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There are also other tools to assist you with various aspects of administering an HP-UX system. These include:

EVM - Event Management

In HP-UX 11i version 3, the kernel, software applications, and the server hardware can post events to the Event Management Daemon. Users can then subscribe to these events in order to be alerted to occurrences of events that concern them.

To subscribe to events, a user (or system administrator) can use the System Management Homepage (use Tools →Evweb →Subscription Administration) or the evweb command (see the evweb(1) and evweb_subscribe(1) manpages).

Partition Manager

Partition Manager is used to configure nPartitions on cell-based servers. It runs as a workspace in the HP System Management Homepage (HP SMH) portal. Partition Manager can be launched from the Tools menu in HP SMH or can be launched from a supported web browser by entering the URL:


and logging in. When launching Partition Manager from the HP SMH Tools menu, choose one of the items from the list of nPartition Management tools:

  • View and Manage Complex, to manage the complex in which HP System Management Homepage is running.

  • View and Manage Remote Complex, to login to a remote complex or nPartition that you want to manage.

Partition Manager can be used to:

  • Reconfigure nPartitions

    • Create new partitions

    • Remove partitions (to free up resources for other uses)

    • Add cell boards to a partition

    • Remove cell boards from a partition

    • Move a cell board from one partition to another

  • Control power to various server components

    • Cabinets

    • I/O Chassis

    • I/O Slots[9]

Software Distributor (SD)

Software Distributor is a collection of tools used for installing and maintaining applications and other software on an HP-UX server. Software Distributor is comprised of the following utilities:

Utilities for Installing and Using Software on Servers  The following Software Distributor utilities are used for installing, removing, and inventory of applications on a server:


Used to install software and applications onto an HP-UX operating system.


Used to identify what software is installed on a server or available in a depot.


Used to remove software and applications from an HP-UX operating system or from a depot.


Used to verify software installed on a server. This checks software states, dependency relationships, file existence and integrity, and runs vendor-supplied verification scripts.

Utilities for Creating and Maintaining Packages of Software for use by the Above Utilities  The following Software Distributor utilities are used for creating and maintaining packages and installation bundles of software and software installation sources (known as software depots) that are used by swinstall, swlist, swremove, and swverify:


Invoke interactive interface to display and monitor SD job information, to remove SD jobs, and to clone/recreate SD jobs. It also functions as an SD "home base" to create and launch interactive SD tasks.


The Software Package Builder (SPB) provides a graphical user interface for building SD software packages for use by the other utilities listed here. For detailed information about SPB, see http://docs.hp.com/en/SPB.


Used to control access to software depots and installed applications.


Part of a pair of processes that control the actual software operations of Software Distributor. The other process, swagent, is executed by swagentd and is not executed directly by the user.


Used by SD control scripts to solicit information from a user about the software choices they have made. The answers given by the user are stored for later use by swinstall and swconfig.


Configures, unconfigures, or reconfigures software on a server. swconfig transitions software between the INSTALLED and CONFIGURED states independently of swinstall and swremove.


Copies or merges software selections from a software source to one or more software depot target selections which can then be used as installation sources by swinstall.


Display and monitor SD job information and remove SD jobs.


Used to modify the attributes of software on a system. This allows you to manipulate the catalog that describes software installed on the system. For example, you can adjust the catalog to reflect software that was installed using methods other than swinstall.


Used to construct packages of files that can be installed and maintained on a server by the Software Distributor.


Controls the visibility of depots and roots to users who are performing software management tasks. It can be used to register depots created by swpackage.

[9] Power to I/O Slots is usually controlled during an Online Replacement and Addition (OLRAD) operation.

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