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Add Brocade MLX & VDX Support to HP IMC

HP IMC 7.1 E0303P13 does not support configuration backups for Brocade MLX & VDX devices. But they do have an extensible model, so it’s easy to add support. Here’s how to do it, and how to fix the Brocade ICX support. Here’s the steps to add support for MLX & VDX devices to HP IMC: Download […]

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HP IMC Adapter Directory Naming

This week’s lesson: Be consistent with your vendor naming when working with HP IMC Custom Device Adapters. When you create the new adapter directory, use exactly the same vendor name as used within the UI. Otherwise IMC may not recognise your new adapter. Case matters too, even on Windows! HP IMC ships with a set […]

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HP IMC Silent Installation

HP IMC installation is normally a manual process, with plenty of clickey clickey clickey. This is OK for production systems, as most sites will only have one or maybe two IMC servers. But for my lab, I wanted to automate the install, so I can quickly spin up a new lab system. I have now found an […]

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HP2910al – Memory Leak with W.15.14.0007?

I have an HP 2910al switch in my lab. I was running firmware version W.15.12.0012, but needed to upgrade, to fix a bug where “~” gets added to the snmp community configuration. I tried upgrading to W.15.14.0007, and it initially looked good, but shortly afterwards got alarms from my NMS about high memory usage. Digging […]

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HP IMC 7.0 E0202: Steady Improvements

When I’m evaluating products, I’m more interested in their progression and development, than the exact feature list currently shipping. I like products that have a frequent release cycle, with a clear feature roadmap, even if they have a few rough edges. Better that than an OK product that hardly ever sees updates. HP IMC is […]

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Can’t Start HP IMC on Linux?

I was recently asked about how to start IMC on a Linux server. After the initial installation, the system had been restarted, and now IMC wasn’t running. How to start it again? All of my previous installations had been on Windows, where I knew exactly what to do. I knew the process would be almost […]

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Help: IMC Doesn’t Support My New Cisco Switch!

I’ve recently been asked about using IMC to backup newer Cisco devices, such as the 4500X, or 3850. HP has not yet validated the backup process for these devices, so it’s not officially supported by IMC. But you and I know that a backup for a new IOS-based device looks pretty much the same as […]

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IMC Compliance – Testing Rules

It can be a slow process refining IMC Compliance policies. Configure a rule, create a task to run it, review the results, refine the rule, rinse, repeat. This is particularly tedious since you must define a new check task every time you update a rule – re-running a previously created task won’t work. IMC forces […]

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IMC Compliance – Display Commands

What Are Display Commands? ‘Display Commands’ are sets of commands we can configure in IMC, to run as part of Compliance Checks. Rather than just checking through the running or startup configuration, IMC will actively login to the devices, and run the given commands. You can then use Compliance rules to look at the output […]

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IMC Compliance – Recovery Commands

What Are Recovery Commands? Recovery Commands let us define the required configuration to fix any identified problems. When configuring a Compliance rule, you have the option to define Recovery Commands. If a system is non-compliant, you then have the option to automatically fix it, by running the defined Recovery Commands. This is great from a […]

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