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HP LeftHand P4000 Centralized Management Console (CMC) demo

CartoonCalvin100X100.JPGBy Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy  vmw-vexpert.jpg

(Editor's note: Reposting this because someone (that would be me) forgot to embed the video.  Oops!)


Yesterday I had a screen capture video of me using our new Zero to VSA feature to create six HP LeftHand VSA nodes.  Today, I have more video of me using the P4000 Centralized Management Console (CMC) to do a few things with those six VSA's.  By the way, what I show today would be the same thing you'd do if you were using a hardware based P4000 (like a P4300 or P4500).


What you'll see in the video

This video is about 14 minutes long.  If you're not familiar with the P4000 CMC, its worth checking out.  Here's what I do in the video:

  • Find the six VSAs created yesterday in the CMC
  • Create a management group and put the VSAs in it
  • Create a 3-node cluster and a volume
  • Click around the CMC interface to give you an idea of what it can do including the Configuration Summary that includes customized best practices tips based on how you installed your P4000 nodes
  • Connect the volume I created to a host


Again, this is a good overview of the CMC - the next video I have will be a lot of fun to show you.  In it, I use features called Peer Motion Cluster Swap and Volume Migration and I do this while the data in the volume is actively being used. 


Learn more


  • You can find the HP LeftHand P4000 product page at
  • If you have some spare hardware running either VMware ESXi or Microsoft Hyper-V, you can play around with the P4000 by downloading our full functioning VSA at
  • I have many blog posts here on ATSB covering the P4000 - check them out
  • Check back with me in the next couple of days to see the next video in this series!


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