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Unsupported BNA Hacks

Here’s a couple of quick hacks for working with Brocade Network Advisor. It’s unsupported, but you can run BNA on Ubuntu. You can also suppress the client-side JRE version mismatch warning. Ubuntu Install If you try to install BNA on Ubuntu, it fails during the DB initialization & setup phase. There are two reasons for […]

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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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NetBeez Review

NetBeez presented at Network Field Day 9, where they showed us their solution for distributed network performance monitoring. They gave the delegates a NetBeez agent to take home and test. I’ve run it for the last two months, and I’ve been happy with how it has performed. Physical Install The unit was supplied with a […]

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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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Indeni, Smart Advisors and Crowd-Sourcing

Monitoring needs to move on from traditional fault and performance polling. It should include identifying common misconfigurations and known faults. We’re all using the same technologies, so we’ve all got the same problems. I like the look of Indeni, a new approach to this problem. It uses a form of crowd-sourcing to act as a smart […]

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NFD9 Prep: NetBeez

I’m reviewing the presenters for Network Field Day 9, in particular looking at those I’m not familiar with. NetBeez is one of those making their first Tech Field Day appearance. NetBeez We all know that our users and the applications they access are incredibly distributed. We don’t control all the network elements, but the network […]

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Writing on the Wall

Operations Manager to OMi Migration Path

HP has finally announced a migration path for Operations Manager to OMi. It’s about time too. This looks like a good path. If you want to stick with HP Software for managing your services, you should be investigating it. The writing’s been on the wall for a while. HP has stopped investment in Operations Manager. I asked […]

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Accurate Dependency Mapping – One Day?

Recently I’ve been thinking about Root Cause Analysis (RCA), and how it’s not perfect, but there may be hope for the future. The challenge is that Automated RCA needs an accurate, complete picture of how everything connects together to work well. You need to know all the dependencies between networks, storage, servers, applications, etc. If you […]

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APIs Alone Aren’t Enough

Yes, we know: Your product has an API. Yawn. Sorry for not getting excited. That’s just table stakes now. What I’m interested in is the pre-written integrations and code you have that does useful things with that API. Because sure, an API lets me integrate my various systems however I want. Theoretically. Just the same way […]

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