Hardware Sentry KM for PATROL

Release Notes for v1.5.01

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What's New


The list below describes the new supported connectors/platforms: (information based on patches & new connectors):

HP ProLiant running Sun Solaris X86: Hardware Sentry monitors these systems out-of-band using the HP iLO management card.
LSI SAS RAID controllers: On UNIX and Linux systems, Hardware Sentry now provides information volumes of LSI Logic SAS RAID controllers through the lsiutil utility in addition to the physical and logical disk information.
Sun Fire M4000, M5000, M8000, M9000: Hardware Sentry uses the XSCF boards to monitor the following components of Sun Fire Mx000 systems: processors, memory modules, fans, voltages, power supplies, I/O boards, domains and XSCF status.
VMWare ESXi: Hardware Sentry now monitors the following components of VMWare ESXi: fans, processors, power supplies, memory modules, enclosure.
Sun servers: Monitoring power consumption on Sun Fire F12K, F15K, E20K and E25K systems; and monitoring environment and disk information on Sun SPARC T1/T2 using the SUNWexplo package and the ALOM ard “inband”.

Changes and Improvements

License keys: Starting v1.5.01, there is no need for license key validation to activate the product.
“Reinitialize KM” setting options: This version offers the possibility to save the “reinitialize settings” selected by the user so that the next time a reinitialize is performed; Hardware Sentry maintains the same options.
HP BladeSystem: c-Class and p-Class: Monitoring of HP BladeSystem enclosures (both c-Class and p-Class). Hardware Sentry now discovers and monitors the blade servers in the enclosure as well as the network switches (Ethernet and FC). It also reports the power consumption of the enclosure.
Linux systems equipped with SmartMonTools: Hardware Sentry now reports the status of each disk in addition to PredictedFailure and Temperature parameters.
Sun servers: Connecting to the ALOM card over the network is no longer mandatory for monitoring of Sun SPARC T1/T2-based servers (sun4v). Hardware Sentry can report hardware information using the Sun Explorer's snapshot "in-band" utility. Root privileges are required.
On certain systems, notably UNIX, Hardware Sentry can at times raise false alerts on detected connectors. This happens during the connector monitoring – where the verification/detection tests fail because the system’s instrumentation agent is unable to respond quickly enough (for example owing to heavy resource utilization) at that particular moment; and not because the connector is unsuitable / instrumentation layer is unresponsive. It’s just a matter of a “test-time-out”.
Enhancement: To avoid such false alerts stemming from connector detection tests, Hardware Sentry relaunches the “connector verification” process after 10 seconds instead of raising an alert immediately. If the connector test fails the second time too, only then does it raise a “connector failed” alert.

Fixed Issues

Dell Blade, HP BladeSystem, IBM BladeCenter: Blade failure detection error owing to an issue with the automatically set alert thresholds
HP-UX systems installed with Integrated Lights-Out Management Card (iLO) management card or, service processor MP or GSP commands: On some HP-UX servers, most hardware components and sensors were properly discovered but no collect was performed for all
Sun servers: An issue with the activation of the Temperature, Voltage and Speed parameters on some sun4u systems; and an issue when monitoring a Sun SPARC T1/T2-based server (sun4v) through its ALOM card in SSH.