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How to monitor HW status of HP xw8600

Matthias Heinrichs
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How to monitor HW status of HP xw8600

Hello, we are running several HP xw8600 front end cluster machines installed with SLES 10SP2.
I can find no monitoring service for those machines, like Pro Liant HP Systems Management Homepage.
Is there any way to remotely monitor the status of those machines? Mostly interesting are any kind of hardware failures, like broken disks, fans etc.

Thanks
Matthias

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Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: How to monitor HW status of HP xw8600

Shalom,

Without PSP, you will need to write custom scripts.

You can check disk stats with a list and a simple dd command.

Example:

while read -r diskname
do
dd if=$diskname of=/dev/null count=10000
rc=$?
if [ $rc -ne 0 ] then
echo "disk broke ... $diskname"
fi
done < list

Change the echo to an email, whatever you need.

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Justin_99
Valued Contributor

Re: How to monitor HW status of HP xw8600

Have you tried starting ipmi and using ipmitool. You should be able to get some pretty good information using ipmi in combination with scripts. Not sure if the chips/motherboard on the xw8600 works well with ipmmi. I have a couple around here. If I have time I will see if I can get it working.

Example from another system.

]# ipmitool chassis status
System Power : on
Power Overload : false
Power Interlock : inactive
Main Power Fault : false
Power Control Fault : false
Power Restore Policy : always-off
Last Power Event :
Chassis Intrusion : inactive
Front-Panel Lockout : inactive
Drive Fault : false
Cooling/Fan Fault : false
Sleep Button Disable : not allowed
Diag Button Disable : allowed
Reset Button Disable : not allowed
Power Button Disable : allowed
Sleep Button Disabled: false
Diag Button Disabled : true
Reset Button Disabled: false
Power Button Disabled: true

ipmitool sensor
Temp | -46.000 | degrees C | ok | na | na | na | 85.000 | 90.000 | na
Temp | -42.000 | degrees C | ok | na | na | na | 85.000 | 90.000 | na
Temp | 40.000 | degrees C | ok | 64.000 | na | -128.000 | -128.000 | na | na
Temp | 40.000 | degrees C | ok | 64.000 | na | -128.000 | -128.000 | na | na


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Matthias Heinrichs
Occasional Visitor

Re: How to monitor HW status of HP xw8600

Thanks for your answers, don´t have any experience with ipmi yet, need to discover that.

But there is definitively no HP solution to monitor a HP xw8600 box about the hardware status?

Are there any SNMP traps that the system can send maybe?

Thanks
Matthias