BMC Performance Manager Express for Hardware

Release Notes for v2.9.00

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What's New

Data Domain Storage Systems: Temperature thresholds are now set for Ambient and CPU sensors.
IBM DS3000, DS4000, DS5000 Storage Systems: Link status, link speed, and duplex mode of Ethernet (Management and iSCSI) and FC ports are now monitored.


Fixed Issues

Invalid Temperature Value: Because the exponent of the temperature was not taken into consideration, the temperature value was invalid when monitoring SUN SPARC Systems using the PrtPicl connector.
Discovery problems for IBM DS Disk arrays: BMC Performance Manager Express for Hardware could not detect and discover the hardware components on the IBM DS Disk Arrays based systems since the initial WBEM protocol availability test failed. This issue was caused by an empty namespace list provided by the CIM Server.
IPMI-enabled Windows servers monitoring: Environmental information (temperatures, fans, etc) was not detected and discovered, due to the improper handling of the WMI request.
NetApp Filers Monitoring: The identifier of the Physical Disk ID/ Disk Shelf WWN was changed to prevent false missing alerts to be generated for Physical Disks, Temperature, Fans and Power Supplies. The original identifier can now be found in the Locator Field.
IBM Director 6.3 or later: Because temperature and voltage thresholds are stored in a different property depending on the version of the IBM Director Agent used, temperature and voltage thresholds were missing. This version of BMC Performance Manager Express for Hardware now takes into consideration both pre 6.3 and 6.3 threshold properties.
Data Domain Storage Systems: Devices with blank IDs were being created, which could cause false missing alerts.
IBM DS3000, DS4000, DS5000 Storage Systems:
The Physical Disk status of "replaced" was not interpreted correctly
Power Supply fan failures: Alarms are now triggered on power supply fan failures and warnings on any unknown failures.
Monitoring servers equipped with HBA Cards: The product has been modified to prevent the creation of duplicate monitoring instances of the same HBA card when the Performance Manager is in automatic detection mode.
Monitoring Recent Oracle (SUN) x86 Servers Using IPMI:
The product now recognizes the manufacturer identifier of "Oracle" and processes SUN/Oracle specific sensors properly.
Oracle/Sun Specific power supply sensors (PSx/VINOK and PSx/PWROK) are now correctly interpreted.
The debugging information has been improved.
Monitoring disks on VMware ESX servers: The Performance Manager now discovers and monitors disks even if a presence sensor for that disk does not exist.
Monitoring  IBM VIO Servers: the connector has been modified to test for an unrestricted shell and if found run all commands with their full path. If a restricted shell is found, commands will continue to be run with no path specified. AIX Connectors not designed for VIO Servers will also now be deactivated.
Some versions of the Sun Blade Chassis firmware have incomplete identifiers for Power Supplies that prevented these components to be properly discovered and monitored.
On older HP servers that are not on VMWare's ESX HCL, environmental sensors were not found by the HP agent for ESX, but could be found using ESX's inbuilt hardware monitoring system. From now on, if sensors are not found by the HP connector the PM will revert to using the VMWare connector.
The PM was unable to detect the cimserver process on ESX servers which prevented the SMI-S Compliant RAID Controllers connector from being activated.

Known Issues

On Windows systems with LSI RAID controller or LSI controller managed by MegaCli/CmdTool2, the PM saved the output of executed commands in temporary files on a shared folder on the remote element (c:\windows\SEN_HW). These files were not deleted once the output of the command was read. This share folder is no longer used by the PM. We recommend that the folder and the files it contains should be deleted manually.