New Sun Server Hardware Management Pack 1.3

The latest version of the Sun Server Hardware Management Pack (1.3) is now available and is packed with more goodies and broader support than ever. If you are not familiar with the free Management Pack for Sun's X64 servers now is a good time to download and try it out. The Pack is divided into 2 main components. The Sun Server Management Agents component, which provides an SNMP agent for monitoring Sun server hardware and storage, and the Sun Server CLITools component, which configures the host boot order and BIOSCMOS settings. The SNMP Agent offers in-band monitoring support which I described previously and it has its own comprehensive manual. It has now been enhanced to support more operating systems than ever, the big new addition in this release Windows Server 2003 & 2008 support:
  • Solaris 10
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 4 & 5, 32-bit & 64bit
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 & 5, 32-bit & 64bit
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, 64-bit
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, 64-bit
  • VMware ESX 3.5
  • Windows 2003 SP1/SP2
  • Windows 2003 R2 SP1/SP2
  • Windows 2008 SP1/SP2
A more detailed matrix can be found here. The big news on the CLI front is the addition of the new BIOSconfig utility that supports the wide range of operating systems above, with the exception of VMware ESX 3.5. BIOSconfig is worthy of an entry in its own right, which it will get in time, and is documented fully but just to introduce it capabilities: BIOSconfig can be used to to get current configuration settings or set configuration settings. When used to get configuration settings, BIOSconfig generates XML output showing the configuration. When used to set configuration settings, BIOSconfig reads XML input describing the configuration settings to be made. Download the Sun Server Hardware Management Pack 1.3 and Documentation
Comments:

What is the reason for biosconfig not being supported with ESX ?
What is the ETA for vSphere compatibility ?

Many thanks.

Posted by Eric on January 20, 2010 at 03:12 PM MST #

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