Fan Tray Status Test

The Dell EMC S Series Switch comprises of fan trays in each stack unit. Each fan tray is provided with one or more fans to maintain optimal temperature of the core components of the stack unit within the permissible range. If one/more fans fail, the temperature of the stack unit may soar causing permanent hardware damage. To avoid such heavy duty damage to the target switch, it is necessary to monitor the current state and the operational speed of the fans in the fan tray. This is where the Fan Tray Status test exactly helps!

This test auto discovers fan trays in the stack units of the target switch and reports the state of the fans in each fan tray of each stack unit and the speed values at which the fans operate. This way, administrators can identify the fan that is down or failed and rectify the same well before the stack unit starts malfunctioning.

Target of the test : A Dell S-Series Switch

Agent deploying the test : An external Agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for every stack unit in the Dell EMC S-Series Switch to be monitored.

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameter Description

Test Period

How often should the test be executed.

Host

The IP address of the host for which this test is to be configured.

SSH Username and SSH Password

Specify the credentials of a user who has the right to execute CLI (command-line interface) commands on the target switch and pull out metrics via SSH.

Confirm Password

Confirm the SSH Password by retyping it here.

SSH Port

Specify the SSH port of the target switch here; The default value is 22.

SNMPPort

The port at which the monitored target exposes its SNMP MIB; The default value is 161.

SNMPVersion

By default, the eG agent supports SNMP version 1. Accordingly, the default selection in the SNMPversion list is v1. However, if a different SNMP framework is in use in your environment, say SNMP v2 or v3, then select the corresponding option from this list.

SNMPCommunity

The SNMP community name that the test uses to communicate with the firewall. This parameter is specific to SNMP v1 and v2 only. Therefore, if the SNMPVersion chosen is v3, then this parameter will not appear.

UserName

This parameter appears only when v3 is selected as the SNMPVersion. SNMP version 3 (SNMPv3) is an extensible SNMP Framework which supplements the SNMPv2 Framework, by additionally supporting message security, access control, and remote SNMP configuration capabilities. To extract performance statistics from the MIB using the highly secure SNMP v3 protocol, the eG agent has to be configured with the required access privileges – in other words, the eG agent should connect to the MIB using the credentials of a user with access permissions to be MIB. Therefore, specify the name of such a user against this parameter. 

Context

This parameter appears only when v3 is selected as the SNMPVersion. An SNMP context is a collection of management information accessible by an SNMP entity. An item of management information may exist in more than one context and an SNMP entity potentially has access to many contexts. A context is identified by the SNMPEngineID value of the entity hosting the management information (also called a contextEngineID) and a context name that identifies the specific context (also called a contextName). If the Username provided is associated with a context name, then the eG agent will be able to poll the MIB and collect metrics only if it is configured with the context name as well. In such cases therefore, specify the context name of the Username in the Context text box.  By default, this parameter is set to none.

AuthPass

Specify the password that corresponds to the above-mentioned Username. This parameter once again appears only if the SNMPversion selected is v3.

Confirm Password

Confirm the AuthPass by retyping it here.

AuthType

This parameter too appears only if v3 is selected as the SNMPversion. From the Authtype list box, choose the authentication algorithm using which SNMP v3 converts the specified username and password into a 32-bit format to ensure security of SNMP transactions. You can choose between the following options:

  • MD5 – Message Digest Algorithm
  • SHA – Secure Hash Algorithm

EncryptFlag

This flag appears only when v3 is selected as the SNMPversion. By default, the eG agent does not encrypt SNMP requests. Accordingly, the this flag is set to No by default. To ensure that SNMP requests sent by the eG agent are encrypted, select the Yes option. 

EncryptType

If this EncryptFlag is set to Yes, then you will have to mention the encryption type by selecting an option from the EncryptType list. SNMP v3 supports the following encryption types:

  • DES – Data Encryption Standard
  • AES – Advanced Encryption Standard

EncryptPassword

Specify the encryption password here.

Confirm Password

Confirm the encryption password by retyping it here.

Timeout

Specify the duration (in seconds) within which the SNMP query executed by this test should time out in this text box. The default is 10 seconds.

Data Over TCP

By default, in an IT environment, all data transmission occurs over UDP. Some environments however, may be specifically configured to offload a fraction of the data traffic – for instance, certain types of data traffic or traffic pertaining to specific components – to other protocols like TCP, so as to prevent UDP overloads. In such environments, you can instruct the eG agent to conduct the SNMP data traffic related to the monitored target over TCP (and not UDP). For this, set this flag to Yes. By default, this flag is set to No.

Measurements made by the test
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation
Status

Indicates the current status of this fan tray in this stack unit.

 

The numeric values that correspond to the above-mentioned measure values are as follows:

Measure Value Numeric Value
Absent 0
Up 1
Down 2

Note:

By default, this measure reports the above-mentioned Measure Values while indicating the current status of a fan tray. However, in the graph of this measure, the same will be represented using the corresponding numeric equivalents only.

Fan1 status

Indicates the current status of Fan1 of this fan tray in this stack unit.

 

The numeric values that correspond to the above-mentioned measure values are as follows:

Measure Value Numeric Value
Absent 0
Up 1
Down 2

Note:

By default, this measure reports the above-mentioned Measure Values while indicating the current status of Fan1 in the fan tray. However, in the graph of this measure, the same will be represented using the corresponding numeric equivalents only.

Fan1 speed

Indicates the speed of Fan1 of this fan tray in this stack unit.

Rpm

 

Fan2 status

Indicates the current status of Fan2 of this fan tray in this stack unit.

 

The numeric values that correspond to the above-mentioned measure values are as follows:

Measure Value Numeric Value
Absent 0
Up 1
Down 2

Note:

By default, this measure reports the above-mentioned Measure Values while indicating the current status of Fan2 in the fan tray. However, in the graph of this measure, the same will be represented using the corresponding numeric equivalents only.

Fan2 speed

Indicates the speed of Fan2 of this fan tray in this stack unit.

Rpm