Monitoring HP Blade Chassis Virtual Connect with Hardware Sentry

How to monitor the physical links of HP Virtual Connect with Hardware Sentry KM for PATROL.

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This article explains how to monitor the physical links of HP Virtual Connect with Hardware Sentry.


To monitor the physical links of HP Virtual Connect, you will have to:

The overall status of interconnect modules will be monitored separately by monitoring the chassis’ Onboard Administrator.

Step 1: Enabling SNMP for VC-FC and VC-Enet Modules

  1. Connect to the HP Virtual Connect Manager
  2. In the left tree-view, select Domain Settings > SNMP Configuration
  3. Enable SNMP for both VC-FC and VC-Enet modules:
    • Select the VC-FC tab

      Enabling SNMP for VC-FC modules

    • Check the Enable SNMP and Enable SMI-S boxes

    • Specify a Read Community (e.g.: public)

    • Click Apply

    • Select the VC-Enet tab

      Enabling SNMP for VC-Enet Modules

    • Check the Enable SNMP box

    • Specify a Read Community (e.g.: public)

    • Click Apply.

Step 2: Adding a Remote Monitoring

Each interconnect bay will have to be monitored individually. The IP of the interconnect bay can be found in the HP Onboard Administrator:

Interconnect Bay Information - Bay 1

Interconnect Bay Information - Bay 2

  1. In TrueSight, configure the monitoring of the interconnect bay:

    • Create a new policy or edit an existing one

    • Under the Device Information section:

      • Enter an Internal ID
      • Enter the IP Address of the interconnect bay
      • From the Device Type pull-down list, select Network (Switch).

      Configuring the HP Blade Chassis to be monitored

    • Scroll-down to the SNMP section, Enable SNMP and provide the SNMP Information.

      Enabling SNMP

    • Under the Device Advanced Settings section:

      • From the Connector Selection drop-down list, select Use Specified Connectors.
      • In the Connector File Names field, enter MS_HW_MIB2.hdf

      Configuring the connector to be used

    • Click OK

    • Resume the procedure to configure the monitoring of each interconnect bay.

  2. Click OK and Save.

Four different types of ports will be discovered:

  • “d” Ports are the physical connections between the Virtual Connect Switch and individual Blades
  • “eth” Ports are the management ports of the Virtual Connect Switch
  • “tap” Ports are the ports that link the Virtual Connect Switches to each other for management purposes.
  • “X” Ports are external ports or data links between Virtual Connect Switches.

All ports are reported as “Ethernet” by the Virtual Connect Switch regardless of their actual configuration.