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Spotlight on Unix/Linux

Diagnoses Unix/Linux Problems in Real Time

Spotlight® on Unix/Linux is a performance diagnostics and resolution tool. It graphically displays the real-time flow of data in your Solaris, AIX, HPUX, and Unix/Linux operating systems — including I/O subsystem, cache, and kernel information. It automatically sets a baseline of normal activity for each system to create thresholds and send an audible or visual warning of impending problems. With Spotlight, you can identify congested areas and quickly respond to performance problems before they impact end users.


  • Improve visibility within your operating system through a representation of its processes and components that allows you to observe actual I/O traffic in real time
  • Speed time to resolution by diagnosing problem areas in real time, such as front-end directors, cache, disk I/O, and transaction statistics
  • Improve efficiency and eliminate guesswork with audible or visual alarms that identify impending problems
  • Reduce end-user downtime and increase productivity with powerful drilldowns and fast problem resolution
  • Strengthen your application performance management solution through integration with Foglight®

Sys Reqs

Before installing Spotlight on Unix, ensure your system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

Client Requirements


A Pentium-based or equivalent PC with:

  • A 1.2 GHz Processor (recommended minimum).
  • A monitor capable of supporting a resolution of 1280x1024 or larger. (You should also set the display to use the 64K color palette [65536 colors].)
  • A CD-ROM drive or Internet connection. Spotlight can be downloaded from the Internet or installed from compact disc. The CD-ROM drive should be attached to the PC on which Spotlight is to be installed. A drive mapped to a network device could be used if a local CD-ROM is not available.
  • A printer (optional). Spotlight reports can be printed on a laser or bubble jet printer. You can print graphs in color if your printer provides this capability.
  • A sound card and speakers (optional). Spotlight can use sound to alert you when a threshold is reached. You must have a sound card and speakers installed on your PC for this feature to work.
Memory512 megabytes of RAM (minimum). 1 gigabyte recommended. Memory consumption will increase for multiple simultaneous connections.
Hard Disk Space1 gigabyte of free disk space. This should exist on a local disk drive rather than a network drive. Extra disk space will be required if you choose to log historical snapshots from within Spotlight.
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows Server 2008 64-bit
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 32-bit and 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit
Microsoft Windows Vista Business 32-bit and 64-bit (Service Pack 1 or later)
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 32-bit and 64-bit (Service Pack 1 or later)
Unix Client Permission Requirements

You can find client permission requirements for Spotlight on Unix in the Spotlight on Unix Getting Started Guide. These permissions include those required...

  • When installing Spotlight.
  • When running Spotlight.
  • When authenticating a Spotlight license.

Server Requirements

Unix Servers

Unix servers and versions. Spotlight on Unix supports the following server operating systems for O/S Server queries:

  • Sun Solaris 9, 10, 11
  • HP-UX 11i, 11i v2, 11i v3
  • IBM AIX 5.2, 5.3, 6.1
  • Red Hat and SUSE operating systems running Linux 2.4 and 2.6 kernels
Unix Server SoftwareUnix programs. The following Unix programs must be accessible to the user logged on to the Unix machine.
  • Perl 5.x
  • awk
  • cat
  • date
  • df
  • grep
  • ifconfig
  • iostat (not HP-UX)
  • netstat
  • ps
  • sar
  • sed
  • tr
  • uname
  • uptime
  • vmstat
  • wc
  • who

For HP-UX, additionally

  • bdf
  • cstm
  • getconf
  • swapinfo
  • /usr/sbin/ioscan

For AIX, additionally

  • lsattr
  • lsdev
  • lsps
  • prtconf

For Solaris, additionally

  • /etc/swap
  • mpstat
  • nawk
  • prtconf
Unix User Permissions and Installation Settings
  • The Unix user should have no special processing on log-on. In particular there must be no input required from the user, and nor should any special login banners be displayed.
  • On AIX, the user must be a member of the "adm" group to be able to run the sar command.
  • On Linux, the sysstat package must be installed to enable the user to get detailed disk I/O information.
  • On Linux the /proc filesystem must be present.
  • For connection using SSH, the sshd daemon must be installed and running.

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