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monitor hardware at OS level

iinfi1
Super Advisor

monitor hardware at OS level

hi all,
we have SuSe Linux servers installed on HP hardware and connected to eva4400 through fibre.
The hardware consists of Itanium and Intel Xeon Systems.
I am not too sure what HP software is installed in it apart from HPDP's Disk agent and Oracle agent.
I would like to know if there is any way I can monitor the underlying hardware at OS level.
whether the RAID disks are functioning fine etc.
When I look at the rack, i see that once amber light is flickering on one of the Itanium servers. I have no clue as to what its about.
How can I get to know about this.
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Alzhy
Honored Contributor

Re: monitor hardware at OS level

HP Insight Manager (HPSIM).

Get HP SIM agents installed.

It's free, it should be able to monitor all your HP Ecosystems -- from your EVA 4400 to your Intehrity and Proliant systems.
Hakuna Matata.
iinfi1
Super Advisor

Re: monitor hardware at OS level

Hi thanks a lot ... i will check these
i am not the person who installed SUSE on the systems .. is there any way i can check whether these are already installed on the system?
Alzhy
Honored Contributor

Re: monitor hardware at OS level

EZ.. check your /opt for obviously named sub dirs.
Hakuna Matata.
iinfi1
Super Advisor

Re: monitor hardware at OS level

Installing a Systems Insight Manager CMS on Linux Itanium Processor Family (IPF) is not supported
http://bizsupport2.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c02537438/c02537438.pdf

:(
cant use it on my db servers

is there any other conventional way of monitoring hardware from Linux OS level
Alzhy
Honored Contributor

Re: monitor hardware at OS level

So your issue is only with Linux on Itanium huh? And SUSE? I now RedHat Linux is abandoning Itanium as a platform and would have thought HP values Suse still and provides support packs for even the newer Integrity Platforms. I have not looked lately though.

But what HW montiroing are you looking for? If I am not mistaken, the Itanium machine's GSP via its iLO should have some monitoring built in -- that you can even route via SNMP or smtp.

Hakuna Matata.
iinfi1
Super Advisor

Re: monitor hardware at OS level

honestly speaking hardware is my weak link. i v been working on OS linux and windows for sometime but when it comes to hardware, i go blank.
we have 6 suse linux servers installed on hp hardware. 2 on itanium systems and 4 on Intel Xenon systems.
the data center guy told me that an amber light is blinking on one of the two itanium servers. he asked to look into it. i have no clue.
Alzhy
Honored Contributor

Re: monitor hardware at OS level

Did you install the Suse on these Integrity machines your self? Are these rack mounts or Blades?

If you did and follwed the HP recipe for installing Suse - then you likely should have installed some "Essentials" fostware on it that should include monitoring tools and even HP SMH (or system management home page) -- which should give you diagnostics. Otherwise - try logging into the server's GSP/iLO card - if you were given access to it.

HP System Management Home page you can download and install from http://h18013.www1.hp.com/products/servers/management/agents/index.html . Hopefully it will also install or bundle disganostics.
Hakuna Matata.
iinfi1
Super Advisor

Re: monitor hardware at OS level

no ... it was installed systems which were given to me.
they are blades.
and i dont have access to ilo... they didnt give me.
Alzhy
Honored Contributor

Re: monitor hardware at OS level

check if SMH is up:

http://yourintegrity.dom.com:2381

or

http://ip.pi.ip.pi:2381

Hakuna Matata.
iinfi1
Super Advisor

Re: monitor hardware at OS level

i m afraid ther is nothing running on the port 2381. browser shows page not found
Alzhy
Honored Contributor

Re: monitor hardware at OS level

Then it is NOT installed. I suggest you install it. And the following as well:

https://h20392.www2.hp.com/portal/swdepot/displayProductInfo.do?productNumber=T2766AA

Hakuna Matata.
iinfi1
Super Advisor

Re: monitor hardware at OS level

i will try that ...
iinfi1
Super Advisor

Re: monitor hardware at OS level

thanks a million for ur continued support ... :)
will try that on my test vm before running it on production.
Alzhy
Honored Contributor

Re: monitor hardware at OS level

yay.. you have SUSE as a guest VM in HPIVM?

Then you need to monitor the HPIVM host. These tools I don;t think should be installed on the guests
Hakuna Matata.
iinfi1
Super Advisor

Re: monitor hardware at OS level

nope .. all my servers are standalone. no VMs
i will be installing first on my desktop vmware workstation image ... so that i dont screw anything on the production
iinfi1
Super Advisor

Re: monitor hardware at OS level

i found this while googling.
wondering whether i can get something for my itanium systems

http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-server-predicting-hardware-failure.html

but the utility also seems to be only for x86_64 systems