Cacti IPMI data via SNMP

IPMI data to SNMP

I’ve been monitoring CPU, Ram, HDD, and network usage using cacti for a while, but recently I’ve wanted to monitor temperature and fan data. A couple of servers have IPMI on them, which I can use to access the temperature and fan data, however there doesn’t seem to be an easy way of getting this into cacti.

I started off following IPMI Sensor Data on Dell 1850s and 2850s via SNMP and Cacti by Barry O’Donovan; however that is now a bit old, and it seems that a couple of things seem to have changed.

I use Ubuntu (10.04 LTS) on my servers, but the main idea should be pretty transferable.

Firstly you need the ipmi packages installed, there are multiple guides for this, but the basic process is install the packages, and then enable the required modules.

Once you have ipmi working, and $ ipmitool sensor outputting some data, we can continue.

The first bit is basically the same, but with some additions

Set up a cron job to put the ipmi data in a file /etc/cron.d/ipmitool; This is done every 5 mins, matching Cacti

*/5 * * * * root /usr/bin/ipmitool sensor >/tmp/ipmisensor-snmp

Note If ipmitool sensor runs quite slowly, you may want to modifiy the cron job to run at an offset time, I had to do this on one of my servers:

2,7,12,17,22,27,32,37,42,47,52,57 * * * * root /usr/bin/ipmitool sensor >/tmp/ipmisensor-snmp

next write a couple of scripts to get the appropriate data from that file. I have had to make a couple of modifications, and had to make a couple of extra files, I’ll explain why in a moment;


#! /bin/sh


printf "%fn" `cat $STATS | grep Fan | cut -s -d "|" -f 2` 2> /dev/null


#! /bin/sh


printf "%sn" `cat $STATS | grep Fan | sed 's/ //g' | cut -n -d "|" -f 1` 2> /dev/null


#! /bin/sh

echo "1n2n3n4";

You may be asking why there is a script that just echos 1,2,3,4 on new lines. I’ll explain why in a moment

Once you have those in place (I’ve also got duplicates for temperature, I just changed what was being grep’d for (degrees instead of Fan) we need to tell SNMP about it. Again this is slightly different;

extend    ipmitemp        /usr/local/sbin/ipmi-temp-stats
extend    ipmitempdesc    /usr/local/sbin/ipmi-temp-descs
extend    ipmitempid      /usr/local/sbin/ipmi-temp-id
extend    ipmifan         /usr/local/sbin/ipmi-fan-stats
extend    ipmifandesc     /usr/local/sbin/ipmi-fan-descs
extend    ipmifanid       /usr/local/sbin/ipmi-fan-id

restart snmpd ($ sudo service snmpd restart), and assuming the cron job has run at least once we can check if we can get the data via snmp

$ snmpwalk -c <community> -v <version> <address> 'NET-SNMP-EXTEND-MIB::nsExtendOutLine'
NET-SNMP-EXTEND-MIB::nsExtendOutLine."ipmifan".1 = STRING: 2178.649000
NET-SNMP-EXTEND-MIB::nsExtendOutLine."ipmifan".2 = STRING: 0.000000
NET-SNMP-EXTEND-MIB::nsExtendOutLine."ipmifan".3 = STRING: 1167.134000
NET-SNMP-EXTEND-MIB::nsExtendOutLine."ipmifan".4 = STRING: 1083.306000
NET-SNMP-EXTEND-MIB::nsExtendOutLine."ipmifanid".1 = STRING: 1                                                                                               
NET-SNMP-EXTEND-MIB::nsExtendOutLine."ipmifanid".2 = STRING: 2                                                                                               
NET-SNMP-EXTEND-MIB::nsExtendOutLine."ipmifanid".3 = STRING: 3                                                                                               
NET-SNMP-EXTEND-MIB::nsExtendOutLine."ipmifanid".4 = STRING: 4
NET-SNMP-EXTEND-MIB::nsExtendOutLine."ipmifandesc".1 = STRING: CPU0Fan
NET-SNMP-EXTEND-MIB::nsExtendOutLine."ipmifandesc".2 = STRING: CPU1Fan
NET-SNMP-EXTEND-MIB::nsExtendOutLine."ipmifandesc".3 = STRING: PCIFan
NET-SNMP-EXTEND-MIB::nsExtendOutLine."ipmifandesc".4 = STRING: RearFan

Why the extra scripts?

Cacti doesn’t appear to like reading data in without an id for that data. At first I tried something that gets the id from the OID, however that didn’t work, so I ‘spoofed’ some ids to make it work. The important thing is to make sure the number of ids you echo match the number of fan/temperature readings you have. In my case I have 4 fans, and 13 tempurature sensors, so I output 1 to 4 for the fans, and 1 to 13 for the tempuratures.

The descriptions (descs) scripts are really optional, I just included them to make it easier to identify the readings in cacti.

SNMP data to cacti graph

First of all you need to make a snmp query interface. Below is mine

        <name>Get ipmifan Information</name>
        <description>Get SNMP based ipmifan</description>



The rest we can now do in the cacti web interface

Rather than list all the steps here you can now follow, replacing where appropriate.

Hopefully you should now have some pretty graphs like this!
ipmi-fan ipmi-temp

Here are my graph templates if they are any help for anyone, but I preferred making my own graphs

Cacti SNMP Fan graph

Cacti SNMP Temperature graph

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