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SPARC Enterprise M3000 models and above, are monitored and administered by the eXtended
System Control Facility (XSCF) incorporated in each server cabinet. XSCF incorporates a service
processor separate from all other processors.
XSCF regularly monitors server components including CPU, memory, disks, fan rotation and
device temperatures. Monitored information is stored in the XSCF. OS failure doesn't affect
XSCF operation as it is fully independent of the operational server architecture. Configuration and
administration of partitions and server resource switching can also be performed from XSCF.
XSCF can be operated by Web browsers, not only by command line. Communication between
server and XSCF console is encrypted and protected by SSL and SSH. In SPARC Enterprise
M8000 and M9000, continuity of system monitoring is assured through redundant XSCF
The accurate and timely server status obtained by XSCF lessens the load on system
administrators and reduces administrative costs.
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SPARC Enterprise regularly monitors server components including, CPU, memory, PCI slots, fan
rotation and device temperatures.
Errors in server cabinets are notified and stored in the XSCF. System administrators monitor and
administer server status via a PC connected to the XSCF by LAN.
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These functions enable swift identification of component errors and detailed analysis of system
Remo e Moni o ing
Server monitoring from a remote site via LAN is possible. Data encryption and protection, by
supported protocols such as SSL and SSH, secures total data transmission between the server
and the administrator. Plus, SNMP protocol can be used.
You can select suitable XSCF functions for your system operation.
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Through Web browsers, server statuses including component statuses or temperature can be
monitored, and server operations including power on/off are possible.
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monitored, and server operations including power on/off are possible.
Server monitoring using XSCF shell
Server statuses can be monitored and server power on/off operations are possible also through
command line interface using XSCF shell.
Error notification b E­mail
Notifications can be sent to a mobile phone or PC by E­mail when an error occurs in a server.
Even if the system administrator is in a remote location, he/she can obtain timely monitoring
information and take swift action to resolve errors.
Collaboration with s stem management software
Collaboration with system management software such as Server System Manager or
Systemwalker enables multiple servers to be managed from a single console.
Access permission to XSCF operations can be controlled at a fine­grain level by XSCF user
account. For instance, a user account with permission for server monitoring but veto on power
control is protected from possible mistaken power­off operation.
Dividing permitted operations to different accounts enables secure system administration, avoids
any malicious operation or fatal operational mistakes.
Partition Management
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Pa i ion Managemen
Hardware Partitions can be configured, monitored and operated including D namic
Reconfiguration through XSCF. High securit and manageabilit of SPARC Enterprise hardware
partitioning are assured b independent accounts management per partition.
Upda ing Fi m a e On Ope a ion
Using SPARC Enterprise, server stoppage period caused b firmware updating can be minimi ed
due to updating firmware with the s stem up and running ,and s stem stoppage period is limited
to server rebooting.
SPARC Enterprise firmware consists of XSCF firmware and POST/ OpenBoot PROM(OBP)
firmware. POST/OBP firmware controls server hardware. XSCF firmware can be updated on
server operation due to the firmware recorded on XSCF boards, not on server hardware.
POST/OBP firmware can be stored in the server on server operation, and can be reflected to the
server during rebooting. Under partition configuration, the firmware update can be reflected per
The newest firmware programs can be downloaded from relevant Web page.
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