Chapter 1. Overview

This chapter provides an overview of the tasks you can perform with SGI InfiniteStorage NAS Manager and an introduction to the interface:

System Management and Monitoring with NAS Manager

NAS Manager is a web-based interface that lets you configure, manage, and monitor an SGI InfiniteStorage NAS Server.

You can use NAS Manager to do the following:

  • Perform initial system configuration using the Setup Wizard

  • Configure the system components

  • Perform general system administration tasks

  • Monitor current and historical views of a fileserver's state and performance (including disk space, CPU usage, and network throughput)

  • View connected clients and determine how each of these contribute to the current workload

  • Detect and investigate problems

  • Monitor the Data Migration Facility (DMF) and perform certain DMF configuration tasks

    Note: DMF is a hierarchical storage management system for SGI environments. DMF version 3.4 and later is supported by NAS Manager. Consult the release notes for the procedure to activate the DMF monitoring screens. DMF support requires an additional license, in addition to those for DMF and the base NAS Manager products themselves.

NAS Manager Interface

To access the NAS Manager features, click on one of the menu options displayed across the top of the NAS Manager screen. As you page through NAS Manager, your location is shown below the menu options. You can also click on an item in this path to directly access that location. For example, Figure 1-1 shows the screen you would see if you selected the CPU Utilization item from the Resources category on the Monitoring menu page. This is menu path is shown in this guide as the following:

Monitoring -> Resources -> CPU Utilization

Figure 1-1. NAS Manager Interface

NAS Manager Interface

The menu options are as follows:


Displays a graphic summary of system utilization, including number of alerts, CPU usage, disk space, disk throughput, network throughput, current clients, and uptime. See “System Summary” in Chapter 4.


Lets you monitor features in the following categories:

  • Alerts displays messages from the system logs. See “System Alerts” in Chapter 4.

  • Resources groups a list of system resources that NAS Manager monitors. Select a resource (such as Disk Space) to display its status. See “Resources” in Chapter 4.

  • Services groups a list of services provided by the fileserver. Select a service (such as NFS) to display its status. You can also display the current version of installed software. See “Services” in Chapter 4.

  • Clients displays various I/O criteria by which to display information about the fileserver's clients. See “Clients” in Chapter 4.


Lets you perform tasks in the following categories:

Site Map

Displays an index of direct links to each screen that NAS Manager displays.


Displays licensing and legal information about NAS Manager.

Log In

Displays the management log-in screen, in which you enter the password that enables you to make changes with NAS Manager and use the Management screens. (No password is required to use the Monitoring screens.) You must also enable cookies.

Log Out

Allows you to exit from the management function but still access monitoring functions. (After you have logged in, the menu selection changes to Log Out.)