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This is a plugin to monitor a Dell Equallogic storage device with Nagios. Its written in shell so it should run on almost all Linux/Unix based systems. It's using SNMP (v2) to query the informations from the Equallogic device. To be able to use the script, please also check the requirements.
Please find the plugin here:

** Version history **
20091109 Started Script programming checks:
health, disk, raid, uptime, ps, info
20091112 Added ethif, conn
20091118 Added diskusage
20091119 Bugfix on Outputs (removed Pipes)
20091121 Public Release
20091204 Bugfix (removed IP addresses)
20091206 Bugfix (removed SNMP community names)
20091222 Fixed raid, ps, health and diskusage checks when multiple
member devices exists. Mathias Sundman
20100112 Successful tests on PS5000XV - thanks to Scott Sawin
20100209 Compatibility matrix now on website (see Tested on above)
20100416 Beta Testing for rewritten ethif check
20100420 Corrected ethif output, finished new ethif check
20100526 Using proper order of snmpwalk command, thanks Roland Ripoll
20100531 Added perfdata for diskusage and connections, thx to Benoit
20100630 Corrected perfdata output (+added thresholds), thx Christian
20100809 Fixed conn type -> total of all eql members of group
20101026 /bin/sh back to /bin/bash (Ubuntu problems with /bin/dash)
20101026 Bugfix snmpwalk (vqe instead of vq), thanks Fabio Panigatti
20101102 Added fan
20101202 Added volumes (checks utilization of all volumes)
20110315 Bugfix in fan warning, diskusage output changed
20110323 Mysteriously disappeared temp check type added again
20110328 Beta Testing for etherrors check by Martin Conzelmann
20110404 Added thresholds to etherrors check by Martin Conzelmann
20110404 Bugfix in volumes check
20110407 New temp check - more information in output. M. Conzelmann
20110725 New disk check by Amir Shakoor (Bugfixes by Claudio Kuenzler)
20110804 New poolusage check by Chris Funderburg and Markus Becker
20110808 New vol check - checks single volume for utilization
20111013 Bugfix in vol check for similar vol names by Matt White
20111031 Bugfix in ethif check for int response by Francois Borlet
20120104 Bugfix in temp check if only one controller available
20120104 Bugfix in info check if only one controller available
20120123 Bugfix in volumes check
20120125 Added perfdata in volumes check, volume names now w/o quotes
20120319 Added poolconn check by Erwin Bleeker
20120330 Rewrite of poolusage (orig is now: memberusage) by E. Bleeker
20120405 Bugfix in poolusage to show result without thresholds
20120430 Added snapshots type by Roland Penner
20120503 Rewrite of info check (Fix for multiple members, FW Check)
20120815 Added percentage of raid rebuild when raid reconstructing
20120821 Minor bugfix in vol/volumes check (added space in perfdata)
20120911 Added percentage of raid rebuild when raid expanding
20120913 Bugfix in percentage output in raid check
20121204 Added percentage of raid rebuild when raid verifying
20121204 Changed raid percentage output when multiple members around
20121228 ps type now also checks for failed power supply fans
20130728 Added copy to spare raid status by Peter Lieven
20131024 Bugfix in temp check (Backplane_sensor_0 was not shown)
20131025 Optical cleanup
20131122 Bugfix in vol check when volumes spread across members
20131219 Bugfix in poolusage check when a pool was not used (0 size)
20140626 Bugfix in etherrors check
20140711 Added snmp connection check function
20150203 Bugfix in vol check in percentage calculation
20151006 Bugfix in vol check if volume not found by Stephane Loeuillet
20151126 Bugfix in memberusage and poolusage checks (missing newline) #

** Compatibility **
The plugin has been successfully tested on the following Dell Equallogic devices:
[Please see up to date table on]

** Requirements **
- The following shell commands must exist and be executable by your Nagios user: snmpwalk, awk, grep, wc
- SNMP must be enabled on the Dell Equallogic device. If it is not already, enable it on the member.

** Definition of parameters **
-H Hostname or IP address of Equallogic to check
-C SNMP Communityname (must be at least readable)
-t Type of check you want to do (see the definition of types further down)
-v Name of single volume to check
[-w] Warning threshold (optional and only in combination with certain types)
[-c] Critical threshold (optional and only in combination with certain types)
--help Help text for correct usage of this script

** Definition of the check types **
conn -> Checks number of current ISCSI connections (thresholds possible)
disk -> Checks Status of all disks
diskusage -> Checks how much raid space is already used (thresholds possible)
etherrors -> Checks ethernet interfaces for ethernet packet errors
ethif -> Checks status of ethernet interfaces (thresholds possible)
fan -> Checks status of fans
health -> Checks overall health of Equallogic device
info -> Shows general information of Equallogic device
memberusage -> Shows disk utilisation of all members of the same group (thresholds possible)
poolconn -> Check highest number of ISCSI connections per pool (thresholds possible)
poolusage -> Checks utilization of pools (thresholds possible)
ps -> Checks status of power supply(ies)
raid -> Checks RAID status
snapshots -> Checks Snapshot Reserve status (warning level is taken from the equallogic volume config, critical level can be set with -c )
temp -> Checks temperature sensors
uptime -> Shows uptime of Equallogic device
vol -> Checks a single volume, must be used with -v option (thresholds possible)
volumes -> Checks utilization of all created ISCSI volumes (thresholds possible)
Reviews (14)
by041andpet, March 3, 2018
We have two PS6210X chassis that we monitor with this wonderful plugin, could not be happier since it covers all the important aspects of the EqualLogic SAN.
Every check works correctly. Good work on this.
bywsando, November 20, 2014
This plugin works great for my 2 member pool. Thank you very much for the work done!
Thanks for the excellent plugin and documentation on your site. Please keep up the good work :-).
Hi Claudio,

Thanks for the plugin! Works great on my ubuntu Nagios box. I am only having trouble with one service check that specifically check one volume. I get the following error message:

./ line 804: / 1024: syntax error: operand expected (error token is "/ 1024")

Do you know where this error is coming from? I've tried several options I googled but I cannot get this check fixed. As this is the best plugin for equallogic I would like to get this working :).

Owner's reply

Fixed in version 20150203.

bysybux, September 14, 2013
your plugin is perfect. I'm only getting a little issue with volume resquest.
If my volume is stored on more than 1 eql, it fails with the UNKNOWN error.
I've try to debug it, but I'm not good as I want in shell script. I can help you with send you any snmp info if you don't have 2 eql to made this test.
Owner's reply

Yes, please contact me on

Thanks for submitting this. I had two Equallogic SANs that I needed to monitor. Do you think you will update this with an option to also monitor I/O usage on a percentage scale? It would be great to know what our daily I/O is off the SAN.
byewellsie, January 11, 2013
This is very useful for my PS6000E's, however I can't seem to get the Ethernet Errors check to work properly. Even using the default check command in your example returns a critical status even if there's only a single packet error. Is there a fix for this?
Owner's reply

I see where this could be improved. Please contact me on to analyze this together.

Great very well. However would like know
if anyone has come across this problem like mine..I have storage group of 6 member SAN boxes..plugin monitors them well but if any member is offline it shows health OK with 5 members whereas group console shows critical errors due to member offline..Not sure if I am missing something.
Owner's reply

You probably refer to the health check? I've actually never seen it become critical, even when a disk fails. Might as well remove that check as it doesn't seem to be a real reference...

bytrunyard, June 27, 2012
Excellent plugin, works great on PS4000
This plugin works great on GWOS CE. I got it to with with two different EqualLogic units, 4000x and 5000xv. One area of improvement will be FAN and PS. Currently, FAN and PS shows all the FANs and PS for both Equallogic appliances inside the group, no matter what IP address is given. It will be great if shows these components separately. This way we know for example the PS unit which is failed is coming from which Equallogic box. I still love this plugin very much as I don't need to enable Email notifications anymore .. Thank You!
Owner's reply

I know, this is bugging. I've talked with one of the Engineers of the Equallogic about that 'problem' but this is the 'Equallogic design'. So every member is giving out information for all other members in the same group. Helpful for volume checks but annoying for hardware related checks like PS, I agree.

byhagoortn, August 19, 2011
I am using this plugin with a PS400, PS5000 and a PS6000 and it works absolutely great!!

When your Equallogic boxes are setup in a group like mine are, service checks like diskstatus/powersupplies/volumes wil give you values from the group combined, even though your host ip is an interface on one of your SAN's.

i.e. diskstatus gives a value like "DISK OK 42 disks OK 4 disks spare"
I am using this plugin with a PS4000 and a PS6010 and it works great. The plugin is still under development, so check the project website frequently!
byreverendj1, June 28, 2010
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Works great! Has everything I wanted. I just spoke with the developer and if you are running Nagios on Ubuntu, you may have to change the first line to be #!/bin/bash, instead of #!/bin/sh to get the interfaces check to work properly.