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We have some Dell servers, 11th and 12th generation. These servers supports IPMI over LAN and Dell OpenManage.

As I can see, I looks like I can get all the sensor data, from both OpenManage and IPMI.

Can anybody tell me the difference between then? What should be used for monitoring hardware health?

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They should be the same information. And if they arn't then that's a bug with one (or both) of the implementations.

What should you use? Whatever you monitoring system supports. If you have OpenManage installed, it will also expose that information via SNMP.

  • Thanks. The monitoring system supports both SNMP and IPMI, so I can use both. – Jacob Bach Pedersen Jul 2 '13 at 20:37
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I'd definitely go with IPMI as it's an industry standard. You may currently only have Dell systems monitored by your infrastructure, but what in a few years? At our largish site (1500+ systems, 1000+ of which are Dell) we definitely work with IPMI. It's even a requirement in our requests for tender. Moreover, many different monitoring solutions, including opensource, support this protocol. I couldn't recomment a closed product.

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another dell tool you can use is OMPC. It's the power and thermal side of the OpenMange Dell SW line

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