Friday, October 30, 2009

System management Homepage features list

Below are the supported feature list of OpenVMS System  Management Homepage (SMH).

Here I am using traps for indicating the SNMP traps(events). One trap is kind of message sending from SNMP agents to any SNMP trap receiver tools.

·         Storage

1.      Smart Array 6400 Controller

2.      DVD/USB Controller information

3.      SCSI Controller Information

4.      Smart Array p400

5.      SAS HBA

    1. SAS Address
    2. SAS Model
    3. Physical disk Model
    4. Physical disk Status
    5. Physical disk Capacity
    6. No traps for status change
    7. Traps from disk removal or insertion

6.      Fiber channel controller (FGA)

    1. World Wide Port Name
    2. Model

7.      Smart array traps

    1. Status change
    2. Battery failure traps
    3. Spare status traps
    4. Physical drive status

8.      Disk information

·         Model

·         Status

·         Capacity

·         Space used

·         Disk threshold monitoring

·         Traps for status change and removal/add

·         Network Controller information

1.      Model

2.      Port information

3.      Status

4.      Receive Statistics & Transmit Statistics

5.      IP Address

6.       Physical Address

7.       Interface Information

·         System Environment

1.      Power Sensors

a.       Power status

b.      Traps for status change

2.      Power On Messages

3.      Cooling and Temperature

a.       Traps for temperature exceeds from system thresholds

b.      Fan status information

c.       Fan status change traps

·         System Board

1.      Number of processors

2.      Processor status

3.      Processor models

4.      Processor threshold monitoring

5.      No traps for processor

·         System Resources

1.      System resources information

2.      Memory utilization and threshold information

3.      Traps for thresholds exceeding and falling

·         System Summary

·         Cluster Monitoring

o       Cluster add and remove traps


If you are much eager to see the sample screens of SMH,  please scroll down

OK, Now you can ask any question regarding SMH. Its my pleasure to answer !!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Multiple Extension problem in OpenVMS

OpenVMS, the veteran Operating system. Still rules many territories in the tech world. Most of the Stock exchanges in world is under this veteran OS. Many Railway corporations are in his influence still. Indian Railway, the world biggest railway system is with him last few decades. Lots of process control systems are served by OpenVMS server. Lots of Steel plants are saved their life with this grandpa.
Oh !!!
Again I started story telling.
Yes, I know our problem is how to handle multiple extensions in OpenVMS.
For Example,
If you have file named ,test.php.en;1
  Don't scared about the ‘;’ and ‘1’ after the file name. Its VMS style of file handling. ‘;1’ tells you that, you are using first version of the file named test.php.en. If you modify the test.php.en, then new version will be created. then its name will be test.php.en;2.
This is the way which VMS helps his users to trace back. The maximum number of VMS file version will be 32767 !!!
Oooops !!!.
You can modify your file more than 30000 and still revert back to first version.
If you have a file named test.php.en and you wanted to open it.
what you will do?
you will list the files by entering
$ dir
then list of the files will be listed as below:


This name may lead you to a confusion. one extra ‘^’ symbol added with your file name. And if you type the file name as TEST^.PHP.EN; to open the file, Obviously system will not open the file for you.
Its because VMS handles multiple extensions as a special case.
This problem will annoy you many places. When you wanted to check the differences between TEST^.PHP.EN;1 and TEST^.PHP.EN;2 , you will get an error message.
$ diff TEST^.PHP.EN;2  TEST^.PHP.EN;1

“%DCL-W-PARMDEL, invalid parameter delimiter - check use of special characters  \^\ “

So, our problem is defined now !!! .
We need to use the multiple extension files smoothly.
The resolution also very smooth.just declare below command at your telnet/terminal emulator window. That’s it.
$ set proces/parse_style=extended
Now everything works fine. you can use any multiple doted file, as usual.
Ask me, If you have any more questions

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

SMH – System Management Home Page

Availability of proper Manageability solutions is the essential requirement to sell computer servers. Though your server solutions are robust and high available or offers unique features to the customers, lack of server management software may lead you to reduced sales. Since rarely customers think of appointing an expert to manage your server. But, they could buy a moderate server with enough tools available for managing it.

Hewlett-Packard, the king of the server making business(I didn’t forget IBM and DELL), have variety of server solutions. HP-UX is the most famous server Operating system from HP. There are lot many articles available about HP-UX. I like to pick the less rubbed ball from the pot.

OpenVMS, Most aged Operating system in the server world. He is 32 year old now. Still runs 100Km per hour on the thread-mill and takes 200 kg dumbbells on each hands. When he was with Digitals hand, he was less explored muscle man. Now with hp, he used to attend international weight lift championship.


I am going out of the play ground. We are talking about OpenVMS operating system. Earlier this OS was available only on VAX and Alpha architecture. Last few years its available in Intel’s Itanium processor. I would say, from my experience, its a real robust OS. If you wanted to automate your manufacturing factory, give that job to him and go to bed. You don’t need need to have a night mare about the server failure.

There are lots of free tools available for managing OpenVMS servers. System Management Home Page(predecessor of Insight management Agents) is one among from that. Its SNMP based system hardware monitoring and diagnosing software. It has Web interface, so you can see your server internals from remote Desktop.

SMH offers below features

1. Single place for seeing system components status. Right now it has four statuses as OK, Degraded, Failed and unknown.

2. Displaying information about Network interface cards.

3. Displaying information regarding different storage controllers. Say…

- Smart Array controllers
- SAS Controllers

4. Processor information including model, speed, etc. And you can set thresholds for usage. And SNMP traps will be generated if thresholds exceeds

5. Hard disk information including space used . Its is possible to set the thresholds for space usage. And SNMP traps will be generated if thresholds exceeds

6. System board information.

7. Power related information

8. Cooling and temperature information

9. Operating system related information.

SMH designed to collect information from SNMP. So SMH installation will also install number SNMP agents in the server and one user has additional facility to read information directly from these SNMP agents. Apache is the web server using to host the web pages.

Let me conclude my briefing now. Its my pleasure to answer your queries regarding SMH or OpenVMS.