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DELL MP (R2) - DRAC monitoring RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,
    Just a question about DRAC monitoring using the DELL MP.....Is this basically the equivalent of a ping? i.e. Is the information just telling you "YES, the DRAC is up" or "No, the DRAC is down"? or is there a whole lot more that it can tell you about the DRAC?
    Thx,
    John Bradshaw
    Monday, January 11, 2010 9:46 PM

Answers

  • Hi John -

    With the latest version of the Dell MP (4.0), you can optionally import the "Dell.OutOfBand.DRAC.mp" to achieve deeper monitoring of your DRAC health.
    I have pasted below my signature what the Dell MP document says you get with importing that management pack.
    DRAC management is SNMP-centric. The Dell DRAC monitoring solution requires that you use the native Operations Manager SNMP network device monitoring for the DRAC, and the MP extends that with knowledge and tasks. Read the Dell MP document carefully if you want to successfully achieve the enhanced DRAC monitoring.

    Good luck,

    / John

    Dell Remote Access Controller (DRAC)
    This Management Pack supports the discovery, monitoring, and alert
    processing for various generations (DRAC 4, DRAC 5, iDRAC 6 modular,
    andiDRAC 6 monolithic systems) of Dell Remote Access. These generations
    of Remote Access devices are grouped under Dell Remote Access Group.
    This Management Pack provides the following features in
    ServerManagement Pack Suitev4.0:
    •Discovering of DRAC 4, DRAC 5, and iDRAC 6 (modular and monolithic)
    and grouping these devices in the Diagram View
    •Processing of SNMP traps and knowledge base for Dell Remote Access
    •Health monitoring of Dell Remote Access devices - both at regular
    intervals of six hours and on occurrence of SNMP traps with status poll
    •Support for complete set of SNMP traps and Platform Event Traps
    •Launching of Dell Remote Access console task
    • Marked as answer by bradje Tuesday, January 12, 2010 6:31 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by bradje Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:31 PM
    • Marked as answer by bradje Thursday, January 14, 2010 12:54 AM
    Tuesday, January 12, 2010 4:22 AM

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  • Hi John -

    With the latest version of the Dell MP (4.0), you can optionally import the "Dell.OutOfBand.DRAC.mp" to achieve deeper monitoring of your DRAC health.
    I have pasted below my signature what the Dell MP document says you get with importing that management pack.
    DRAC management is SNMP-centric. The Dell DRAC monitoring solution requires that you use the native Operations Manager SNMP network device monitoring for the DRAC, and the MP extends that with knowledge and tasks. Read the Dell MP document carefully if you want to successfully achieve the enhanced DRAC monitoring.

    Good luck,

    / John

    Dell Remote Access Controller (DRAC)
    This Management Pack supports the discovery, monitoring, and alert
    processing for various generations (DRAC 4, DRAC 5, iDRAC 6 modular,
    andiDRAC 6 monolithic systems) of Dell Remote Access. These generations
    of Remote Access devices are grouped under Dell Remote Access Group.
    This Management Pack provides the following features in
    ServerManagement Pack Suitev4.0:
    •Discovering of DRAC 4, DRAC 5, and iDRAC 6 (modular and monolithic)
    and grouping these devices in the Diagram View
    •Processing of SNMP traps and knowledge base for Dell Remote Access
    •Health monitoring of Dell Remote Access devices - both at regular
    intervals of six hours and on occurrence of SNMP traps with status poll
    •Support for complete set of SNMP traps and Platform Event Traps
    •Launching of Dell Remote Access console task
    • Marked as answer by bradje Tuesday, January 12, 2010 6:31 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by bradje Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:31 PM
    • Marked as answer by bradje Thursday, January 14, 2010 12:54 AM
    Tuesday, January 12, 2010 4:22 AM
  • Thx John.
    Yes, I think I am getting that. I guess I was expecting to see more from Health Explorer, but I wasn't sure what.
    Thx for confirming,

    John Bradshaw

    Tuesday, January 12, 2010 6:31 AM
  • John,
    Have u done the following in your environmant?
    I do not understand what the purpose is of this BMC utility that is mentioned as it relates to OpsMgr....
    Thx,
    John Bradshaw

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    Post-Import Tasks for the Dell Server Management Pack Suite v4.0
    The BMC Management Utility (BMU) 2.0 or later should be installed on the
    SCOM management station.
    The latest BMC Management Utility can be downloaded from the
    Dell Support website at support.dell.com.
    Advanced power Control and LED Identification Tasks use the default
    BMC credentials, including the default English operating system BMU install
    path (C:\Program Files\Dell\SysMgt\bmc), which cannot be modified.
    For Advanced power Control and LED Identification Tasks, if your systems
    have different BMC credentials, or if BMU is installed on a 64-bit Program
    Files path, or in a non-default BMU install path on the management station,
    or if the localized Program files path is different from the English operating
    system BMU install path, you will need to install BMU 2.0 or later on the
    Operator Console system and create new console tasks in the Authoring pane
    targeted on BMC for Dell Server:
    Getting Started 23
    1 In the Authoring pane, right-click Tasks under Management Pack Objects,
    and select Create new task.
    The Create Task Wizard appears.
    2 In the Task Type screen, select Command line under Console Tasks.
    Click Next.
    The General Properties screen appears.
    3 Type Task name, Description, and select Dell Windows Server as the
    Task Target and click Next.
    The Command Line screen appears.
    4 Type the path of the application ipmitool.exe (the path where BMU was
    installed on the Operator Console) in the Application field. For example,
    C:\Program Files\Dell\SysMgt\bmc\ipmitool.exe
    (default BMU Path may differ based on your operating system language.)
    For the two LED identification tasks, the application path is
    C:\Program Files\Dell\SysMgt\bmc\ipmish.exe (default
    BMU Path may differ based on your operating system language.)
    5 For power control tasks, in the Parameters field, enter the command line
    parameters in the following format:
    • Type -I lan -H and then choose the Remote Access IP with IPMI
    capability from the drop-down menu.
    • Type -U <username> -P <password> -k <kgkey>
    <IPMI Task String>
    • Replace <IPMI Task String> with one of the following options:
    • power status (for Check Power Status task)
    • power on (for Power On task)
    • power soft (for Power Off Gracefully task)
    • power off (for Forced Power Off task)
    • power cycle (for Power Cycle task)
    • power reset (for Power Reset task)
    • identify on (for LED Identification On task)
    • identify off (for LED Identification Off task)
    A sample command line parameter entry:
    24 Getting Started
    -I lan -H $Target/Property[Type=
    "Dell.WindowsServer.Server40025!DellServer.Rem
    oteAccessIP"]$ -U <username> -P
    <password> -k <kgkey> power status
    6 For LED on or off tasks, enter the command line parameters in
    following format:
    • Type -ip and choose the Remote Access IP with IPMI
    capability from drop-down menu.
    • Type -u <username> -p <password> -k <kgkey>
    <IPMI task string>.
    7 Click Create to create the task and repeat this procedure for each new
    BMC task you want to create.....

    Friday, January 15, 2010 3:07 AM
  • Hi John-

    Have not done those additional procedures. They appear to be optional in that they add DRAC-specific tasks to the console.

    If you have in-server monitoring (i.e. an OpsMgr agent installed in the server OS), consider not importing the DRAC MP and use only the Dell server MPs. We ping the DRAC with another utility and receive adequate in-server monitoring by the OpsMgr agent and the Dell Server Assistant integration with OpsMgr. The feeling is that the additional overhead of the DRAC MP and SNMP configuration was not worth the additional data in the console by using the DRAC MP. If you had no in-server monitoring (and could monitor server health only via the DRAC) it would be worth deploying all DRAC features from the MP including possibly creating the custom tasks.

    Good luck,

    John Joyner
    MVP-OM
    Friday, January 15, 2010 1:02 PM
  • Thx John,
    Makes perfect sense

    Cheers,
    John Bradshaw
    Monday, January 18, 2010 12:53 AM