Documentation forServer & Application Monitor

Monitor hardware health in SAM

You can use SAM to monitor the health of Dell, HP, HPE ProLiant, IBM, Cisco UCS, and Nutanix hardware components such as temperature, fan speed, power supply, CPU, memory, disk space, and more. SAM provides instant visibility of the status (up, critical or warning), allows you to set baseline values, and alerts you if levels fall below set thresholds.

To get started monitoring hardware health for Dell, HP, HPE ProLiant, and IBM devices:

  1. Review Hardware health monitoring requirements.
  2. Download, install, and configure agent software from third-party vendors so SAM can gather details that are not available natively from server operating systems. Click here for details.
  3. Run Discovery to detect third-party agent software and hardware health sensors on servers, and automatically enable hardware health monitoring across multiple nodes. Note the following details:

To monitor hardware health for UCS devices, start by adding the parent UCS controller to the Orion Platform. See Monitor Cisco UCS Devices for details.

To monitor hardware health in Nutanix environments, add Hyper-V or VMware nodes for monitoring, add the parent Nutanix cluster, and provide Controller VM (CVM) credentials. See Monitor hardware health for Nutanix clusters.

Documentation about Orion Platform features available in multiple modules is stored in the Orion Platform Administrator Guide. Because hardware health monitoring for UCS and Nutanix is a shared feature, you'll find related information in that document.

Note the following details about hardware health monitoring in SAM:

  • Hardware health monitoring is a database-intensive feature. Heavy usage can impact database performance and increase the size of the Orion database. To improve performance, consider how often you need to poll statistics, and how long data is archived. See Update polling settings in the Orion Platform.
  • Certificate errors found during polling are ignored by default, but you can change that setting.
  • For tips on monitoring HPE Proliant Gen10 servers, see this THWACK post.

See also:

Orion Web Console widgets

To learn about widgets shared by several products, see Orion Platform online help. For example, the following Hardware Health widgets are documented in Orion Platform online help.