Running hpasmcli commands on a container using podman

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To be able to monitor hardware health, status and information on HP servers running RHEL, it is required to install the HP’s Service Pack for Proliant packages.

It seems the Management Component Pack is the same(agent software but for community distros, for enterprise, use SPP.

There is more info about those HP tools on the HP site

Basically you just need to add a yum/dnf repository, install the packages and start a service (actually the service is started as part of the RPM post-install, which is not a good practice…)

Installing packages those days is not cool anymore, you better use containers instead!

Environment used 🔗

In my case I’ve used an HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 running RHEL 7.9, so your mileage may vary.

Building a container with the tools 🔗

Basically I’ve modified the Dockerfile from the Academic Computer Centre in Gdansk to use ubi8-init instead.

As mentioned before, a systemd service is installed and required to be running for the tools to work, so the easiest way is to use the ubi8-init image as it contains everything needed to run systemd as PID1 and more interesting stuff.


RUN echo $'[spp]\n\
name=Service Pack for ProLiant\n\
gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/GPG-KEY-ServicePackforProLiant\n '\
>> /etc/yum.repos.d/spp.repo

RUN dnf install hp-health hp-ams -y
CMD [ "/sbin/init" ]

Then, build the container image:

podman build --format=docker -t hphealth .

Running the container 🔗

It is required for the container to be privileged and use net=host as it requires direct access to hardware stuff.

podman run --detach --privileged --net=host  --name hphealth localhost/hphealth:latest

This will run the container detached so in order to perform the hpasmcli commands you need, you want to exec the hpasmcli in the container directly as:

podman exec -it hphealth /usr/sbin/hpasmcli -s "show temp"

Sensor   Location              Temp       Threshold
------   --------              ----       ---------
#1        AMBIENT              19C/66F    42C/107F 
#2        PROCESSOR_ZONE       40C/104F   70C/158F 
#3        PROCESSOR_ZONE        -          -       
#4        MEMORY_BD            36C/96F    89C/192F 
#5        MEMORY_BD            29C/84F    89C/192F 
#6        MEMORY_BD             -          -       
#7        MEMORY_BD             -          -       
#8        SYSTEM_BD            35C/95F    60C/140F 
#9        SYSTEM_BD             -          -       
#10       SYSTEM_BD            36C/96F    105C/221F
#11       POWER_SUPPLY_BAY     33C/91F     -       
#12       POWER_SUPPLY_BAY     32C/89F     -       
#13       SYSTEM_BD            37C/98F    115C/239F
#14       SYSTEM_BD             -          -       
#15       SYSTEM_BD            36C/96F    115C/239F
#16       SYSTEM_BD            32C/89F    115C/239F
#17       SYSTEM_BD             -          -       
#18       SYSTEM_BD             -          -       
#19       POWER_SUPPLY_BAY     40C/104F    -       
#20       POWER_SUPPLY_BAY     40C/104F    -       
#21       I/O_ZONE             67C/152F   100C/212F
#22       I/O_ZONE              -          -       
#23       I/O_ZONE             56C/132F   100C/212F
#24       I/O_ZONE              -          -       
#25       I/O_ZONE              -          -       
#26       I/O_ZONE              -          -       
#27       I/O_ZONE             67C/152F   100C/212F
#28       I/O_ZONE              -          -       
#29       SYSTEM_BD             -          -       
#30       AMBIENT              33C/91F    65C/149F 
#31       I/O_ZONE             28C/82F    70C/158F 
#32       I/O_ZONE             29C/84F    70C/158F 
#33       I/O_ZONE             30C/86F    70C/158F 
#34       I/O_ZONE              -          -       
#35       I/O_ZONE              -          -       
#36       I/O_ZONE              -          -       
#37       I/O_ZONE             46C/114F   75C/167F 
#38       SYSTEM_BD            31C/87F    75C/167F 
#39       SYSTEM_BD            35C/95F    70C/158F 
#40       SYSTEM_BD            34C/93F    75C/167F 
#41       SYSTEM_BD            37C/98F    90C/194F 
#42       SYSTEM_BD             -          -       
#43       SYSTEM_BD            31C/87F    60C/140F 
#44       POWER_SUPPLY_BAY     37C/98F    100C/212F

There are a lot of interesting commands to check with hpasmcli, like those.