HP UX Health tips

Posted on 2007-07-26
Last Modified: 2013-12-21
Hello Experts,

I know little to nothing about Unix and one of the other departments has charged us with monitoring about ten HP boxes with HP open view. Every now and then we get a warning or a critical so we pick-up the phone and call a Unix tech at all hours of the night. Before we call we ping the server in question then we log on and get a prompt and type ls -l and so I guess we do know a little somthing. We would however like to do more, say check running process, check and errors or services that may have died? What four or five things should we do before we call.

Question by:Delta526
    1 Comment
    LVL 29

    Accepted Solution


    This really depends on what is running on the system. For example if you are runiing Oracle/SAP then you would check the the oracle and SAP processes are running and that the archive logs have not filled the log volume to 100% etc.

    Are you able to provide any more info on what you are running on these boxes?

    Some generic steps for any system: -

    1. more /var/adm/syslog/syslog.log - this is the system log file
    2. Execute "top" to show the CPU and memory usage
    3. swapinfo will show if the swap memory is ok
    4. ps -ef | grep -i PROCESS NAME - you need to know whats on the box
    5. bdf to show if the disk is full

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    How to run any project with ease

    Manage projects of all sizes how you want. Great for personal to-do lists, project milestones, team priorities and launch plans.
    - Combine task lists, docs, spreadsheets, and chat in one
    - View and edit from mobile/offline
    - Cut down on emails

    Attention: This article will no longer be maintained. If you have any questions, please feel free to mail me. Please see for the updated article. It is avail…
    This tech tip describes how to install the Solaris Operating System from a tape backup that was created using the Solaris flash archive utility. I have used this procedure on the Solaris 8 and 9 OS, and it shoudl also work well on the Solaris 10 rel…
    In a previous video, we went over how to export a DynamoDB table into Amazon S3.  In this video, we show how to load the export from S3 into a DynamoDB table.
    This tutorial goes over how to archive and restore FreeBSD jails that are managed by ezjail.

    779 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    11 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now