In OneFS 9.5, several OneFS components also now leverage SupportAssist as their secure off-cluster data retrieval and communication channel. These include:
|Events and Alerts
|SupportAssist can send CELOG events and attachments via ESE to CLM.
|Logfile gathers can be uploaded to Dell via SupportAssist.
|License activation uses SupportAssist for the ‘isi license activation start’ CLI cmd
|Telemetry is sent through SupportAssist to CloudIQ for analytics
|Health check definition downloads will now leverage SupportAssist
|Remote Support now uses SupportAssist along with Connectivity Hub
For existing clusters, SupportAssist supports the same basic workflows as its predecessor, ESRS. This makes the transition from old to new generally pretty seamless.
As such, the overall process for enabling OneFS SupportAssist is as follows:
- Upgrade the cluster to OneFS 9.5.
- Obtain the secure access key and PIN.
- Select either direct connectivity or gateway connectivity.
- If using gateway connectivity, install Secure Connect Gateway v5.x.
- Provision SupportAssist on the cluster.
We’ll go through each of the configuration steps above in order:
- Upgrading to OneFS 9.5.
First, the cluster must be running OneFS 9.5 in order to configure SupportAssist.
There are some additional considerations and caveats to bear in mind when upgrading to OneFS 9.5 and planning on enabling SupportAssist. These include the following:
- SupportAssist is disabled when STIG Hardening applied to cluster
- Using SupportAssist on a hardened cluster is not supported.
- Clusters with the OneFS network firewall enabled (‘isi network firewall settings’) may need to allow outbound traffic on ports 443 and 8443, plus 9443 if gateway (SCG) connectivity is configured.
- SupportAssist is supported on a cluster that’s running in Compliance mode
If upgrading from an earlier release, the OneFS 9.5 upgrade to must be committed before SupportAssist can be provisioned.
Also, ensure that the user account that will be used to enable SupportAssist belongs to a role with the ‘ISI_PRIV_REMOTE_SUPPORT’ read and write privilege:
# isi auth privileges | grep REMOTE ISI_PRIV_REMOTE_SUPPORT Configure remote support
For example, the ‘ese’ user account below:
# isi auth roles view SupportAssistRole Name: SupportAssistRole Description: - Members: ese Privileges ID: ISI_PRIV_LOGIN_PAPI Permission: r ID: ISI_PRIV_REMOTE_SUPPORT Permission: w
- Obtaining secure access key and PIN.
An access key and pin are required in order to provision SupportAssist, and these secure keys are held in Key manager under the RICE domain. This access key and pin can be obtained from the following Dell Support site: https://www.dell.com/support/connectivity/product/isilon-onefs.
In the Quick link navigation bar, select the ‘Generate Access key’ link:
On the following page, select the appropriate button:
The credentials required to obtain an access key and pin vary depending on prior cluster configuration. Sites that have previously provisioned ESRS will need their OneFS Software ID (SWID) to obtain their access key and pin.
The ‘isi license list’ CLI command can be used to determine a cluster’s SWID. For example:
# isi license list | grep "OneFS Software ID" OneFS Software ID: ELMISL999CKKD
However, customers with new clusters and/or have not previously provisioned ESRS or SupportAssist will require their Site ID in order to obtain the access key and pin.
Note that any new cluster hardware shipping after January 2023 will already have a built-in key, so this key can be used in place of the Site ID above.
For example, if this is the first time registering this cluster and it does not have a built-in key, select ‘Yes, let’s register’:
Enter the Site ID, site name, and location information for the cluster:
Choose a 4-digit PIN and save it for future reference. After that click the ‘Create My Access Key’ button:
Next, the access key is generated:
An automated email is sent from the ‘Dell | ServicesConnectivity Team’ containing the pertinent key info. For example:
Note that this access key is valid for one week, after which it automatically expires.
- Direct or gateway topology decision.
A topology decision will need to be made between implementing either direct connectivity or gateway connectivity, depending on the needs of the environment:
- Direct Connect:
- Gateway Connect:
SupportAssist uses ports 443 and 8443 by default for bi-directional communication between the cluster and Connectivity Hub. As such, these ports will need to be open across any firewalls or packet filters between the cluster and the corporate network edge to allow connectivity to Dell Support.
Additionally, port 9443 is used for communicating with a gateway (SCG).
# grep -i esrs /etc/services isi_esrs_d 9443/tcp #EMC Secure Remote Support outbound alerts
- Optional Secure Connect Gateway installation.
This step is only required when deploying a Secure Connect gateway. If a direct connect topology is desired, go directly to step 5 below.
When configuring SupportAssist with the gateway connectivity option, Secure Connect Gateway v5.0 or later must be deployed within the data center.
Dell Secure Connect Gateway (SCG) is available for Linux, Windows, Hyper-V, and VMware environments, and as of writing, the latest version is 5.14.00.16. The installation binaries can be downloaded from: https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-us/product-support/product/secure-connect-gateway/drivers
The procedure to download SCG is as follows:
- Sign in to www.dell.com/SCG-App . The Secure Connect Gateway – Application Edition page is displayed. If you have issues signing in using your business account or unable to access the page even after signing in, contact Dell Administrative Support.
- In the Quick links section, click Generate Access key.
- On the Generate Access Key page, perform the following steps:
- Select a site ID, site name, or site location.
- Enter a four-digit PIN and click Generate key. An access key is generated and sent to your email address. NOTE: The access key and PIN must be used within seven days and cannot be used to register multiple instances of secure connect gateway.
- Click Done.
- On the Secure Connect Gateway – Application Edition page, click the Drivers & Downloads tab.
- Search and select the required version.
- In the ACTION column, click Download.
The following steps are required in order to setup SCG:
Pertinent resources for installing SCG include:
Users guide, for system and network requirements, steps to create business account, and installation instructions. https://www.dell.com/SCG-App-docs
Support matrix, for supported devices, protocols, firmware versions, and operating systems: https://www.dell.com/SCG-App-docs
The SCG dashboard page displays a variety of device and network information, status, and metrics. For example:
Another useful source of SCG installation, configuration, and troubleshooting information is the Dell support forum: https://www.dell.com/community/Secure-Connect-Gateway/bd-p/SCG
- Provisioning SupportAssist on the cluster.
At this point, the off-cluster pre-staging work should be complete.
In the next article in this series, we turn our attention to the SupportAssist provisioning process on the cluster itself (step 5).