Type
  • Best Practice
Description
  • This article explains how to monitor the physical links of HP Virtual Connect with Hardware Sentry KM for PATROL and BPM Express for Hardware.
Additional Keywords
  • Blade Chassis, HP, HP Virtual Connect, SNMP, Switches

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Monitoring HP Blade Chassis Virtual Connect with Hardware Sentry

KB1102 - Nov 09, 2012

Description

This article explains how to monitor the physical links of HP Virtual Connect with the Sentry Software’s Hardware Monitoring Modules.

Procedure

To monitor the physical links of HP Virtual Connect, you will have to:

  • Enable SNMP for VC-FC and VC-Enet modules from the Virtual Connect Management Console
  • Add a remote monitoring of each switch using the following connector: MIB-2 Standard SNMP Agent – Network Interfaces

The overall status of interconnect modules will be monitored separately by monitoring the chassis’ Onboard Administrator.

Step 1: Enabling SNMP for VC-FC and VC-Enet Modules

  1. Connect to the HP Virtual Connect Manager
  2. In the left tree-view, select Domain Settings › SNMP Configuration
  3. Enable SNMP for both VC-FC and VC-Enet modules:
    1. Select the VC-FC tab
    2. Check the Enable SNMP and Enable SMI-S boxes
    3. Specify a Read Community (e.g.: public)
    4. Click Apply
    5. Select the VC-Enet tab
    6. Check the Enable SNMP box
    7. Specify a Read Community (e.g.: public)
    8. Click Apply

Step 2: Adding a Remote Monitoring

Each interconnect bay will have to be monitored individually.

  1. Right-click the remote system's Hardware icon › KM Commands › Add a Remote System or an External Device...
  2. Read the license agreement, accept it and click Next to continue.
  3. Identify the interconnect bay that you want to monitor remotely:
    • Specify its name
    • Indicate its IP address. The IP of the interconnect bay can be found in the HP Onboard Administrator

    • Select Network (Switch) as the device type and click Next.
  4. Select Manually choose which connectors to use and click Next
  5. Select MIB-2 Standard SNMP Agent – Network Interfaces and click Next.
  6. Specify the SNMP community string and click Next.
  7. Click Finish to perform a new hardware discovery.

Four different types of ports will be discovered:

  1. inline "d" Ports are the physical connections between the Virtual Connect Switch and individual Blades
  2. inline"eth" Ports are the management ports of the Virtual Connect Switch
  3. inline "tap" Ports are the ports that link the Virtual Connect Switches to each other for management purposes.
  4. inline "X" Ports are external ports or data links between Virtual Connect Switches.

All ports are reported as "Ethernet" by the Virtual Connect Switch regardless of their actual configuration.