rack, the asset will be highlighted. If the asset is in a rack, the rack in which the asset resides will be highlighted.

Asset Information

Click Asset Information to view additional asset information. This information contains information which can be used by the Tuangru technical support team to diagnose issues.

More detailed data can be retrieved using the View Sensor Data, View API Change Log, or View API Data buttons.

You may be asked to provide this information to the technical support team to assist them in diagnosing a problem.

Click the Close button to exit the asset information dialog.

Discovery Log

Use the Discovery Log option to display a detailed view of the asset discovery, displaying which protocols and credentials were used to discover the asset.

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Administrators can check the Show Passwords checkbox to show passwords.

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Create a discovery log report in either PDF or Word format.

Enhanced Cable Management

RAMP enables users to manage cable connections between assets.

Making Connections to a Patch Panel

A user can make a connection to a patch panel using two ways: 1) drag and drop the asset from the hierarchy tree into the patch panel port, Or 2) clicking on Setup Connections in the patch panel view

Method 1: Drag and Drop Click on a patch panel to open it’s dashboard view. You can then drag and drop the desired asset into the desired patch panel port.

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Method 2: Setup Connections Click on a patch panel to open it’s dashboard view. You can then click on “Setup Connections” to set your desired connections. Clicking on “Setup Connections” opens a new view where the hierarchy tree can be displayed on both sides of the patch panel. You can then drag and drop the assets into your desired ports in the patch panel.

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Making Connections to a Blade Network or Network Device

A user can make a connection to a Blade Network or a Network device using drag and drop. Click on the asset you would like to setup a network connection on to open it’s dashboard view. You can then drag and drop the desired asset to connect into the desired port.

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Once you make a connection, you will be prompted to enter Network Interface Information.

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You can either select an existing network interface or create a new one by clicking on “Add”. When you click on “Add”, you will be prompted to enter port information which consists of: Port Name, Cable Name, Cable Type, and Cable Serial Number (SN). The Cable Type is a drop down with different options. You can also enter your custom cable type.

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When you fill all information and click ok, the port information will show in the Network Interface dialog. You can then select it and click ok to set the connection.

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Once a connection is made, you can edit and/or delete cable information including: Cable Name, Cable Type, and Cable Serial Number (SN).

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