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Updated: October 2019
 
 

Diagnostic Tools

The selection of diagnostic tools available for your server range in complexity from a comprehensive validation test suite (Oracle VTS) to a chronological event log (Oracle ILOM event Log). The selection of diagnostic tools also includes standalone software packages, firmware-based tests, and hardware-based LED indicators.

The following table summarizes the diagnostic tools that you can use when troubleshooting or monitoring your server.

Diagnostic Tool
Type
What It Does
Accessibility
Remote Capability
Oracle ILOM
SP firmware
Monitors environmental condition and component functionality sensors, generates alerts, performs fault isolation, and provides remote access.
Can function on either Standby power mode or Main power mode and is not OS dependent.
Designed for remote and local access.
Hardware-based LED indicators
Hardware and SP firmware
Indicates status of overall system and particular components.
Available when system power is available.
Local, but sensor and indicators are accessible from Oracle ILOM web interface or command-line interface (CLI).
Power-On Self-Test (POST)
Host firmware
Tests core components of system: CPUs, memory, and motherboard I/O bridge integrated circuits.
Runs on startup. Available when the operating system is not running.
Local, but can be accessed through Oracle ILOM Remote System Console Plus.
UEFI Diagnostics
SP firmware
UEFI diagnostics can test and detect problems on all processors, memory, disk drives, and network ports.
You can use either the Oracle ILOM web interface or the command-line interface (CLI) to run UEFI diagnostics.
Remote access through Oracle ILOM Remote System Console Plus.
HWdiag
SP firmware
The HWdiag utility checks the status of a system and its components. You run the HWdiag utility within the Oracle ILOM Diag shell.
Can function on Standby power and when operating system is not running.
Local, but remote serial access is possible if the SP serial port is connected to a network-accessible terminal server.
Oracle Solaris commands
Operating system software
Displays various kinds of system information.
Requires operating system.
Local, and over network.
Oracle Linux commands
Operating system software
Displays various kinds of system information.
Requires operating system.
Local, and over network.
Oracle VTS
Diagnostic tool standalone software
Exercises and stresses the system, running tests in parallel.
Requires the Solaris operating system. Install Oracle VTS software separately.
View and control over network.