Showing posts with label system room. Show all posts
Showing posts with label system room. Show all posts

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Nokia application for system room temperature controlling.

One of the our previous article ( ) was explaining how to get temperature information from some devices. We showed that related scripts saves the temperature value to a MySQL table. In this article, we are explaining publishing only the current temperature value on a public web page. The Nokia application will read that value to generate alarms when the value exceeds a critical value. The Nokia application is written by jbytecode to follow up via cell phones. If system room temperature reaches a predefined critical value, your mobile cell phone will create an alarm sound. Therefore you will be informed where ever you are.

The mobile phone application is an open source project and is being hosted on Google Code web site. You can access .jar and .jad files and source code on web page address.Note that we call that "Nokia Application" because we only tested it with a Nokia E-72. Of course it is generally a Midlet application which can run in any supported device.

You can start the application by simply clicking the icon,

You have to define a temperature reader url on that program. If you need, you can change the checking period of system room temperature and define a critical temperature value,

After editing the configuration you can start the application,

The application needs internet connectivity. When it starts, it will show a confirmation alert and wait your response. Allow it.

Finally, it will start to read the current temperature value for the given time period. Received temperature values are logged in a text box.

This application is in its early stages. If you need extra features etc. let us know please. It's already an open-source project on site. Every body can help to develop it or write to us ...

The current temperature publishing page is like following: You need to replace some parts on the code. MySQL server, user and password,DB_name, table_name and "temp" field names should be changed manually.

Also you may want to sort the historical values by date, so I am adding a date field on the sample db.

$link = mysql_connect("MySQL_Server","MySQL_User","MySQL_Password") or die("Error message");

mysql_select_db("DB_Name") or die("Error message");

$query = "SELECT * FROM `table_name ORDER by `date` DESC";
$result = mysql_query($query);
$line = mysql_fetch_array($result);
$temp = $line["temp"];
print $temp;

You will get only the curreny temperature value as a plain text whenever the page is accessed by the TempAlarmer. Please let us know your comments to develop it more.

Have Fun!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Checking System Room Temperature with Cisco, Hp, Netscreen

{ able to visit following link to read newest entry about same subject;
This article has got a mobile phone client application to follow up to system room temperature. That first version is especially for Nokia Phones. }

The "" article is explaining "How to follow up temperature of system room" via an IBM Blade Chassis device. I used to plan to explain how to use it because, the most reliable device on my system room is IBM Blade chassis. But may most of SDTIOE blog users haven't got an IBM blade chassis. Anyway that article can be able to help them ofcourse but I can re-write it for frequently used devices such as Cisco, Juniper and Hp. These products also have different operation systems. So each version has got little differences. This article presents some composite solutions for those systems.

Checking the system room temperature with Cisco:

Cisco routers have internaly got "show environment" or "show environment temperature" commands. We can get the temperature information with these commands. we can also use the article on page "" to get that info from Cisco routers using the script below:


use Net::Telnet::Cisco;

my $session = Net::Telnet::Cisco->new(Host => 'x.x.x.x');
$session->login('TelnetUser', 'TelnetPassword');

# Execute a command
my @output = $session->cmd('show environment');
print @output;


Cisco routers have different IOS versions and different IOS's have got different level of detail.

First Cisco example:

The first example is about Cisco 3661. It has got following IOS version;

HostName_Router_3661#show version 
Cisco Internetwork Operating System Software
IOS (tm) 3600 Software (C3660-IK9S-M), Version 12.2(13)T12, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
Technical Support:
Copyright (c) 1986-2004 by cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Tue 30-Mar-04 14:38 by ccai
Image text-base: 0x60008940, data-base: 0x61C20000

ROM: System Bootstrap, Version 12.0(6r)T, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
ROM: 3600 Software (C3660-IK9S-M), Version 12.2(13)T12, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

HostName_Router_3661 uptime is 7 weeks, 5 days, 11 hours, 21 minutes
System returned to ROM by reload
System restarted at 04:17:12 ISTANBUL Sat Aug 27 2011
System image file is "flash:c3660-ik9s-mz.122-13.T12.bin"

cisco 3660 (R527x) processor (revision 1.0) with 119808K/11264K bytes of memory.
Processor board ID JAC0617A0XT
R527x CPU at 225Mhz, Implementation 40, Rev 10.0, 2048KB L2 Cache
Channelized E1, Version 1.0.
Bridging software.
X.25 software, Version 3.0.0.
SuperLAT software (copyright 1990 by Meridian Technology Corp).
Primary Rate ISDN software, Version 1.1.
Basic Rate ISDN software, Version 1.1.

3660 Chassis type: ENTERPRISE
5 FastEthernet/IEEE 802.3 interface(s)
2 Serial network interface(s)
8 ISDN Basic Rate interface(s)
1 ATM network interface(s)
2 Channelized E1/PRI port(s)
2 Voice FXO interface(s)
2 Voice FXS interface(s)
DRAM configuration is 64 bits wide with parity disabled.
125K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.
24576K bytes of processor board System flash (Read/Write)

Configuration register is 0x2102


This IOS version supports only the "show environment" command and the output is simple. It hasn't got any value about the temperature as shown below:

HostName_Router_3661#show environment 

Power Supply 1 is present.
Thermal status: normal
Input Voltage status: normal
DC Output Voltage status: normal

Power Supply 2 is present.
Thermal status: normal
Input Voltage status: normal
DC Output Voltage status: normal

Board Temperature: normal.


We have to grep the "Thermal status:" line and split it using the ":" character and get the usual part. The perl script should be changed for this goal as shown below:

use Net::Telnet::Cisco;
my $session = Net::Telnet::Cisco->new(Host => 'x.x.x.x');
$session->login('userName', 'passWord');
my @output = $session->cmd('show environment');


foreach $item (@output)
if(grep(/Thermal status/, $item) == "1") {
($key, $value) = split(/:/,$item);

sub trim($)
my $string = shift;
$string =~ s/^\s+//;
$string =~ s/\s+$//;
return $string;

$value = trim($value);
print "theValue:".$value."\n";

# If you want to write result to a file, you can use following part with erase "#" chars.

#open (target, ">tempfile.txt") || die ("Could not open file <br> $!");
#print target "$value";
#close (target);

We can do the parsing step in this Perl script or we can save the output of "show environment" command to a file and than handle it with shell commands. Lets try this way on "Second cisco example":

Second Cisco example:

The second example is about Cisco 38xx. It has got following IOS version;

HostName_Router_3800#show version 
Cisco IOS Software, 3800 Software (C3845-ADVIPSERVICESK9-M), Version 12.4(11)T3, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc4)
Technical Support:
Copyright (c) 1986-2007 by Cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Wed 11-Jul-07 21:30 by prod_rel_team

ROM: System Bootstrap, Version 12.4(13r)T, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

HostName_Router_3800 uptime is 7 weeks, 4 days, 15 hours, 56 minutes
System returned to ROM by power-on
System image file is "flash:c3845-advipservicesk9-mz.124-11.T3.bin"

This product contains cryptographic features and is subject to United
States and local country laws governing import, export, transfer and
use. Delivery of Cisco cryptographic products does not imply
third-party authority to import, export, distribute or use encryption.
Importers, exporters, distributors and users are responsible for
compliance with U.S. and local country laws. By using this product you
agree to comply with applicable laws and regulations. If you are unable
to comply with U.S. and local laws, return this product immediately.

A summary of U.S. laws governing Cisco cryptographic products may be found at:

If you require further assistance please contact us by sending email to

Cisco 3845 (revision 1.0) with 482304K/41984K bytes of memory.
Processor board ID FTX1135A1E0
4 FastEthernet interfaces
2 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
1 Virtual Private Network (VPN) Module
DRAM configuration is 64 bits wide with parity enabled.
479K bytes of NVRAM.
125440K bytes of ATA System CompactFlash (Read/Write)

Configuration register is 0x2142 (will be 0x2102 at next reload)


This IOS version supports only the "show environment" command but the output has higher level of detail when we compare it to "First Example". It has got temperature values as shown below:

HostName_Router_3800#show environment 

SYS PS1 is present.
Fan status: Normal
Input Voltage status: Normal
DC Output Voltage status: Normal
Type: AC
Thermal status: Normal

SYS PS2 is absent.

AUX(-48V) PS1 is present.
Status: Normal

AUX(-48V) PS2 is absent.
Compliance Mode: IEEE compliant

Fan 1 Normal
Fan 2 Normal
Fan 3 Normal

Fan Speed is Normal

Alert settings:
Intake temperature warning: Enabled, Threshold: 55
Core temperature warning: Enabled, Threshold: 70 (CPU: 90)

Board Temperature: Normal
Internal-ambient temperature = 31, Normal
CPU temperature = 42, Normal
Intake temperature = 24, Normal
Backplane temperature = 25, Normal

Voltage 1(3300) is Normal, Current voltage = 3316 mV
Voltage 2(5150) is Normal, Current voltage = 5153 mV
Voltage 3(2500) is Normal, Current voltage = 2525 mV
Voltage 4(1200) is Normal, Current voltage = 1215 mV

Nominal frequency


We are interested in the temperature of system room, so we will use "Backplane temperature" part in this case. But other values are really very helpful for different purposes so you can edit this sample for something else like CPU. In this case, the Perl script records all of the output of "show environment" command to a file and we will handle that work using linux shell commands,

use Net::Telnet::Cisco;
my $session = Net::Telnet::Cisco->new(Host => 'x.x.x.x');
$session->login('userName', 'passWord');
my @output = $session->cmd('show environment');


open (target, ">tempfile.txt") || die ("Could not open file <br> $!");
print target "@output";
close (target);

Right now, all the information that we need is in the text file. We can handle it easily with linux shell commands. Lets continue,

grep "Backplane temperature" tempfile.txt | awk -F ' ' '{print $4}' | awk -F ',' '{print $1}'

The above result is 25 in this sample. We can use this final result as described on "" article.

Checking system room temperature with Juniper / Netscreen:

Right now, I'm using an ISG2000 to prepare this article. The version information is;

Hardware Version: 3010(0)-(04), FPGA checksum: 00000000, VLAN1 IP (
Software Version: 6.1.0r3.0, Type: Firewall+VPN

We can use the following command to get the temperature information:

UGC:isg2000-UP(M)-> get chassis 
Chassis Environment:
Power Supply: Good
Fan Status: Good
CPU Temperature: 104'F ( 40'C)
Slot Information:
Slot Type S/N Assembly-No Version Temperature
0 System Board 0079082006000411 0051-005 E01 80'F (27'C), 84'F (29'C)
4 Management 0081082006000307 0049-004 D11 104'F (40'C)
5 ASIC Board 000319230H060098 0050-003 C00
Marin FPGA version 9, Jupiter ASIC version 1, Fresno FPGA version 102
I/O Board
Slot Type S/N Version FPGA version
1 2 port 10/100/1000T 0142092006000038 C00 20
3 2 port 10/100/1000T 0142092006000036 C00 20
4 4 port 10/100 0138082006000020 D01 6
Alarm Control Information:
Power failure audible alarm: disabled
Fan failure audible alarm: disabled
Low battery audible alarm: disabled
Temperature audible alarm: disabled
Normal alarm temperature is 132'F (56'C)
Severe alarm temperature is 150'F (66'C)

We can use the "|" (pipe) function to get required lines only. (Also This feature exists in Cisco. I try to write different solutions in each single example. But of course you can also use the pipe function in Cisco example.)

UGC:isg2000-UP(M)-> get chassis | include temperature
CPU Temperature: 104'F ( 40'C)
Slot Type S/N Assembly-No Version Temperature
Temperature audible alarm: disabled
Normal alarm temperature is 132'F (56'C)
Severe alarm temperature is 150'F (66'C)

This output is better, isn't it? Let's write a Perl script to get this info from the Juniper box to a file on our system.


use Net::Telnet::Netscreen ();

my $fw = new Net::Telnet::Netscreen(host=>'x.x.x.x');

$fw->login('username','password') or die $fw->error;

@lines = $fw->cmd("get chassis | include temperature");

open (target, ">tempfile.txt") || die ("Could not open file <br> $!");
print target "@lines";
close (target);

Now, we can use the content of tempfile.txt file. If you want to focus on only only a single line of this content, you can change "temperature" part on "get chassis | include temperature" command but It's not needed because, we can already manipulate that string with grep and awk commands.

Checking system room temperature with HP Procurve switch:

The first step is writing a Perl script to get the temperature information from Hp Procurve Switch. We can use a script as shown below:


use Net::Telnet ();
$session = new Net::Telnet (Timeout => 5,
Telnetmode => 0,
Prompt => '/PROMPTofDEVICE#/',
Host => "x.x.x.x");

# $session->waitfor('/Press any key to continue/');
# $session->print("");

$session->waitfor('/Password: /');


@lines = $session->cmd("show system temperature");


open (target, ">tempfile.txt") || die ("Could not open file <br> $!");
print target "@lines";
close (target);

When we connect to a Procurve device, a "Press any key to continue" expression is shown. Some versions don't require this message to be shown. If you want this message to be shown, you can delete the '#' chars at the beginning of lines. The tempfile.txt file contains the information below:

 System Air Temperatures
# |Current Temp | Max Temp | Min Temp | Threshold | OverTemp
Sys-1 | 20C | 29C | 14C | 55C | NO

We can use a command as follows:

grep Sys-1 tempfile.txt | awk -F ' ' '{print $3}'

We can add that script to crontab and record output to mysql table. The other script/service can analyze recorded values like "" article.

Friday, September 23, 2011

How to follow up temperature of system room,

able to visit following link For more example and with different devices like hp, cisco, netscreen..;
also should be check article. This article contain a mobile phone client application to follow up to system room temperature..

I needed to find a solution for the question above for the company which I'm working for. I wanna talk about my quick solution in this article.

There are several IMB Blade chassis, cisco routers, Juniper devices, HP / IBM rock mountable servers, Cisco/Hp/Nortel swithces etc. in my system room.. Actually, there are many alternatives but I selected the IBM Blade chassis to read data of temperature. Because, It contains a lot of blade servers and they are really business critical. Somehow that blade chassis should always be powered on..

I have a Linux server for monitoring the network and something like that. It has got Apache Http Server, MySQL server, a Perl interpreter, a Php interpreter installed. I created a DB and a table to record temperature values. I wrote a script to connect to IBM blade chassis and get temperature value. This script gets the values and record them to a text file;

Read data from IBM Blade Chassis (;

use Net::Telnet ();
$t = new Net::Telnet (Timeout => 10);
$t->login("USERID", "password");
$t->cmd("env -T system:mt[1]");
@lines = $t->cmd("temps");
#print @lines;

open (HEDEF, ">/root/ibmTemperature/lastTemp.txt") || die ("Could not open file
print HEDEF "@lines";
close (HEDEF);

recorded data to the lastTemp.txt file is like this;

Value Warning Reset
----- ------- -------
25.00 38.00 33.00

I need the first value; the value of 25.00 at line 1. Use following command to eleminate unwanted parts.

echo `/usr/bin/head -4 /root/ibmTemperature/lastTemp.txt | /usr/bin/tail -1 | /usr/bin/gawk -F ' ' ' {print $1} '`> /root/ibmTemperature/tempfile.txt

Write data to MySQL table (write.php);

I decide to use different languages for each step. The following php script reads the data from blade chassis, writes the data to mysql database server


I did set to execution permission to the script given above. I also wrote the interpreter path to head of the script source. So therefore, I can execute it directly. I also have to say, I almost always use the full path names in all scripts. Because, if I use relative paths in the scripts, I need login on the treminal / console to execute it to get $PATH variable value from environmental values structure. But, If I use full path in my scripts, I can execute it from everywhere (for example, execute from crontab)

shell script for execute all (,

echo `/usr/bin/head -4 /root/ibmTemperature/lastTemp.txt | /usr/bin/tail -1 | /usr/bin/gawk -F ' ' ' {print $1} '`> /root/ibmTemperature/tempfile.txt

Now, I can add script in the crontab for executing it once a minute and script to be able to trigger the, write.php and some linux commands. And now, I have to explain that linux commands;

a) The head is captured from first 4 lines of lastTemp.txt text file. The pipe captures an output from that head and inputs to tail command. So tail command captures the last line from the output of head command and next pipe creates an input for gawk..

This structure is being executed once a minute for adding the current temperature information to MySQL table with mktime date/time format. The following php script creates a clear output for users on a web-page. (my webpage hosted on /systemRoom/ directory in web root directory.)


System room temperature graphic (Last 24 Hours):";
echo "";
echo "";
echo "\n";
$k = 0;
while($line = mysql_fetch_array($result)) {
$current = (3*$line["temp"]);
$current_temp = $line["temp"];

if($current < "72") { $color = "lightblue.PNG"; } elseif($current < "85") { $color = "blue.PNG"; } else { $color = "red.PNG"; } if($k == 0) { $now = $line["date"]; } else { if(strlen($line["date"]) > 5) {
$end = $line["date"];

echo "\n";
echo "";
//echo "";
echo "

echo "";
echo "";
//echo "Now (0 point on graphic): ".date("Y/m/d - H:i:s", $now)."
Oldest (End point on graphic): ".date("Y/m/d - H:i:s", $end)."

echo "";
echo "

: Recommended Values Range

: Acceptable Values Range

: Dangerous Values Range