SDX Resources - Software Test

Periodically, administrators should check the status of and track changes to critical software resources on an SDX appliance, such as the BMC Firmware, XenServer API, Health Monitor Plugin, Management Service, etc. This is because, if these software components do not function as expected, users may not be able to use the SDX appliance effectively. To avoid this, administrators should run the SDX Resources - Software test at regular intervals and keep tabs on the status of each of the software components on the SDX appliance.

Target of the test : A NetScaler SDX

Agent deploying the test : A remote agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for each software resource supported by the target NetScaler SDX.

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameter Description

Test Period

How often should the test be executed

Host

The host for which the test is to be configured.

SDX Username and SDX Password

To monitor a NetScaler SDX device, the eG agent should be configured with the credentials of a user with read-only privileges to the target device. Specify the credentials of such a user in the SDX Username and SDX Password text boxes.

Confirm Password

Confirm the password by retyping it here.

SSL

The eG agent collects performance metrics by invoking NITRO (NetScaler Interface Through Restful interfaces and Objects) APIs on the target NetScaler SDX device. Typically, the NITRO APIs can be invoked through the HTTP or the HTTPS mode. By default, the eG agent invokes the NITRO APIs using the HTTPS mode. This is why, the SSL flag is set to Yes by default. If the target NetScaler SDX device is not SSL-enabled, then the NITRO APIs can be accessed through the HTTP mode only. In this case, set the SSL flag to No.

Measurements made by the test
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation

Status

Indicates the current state of this software resource.

 

The values that this measure can report and their corresponding numeric values have been listed in the table below:

Numeric Value Measure Value
100 Ok
0 Error

The value 'Error' for this measure indicates the following for different resources:

  • For BMC Firmware version, it indicates deviation from the expected value;
  • For calls to XenServer, it indicates that the Management Service is unable to communicate with XenServer by using an API, HTTP, PING, or SSH call;
  • For Health Monitor Plugin, it indicates that the plugin is not installed on XenServer.

Note:

By default, this measure reports the above-mentioned Measure Values to indicate the current state of a software resource. However, in the graph of this measure, the Measure Values will be represented using their corresponding numeric equivalents only.

Current value

Indicates the current value of this software resource.

Number