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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 a product that has been steadily, visibly improving over the last few years, with a release cycle around 6 months. IMC is a key part of HP’s overall SDN strategy, and there’s been a lot of focus on delivering major new components. But there’s also a number of smaller improvements and tidy-ups going on. Here’s some of the improvements in the most recent release, 7.0 E0202:

Functionality Enhancements

  • Custom Views can now have dynamic rules for assigning devices. Previously this could only be done by IP Address range. Now you can assign devices to groups based on device type, sysName, sysLocation, sysContact. This isn’t yet perfect – it only seems to apply the rules when devices are discovered, not when you change the group definition. It does support wildcards though.
  • IPv6 management support – initially only Comware devices
  • DBman now raises an alarm if DB backup/copy/restore fails – this would have alerted me to a customer problem MUCH sooner if this feature was available in 5.2.
  • HTML5 topology – this is now an option on the Resource drop-down menu. Previously the only option there was Java-based topology, and the HTML5 view option was buried. You now have a choice of “Network Topology” or “Network Topology (applet).” HTML5 is not yet complete, but it works for more topology views now.
  • VMware/Hyper-V/Xen/KVM – more support for doing things like deploying VMs from template, clone VMs, powering devices off/on, etc. No idea why you would do this from IMC though.
  • Backup plans can be configured per-custom view.
  • Better alarm filtering rules per-custom view.

Unfortunately these improvements allowing more use of Custom Views hasn’t yet reached the Compliance Center – Compliance Tasks still need to be configured per-device, or per-device model. You still can’t modify a Compliance Task once it’s been created. Maybe I’ll get lucky with some improvements there in 7.1?

Cleanups & Fixes

  • Small UI typo fixes (I’m probably the only one that notices)
  • Device Adapters – many of the smaller bugfixes I’ve been maintaining in GitHub have been rolled into the main codebase.
  • Added device support – e.g. ASA5520, 5540.
  • SSL support for LDAP communications
  • Fixed alarming for Link Aggregation members
  • No more annoying pop-up if you don’t use the Officially Blessed Browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE 9+).
  • Changing the alarm sounds doesn’t require a restart
  • Ability to link directly to a Device Details page – handy if you’re doing integration with other systems.

Modules & Add-Ons

This release also included upgrades to most of the add-on modules. User Access Management, used for BYOD, has seen a lot of much-needed fixes and enhancements. I haven’t had a chance to try them all out, but some of the other changes I liked are:

  • Application Performance Management – added support for PostgreSQL, Hyper-V, VMware, and added an agent for more detailed monitoring.
  • Aruba Wireless Management
  • Wireless topology – some pieces now available in HTML5, although still limited – you can’t delete Java just yet.
  • SDN Manager – includes support for App Management. Currently it’s all manually imported – shouldn’t be too far away before the HP SDN App Store goes live.

The Reporting application (iAR, or Intelligent Analysis Report) doesn’t have any updates. Customised reporting continues to be a weak area for IMC, and indeed most network management platforms.

Recommendation: Upgrade Now

You could argue that some of the above things should have been there already, and maybe they should have. I’m not too worried about that though – what I am pleased by is that the product continues to improve, with many smaller improvements, not just adding major new features.

I’m happy with what I’ve seen of E0202 in my lab and customer environments. I recommend upgrading now. Note that you can install this version directly, or on top of any version from 5.2 E0401 onwards. You do not need to install earlier releases, except for WSM. I tried doing a clean installation of WSM E0202 in my lab, and it failed, due to database setup issues. This was with MySQL on Linux. Installing WSM 7.0 E0102, and then upgrading WSM worked. You can install the older WSM version with the newer base IMC platform, so it’s only WSM that needs to be a two-stage process.

The only reason to not upgrade is if you are using DHCP hi-jacking/DNS redirect functionality. This was removed in 7.0. You must change to using something like Comware portal redirect.

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17 Responses to HP IMC 7.0 E0202: Steady Improvements

  1. leonard oupoh October 3, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    good morning it is what you do because you are a great engineer apologize me I would like your help on hp imc I had trouble configuring systems mas wanted to know if hp imc could monitor the internal hardware of a ringroad such as hard drives if so how to do it please help me

    • Lindsay Hill October 4, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

      Maybe. It depends on what sort of monitoring you want – disk utilisation? This video gives you an idea about how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJmBl3wxEDs&list=UUn5rlmbMlGhFb2CWp1Mpq_A

      If you want to monitor the fault status, it will depend if that system has SNMP OIDs available for monitoring that data. If it does, then you could add that easily enough.

      • leonard oupoh October 6, 2014 at 11:40 pm #

        hello mr lindsay how to get you thank you for your help again big thank you I’d already seen this video but when I made the configuration I could not monitored discs out in the documentation that I have read imc not it also shows how but I do not know if Elements must configure before suiveiller the discs please help me before but monitored equipment power tools is that it is configured. please hepls me

        • leonard oupoh October 7, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

          HELLO EXCUSE ME MOD FOR ONCE I LEAVE YOU KNOW HOW TO SETUP SNMP OID ON HP imc please help me so that I can monitor hard drives and other hardware

          • Lindsay Hill October 8, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

            Use this video as a general guide to adding custom OIDs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiOY09NYmF8&list=UUn5rlmbMlGhFb2CWp1Mpq_A

            If you’re having problems, post back here with some screenshots of where it’s going wrong, and the OIDs that you’re trying to poll.

          • leonard oupoh October 8, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

            hello and thank you mod big thank you for your help jesper you wear well and your day starts well I have received your messsage and I will follow your advice to the letter to configure the software

          • leonard oupoh October 11, 2014 at 5:51 am #

            hello mod do I have cke you said but the version which i IMC is 7 mtn it’s a Evaluation version I got to try several methods that do not give results

          • leonard oupoh October 11, 2014 at 5:54 am #

            but I have a problem mod I m unable to program the mib
            but I have a problem mod I m unable to program the mib I show you a picture of my imc mib platform version7

          • leonard oupoh October 11, 2014 at 6:06 am #

            MOD here is a picture that I have the mib

          • leonard oupoh October 11, 2014 at 6:55 am #

            THANK YOU

          • leonard oupoh October 22, 2014 at 1:07 am #

            lindsay hello how are you just greet you MOD AND SEE IF IT IS FREE OF NA PA TRAINING ON HP IMC PRODUCT FOR UNDERSTANDING OR ONLINE FORUM FOR BEST MASTER HP IMC

          • Lindsay Hill October 26, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

            It depends on your background. If you don’t have a lot of experience with SNMP & Network Monitoring, then you should take a training course.

          • Lindsay Hill October 11, 2014 at 11:14 am #

            7 isn’t that much different to 5.x – the screens look a bit different, but the workflow should be the same.

            Maybe try posting this at http://www.netopscommunity.net ? It might be easier to attach a screenshot there.

          • leonard oupoh October 13, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

            GOOD MORNING MOD THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR HELP THAT GO JESPER WELL EXCUSE ME I WILL MIAS ENJOY FOR YOU TO SAY WHAT CONFIGURATION THAT I HAVE TO MAKE hp imc I first set up the v1.v2 snmp and telnet the ssh.powershell.wmi. the soap / http.netconf now I do not know if he has no other config to do because when I took out the paper guide to monitor equipment such as hard disks must do its normally or automatically by the snmpmib it na no further config to do

          • leonard oupoh October 14, 2014 at 6:36 am #

            EXCUSE ME GOOD EVENING MOD LINDSAY THE SITE YOU CAN NOT SEND J has put a code when I sign it not ask me password, but when I want to connect it m request a password so I can not send you screen prints the site is Netops community

          • Lindsay Hill October 14, 2014 at 11:26 am #

            Try posting at the HP forum instead if NetOps isn’t working for you: http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/IMC/bd-p/network-management-a-series-forum#.VDxRclewZZM

  2. leonard oupoh October 7, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    THANK YOU MOD THANK YOU