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IMC Compliance – Advanced Policies

So far we’ve only looked at basic rules. Let’s take a look at some advanced uses of Compliance Center – advanced pattern matching with regular expressions, and Configuration Segment checks. The combination of these features lets us write far more advanced rules. You can solve almost any problem with these features, but be warned – […]

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IMC Compliance – Scheduling Tasks

Compliance check tasks can be run immediately, or scheduled so that they run on a periodic basis – daily, weekly or monthly. This is extremely useful – by scheduling compliance checks, you can ensure that your systems maintain their security. It’s also very handy when you’re working your way through a huge list of items […]

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IMC Compliance – Walkthrough

The best way to understand how IMC Compliance Center works is to walk through a simple example. We’re going to start with a simple goal: We want to check that all our Cisco devices include “no ip source-route” in their configuration. Once you see how to work through a basic compliance check, you can start […]

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IMC Compliance – Overview

HP added the “Compliance Center” to HP IMC in early 2012. This series of posts will explore what it is and why it’s so useful, and will walk through both basic and advanced usage scenarios. According to the fine manual… ”The Compliance Center feature supports organizations in adhering to compliance and standards…Compliance check verifies whether […]

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HP IMC 7.0 New Features Roundup

HP has released Version 7.0 of Intelligent Management Center. This is a significant upgrade from 5.2, and greatly modernises the interface. (In case you’re wondering, version 6 was never publicly released. Seems IMC number is matching Comware numbering?). While most workflows are identical, the look and feel is quite different. Here’s the highlights of the […]

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HP IMC: Troubleshooting Device Backup Problems

HP IMC is great at backing up your switch configurations, but it can be very frustrating when it doesn’t work. Here’s a list of steps I go through when debugging device backups: If you’ve gone through all of those, and it still doesn’t work, you should look at <IMC>/server/conf/log/imccfgbakdm*, to see what’s going on. Going […]

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IMC – Changing Predefined Device Model Definitions

IMC has a predefined list of over 6,000 devices. This list maps sysOIDs to devices, so when you add a new device to IMC, it will say “this is a Cisco Catalyst 3560 Switch”, or a “HP MSM 760 Wireless Controller”, etc. Here’s a sample of what that list looks like: Note the “Type” column […]

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Managing Hybrid Networks

The most interesting talk I attended at HP Discover in Las Vegas this year was Ken Gott’s talk on “Management of Software Defined Networks and Hybrid Environments with HP IMC.” This talk outlined the architecture for how HP plans to manage hybrid network environments using IMC, and gave us a quick demo of the code. […]

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IMC – Clearing up Misconceptions about Templates

I’d just like to clear up a little confusion that people have about HP IMC templates, and how they are used. Templates can be used to define credentials for different access methods – SNMP, Telnet, SSH, WMI, PowerShell, SOAP. You can define multiple templates for each access method, and they can have a range of […]

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IMC – Network Discovery Methods

Auto-discovery can help you populate your NMS, and keep it up to date. HP IMC supports several methods of adding devices – either by manually adding them, or getting IMC to automatically discover them. Here’s an overview of the options available to us: Manually add a single Device Batch Import From CSV From NNMi Auto […]

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