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As we get closer to the final release of Hardware Sentry KM for PATROL 1.9.00, the beta program is now coming to an end.


We would like to warmly thank you for participating in this program. Be sure that your suggestions and feedback are greatly valuable and contribute to make Hardware Sentry KM for PATROL one of the most efficient and reliable monitoring tool on the market.


Hardware Sentry KM for PATROL 1.9.00 will be available for download in the coming weeks on the Sentry Software’s Website.


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Sentry Software is pleased to announce that Hardware Sentry KM for PATROL 1.9.00 Beta will be available for download on October 17th.


This beta version includes the following new features:

  • Full compatibility with version 9.0.00 and upcoming 9.5.00 of BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management, fully integrated with Central Monitoring Administration (CMA).
  • Improved device identification: On many systems, devices are now labeled with the same ID as the one found in the vendor management interface to allow administrators to better identify the faulty device.
  • New supported platforms:
    • Dell PowerVault TL2000 and TL4000 tape libraries
    • IBM TS3100 tape libraries
    • IBM TS3200 tape libraries
    • IBM v7000 Disk Arrays
    • Fujitsu-Siemens PRIMERGY servers running VMware
  • Connectors for the following platforms have been rewritten from scratch:
    • Brocade SAN Switches (now leverages Brocade Network Advisor SMI-S Agent)
    • Hitachi Disk Arrays (Hitachi AMS, HUS, USP, USP-V, USP-VM, VSP)
    • IBM DS6000/8000 Disk Arrays
  • Improved support for the following platforms:
    • DataDirect Networks Storage Appliances
    • Dell servers with iDRAC7 or later
    • EMC Storage Systems
    • Fujitsu Servers running ESX
    • HP StorageWorks MSA 2000 and P2000
    • HP-UX (notably with HBA cards)
    • IBM AIX (notably MPIO)
    • IBM Blade Chassis
    • IBM DS3000, DS4000, DS5000 Storage Systems
    • IBM VIO Server
    • Servers running Solaris 11
    • Sun/Oracle Solaris 10/11 Servers


To learn more about this beta program and participate, please join the Hardware Sentry KM for PATROL 1.9.00 Beta group.

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The Sentry Software modules (also known as KMs) can be used either in BMC PATROL or in BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management. More precisely, the modules run in BMC PATROL and are then optionally integrated into BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management (BPPM in short).


Starting with version 9 of BPPM, the Central Administration interface allows to automatically integrate the monitoring modules, removing the need for the classic PATROL Console. However, in a mixed environment, with both BPPM and the classic PATROL Console, the integration procedure is different.


This tutorial details the procedure to integrate the Sentry's Software KMs for PATROL into BPPM:

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Adopting a storage automation and orchestration tool can be an interesting solution to automate all the routine tasks and free up time to focus on more important matters. However, before adopting such a solution, three questions need to be asked :



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The beta version of Dell Compellent KM for PATROL 1.0.00 is now available here: Dell Compellent KM for PATROL: Beta version | Sentry Software.



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Learn in this new KB how to generate test events with Hardware Sentry KM for PATROL:

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Managing and monitoring ever growing storage systems are challenging tasks for SAN Administrators. They are not only asked to guarantee enough available space to answer allocation requests as quickly as possible; they are also requested to do it at a reasonable cost. Because these tasks become even more complicated as storage systems get more complex, administrators need to rely on proven storage monitoring solutions.

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Learn how to integrate the Sentry Software's KMs into BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management with this new KB article: Integrating the Sentry Software's KMs into BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management (BPPM)

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Traditionally, big IT environments rely on the hardware monitoring tools provided by the server manufacturers. The immediate advantage is that such solutions come free of charge. Apparently so. The challenge is that the more different platforms they have, the more complex the monitoring of these servers gets. Find out why free vendor-specific monitoring solutions are not so free...

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Sentry Software has taken its popular hardware monitoring solution for BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management and extended it to cover not only servers but also storage devices: disk arrays, fiber switches, filers and tape libraries.

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