It is relatively simple to monitor the hardware status of your ProLiant servers with Operations Manager. HP has a free management pack (HP ProLiant Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007), that discovers and monitors them. However; if your ProLiant servers happen to have a different OS than Windows installed, it will not not work since the management pack relies on having both HP Management Agent and OpsMgr Agent installed on the servers.
In particular I was looking for a way to include the hardware status of our VMware ESX 3 servers as seamlessly as possible into OpsMgr. The VMware ESX server is running a RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 and HP does provide a specifically adapted Management Agent for it (HP Management Agents for VMware ESX Server). That allows accessing hardware information about the server using SNMP queries.
My own management pack relies entirely on SNMP OID queries to discover the ProLiant servers and will alert if any degraded component is found. It does reuse class definitions from HP’s management pack so you will need to have them loaded on your OpsMgr system as well.
Download HP ProLiant SNMP only MP V126.96.36.199 (sealed & XML)(rename after downloading – it is a zip file)
I am including the XML formatted management pack as an example on how to do SNMP discoveries and OID monitoring. More details about the discovery here: SNMP Discovery Provider
- Make sure you have HP’s management packs in place
- Import the two MPs included in the zip file
- Configure the SNMP stack of the non-windows ProLiants to allow access from the OpsMgr server or gateway that is going to act as SNMP proxy.
- Discover the ProLiant servers as SNMP Network Devices
VMware ESX 3.5 server installed on an HP ProLiant DL 360 G5