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Monitoring Cisco UCS Servers Running ESXi

KB1057 - Dec 09, 2010 - Last reviewed on Jul 19, 2013

Type: Best Practice

Description: How to monitor Cisco UCS servers running ESXi with Hardware Sentry.

Additional Keywords: Cisco, Cisco UCS, ESXi, VMware

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Cisco provides a specific version of the VMware ESXi firmware so that it can properly handle the underlying hardware instrumentation of Cisco UCS servers.

VMware ESXi provides a WBEM agent that exposes a subset of the CIM model following the SMASH standard (WBEM, CIM and SMASH are all standards defined by the DMTF, see for more information).

The Hardware Sentry KM and the BMC Performance Manager Express for Hardware leverages the VMware-Cisco implementation of SMASH to monitor the hardware of Cisco UCS servers running VMware ESXi.

As nothing can be installed on VMware ESXi, the monitoring of these systems can only be performed remotely.


The version of VMware ESX 4.0 needs to be the one provided by Cisco for their UCS servers.

Remote Monitoring with Hardware Sentry KM

  1. In the PATROL Console, [right-click] on the hardware icon › [KM Commands] › [Add a Remote System or an External Device]
  2. Accept the End User License Agreement
  3. Enter the System Name.  Select System or Device Type “Management Card/Chip, Blade Chassis, ESXi”.  [Next]
  4. Choose the option “Manually choose which connectors to use”. [Next]
  5. Select the VMWare ESXi 4.x and VMware ESXi-Disks (VMware)/ VMWare ESXi-Disks (IPMI). [Next]
  6. If the server is a rack mounted C-Class server and has an HBA installed, select the SMI-S Compliant HBAs connector as well.
  7. If the Hardware KM is unable to find Java on your system, the Hardware KM will prompt you for the path of the java executable.  See the Hardware KM’s documentation for more information about Java Settings.
  8. Enter valid WBEM Credentials for the ESX server.  [Next]
  9. The WBEM Credentials specified should be server level vSphere / vCenter passwords.  The minimum rights required for this user’s role are “All Privileges / Host / CIM / CIM Interaction.”
  10. Click on [Finish]

Monitoring with BMC Performance Manager Express for Hardware

  1. Logon to the Portal and add an element of platform type Linux
  2. Provide valid WBEM username and password
  3. Click Next and Finish