This guide provides an overview on how to monitor and manage
IPMI Management Console with Verax NMS. The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) is a standardized computer system interface used by system administrators to manage a computer system and monitor its operation.
The guide is divided into following parts:
Adding IPMI Management Console to the list of
Configuring availability sensors and performance counters
for IPMI Console.
Adding IPMI Management Console to device inventory
In order to include IPMI Management Console to be monitored by
Verax NMS, add an application instance to the device actually running
Note: Verax NMS
allows for creating multiple instances for applications of the same
type on a single device.
In order to add an IPMI Management Console to the
device running its instance, perform the following steps:
Log into the Verax NMS and select Home from the main menu.
Select a device running the IPMI Management Console
instance from the left-side aspects view.
In Summary tab select Manage applications
from the actions section.
A pop-up dialog is
Select Add application
option from the context menu and click Go.
A dialog window is displayed.
Choose IPMI Management Console from Application types.
System will ask to enter the following application-specific
Instance name - You can enter any name describing the
monitored application instance.
Host - In most cases, the host address is an IP address of
the device the application instance is assigned to.
User - Username used to connect to the server.
Password - Password used to connect to the server.
Key – the server-specific key used only if the server is configured to
use two-key authentication. Otherwise, BMC key field should be left
Privilege level – the level of privileges associated with
the user or lower. In most cases privilege level is User.
application-specific parameters depend on the selected application type.
Provide the necessary information and click Save
system will ask if you want to add a default set of sensors and
counters for IPMI Management Console. Since, sensors and performance
will be added manually – click No.
newly added IPMI Management Console is now visible in the aspect tree
within the host’s node in Managed Applications category.
System provides IPMI Management Console application pluggable module to
extend core built-in functionalities and allows monitoring servers via
IPMI protocol in various aspects like:
Advanced views: General, Hardware info (data read from FRU
– Field Replaceable Unit),
Analog sensors, Discrete sensors and System event log
IPMI sensor checking if device's chosen sensor is responding
IPMI counter monitoring value of device's chosen analog
System Event Log collector, polling devices event log and
raising equivalent events in NMS
Adding sensors for IPMI Management Console
are active monitors periodically querying the device services for which
they are configured and waiting for their responses. If a query is
returned with an expected response, the queried service is considered "available." If a response is not received (timed out), or if the
response is not as expected, the queried service is considered
The system includes a number of pre-configured
sensors. The following types of sensors for IPMI Management Console
application type are available by default:
IPMI Sensor - checks the response time of the
chosen analog or discrete IPMI sensor.
System Log Collector – polls the IPMI system event log checking for new
events that occurred and raises equivalent events in NMS.
In order to add a sensor, perform the following steps:
Select device from the aspect tree in Home view (IPMI Management Console in this case).
Select Monitors tab
and switch to sensor list by clicking Sensor
list link in the upper-right corner of the tab field. The
sensor list is displayed.
from the global action menu and click Go.
The wizard dialog is displayed.
the sensor you want to add and click Next.
dialog shows up with all sensor parameters to be provided. Specify
the sensor parameters and clickFinish.
the sensors have been added, they are visible on the sensor
list (Monitors tab).
Adding performance counters to IPMI Management Console
Performance counters measure system
activity and performance
(metrics). The application retrieves their current values in predefined
intervals. The aim of probing and collecting data is to analyze and
data into a performance graph/chart. The user can define a counter
load it from a template. Counter templates provide defined probing
parameters for specified devices in order to improve and quicken
Each counter template is
characterized by the
Name and description - unique
identifier and optional
Device type - type of a device,
Protocol type - protocol used,
Probing interval -pauses between probing.
In order to add IPMI Management
Console performance counters,
perform the following steps:
Select device from aspect tree in
and switch to the counter list by clicking Counter list link in the
corner of the tab field. A counter list is displayed.
Select Addfrom the global
action menu and click Go.
Select the counter you want to
create and click Next.
Once the data has been loaded, the edit window shows up
with all counter attributes to be provided.
Specify the rest of counter parameters and click Finish.
The new counter has been created and is now visible on the
System's IPMI Console features
Verax NMS IPMI Management Console supports
IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) devices compliant with IPMI
2.0 over UDP and the following views are provided:
view - the overall information about IPMI Management Console (address
of the host running the application instance, privilege level, user and
password, BMC Key) as well as graphs presenting Analog sensor statuses,
Discrete sensor statuses and SEL entries statuses.
information (FRU) view - all the properties stored in the FRU (Field
Replaceable Unit) inventory, such as serial numbers, part numbers,
vendor information and others. The list of properties is dependent on
the type of managed hardware and its configuration.
sensors view - analog sensors for the device (temperature, fan speeds,
voltage and others) along with the detailed information concerning each
sensor (status, name, type etc).
Discrete sensors view -
discrete sensors for the device. Acceptable values are defined in the
IPMI standard, including information which values indicate abnormal
System log event view - IPMI event log including
information such as date and time of event occurrence, sensor
associated with the event, event assertion/deassertion etc.
Creating custom processing rules for IPMI Management Console
In this tutorial I'll present how to assign basic event
such as: alarm generating, event dropping/forwarding and severity
To assign an event processing rule, perform the
After selecting the desired host go to Events
Select events, choose Assign processing
rules and click Go.
A dialog window is displayed (see figure
Select rule category and click Add new
The newly created event
processing rule is now visible and active (there's no need to log out).
Well done :)
If you performed all the actions described in this guide, you are now able to monitor IPMI Management Console application.