In one of my last consulting activities, I finally had the opportunity to set up a shutdown policy with the new Shutdown Manager in NetEye 4.
As you probably know, the use of a shutdown management solution is particularly useful in a disaster recovery environment. And that’s exactly why I used the Shutdown Manager.
Let me briefly introduce to you how it works.
The following four tabbed panels can be found in the newly revised user interface:
As an example, the IT infrastructure at the client I mentioned above runs in two separate data centers, with environments that exclusively run on VMware.
So I created a script via the VMware API which first puts the respective ESX hosts into maintenance mode before then shutting them down. Finally, I switch off the associated storage systems.
For the ESX servers, I created a Shutdown Group enabling all ESX servers in a data center to be shut down at the same time. For shutting down the storage systems, I created a second Shutdown Group, with a priority that put them immediately behind the first group.
I assigned the same Shutdown Definition for both groups, which in my case monitors the status of the environmental sensors (temperature and water) in the data centers.
One thing I can say about the new interface of the NetEye 4 Shutdown Manager is that it makes the work of implementing the desired settings much easier due to its clarity.
Here are a few screen shots of the new interface.
Overview of the Shutdown Manager interface
Shutdown Group example
Shutdown Command example
Icinga Director shutdown command assignment