Re: [nv-l] Multiple map and events windows question

2004-07-15 13:18:25
Subject: Re: [nv-l] Multiple map and events windows question
From: Leslie Clark <lclark AT us.ibm DOT com>
To: nv-l AT lists.us.ibm DOT com
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 13:03:27 -0400

Hello Bartlomiej. I have a couple of suggestions.

To simplify the opening of your usual windows, you might make a Smartset of them. Say the Smartset is called Favorites, and the type is 'Object List', and the members are those locations or subnets or node submaps that you usually open. Then, when you drill into that smartset, you only need to drag each member off onto the background and it will open in it's own window.

It may be time for you to reconsider the web client. This is the best way to give users a realtime view of the r/w map. The refresh is nearly instantaneous. Also, having that Smartset of Favorite sites makes it easy for the web client to go directly to the submap they should be watching.
It also enables you to take your r/w map down and give it back to the background daemon netviewd, so you don't have to keep yours up all of the time to support the web client. And you can add custom functions to it if you like.

When users watch a r/o map, you cannot take advantage of Smartsets whose membership changes - for example, a smartset of Problem Nodes. With the web client users watching a r/w map, you can do this. It is pretty handy.

In my opinion, the V7 web client really is operator-ready,


Leslie A. Clark
IBM Global Services - Systems Mgmt & Networking

Bartlomiej Grenda <Bartlomiej.Grenda AT pl.ibm DOT com>
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During lonmg time i was subscribing nv-l as digest, unfortunately reading
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I would like to start with some questions. Before I ask my questions let me
present my NetView configuration:

NetView under my administration works as network (and partially
infrastructure) monitoring tool in Data Center, with operators on duty 24h,
7 days a week. NetView 7.1.3 is running on AIX 4.3.3. There is only one map
defined. There exists two Windows 2000  PCs for viewing NetView maps
windows, events viewer windows and pop-up alarms for operators. Each of
these PCs contain 1 graphic controller (on board) and one quad-monitor
controller additionally. That gives 10 screens in total. Both PCs runs
X-windows server (WRQ Reflection X). Generally, on each screen there is
shown one NetView map window and one Events viewer window.
All maps windows works in read-only mode and are shows different submaps of
singe map. Event viewers contents are controlled by compound filters.In
example - one screen contain map window showing storage servers LAN, event
window below shows specific traps incoming from these storage servers, or
netmon traps refering to this servers.
Separate mechanisms (scripts, rulesets) control when to raise alarm
(ovxbeep, ovxecho).
To open NetView maps and event viewers I use one AIX user (lets name it
"xoper1") on second one on second PC ("xoper 2").
As admin I use another PC with X-windows server to manage map (read-write),
filters, rulsets, etc.

My problems:

1. To have multiple map windows open I have to perform following "trick":
while having single Netview map open (root submap) i choose
Locate->Objects->By Selection Name. I specify name of submap I'm intrested
in, then press [Apply] buton, then I choose suitable line in 'Located and
Highlited" and press [Open] button. After such a sequence I have two map
windows running under single AIX user. Of course, to have multiple windows
I have to repeat that sequence many times.
To have multiple event viewers windows open I have to perform following
action - while having single event viewer map open I choose Create->
Dynamic Workspace. Then I specify suitable name, ruleset and filter. Of
course I have to repeat above action many times.
Is there any way to start many Netview maps windows (showing particulars
submaps of single map) under single UNIX user, using UNIX command line
only? Is there any way to start many NetView event viewer windows (with
different rulesets and filters) under single UNIX user? I need/want to
automate proces of opening these windows.

2. As admin I often modify content of map (using my workstation, opening
map in read-write mode). Unfortunately, these changes are not automatically
reflected on operators windows. The only method I know is to use choose (in
operators GUI) File -> Refresh map. This is very unconvinient,
additionally, It causes  closure of all windows opened before (by method
described above), and only one map window (refreshed) is opened. Is there
any method to force automatic map refreshment?

3. can I change default Node Down Delete Interval?

Thanks in advance for ANY help,hints,sugges


Bartlomiej Grenda
Strategic Outsourcing I/T Specialist
SSO TE, Network Services Delivery
IBM Polska Sp. z o.o.
Ziebicka 35, 60-164 Poznan
internet: Bartlomiej.Grenda AT pl.ibm DOT com
phone: +48 61 8649470  fax: +48 61 8649488  mobile.: +48 603 886 496