The Service Processor (SP) is a remote management device that enables you to access, monitor, and troubleshoot a system remotely.
The SP provides the following capabilities:
The SP is powered by a standby voltage, which is available as long as the system has input power to at least one of its power supplies.
The SP is connected to the system through the serial console. You can log in to the SP by using a Secure Shell client application from an administration host. You can then use the SP CLI to monitor and troubleshoot the system remotely. In addition, you can use the SP to access the serial console and run Data ONTAP commands remotely.
You can access the SP from the serial console or access the serial console from the SP. The SP allows you to open both an SP CLI session and a separate console session simultaneously.
For instance, when a temperature sensor becomes critically high or low, Data ONTAP triggers the SP to shut down the motherboard gracefully. The serial console becomes unresponsive, but you can still press Ctrl-G on the console to access the SP CLI. You can then use the system power on or system power cycle command from the SP to power on or power-cycle the system.
The SP monitors the system temperatures, voltages, currents, and fan speeds. When an environmental sensor has reached an abnormal condition, the SP logs the abnormal readings, notifies Data ONTAP of the issue, and sends alerts and "down system" notifications as necessary through an AutoSupport message, regardless of whether the system can send AutoSupport messages.
Other than generating these messages on behalf of a system that is down and attaching additional diagnostic information to AutoSupport messages, the SP has no effect on the AutoSupport functionality. The AutoSupport configuration settings and message content behavior are inherited from Data ONTAP.
If SNMP is enabled for the SP, the SP generates SNMP traps to configured trap hosts for all "down system" events.
The SP also logs events such as boot progress, Field Replaceable Unit (FRU) changes, Data ONTAP-generated events, and SP command history.
The SEL stores each audit log entry as an audit event. It is stored in onboard flash memory on the SP. The event list from the SEL is automatically sent by the SP to specified recipients through an AutoSupport message.
When messages are sent to the console, the SP stores them in the console log. The console log persists as long as the SP has power from either of the system power supplies. Because the SP operates with standby power, it remains available even when the system is power-cycled or turned off.
For more information about hardware-assisted takeover, see the Data ONTAP High Availability and MetroCluster Configuration Guide for 7-Mode.