02-15-2011 09:18 AM
We've recently started putting our Brocade SAN switches into Solarwinds for monitoring and alerts. A majority of our switches are 4900's with a couple 200e's and 4100's. We are running FOS v6.1.0c.
I noticed that the word SHUTDOWN for Port Status is used whether if the port is administrativly disabled and if it is down because of an issue or the host is offline. Does anyone know of a way to differentiate the two so I do not get false alarms?
02-16-2011 01:13 AM
I don't know what Solarwinds uses as OID to indicate port states.
But I use swFCportTable (found at .18.104.22.168.4.1.1522.214.171.124.1.6.2) and futher.
You'll get a value for states and or status with stands for online; offline; testing, faulty and such.
I've looked at .126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 which is the default for interfaces (usually ethernet) and couldn't find SHUTDOWN decription.
Looks to me Solarwinds uses a hardcoded description when something goes down??
02-16-2011 08:43 AM
I appreciate the response. I'm guessing that next I will need to find out where those values live within swFCportTable and how Solarwinds can read them.
The following is an example of how Solarwinds reports status of these ports. In the first one, the port is still enabled but the cable is removed. The second one is administratively shutdown (disabled). There is no difference I can tell.
Shutdown Port 0/11 · FC port 0/11 http://solarwinds/Orion/NetPerfMon/CustomChart.aspx?ChartName=AvgUtil-Step&NetObject=I:9556 http://solarwinds/Orion/NetPerfMon/CustomChart.aspx?ChartName=AvgUtil-Step&NetObject=I:9556 Shutdown Port 0/12 · FC port 0/12 http://solarwinds/Orion/NetPerfMon/CustomChart.aspx?ChartName=AvgUtil-Step&NetObject=I:9557 http://solarwinds/Orion/NetPerfMon/CustomChart.aspx?ChartName=AvgUtil-Step&NetObject=I:9557
Again, thanks for the reponse.
02-16-2011 09:13 AM
Get yourselve an mibbrowser like iReasoning (I use http://ireasoning.com/mibbrowser.shtml)
and the mib files for your FOS from http://community.brocade.com/docs/DOC-1733
Load the mib sw_v5_6.mib
Look for .184.108.40.206.4.1.15220.127.116.11.1.6.2 (swFCPortTable) and beyond for port related counters and status.
Only difference I can see is an ID in the links (probably an eventid or based on portindex??).
02-16-2011 10:31 AM
Looking at the demo and browsing around on the thwack community, it looks like you got the Cisco FC template loaded/used for your Brocade switches.
Cisco does know a shutdown status (as per the demo).
Thwack has brocade templates but you'll have to register. I haven't done soo. Another possibility is for you to create your own templates.
02-16-2011 11:19 AM
There are no templates for the interface polling. I can't switch from a "Cisco FC" to a "Brocade FC" template because there are no templates for this functionality.
02-16-2011 11:20 AM
Solarwinds uses the standard IF-MIB ifTable (OID: 18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124) for polling of all interfaces. According to the MIB, the ifAdminStatus OID is 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1.7 and the ifOperStatus OID is 184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1.8.