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Welcome to Pulse 2013. For the Network Management, Service Assurance (NSA) , Operations Network and Application Performance Management streams, i wanted to introduce myself and my team. I am Stuart Asbury and my Team is responsible for the WW customer support for all our clients using IBM's NSA and Business Service Management (BSM) solutions. With Pulse only a few days away, I am looking forward to seeing and speaking with many of you at the conference. This is an exciting year for us at Pulse, with over 25 clients presenting their success... [More]
This article describes the configuration changes necessary for listed Netcool products and components when the hostname or IP address of the host system is changed. IBM Autonomic Deployment Engine; Tivoli Integrated Portal (WebGUI, Impact GUI parts, Topoviz/ITNM); Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus 7.x (includes ObjectServer, Gateways, Probes, WebGUI); Tivoli Netcool/Impact 6.1; IBM Tivoli Network Manager 3.9. This is particularly pertinent when deploying a virtual machine that has had a Netcool product pre-installed; where the hostname and/or IP address... [More]
The Netcool/OMNIbus V7.3.1 documentation has been updated. Both the information center and the PDF guides now contain the following additions and updates. ObjectServer SQL The Deleting rows of data from a table (DELETE command) topic was updated with new information about deleting columns. Troubleshooting Two new troubleshooting topics were added to the documentation: Troubleshooting ObjectServer listener errors provides troubleshooting information for resolving listener failed errors on UNIX and Linux operating systems. Troubleshooting... [More]
Hi, This article describes how you can easily add a new topology layer to IBM Tivoli Network Manager (ITNM) via the collector framework without having to use stitchers. ITNM's collectors provide a way of incorporating topology data into the discovery process from files, Element Management Systems, databases and so on. Collectors can also work in-parallel with ITNM's SNMP, Telnet & SSH based discovery capabilities that are typically used to obtain data directly from devices. ITNM v3.9 FP2 was used for this article. The scenario... [More]
Some customers are asking if there are any Gotchas about deploying OMNIbus in a virtualised environment. Hope the following information could help: Find out the supported Hyper visor at here . Enter "OMNIbus " as the product name, click the search icon, choose " Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus " from the search results, then select the version you're interested in, e.g. 7.3.1 or 7.4.0 . Learn about the software support policy for IBM SWG products in a VMware environment Learn from other customers. There is a discussion of virtualised... [More]
Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus V7.3.1 now complies with the Common Criteria EAL4+ classification. The Common Criteria (CC) certificate, validation report and description of the security target are available from the NIAP website at http://www.niap-ccevs.org/st/vid10355/ . This blog post tells you how to obtain the guidance that you need to set up your Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus system to comply with the EAL4+ classification, described as a CC-evaluated system Guidance on on setting up the Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus V7.3.1 CC-evaluated system has been... [More]
A common problem with the SNMP probe (nco_p_mttrapd) is that the hostname resolution lookups (which are done synchronously and in a blocking way) can often take a long time to be performed, this makes the probe get behind as it is spending a disproportionate amount of time performing hostname lookups (often via DNS) rather than processing alerts. The standard workaround, albeit not ideal, is to disable hostname resolution in the probe (NoNameResolution property) and then handle name resolution either with static lookup files in the rules file,... [More]
§ How to configure the Object Server for Automatic Database Backups OMNIbus provides an automatic_backup automation that can be used to automatically backup the Object Sever database files at a regular interval. It is configurable for the backup directory and the number of backup files to retain. All information within the Object Server database is backed up including events, tables, columns, triggers, procedures and users. § The following default automations are included with OMNIbus and are in the automatic_backup_system trigger group.... [More]
I am pleased to announce the release of the Best Practices Guide for Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus 7.4 which can be downloaded from here:
Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus Best Practices wiki This version replaces the previously published version (for 7.3.1) and includes a number of new sections: Standard multitier architecture configuration Multitiered deployment: the purpose of each tier Provisioning guidelines summary Interpreting the ObjectServer profiling log Interpreting the ObjectServer trigger statistics log Maximum number of events in Event... [More]
IBM is hosting the “Open Cloud Summit” on Sunday, March 3rd at the IBM Pulse Conference. Through a series of interactive discussions, the event will broaden the importance of supporting, adopting and participating in cloud related open standards and open source software. You will hear from leaders from The Open Stack Foundation, Cloud Standards Customer Council, OASIS as well as other leaders to discuss the direction standards are taking to increase interoperability and portability across the Cloud and how you can influence the standards. The... [More]
Review this technical exchange or download and reference the pdf for this presentation on installation, configuration and deployment of ITM (Tivoli Monitoring) with ITNM (Tivoli Network Manager). Find the presentation or download here See step by step instructions with screen shots for this multi-server installation. It also includes the standalone DB2 installation for use with the TDW Warehouse.
Free training replays are available for the following Tivoli Support Technical Exchanges presented in December 2012 and January 2013: IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus Basic Overview Netcool/OMNIbus Web GUI 7.3.1 Using the Netcool/OMNIbus Support portal WebGUI 7.3.1.x and TIP 2.2.0.x Walkthrough of Basic configurations WebGUI 7.3.1.x and TIP 2.2.0.x New features Tivoli Support Technical Exchanges are free training session available for anyone to attend. View upcoming STE training sessions for all Tivoli products.