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» Introduction


There are many different system types in HP Systems Insight Manager. All of these are available on the Discovery Filters page, except clusters, racks, and enclosures.

  • Cluster. A virtual computer usually made up of several servers clustered together with special software. Clusters are typically a fault tolerant configuration. If a system is expected to be a cluster, but not identified as such, make sure that the agents are properly configured on the cluster nodes and that it is a supported cluster environment.

  • Complex. Computer systems that support multiple hardware partitions are referred to as a complex. For example, the HP Integrity Superdome class systems support multiple hardware partitions within a single complex.

  • Desktop. A small computer system typically located on users desks.

  • Enclosure. A chassis that can hold blade servers and other types of blades. Many times these are not connected to a network, but can provide power and cooling to the blades installed in them.

  • Environmental Monitor. A device that monitors the environment around a system, rack, or so on. This can check for temperature, smoke, and security.

  • Handheld. A PDA or small computer that fits in your hand.

  • Hub. Also called a repeater, a simple device typically used to extend the number of ports available on the network.

  • KVM Switch. A keyboard, video, and mouse switch used to enable a single keyboard, video monitor, and mouse to be shared by multiple systems. This can be network enabled.

  • Management Processor. Usually a small firmware based system that is embedded either in a server or other server related hardware such as an enclosure. These systems are typically limited in their capabilities, one example would be the Insight Lights Out (iLO) card.

  • Notebook. A portable computer.

  • Partition. Certain systems and operating environments can be flexibly configured into partitions, each of which can run a separate instance of the operating system. Partitions provide protection that prevents software errors in one partition from interfering with another partition. Further, server systems that allow for hardware partitions can protect hardware errors from interfering with another partition.

  • Power Distribution Unit. A way to provide power to multiple systems in a rack. This can be remote controlled to enable powering on or off a given system.

  • Printer. A device that is used to print on paper, typically this is attached to the network as well.

  • Rack. A typically non-addressable piece of hardware used to mount servers, enclosures, or networking equipment.

  • Remote Access Device. A device to allow remote users to dial in through a phone line or sometimes over the LAN to an intranet.

  • Router. A networking device used to route network packets.

  • Server. Typically a computer on a network that is dedicated to a particular purpose. For example, a file, print, or database server.

  • Storage Device. A disk drive array or possibly a tape library.

  • Switch. A network device, similar to a router but uses hardware based switching technology to route packets in very fast manner.

  • Thin Client. A remote device connecting to a terminal server, basically a computer that has no disk or local storage and enables you to connect through terminal server packages to a central server or remote desktop.

  • UPS. Uninterruptible Power Supply, basically battery backup for servers or other computers.

  • Unknown. In HP Systems Insight Manager this means none of the built in or System Type Manager (STM) based tasks could identify the system. However, some management protocol was detected on the system.

  • Unmanaged. A system that was found with an IP address, but does not have any detected management protocols. If this is not the expected type, ensure the WBEM user name and password or the SNMP community name is correct.

  • Workstation. A higher end personal computer system, sometimes used for graphics or other design work.