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Off Topic – Thoughts on ITM 6.2 FP1

By John | May 30, 2008

I am just completing an ITM 6.2 workshop today in Germany and we decided to use FP1 for the class exercises. I love doing this kind of training because I can get the students to try out a lot of the new features that I don’t have time to get to. Here are some initial observations on FP1…

1) The new self monitoring WPA and SPA feature is very cool. However, one gotcha is that when you do an install on Windows the WPA Application support boxes are not checked for the TEMS, TEPS, and TEPSD. Also the SPA is not checked for TEPSD. The end result is that you don’t won’t get the new attribute groups displayed properly in the TEPS GUI. This is an easy fix, we just reinstalled the application support for the WPA and SPA. Also, you will need to make sure you also add HD to the itmconfig support command on UNix.

Once you get the application support installed correctly you should get the WPA and SPA to show up as agents in the TEP GUI. They both render configuration and statistics attribute groups and then can be used to monitor the the TDW collection and create situations. Really good stuff…

2) With ITM 6.2 FP1 you basically can do almost anything you need to do to manage ITM 6 w/CLI’s. As most of you already know 6.2 added a bunch of new TACMD commands and now FP1 adds a bunch more…

a. Create, Delete, Edit, and List Run Actions
b. Create Delete, Edit, and List Users and User Groups
c. Execute an action on a Managed System (very cool)
d. Configure historical reporting (configure, start, stop, turn on)…
e. Turn off or on Situations…
f. Put a situation in Maintenance mode on a Managed system (very cool)
g. Refresh info (i.e., reload atr and cat files w/o a TEMS bounce). I think this should resolve the UA attr/cat files issues.
h. Refresh tecinfo w/o a TEMS bounce

We were able to create users and add then to a group using the new TACMD however it didn’t look like the new users got added to the group when we bought up the TEP GUI. It probably is just a user issue…

3) Added Bar chart and Line graph thresholds and markers. In a graph you can set boundaries and markers to point out specific areas of data analysis.

4) Filters and Thresholds in a view can now use REGEX.

5) Pure events are persistent from a TEMA and TEMS bounce…

6) A new attribute was added to the Linux and Unix Process attribute group for the ‘count’ of processes. This is nice because it will save adding a COUNT() function in your situations to check for the number of processes w/the same name running.

7) Two new parms were added to monitor and cap short term historical data collection on the agent…

a. KDH_TOTAL_HIST_MAXSIZE= (number of megabytes)
b. KHD_HISTSIZE_EVAL_INTERVAL= (number of seconds to check)

Note: this is not an optimum solution because when the cap is met it just cuts collection. However, you can create a situation on that event and hopefully correct it reasonably fast.

8) The Agent Builder added three new features…

a. SNMP v2 and V3 support
b. JMX support
c. JOIN (this allows you to create JOINED attribute groups).

Note: We used the Join feature to create some interesting multiplot and chart graphs in the TEP Gui.

Some other things we did this week on just plain old 6.2….

a. User REGEX on the Universal agents and Agent Builder… works like a charm.
b. Create query based Topology views…
c. Worked a lot with the new plot and chart overlay and multi instance options…

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