The recent re-release of ITNM 3.9 is a welcome thing. It's a huge timesaver for a new install, not having to deal with installing ITNM and them immediately applying Fix Pack 2. So hooray for that!
Here's some other benefits:
ITNM 3.9 now supports IE 9 and Firefox ESR 10 (although in my experience, FF ESR 10 renders some portlets wrong the first time and you have to refresh the page). Another nice thing is that an explicit DB2 entitlement is included, so you can substitute DB2 for Informix (which is looking more and more like a good idea.)
Lastly, there are a lot of updates to bundled software
- The package contains an updated OMNIbus Web GUI
- The package upgrades Informix (but consider DB2 or MySQL)
- The package contains a newer TIP
- The package contains a newer TCR
So what's to complain about? These two things:
- The package includes a older version of the SNMP trap probe
- The package includes an older version of the Netcool Include Library
Seems like an oversight to me. This means that after running the ITNM installer, a conscientious installer needs to upgrade both the SNMP probe and the NcKL stuff. The former should be done
via the usual nco_install_integration, while the latter is done via a straight overwrite of the rules tar.
Note that NcKL 3.6 did make a minor (but important) change to the Advanced Correlation automations. A "when" clause was added to each automation that makes sure that the automation only runs when the ObjectServer is the acting primary. Obviously this only matters when dealing with a pair of ObjectServers in a fail-over configuration, but it's good practice and will hopefully be standard soon. For the purposes of installing the newer NcKL, it's easy to either re-run the SQL file for the automations (ignoring errors for columns already built) or just update them by hand.
Here's the clause:
By the way, the part numbers (for Linux) that you would download are:
Netcool/OMNIbus Probe for SNMP (nco-p-mttrapd 13_0) for Linux English (CI5G7EN)
Netcool Knowledge Library (NcKL) Enhanced Probe Rules V3.6 Multiplatform English (CI9AZEN)
Disclaimer: The part numbers were current as of this writing (11/2/2012), it is always wise to check for updates