How to do Health check for  AIX servers ? what information need to be collected ?

Posted on 2009-06-28
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We have 400 hundred servers in our Implementation Project. We need to do health check For this servers ? What information I need to check and collect for AIX servers ?
Do we have any standard tools available to do that ? How to prepare report for it ?
Question by:rammaghenthar
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woolmilkporc earned 2000 total points
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Hi again,

there is no standard healthcheck script in AIX.

In one of our other cases we're talking about 'cfg2html' which is a fine tool to get
an overview of the vital data of your machines.

Furthermore, health checking cannot be done by sort of a 'snapshot', but should be a continuous process,
using a monitoring tool like e.g. nagios:


Anyway, to check the most important things you could run a little script
regularly against all machines contained in a server list for:

prtconf -> overview
errpt -> hardware error log
df -> filesystems
diag -cs -> hardware diagnostics
lppchk -v -> software packages' consistency

It could look like this (see attachment):

Note that you should have ssh access using publickey, in order to not get prompted for passwords.

And since you're talking about 400 servers, it seems nearly impossible to read all the output from
any check script, so I'd really suggest using a monitoring tool (see nagios above)!


for host in $(cat $serverlist)
   /usr/bin/ssh $host '
   echo RUNNING errpt
   echo RUNNING df -g
   /usr/bin/df -g
   echo RUNNING diag -cs
   /usr/sbin/diag -cs
   echo RUNNING lppchk -v
   /usr/bin/lppchk -v ' > [/path/to/]$host.$(date +"%Y.%m.%d").custom.check

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400000 AIX servers? Are you IBM?
diag has automated diagnostics facility whose config is stored in ODM
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by:Kerem ERSOY
ID: 24749166
Depends on what you understand from health chek. If you're after monitoring CPU load, Disk capacity etc. You need a systematic approach.  In this case you need central periodical monitoring and alerting. This could be done with with monitoring tools such as IBM's Tivoli or Nagios.
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ID: 24763543
diag contains part about chcheduled RAM/CPU/DISK/RAID/sysplanar0 diagnostics.
it serves practical and formal policy porposes quite well.

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