Customized System Configuration and SysInfo Collection Tool

Over decades supporting HP-UX in the most demanding environments, Beechglen has continually updated and modified NICKEL shell collection script to provide unmatched and comprehensive HP-UX support. Click here or image below for NICKEL output Sample

What is a NICKEL Output and How Do We Use it?

Nickel (Network Information Collector, Keeper, and Elaborator) is a shell collection script that was created by Hewlett Packard and maintained & modified through the decades by Beechglen. The NICKEL script can be run on HP-UX systems 10.20, 11.0, 11.11, 11.23 & 11.31.

Nickels are typically run during two occasions: one as a review and reference for general system health and the other after a system event to assist and aid in troubleshooting and getting a system back up and running in as little time as necessary.

The NICKEL script collects Configuration Information, System Information, Kernel Information, Hardware Information, Support Tool Manager Information, Troubleshooting Information, System Log Files and Network Information. It is critical to properly identifying root causes of system failures (both HW and OS/software) and assists our team’s recommendations of the best actions needed to minimize downtime.

Beechglen runs a NICKEL assessment when data is collected during information gathering and onboarding of a customer’s systems. This produces three reports and accompanying analysis:

    1. An excel spreadsheet with all the systems and levels of all drivers and system configuration, which is used as a quick glance as to the state of the environment
    2. A detailed analysis of each system giving the following information: Configuration Details, Hardware Details, Software/Drivers Details
    3. Recommendations of System Configurations, Hardware and Software/Drivers.

From the analysis, Beechglen works with the System Administrator to determine if there’s a need to run further analysis on any or all of the systems. If hardware issues are found in the nickel analysis, Beechglen passes the information along to the system administrator and/or the hardware maintenance support teams.

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HP-UX 11.0, 11.11, 11.23, & 11.31 System Checks and other Professional Services Included with Support

Over decades of supporting HP-UX in the most demanding environments, Beechglen has continually updated and modified the NICKEL shell collection script to provide unmatched and comprehensive HP-UX support.

Many of our clients know system checks, performance analysis, and configurations are all integral parts of our complete support solution. If your software and/or hardware maintenance provider isn’t doing this semi-annually, they’re setting clients up for failure or are looking for other add-on billing opportunities that should be a standard component of comprehensive support. System checks give us an invaluable snapshot history of what the system looked like over time – especially when someone says, “We didn’t change anything!”

Boot Disk – Wouldn’t it be nice to know if your alternate boot disk is set up correctly before you need to use it? Many times the boot disk in a server isn’t set up correctly and when it’s needed after a primary root disk failure, the customer has to scramble to find an ignite tape since they were expecting it to boot off the alternate root disk.

Patches – Are the patches at the latest rev? HP left the best patches possible when they made the previous operating system versions obsolete. We check to make sure all patches and drivers are at their best and make recommendations based on our custom-developed and proprietary patch assessment tool that fixes known and unknown deficiencies and corresponding dependencies.

LVM – LVM has no stale extents? This is a task a sys admin needs to check constantly to make sure data is being safeguarded at all times. Sys admins can use our free System Check software to check the entire disk subsystem for any potential problems. Simply looking at all the LVM vg’s can be time consuming. However, our program identifies any problem immediately and looks for other LVM issues.

Drivers – Are drivers current? Can the base product be out of date and the patches be current? This happens all the time. We check base products, hardware drivers, and patches to put your server at optimum level for the best up-time possible.

Many additional items are also reviewed with our free system checks.
Please use our connect link on our web page, send an email to, or call 513-922-0509 to arrange to get your Free System Check script sent to you.

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