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IMC NTA Licensing - Watch the Fine Print
HP IMC has an optional add-on module for NetFlow/sFlow Analysis called “Network Traffic Analyzer (NTA).” This comes in 10-, 20- or 50-node license packs. Based on the license names, you...
15 Jul 2013
WMI Corruption on Citrix XenApp Servers
The Windows WMI repository can become corrupted on Windows 2008 R2 servers being used with XenApp. WMI corruption can cause problems for monitoring systems, and potentially some applications. Here's how...
11 Jul 2013
Has HP Abandoned Operations Manager?
HP Operations Manager has been around a long time in the Enterprise server management space. I first started working with it around 2001, and I’ve always had a soft spot...
08 Jul 2013
NNMi - replacing LDAP SSL Certificate
NNMi can use LDAP for authenticating users, with or without SSL. Recently a customer changed the SSL certificate used on their LDAP server, which broke NNMi authentication. NNMi trusts one...
05 Jul 2013
IMC or NNMi - Which One is For Me?
This is a companion post to my review of the technical differences between NNMi and IMC. That one tried to stay focused on technical matters, but this post is more opinion-based....
01 Jul 2013
HP IMC vs HP NNMi - Technical Differences
It can be hard to understand the differences between HP's NNMi and IMC. Both offer a great range of network management capabilities. Here I outline the technical similarities and differences...
29 Jun 2013
Certifications - Should I Renew Them?
Getting a certification isn't like a degree - it expires. Each renewal cycle, you need to decide if it's worth putting in the effort to renew it. My advice: Think...
24 Jun 2013
HP SIM 7.2 Upgrade - SNMP polling fails
Recently I upgraded an HP SIM system from 7.1 to 7.2 on Windows 2008 R2. After the upgrade, SNMP discovery and data collection failed for all systems - servers, switches,...
21 Jun 2013
HP Discover Thoughts
I attended HP Discover in Las Vegas this year as a blogger and speaker, courtesy of HP. HP Discover is HP’s main technology conference. It’s held once a year in Las...
19 Jun 2013
Public Speaking - Could Do Better
I spoke at HP Discover in Las Vegas this year, on IMC Customisation, with Chris Young, Aaron Paxson, and Rick Kauffman. Overall I felt it was OK, but we could...
17 Jun 2013
The Right People
In an age of instant world-wide communications, some might ask why we still need IT conferences. It turns out that no matter what people say, nothing beats being in the...
13 Jun 2013
HP ASE - Network Architect v1
I’ve just passed the HP0-Y45 exam, which means I have completed the requirements for “HP ASE - Network Architect v1.”
11 Jun 2013
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