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Citrix XenServer – Octoblu – SNMP Integration: The Sum of the Parts


Indeed, one of the key themes of Citrix Synergy 2017 was integration. Citrix products were designed to work better together and Octoblu is no exception. The Internet of Things (IoT) offers way more than just that, for it can be seen as the glue not only among Citrix products, but the stepping stone to practically anything that might be desired to work together with these products.
The mechanism I put together goes beyond just XenServer, which serves as one component to demonstrate the capabilities of incorporating a Citrix product into automation. It is extensible to many other Citrix products, as well as being able to pull in external metrics, such as SNMP, but also environmental data and about anything else one might imagine. The goal here was to:

  • Integration of Citrix XenServer with Octoblu
  • Provide the means to interactively control XenServer
  • Allow for batch jobs to be defined and executed
  • Enable server HW monitoring for proactive actions/DR
  • Integrate control over XenServer functions with external input
  • Define smart actions and informative reporting/logging

The implementation was done by integrating XenServer “xe” commands into the Octoblu flow, which in turn makes mostly use of the Connector Shell, f(x), and the Compose Tool. Others, such as Eric Haavarstein and Dave Brett (using PowerShell connectivity), and James Bulpin (using APIs), have tied XenServer to Octoblu. I took a different approach, relying on standard and long-supported “xe” commands, which many system administrators already use as a basis for scripts and are already familiar with. This way, I only needed a connector, which could be created by leveraging the already existing Shell Tool and making use of standard open utilities provided by the suite of putty, plink and pageant. This, in turn, also provided a secure, encrypted, ssh-based connection using ssh keys.

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Via the fine folks at Citrix Systems, Inc.

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