rostetter at mail.utexas.edu
Wed Aug 4 13:12:21 CDT 2010
Quoting James Bensley <jwbensley at gmail.com>:
> IPMI is great, but if every server has it it's useless unless you can
> monitor all you servers from a central place so how are people doing
> Do Dell offer a solution for this?
Dell offers non-IPMI solutions (openmanage, drac, etc).
> I see there is a plug-in for Nagios, but is this the most reliable and
> useful option? I have found Nagios IPMI plug-ins such as;
There are a number of great monitoring systems which are at their core
using nagios to monitor things. I would suggest one of these over just
a plain nagios install, since they layer a lot of stuff on top of nagios.
Having said that, I do use nagios to monitor my Dell machines, but not
via IPMI (rather openmanage, etc).
That is rather limited compared to what you can do via e.g., openmanage.
Sure, the overhead on the server is less, but the amount of data is also
> But seeing as we don't use Nagios I don't want to have to set it up
> just for this, has anyone else found any other ways of monitoring
> multiple IPMI interfaces or is Nagios worth the effort perhaps?
So far, I've not had the need since openmanage works for me (even on
"unsupported" systems). I suppose if I couldn't run something better
on a Dell machine for some reason, I would use IPMI with nagios, but
that hasn't been needed yet.
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