HP SMH On Ubuntu Karmic

I recently had to install HP’s System Management Homepage (SMH) on Ubuntu Karmic (9.10) on hardware I had never touched for Hosted Operations to monitor. The hardware wasn’t my choice, but I’m indifferent to it. The operating system is my choice. Apparently they support Debian Lenny (5.0) and Ubuntu Jaunty (9.04), but ours was too new. However, while I commend them for building debs, they’re a little sketchy and broken. Granted, I wasn’t deploying to a supported release, but nonetheless. Here’s a link to download options for the DL360 G6, that may never work because the HP site isn’t meant to be linked to.

Downloading the provided Ubuntu Jaunty iso and mounting it produced a standard debian repository tree for both lenny and jaunty.
sudo mount -o loop HP_ProLiant_Value_Add_Software-8.25-19-12.iso /mnt

I added these packages to our local respository, but you can copy them to every server and install them by hand using ‘dpkg -i DEB’ instead of ‘apt-get install PACKAGE’. You’ll end up installing all of them really. The HP SMH package is mostly an apache fork and a ton of included/vendored libraries.

You’ll log in to HP SMH on port 2381 over HTTPS. As usual, if you get a data stream, you are likely connecting over HTTP by accident. By default a user must be in the ‘root’ group. You can use ‘vigr’ to add another user to the root group as you usually don’t have a root user on Ubuntu. You can edit ‘/opt/hp/hpsmh/conf/smhpd.xml’ and put another group in the ‘admin-group’ element. I put ‘domain-admins’ there because we use likewise to authenticate against a windows domain. I couldn’t figure out how to have groups added via the web interface to save, but that really was a hoop anyway since I wanted to push the configuration files out via configuration management.

I don’t know if HP SMH reads snmpd.conf to figure out how to connect back to snmp locally, but I had to initially run ‘/sbin/hpsnmpconfig’ to generate a few wizardy lines in /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf’. I later pushed this out via configuration management, but if you check that script it does create an “answer file” which looked like a bunch of variables you could export before you run the script non-interactively.

HP SMH gets its information from the HP SNMP agents, so if you log in and don’t see any data, it can not contact the SNMP source. You should see a page like this. Because so many libraries are shipped in the debs rather than being required, libraries are the most common source of issues. I had to restart ‘hp-snmp-agents’ after installation, getting this error on the initial startup in ‘/var/log/hp-snmp-agents/cma.log’:

libcmacommon.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Another way to say all of this is via my chef recipe:

# Cookbook Name:: hpsmh
# Recipe:: default
# Copyright 2009, Webtrends
# Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
# you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
# You may obtain a copy of the License at
#     http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
# Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
# distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
# See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
# limitations under the License.

# Restart hp-snmp-agents later. it is buggy and has issues with its own libraries when started on package installation
service "hp-snmp-agents" do
  action :nothing

package "hp-health"
package "hpacucli"
package "cpqacuxe"
package "hp-snmp-agents" do
  notifies :restart, resources(:service => "hp-snmp-agents")
package "hp-smh-templates"
package "hpsmh"

service "hpsmhd" do
  action [ :start, :enable ]

service "snmpd" do
  action [ :start, :enable ]

remote_file "/opt/hp/hpsmh/conf/smhpd.xml" do
  source "smhpd.xml"
  owner "root"
  group "root"
  mode 0644
  notifies :restart, resources(:service => "hpsmhd")

remote_file "/etc/snmp/snmpd.conf" do
  source "snmpd.conf"
  owner "root"
  group "root"
  mode 0644
  notifies :restart, resources(:service => "snmpd")

3 thoughts on “HP SMH On Ubuntu Karmic

  1. Mark S

    Cheers for this, I had the older utilities installed on a DL380 G3 running Lucid but then found the debs for Jaunty. Installed manually and used the info on this page to get SMH working 🙂

  2. Sayan

    I’m new with Ubuntu, so need some help.

    Installed Proliant Support Pack 8.70 for Ubuntu on Ubuntu 12.04, but in SMH I’m not getting any data from HP SNMP agents. Can you help me out here please?

    Thanks in advance!

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