1998-07-21 23:47:01
Subject: Ovstart/Ovstop
From: Leslie Clark <lclark AT US.IBM DOT COM>
To: nv-l AT lists.tivoli DOT com
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 23:47:01 -0400
Netview V5 pre-reqs the Tivoli Framework. You create an Administrator's
Desktop, such as the default
root Desktop, give it the authority to control Netview, and specify a list of
unix logins that are allowed to
use that Desktop. You also specify the uid under which those functions are
executed. So a non-root user
has a Desktop that allows him to pick things off the menu, like start Netview
daemons, and the action
is executed as if it were initiated by someone else, eg root. No password
required, and no access to
other root activities as a result. Similarly, you can schedule tasks and
specify who they run as. So if you
have a script that does you database stuff, you can have Tivoli schedule it and
run it as root. Of course
you had to be logged in as root when you installed this stuff and configured it.


Leslie Clark
IBM Global Services - Network & Systems Management - Detroit

We are currently using Netview/Aix 4, and it appears that only root may
issue ovstart/ovstop.  In our shop, production root access must be
requested thru data security and the password is changed after each use.
This could be a problem to automate Netview cleanup/backup (ie ovstop
netmon-ovtopofix-ovstart netmon).

There was some discussions on this subject indicated this problem (using
root to issue ov commands) may be solved by migrating to Netview V5.  Can
someone clarify how is V5 getting around this problem?



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