How to collect IBM DSA log from Linux, ESXi and Windows

Dynamic System Analysis (DSA) is a tool from IBM which collects software and hardware information from a server running IBM Hardware. If you open a ticket with IBM support, they will ask for DSA log from the server in question.

From IBM website:

IBM DSA Portable Edition is a system information collection and
analysis tool that is used by IBM xSeries(R) Service and Support
personnel to aid in the diagnosis of system problems.

DSA collects information about the following aspects of a system:

  • System configuration
  • Installed packages
  • Kernel Modules
  • Network interfaces and settings
  • Performance data and details for running processes
  • Hardware inventory, including PCI & USB information
  • IBM LightPath(TM) status
  • Service Processor status and configuration
  • Vital product data, firmware, and basic input/output system
    (BIOS) information
  • Drive Health Information
  • ServeRAID configuration
  • LSI RAID & Controller configuration
  • Event logs for the operating system, ServeRAID controllers,
    and service processors

To collect DSA logs from a server running Linux, Windows, ESXi and ESX

  • Download the portable DSA
  • Run the utility as root or Administrator
  • Collect the output that looks like 7915AC1_XXXXXXXX_20160316-062400.xml.gz
  • Send it to IBM
  • There is no utility for ESXi but you can run the command from Linux or Windows with the --vmware-esxi user:password@ip-address options.
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