[hobbit] Windows Cluster Monitoring Advice

Lennon, Padraig Padraig.Lennon at pioneerinvestments.com
Thu Jun 5 11:10:23 CEST 2008

Thanks Etienne,

I have implemented those changes.. All look good. How do you deal with
event log errors? I was thinking a combo test would work..

A few other issues:

Say I wanted to monitor a shared disk F: on the cluster. The shared
drive is 1TB in size. For the moment the disk is on node1 of the
cluster. Now I want to alert only when the disk gets to 50gb left. This
is easy to do in the bbwin.cfg file on node1. 

Suppose now we have a failover of the resource to node2. It has no idea
about the 50gb limit and back on node1 it is in an alert status because
it can't find the F: drive.

How do I get around this?

Thanks for your help

Padraig Lennon
Senior Systems Engineer
Production Services
Pioneer Global Investments (Dublin)
5th Floor Georges Quay Plaza, Dublin 2
ext: 2081
Direct dial: 00353 1 480 2081

-----Original Message-----
From: Etienne Grignon [mailto:etienne.grignon at gmail.com] 
Sent: 03 June 2008 22:21
To: hobbit at hswn.dk
Subject: Re: [hobbit] Windows Cluster Monitoring Advice

Hello Padraig,

2008/6/3 Lennon, Padraig <Padraig.Lennon at pioneerinvestments.com>:
> 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
> Should I install the bbwin client on both nodes and activate only one
of the
> nodes for monitoring? With this setup I miss monitoring the local C/D
> on each node.
> Is it possible to make bbwin a clustered application? (i.e. one that
> 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
> extended cluster checks that they would possibly share with me? If not
I can
> write my own. I'm sure I can get this information with WMI.
> At the moment I setup the bbwin client on one of the nodes and then
> 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 the
> way to setup the monitoring? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
> I realise the question should probably be on the BBWIN mailing list,
but I
> thought I would have more chance of getting a reply on this list.

This is how I monitor MSCS clusters. I install BBWin on both nodes. I
also install the cluster.exe external to be run on both nodes.

The cluster.exe external will check that every resource of the MSCS
cluster is online. If the node switch to the other node, you will get
an alarm on it until you acknowledge the alarm by deleting a temporary
file on each node.

I hope it will be enough for you.



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