[hobbit] Windows Cluster Monitoring Advice

Lennon, Padraig Padraig.Lennon at pioneerinvestments.com
Tue Jun 3 18:03:25 CEST 2008

Hi Buchan,

Could you give me an example of how you would monitor cluster resources
on the Windows side using the cluster group? What setup would you need?
Do you use the cluster.exe that is bundled with bbwin?

Thanks for your help

Padraig Lennon
Senior Systems Engineer
Production Services
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-----Original Message-----
From: Buchan Milne [mailto:bgmilne at staff.telkomsa.net] 
Sent: 03 June 2008 13:57
To: hobbit at hswn.dk
Cc: Lennon, Padraig
Subject: Re: [hobbit] Windows Cluster Monitoring Advice

On Tuesday 03 June 2008 13:13:56 Lennon, Padraig wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I have a requirement to monitor some 2 node Windows 2003 File Clusters
> I would like to monitor them with BBWin but I have the following
> questions:
> *	Should I install the bbwin client on both nodes and activate
> only one of the nodes for monitoring? With this setup I miss
> the local C/D drives on each node.
> *	Is it possible to make bbwin a clustered application? (i.e. one
> that would failover using the MS clustering mechanism)
> *	The cluster.exe supplied with the bbwin package only shows the
> cluster groups, not the individual items within the groups. Has anyone
> written any extended cluster checks that they would possibly share
> me? If not I can write my own. I'm sure I can get this information
> WMI.
> At the moment I setup the bbwin client on one of the nodes and then
> change the registry entry to use the cluster name (i.e I install on a
> node fileclus1n1 and change the registry key to fileclus1). Is this
> correct way to setup the monitoring? Any advice would be greatly
> appreciated.
> I realise the question should probably be on the BBWIN mailing list,
> I thought I would have more chance of getting a reply on this list.

How you monitor clustered nodes does not depend on the monitoring
software (or 
even the OS).

What we typically do is monitor the infrastructure aspects (disk, cpu,
cluster middleware) on all cluster nodes, and the clustered services
database, IP addresses, applications etc.) independently (e.g. with the 
cluster group name).

I am doing this with Windows, Solaris and Linux clusters.


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