Monitoring Cisco MDS 9000 Series FC Switches with Hardware Sentry

How to monitor the health of Cisco MDS 9000 Series FC Switches and detect hardware failures.

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This article explains how to monitor the Cisco SAN switches with Hardware Sentry. The Cisco MDS 9000 switches are monitored using "Cisco MDS9000 Series - SSH/Telnet" which connects to the Cisco Bay Controller through SSH or Telnet and executes commands. A bay can contain more than one switch and each switch has a separate blade enclosure.


The Telnet or SSH user account used to connect to the Bay should have rights to execute the following commands on the controller:

  • terminal length 0
  • terminal no monitor
  • show hardware
  • show module
  • show environment
  • show interface

Monitoring using Hardware Sentry KM

  1. Configure a remote monitoring of type Storage

  2. Enter the hostname or IP address of the Bay Controller

  3. Select the Cisco MDS9000 Series - SSH/Telnet connector

  4. Select the protocol to be used (SSH or Telnet) and provide valid credentials

  5. Click Finish to trigger a new discovery

Monitoring using BMC Performance Manager Express for Hardware by Sentry

  1. Add a new element of type Storage to Portal
  2. Enter the hostname or IP address of the Bay Controller
  3. Configure the monitoring for platform type storage and select Hardware(Storage) application class
  4. Provide valid Telnet or SSH credentials and complete the process.

Monitored objects and parameters

Discovered objects

  • Fans (MS_HW_FAN)
  • Temperature sensors (MS_HW_TEMPERATURE)
  • Power supplies (MS_HW_POWERSUPPLY)
  • Blades (MS_HW_BLADE)
  • Other devices (MS_HW_OTHERDEVICE)
  • Network cards (MS_HW_NETWORK)
  • Enclosure model (MS_HW_ENCLOSURE)

Collected parameters

  • MS_HW_FAN / Status
  • MS_HW_TEMPERATURE / Temperature
  • MS_HW_BLADE / Status
  • MS_HW_NETWORK / LinkStatus
  • MS_HW_NETWORK / ErrorCount
  • MS_HW_NETWORK / TransmittedPacketsRate
  • MS_HW_NETWORK / ReceivedPacketsRate
  • MS_HW_NETWORK / TransmittedBytesRate
  • MS_HW_NETWORK / ReceivedBytesRate
  • MS_HW_NETWORK / LinkSpeed
  • MS_HW_NETWORK / DuplexMode
  • MS_HW_ENCLOSURE / Powerconsumption