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We use this Nagios plugin to monitor the status of our storage boxes IBM DS3400 and the Dell MD3200.

The plugin is based on the SMcli utility from IBM.

After upgrading the firmware on de MD3200, the old version of SMcli didn't work any more, so I needed a newer version.

Turns out this isn't very straightforward.

 

I needed some additional packages on our Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit host:

apt-get install libxi6 libxtst6 alien

 

Instead of jumping through hoops by going to http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/, logging in (or creating an account first), picking menus, agreeing with stuff, etc, the actual software can be accessed directly:

 

http://delivery04.dhe.ibm.com/sar/CMA/SDA/04671/1/SM10.86_Linux_64bit_x86-64_SMIA-10.86.x5.43.tgz

 

Download and extract this on the Nagios host, then run the resulting installation blob:

 

 

./Linux_x64_10p86/Linux_x86-64/SMIA-LINUXX64-10.86.0A05.0043.bin

 

You will be presented with a console mode installer:

 

===============================================================================
Choose Locale...
----------------
    1- Bahasa Indonesia
    2- Deutsch
  ->3- English
    4- Español
    5- Français
    6- Italiano
    7- Português  (Brasil)


 

 

I picked English, then comes an insanely long stream of "PRESS <ENTER> TO CONTINUE" license agreements.

Eventually you can accept it, then it is time to choose which mode of install:

 

 

===============================================================================
Select Installation Type
------------------------
Please choose the Install Set to be installed by this installer.
  ->1- Typical (Full Installation)
    2- Management Station
    3- Host
    4- Customize...
ENTER THE NUMBER FOR THE INSTALL SET, OR PRESS <ENTER> TO ACCEPT THE DEFAULT

 

I picked Management Station, because that's what Nagios resembles most I think. Confirm:

Pre-Installation Summary
------------------------
Please Review the Following Before Continuing:
Install Folder:
    /opt/IBM_DS
Required Disk Space
    811 MB
Available Disk Space
    1,363 MB
PRESS <ENTER> TO CONTINUE:

 

Once this is all done, go to /opt/IBM_DS, then convert the Redhat RPM into a tarball, then extract the contents of that again:

 

cd /opt/IBM_DS
alien -v -c -t SMclient.rpm
mkdir tmp
tar -C tmp -xvf SMclient-10.86.0G05.0043.tgz

There's loads of stuff, but the only directory that is relevant here, is the only containing the SMcli scripts and the jars:

 

root@nagios:/opt/IBM_DS# ll tmp/opt/IBM_DS/client/
total 277784
dr-xr-xr-x 3 root root     4096 Oct 10 20:56 ./
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root     4096 Dec 19 17:12 ../
-r-x------ 1 root root      781 Oct 10 20:48 asyncRVMUtil*
-r--r--r-- 1 root root     4645 Oct 10 20:48 client_icon.png
-r--r--r-- 1 root root   309293 Oct 10 20:49 jcommon.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  1425744 Oct 10 20:49 jfreechart.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root   589910 Oct 10 20:49 jhall.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root     8020 Oct 10 20:48 license.txt
dr-x------ 3 root root     4096 Oct 10 20:48 monitor/
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  2960757 Oct 10 20:49 sam217.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  3931456 Oct 10 20:49 sam217.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  3188441 Oct 10 20:49 sam250.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  4272117 Oct 10 20:49 sam250.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  3209783 Oct 10 20:49 sam270.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  4290653 Oct 10 20:50 sam270.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  1615664 Oct 10 20:50 sam910.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  2623874 Oct 10 20:50 sam910.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  8058768 Oct 10 20:50 sam912.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 11031370 Oct 10 20:50 sam912.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  4326184 Oct 10 20:50 sam914.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  5874100 Oct 10 20:50 sam914.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  2265562 Oct 10 20:51 sam916_2.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  3060561 Oct 10 20:51 sam916_2.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  2279733 Oct 10 20:51 sam916.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  3022512 Oct 10 20:51 sam916.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  2271560 Oct 10 20:51 sam923.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  3059593 Oct 10 20:51 sam923.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  2271697 Oct 10 20:51 sam960.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  3064088 Oct 10 20:51 sam960.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  6208296 Oct 10 20:51 samALLEGHENY.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  5414892 Oct 10 20:51 samALLEGHENY.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  6100226 Oct 10 20:51 samAURORA.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  5122021 Oct 10 20:52 samAURORA.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  7594517 Oct 10 20:52 samCHESSIE2.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  7306331 Oct 10 20:52 samCHESSIE2.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  7399213 Oct 10 20:52 samCHESSIE.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  6048267 Oct 10 20:52 samCHESSIE.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  3618506 Oct 10 20:52 samCRYSTAL.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  4699235 Oct 10 20:53 samCRYSTAL.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  3618428 Oct 10 20:53 samCRYSTALM.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  4780961 Oct 10 20:53 samCRYSTALM.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  4308833 Oct 10 20:53 samEMERALD.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  5068071 Oct 10 20:53 samEMERALD.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  4311417 Oct 10 20:53 samEMERALDM1.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  5046296 Oct 10 20:53 samEMERALDM1.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  9066021 Oct 10 20:53 samERIE.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  7395216 Oct 10 20:54 samERIE.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  3626781 Oct 10 20:54 samEXMOOR.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  5070420 Oct 10 20:54 samEXMOOR.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 12333283 Oct 10 20:56 samFREMONT1.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 10093231 Oct 10 20:56 samFREMONT1.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 11761995 Oct 10 20:55 samFREMONT.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  9888004 Oct 10 20:55 samFREMONT.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  8046349 Oct 10 20:56 samSNOWMASS.ibm.files.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  5849311 Oct 10 20:56 samSNOWMASS.ibm.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  7606650 Oct 10 20:56 sevenzip.jar
-r-x------ 1 root root      970 Oct 10 20:48 SMcli*
-r-x------ 1 root root     1156 Oct 10 20:48 SMclient*
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 26270459 Oct 10 20:49 SMclient.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root   126966 Oct 10 20:56 swing_layout.jar
-r--r--r-- 1 root root  1447793 Oct 10 20:56 swingx.jar

 

Change the permissions of the SMcli* files:

chmod 755 tmp/opt/IBM_DS/client/SMcli
chmod 755 tmp/opt/IBM_DS/client/SMclient

 

Edit tmp/opt/IBM_DS/client/SMcli so that it instead of this:

#!/bin/sh
#
#  Script:              SMcli-1
#  Instance:            4
#  %version:            BDC~22 %
#  Description:
#  %created_by:         raghuvet %
#  %date_created:       Thu Sep 27 20:42:38 2012 %
#  Revised on Sept 6 2001  by  jhouston  to remove green thread flag
# SMcli startup script
BASEDIR=/opt/IBM_DS
JAVA_EXEC=$BASEDIR/jre/bin/java


It uses the default java binary:

#!/bin/sh
#
#  Script:              SMcli-1
#  Instance:            4
#  %version:            BDC~22 %
#  Description:
#  %created_by:         raghuvet %
#  %date_created:       Thu Sep 27 20:42:38 2012 %
#  Revised on Sept 6 2001  by  jhouston  to remove green thread flag
# SMcli startup script
BASEDIR=/opt/IBM_DS
JAVA_EXEC=/usr/bin/java


I moved the client dir up and trashed all the other stuff:

cd /opt/IBM_DS
mv tmp/opt/IBM_DS/client ~
rm -rf *
mv ~/client .

 

Edit the check_IBM_DS_health script so that it uses the right command:

#SMcli location
COMMAND=/opt/IBM_DS/client/SMcli

 

I had to add back the 'quick' option to the Nagios script, otherwise it would give me a warning:


#RESULT=$($COMMAND $CTRLA_IP $CTRLB_IP -c "show storageSubsystem healthStatus;")
RESULT=$($COMMAND $CTRLA_IP $CTRLB_IP -c 'show storageSubsystem healthStatus;' -quick)


At this stage the plugin would correctly work again for the DS3400 and the MD3200.

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