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Difference between Heartbeat Monitor and Ping Monitor

Hi,

Could anyone tell the difference between a heartbeat monitor and ping monitor? How heartbeat actually works?

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Heartbeat monitoring checks agent availability on port 383 (bbcutil -ping)

Ping is your standard ICMP check. They have removed ICMP ping in OMi so you only get agent ping. In order to do standard ping, HP wants you to use SItescope or NNMi.

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Well, better [*] a very general question like: what is the difference by monitoring "the status of a connected Host" through the usage of the IGMP Ping command with respect to monitoring "the status of an Heartbeat link" deployed between two Hosts?

There are a lot of possible answers: it boils down to what type of context (Monitoring an Host from another Host, Monitoring an Host that is running a monitoring Agent, monitoring an High Availablity Cluster, and so on...) you are considering...

[*] Consider that an Heartbeat link, generally, invoves at least two Hosts and is realized using a truly dedicated and separated Host-to-Host direct physical link, not necessarily deployed with an Ethernet link between two NIC ports (if Ethernet is used then the Heartbeat link is commonly still deployed Host-to-Host directly - no Switches in between - and uses a cross cable between involved NIC ports)...indeed it could be deployed also through a Serial link between two Serial ports on each Host or also between hardware Modules through a common physical backplane not accessible to user (think about the heartbeat connection/signals between redundant Management Modules in a modular Switch).

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Hi All,

 

Thank you for your reply.  Currently I am working on sitescope tool and there is heartbeat monitoring configured on it. So I was looking for some understanding on it's working as how it is any different from ping monitoring.

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