Archive for the ‘Hardware’ Category

Missed it by that much: Dead Drive

We have two servers in a cluster in Brazil. The hardware is HP ProLiant DL380 G5. This disks are 5 SAS 10,000RPM 146GB hot pluggable drives in a Raid5 Array. We have HP Insight Management Agents and HP Systems Management Home Page setup on those servers with the HP Event Notifier configured to send our admin group notifications for any hardware events though the SMTP server on the Domino server of the primary server in the cluster.

Today, the local administrator in Brazil sent us a photo of the front of the server. In the photo one of the drives had a red light on it. I connected to the server and looked a HP SMH and HP Integrated Management Log (IML). Sure enough, one of the drives was dead and had been acting up since January 31st. But why not notification?? Read the rest of this entry »

HP Systems Insight Management – who uses it?

I just want to mention that I love HP (and previously Compaq) servers. I love installing Windows 2003 with a Smart Start DVD and all of the HP Insight Management agents, the Windows drivers for the various systems components being installed when it’s all said and done.

I’ve been playing with the HP Systems Insight Management Console for the last few months. It’s a great tool and lots and lots of granular monitoring, patch and firmware deployment, etc.

I just realized this week that you could go to HP’s website and install what’s called a Proliant Support Pack.
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