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Mac OS X Server’s remote management tools — specially enhanced for Xserve — let you configure and monitor all key services through the easy-to-use Aqua interface.

The ultimate early warning system. Xserve extends the power of Mac OS X Server with Server Monitor, a sophisticated hardware-and-software monitoring and management tool that gives you in-depth visual feedback on all your hardware subsystems.


Status Summary. Server Monitor is easy to set up, and lets you monitor multiple servers using Mac OS X Server’s intuitive Aqua interface. Red, yellow and green lights indicate the health of your servers (identified by IP address or DNS name). This nifty support tool lets you drill down into your hardware subsystems to check the status of each server. Simply select a server and use the Info, Drives, Power, Network, Temperature, Blowers and Security tabs to access detailed status and performance information.

Edit Notifications. Send a customized email that alerts specified individuals when operating conditions exceed predefined thresholds. You can send short text messages to email-capable pagers, cell phones, or PDAs as well as full-text details to email clients or full-function PDAs.

Info. Lists key attributes of the server: name, IP address, device kind, operating system version, processor type, amount of memory, uptime, last update and hardware serial number. You can also retrieve a detailed Apple System Profiler report for the selected server or for multiple servers which can be saved for asset tracking or support logging.

Drives. Shows you the status of the server’s hard drives, as well as fault and performance SMART data. If Server Monitor finds a problem or the hard drive predicts a failure, you’ll be notified immediately.

Power. Get the status of your power supply, including historical line graphs and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) information in an instant. And in the event of a power failure, Mac OS X Server reboots the machine and system services — no intervention required.

Network. Shows the status of the two Ethernet links and a historical line graph for each link.

Temperature. Two thermal sensors (one for the processor card and one for the enclosure itself) continuously monitor system temperatures, and give you instant readings in Fahrenheit or Centigrade. You also get historical line graphs showing spikes and dips in the temperatures of the processor card and enclosure.

Blowers. One more example of how Server Monitor lets you keep your finger on the pulse of your hardware subsystems. At what speeds are the blowers functioning? This tab lets you find out.

Security. Verify the status of the enclosure lock and software port security. Want to seal off the borders? Consider it done.

Show log. Reveals the log of activities and messages during the life of each Server Monitor session.

Perhaps best of all, it’s easy to use, easy to deploy, easy to maintain and service — and, like Xserve itself, designed to function with minimal downtime.

That’s a huge benefit from the standpoint of slashing your server maintenance costs, since you won’t have to keep technicians on hand 24/7. And from a personal standpoint, it offers an equally compelling benefit: peace of mind. As an administrator, you can rest easy knowing you’ll have fewer headaches to deal with, you can be more effective and — what a concept — you can even contemplate taking a well-earned day off now and again.

Peace of mind
In addition to Server Monitor, Xserve comes with a special bundled suite of tools from Neon Software. NetMinder Ethernet captures and decodes packet data, quickly pinpointing and alerting you to security issues, conflicts and traffic bottlenecks. LANsurveyor lets you map, troubleshoot and manage your entire network remotely. And CyberGauge monitors network and device utilization with realtime graphs, so you get early warning of security risks and bandwidth limitations via email or pager.

Server Manager icon Uptime, all the time
Mac OS X Server has been designed to ensure maximum uptime. To that end, it keeps close tabs on all your system services. If one falters or stops functioning, Mac OS X Server steps in and restarts it automatically.

Server Admin icon Server admin
Remote Server Admin tools let you configure and monitor all key services of Mac OS X Server — locally or remotely.

SNMP support
Mac OS X Server supports the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), enabling server monitoring using industry-standard management information bases (MIBs).

Admin Tools CD
You’ll find everything you need — including server management and monitoring tools and manuals and documentation in PDF format — on the Admin Tools CD.

Serial port Serial port access
If you prefer using a terminal window, Server Admin provides extensive command line tools to configure, monitor and manage your systems remotely using the preinstalled secure shell (SSH). Shell scripts can easily be built for customer management needs or for periodic automated maintenance. And if network services are down, Xserve is equipped with a DB-9 (9-pin) serial port that lets UNIX-savvy administrators access the system through a serial console session.

SMART SMART data from hard drives
Monitoring tools continuously sample SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) data from each hard drive to monitor performance and drive health. If the tools locate a problem (or if the hard drive report predicts a failure), you’re alerted immediately.

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