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ESXi Temperature Threshold Values and Alarms

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I have a VSA cluster consisting of 2 physical Dell Poweredge servers.

In vSphere Client, if I highlight either box and go to the Hardware Status tab there is a 'Temperature' entry listed when viewing the Sensors.  Beneath this there are some threshold values defined. For example the Critical Threshold values are currently a range of 3 to 50 degrees Celsius.  Is there a way to tweak these values so that I can test an alarm email?

At present it is reporting the actual temp as 20C and the alarm is supposed to email me if the thresholds are breached but I have to find a way of triggering this without putting the servers in a deep freeze or setting them alight!

Before I have to resort to downing everything to see if these values are set in the Dell BIOS I just thought I'd ask if a tweak was possible via VMware?

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by:Haresh Nikumbh
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The predefined alarms can only be edited at the "root" level of Virtual Center.  In other words if your virtual center is called:

abc.domain.com

Highlight the above and then click on the alarms tab, then go to definitions.  You can make changes in there.
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Values can be tweaked using Dell Open Manage to manage you server.
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by:funasset
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Thanks.

I looked at the domain level for the Host Temperature Alarm and there don't seem to be values I can alter. I just found things to do with a variable 'Temperature' and its states - green to red?

Do you mean installing Dell OM on a Windows Server (or servers) sitting on the host(s) and setting up the temperature threshold values (and email alarms) there or is there a way to access and control/set the ESXi hosts directly from Dell OM?

Does that make sense??
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by:Subhashish Laha
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You will have to install Dell OpenManage Server Administrator on ESXi hosts.

Refer below link and attached How-to-setup-and-configure-ESXi-.pdf to setup and configure ESXi for OpenManage

http://deinfotech.blogspot.in/2012/10/install-dell-openmanage-server.html
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by:funasset
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Thank you - I'll look in to it.
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by:funasset
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I never realised that trying to do such a 'simple' thing would be so involved!! Either of the approaches I've marked would seem to do the trick but I just don't have the time at the moment to do this.  I'll get around to it at some point. I do appreciate the tips though.

Thanks all.
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