HP ProLiant servers management with hpasmcli

February 16, 2011 — 9 Comments

Hpasmcli, HP Management Command Line Interface, is a scriptable command line tool to manage and monitor the HP ProLiant servers through the hpasmd and hpasmxld daemons. It is part of the hp-health package that comes with the HP Proliant Support Pack, or PSP.

[root@rhel4 ~]# rpm -qa | grep hp-health
hp-health-8.1.1-14.rhel4
[root@rhel4 ~]#
[root@rhel4 ~]# rpm -qi hp-health-8.1.1-14.rhel4
Name        : hp-health                    Relocations: (not relocatable)
Version     : 8.1.1                             Vendor: Hewlett-Packard Company
Release     : 14.rhel4                      Build Date: Fri 04 Jul 2008 07:04:51 PM CEST
Install Date: Thu 02 Apr 2009 05:10:48 PM CEST      Build Host: rhel4ebuild.M73C253-lab.net
Group       : System Environment            Source RPM: hp-health-8.1.1-14.rhel4.src.rpm
Size        : 1147219                          License: 2008 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
Signature   : (none)
Packager    : Hewlett-Packard Company
URL         : http://www.hp.com/go/proliantlinux
Summary     : hp System Health Application and Command line Utility Package
Description :
This package contains the System Health Monitor for all hp Proliant systems
with ASM, ILO, & ILO2 embedded management asics.  Also contained are the
command line utilities.
[root@rhel4 ~]#
[root@rhel4 ~]# rpm -ql hp-health-8.1.1-14.rhel4
/etc/init.d/hp-health
/opt/hp/hp-health
/opt/hp/hp-health/bin
/opt/hp/hp-health/bin/IrqRouteTbl
/opt/hp/hp-health/bin/hpasmd
/opt/hp/hp-health/bin/hpasmlited
/opt/hp/hp-health/bin/hpasmpld
/opt/hp/hp-health/bin/hpasmxld
/opt/hp/hp-health/hprpm.xpm
/opt/hp/hp-health/sh
/opt/hp/hp-health/sh/hpasmxld_reset.sh
/sbin/hpasmcli
/sbin/hpbootcfg
/sbin/hplog
/sbin/hpuid
/usr/lib/libhpasmintrfc.so
/usr/lib/libhpasmintrfc.so.2
/usr/lib/libhpasmintrfc.so.2.0
/usr/lib/libhpev.so
/usr/lib/libhpev.so.1
/usr/lib/libhpev.so.1.0
/usr/lib64/libhpasmintrfc64.so
/usr/lib64/libhpasmintrfc64.so.2
/usr/lib64/libhpasmintrfc64.so.2.0
/usr/share/man/man4/hp-health.4.gz
/usr/share/man/man4/hpasmcli.4.gz
/usr/share/man/man7/hp_mgmt_install.7.gz
/usr/share/man/man8/hpbootcfg.8.gz
/usr/share/man/man8/hplog.8.gz
/usr/share/man/man8/hpuid.8.gz
[root@rhel4 ~]#

This handy tool can be used to view and modify several BIOS settings of the server and to monitor the status of the different hardware components like fans, memory modules, temperature, power supplies, etc.

It can be used in two ways:

  • Interactive shell
  • Within a script

The interactive shell supports TAB command completion and command recovery through a history buffer.

[root@rhel4 ~]# hpasmcli
HP management CLI for Linux (v1.0)
Copyright 2004 Hewlett-Packard Development Group, L.P.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------
NOTE: Some hpasmcli commands may not be supported on all Proliant servers.
      Type 'help' to get a list of all top level commands.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
hpasmcli> help
CLEAR  DISABLE  ENABLE  EXIT  HELP  NOTE  QUIT  REPAIR  SET  SHOW
hpasmcli>

As it can be seen in the above example several main tasks can be done, to get the usage of every command simply use HELP followed by the command.

hpasmcli> help show
USAGE: SHOW [ ASR | BOOT | DIMM | F1 | FANS | HT | IML | IPL | NAME | PORTMAP | POWERSUPPLY | PXE | SERIAL | SERVER | TEMP | UID | WOL ]
hpasmcli>
hpasmcli> HELP SHOW BOOT
USAGE: SHOW BOOT: Shows boot devices.
hpasmcli>

In my experience SHOW is the most used command above the others. Following are examples for some of the tasks.

- Display general information of the server

hpasmcli> SHOW SERVER
System        : ProLiant DL380 G5
Serial No.    : XXXXXXXXX     
ROM version   : P56 11/01/2008
iLo present   : Yes
Embedded NICs : 2
        NIC1 MAC: 00:1c:c4:62:42:a0
        NIC2 MAC: 00:1c:c4:62:42:9e

Processor: 0
        Name         : Intel Xeon
        Stepping     : 11
        Speed        : 2666 MHz
        Bus          : 1333 MHz
        Core         : 4
        Thread       : 4
        Socket       : 1
        Level2 Cache : 8192 KBytes
        Status       : Ok

Processor: 1
        Name         : Intel Xeon
        Stepping     : 11
        Speed        : 2666 MHz
        Bus          : 1333 MHz
        Core         : 4
        Thread       : 4
        Socket       : 2
        Level2 Cache : 8192 KBytes
        Status       : Ok

Processor total  : 2

Memory installed : 16384 MBytes
ECC supported    : Yes
hpasmcli>

- Show current temperatures

hpasmcli> SHOW TEMP
Sensor   Location              Temp       Threshold
------   --------              ----       ---------
#1        I/O_ZONE             49C/120F   70C/158F
#2        AMBIENT              23C/73F    39C/102F
#3        CPU#1                30C/86F    127C/260F
#4        CPU#1                30C/86F    127C/260F
#5        POWER_SUPPLY_BAY     52C/125F   77C/170F
#6        CPU#2                30C/86F    127C/260F
#7        CPU#2                30C/86F    127C/260F

hpasmcli>

- Get the status of the server fans

hpasmcli> SHOW FAN
Fan  Location        Present Speed  of max  Redundant  Partner  Hot-pluggable
---  --------        ------- -----  ------  ---------  -------  -------------
#1   I/O_ZONE        Yes     NORMAL 45%     Yes        0        Yes          
#2   I/O_ZONE        Yes     NORMAL 45%     Yes        0        Yes          
#3   PROCESSOR_ZONE  Yes     NORMAL 41%     Yes        0        Yes          
#4   PROCESSOR_ZONE  Yes     NORMAL 36%     Yes        0        Yes          
#5   PROCESSOR_ZONE  Yes     NORMAL 36%     Yes        0        Yes          
#6   PROCESSOR_ZONE  Yes     NORMAL 36%     Yes        0        Yes           

hpasmcli>

- Show device boot order configuration

hpasmcli> SHOW BOOT
First boot device is: CDROM.
One time boot device is: Not set.
hpasmcli>

- Set USB key as first boot device

hpasmcli> SET BOOT FIRST USBKEY

- Show memory modules status

hpasmcli> SHOW DIMM
DIMM Configuration
------------------
Cartridge #:   0
Module #:      1
Present:       Yes
Form Factor:   fh
Memory Type:   14h
Size:          4096 MB
Speed:         667 MHz
Status:        Ok

Cartridge #:   0
Module #:      2
Present:       Yes
Form Factor:   fh
Memory Type:   14h
Size:          4096 MB
Speed:         667 MHz
Status:        Ok

Cartridge #:   0
Module #:      3
Present:       Yes
Form Factor:   fh
Memory Type:   14h
Size:          4096 MB
Speed:         667 MHz
Status:        Ok
...

In the scripting mode hpasmcli can be used directly from the shell prompt with the -s option and the command between quotation marks, this of course allow you to process the output of the commands  like in the below exampl.

[root@rhel4 ~]# hpasmcli -s "show dimm" | egrep "Module|Status"
Module #:      1
Status:        Ok
Module #:      2
Status:        Ok
Module #:      3
Status:        Ok
Module #:      4
Status:        Ok
Module #:      5
Status:        Ok
Module #:      6
Status:        Ok
Module #:      7
Status:        Ok
Module #:      8
Status:        Ok
[root@rhel4 ~]#

To execute more than one command sequentially separate them with a semicolon.

[root@rhel4 ~]# hpasmcli -s "show fan; show temp"

Fan  Location        Present Speed  of max  Redundant  Partner  Hot-pluggable
---  --------        ------- -----  ------  ---------  -------  -------------
#1   I/O_ZONE        Yes     NORMAL 45%     Yes        0        Yes          
#2   I/O_ZONE        Yes     NORMAL 45%     Yes        0        Yes          
#3   PROCESSOR_ZONE  Yes     NORMAL 41%     Yes        0        Yes          
#4   PROCESSOR_ZONE  Yes     NORMAL 36%     Yes        0        Yes          
#5   PROCESSOR_ZONE  Yes     NORMAL 36%     Yes        0        Yes          
#6   PROCESSOR_ZONE  Yes     NORMAL 36%     Yes        0        Yes           

Sensor   Location              Temp       Threshold
------   --------              ----       ---------
#1        I/O_ZONE             47C/116F   70C/158F
#2        AMBIENT              21C/69F    39C/102F
#3        CPU#1                30C/86F    127C/260F
#4        CPU#1                30C/86F    127C/260F
#5        POWER_SUPPLY_BAY     50C/122F   77C/170F
#6        CPU#2                30C/86F    127C/260F
#7        CPU#2                30C/86F    127C/260F

[root@rhel4 ~]#

If you want to play more with hpasmcli go to its man page and to the ProLiant Support Pack documentation.

Juanma.

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9 responses to HP ProLiant servers management with hpasmcli

  1. 

    Hello,

    I’m running a HP Proliant ML350 G6 with Ubuntu 9.04. Recently I installed hp-health, hp-snmp-agents, and all other software from the HP support cd for Linux.

    I have access now to the System Management Homepage installed in the system, although it looks more like a reports tool, as I can’t do any system configuration or view any hardware status.

    I need to get control over the FANS, as they get very noisy sometimes, and I can’t do anything but to reboot the server to stop the noise.

    Any idea or help?

    Thanks for your post.

    • 

      you have a G6 and you’re worried about the noise? Perhaps you shouldn’t use a server as a desktop. Servers should be in an airconditioned room where nobody cares about the noise. I don’t think its a wise idea to alter their speed or stop them from auto managing themselves.

    • 

      Did you figure out a fix for the noisy server fans? I have the same problem on my DL380 server.

  2. 

    Hi Juan, I have a lot of problems with hpasm on my Proliants. I cannot get them running. I did load Suse SLES 11 Rev1 and did install latets rpms and it didnt work.

    I searched for any tips or tricks or hints or any other suse linux admin, running sles 11 with health management but didnt find one.

    Do you have an idea, where to search for other DL585 G1 and G2 admins and DL380 G3 and G4 admins, running Suse an hpasm ?

    Where do I have to look ?
    best regards Gert
    from Germany

  3. 

    Very Helpful.
    Thank you!

  4. 

    Great! I’m fooling around a bit with a DL380G5 and Ubuntu 12.04 on it. This is one of the great features I found out today. :-) Good thing is, the HP tools are in a repository at HP, where all major Linux distro’s are in: http://downloads.linux.hp.com/SDR/ Just ad them to your sources.lst, import the key, aptitude update and off you go installing (and updating) them straight from the HP repo.

  5. 

    Yes, it is really interesting blog. As a Dell employee I really think the infromation you shared with us is very much useful. Thanks for sharing with us.

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