Series Archives: IMC Compliance

An overview of the HP IMC Compliance Center, showing how you can use it to improve your network’s security and functionality.

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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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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 – 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 – 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 – 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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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 – 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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