net_connect MCS Profile Type Configuration

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net_connect_MCS
A monitoring administrator uses Monitoring Configuration Service (MCS) to create monitoring configuration profiles and deploy probes to target devices. Use the Setup net_connect and Port Check profile types to monitor network connections between hosts and computer systems.
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Prerequisites
Verify the following information before you configure and deploy the probe:
  • CA Unified Infrastructure Management
    8.5.1 is installed. The Setup net_connect and Port Check profile types are introduced with this version of CA UIM.
  • The mon_config_service_templates v10.31 package is deployed to the primary hub.
  • The net_connect v3.31 probe is in the local archive.
  • A valid license is installed for the net_connect probe.
  • Complete any probe-specific prerequisites.
  • Your system meets the minimum hardware and software requirements before you deploy a monitoring configuration profile.
To use the enhanced profiles, you need the following software environment:
  • CA Unified Infrastructure Management version 9 SP1
  • The net_connect version 3.37 probe is installed.
  • Monitoring Configuration Service (MCS) version 9.10 (or later)
  • Metrics plug-in version 7.96 (or later)
  • Robot version 9.10 (or later)
Enhanced Profiles in MCS
CA UIM 9.0.2 includes a new type of Monitoring Configuration Service (MCS) profile, called an enhanced profile. Enhanced profiles provide a consistent way to configure alarms using MCS. Enhanced profiles enable you to configure metrics, baselines, alarm thresholds, Time Over Threshold alarms, and create custom alarm messages, all within a single MCS profile. For more information, see Configuring Alarm Thresholds in MCS in CA UIM Probe Documentation.
net_connect Profile Types
The net_connect probe monitors network connectivity between a host system and remote target devices. The net_connect probe can also monitor connectivity to TCP-based services, such as FTP and HTTP.
Two configuration profiles are required to configure the net_connect probe. They are:
  • Setup net_connect
  • Port Check
Use the Setup net_connect profile type to define general probe settings, such as Log Size, and to designate a device as a
monitoring host
. Any device with a robot and a configured net_connect probe is a monitoring host. A
monitoring host
monitors connectivity to remote target devices to which MCS has deployed a Port Check configuration profile.
After you apply a configuration profile through Monitoring Configuration Service, continue to use Monitoring Configuration Service to manage configuration profiles. Do not use Admin Console or Infrastructure Manager to modify configured settings.
Profile Type Default Settings
The out-of-the-box profile types have default settings, but are deactivated and do not generate metrics or alarms. The default settings are provided to make it easy for administrators to quickly create configuration profiles and begin to monitor their environment. The default settings in the Setup net_connect profile type should apply to most environments.
To create a Setup net_connect configuration profile for the monitoring hosts, use all the default settings and click
Create
. To create a Port Check configuration profile for the target devices monitored by the monitoring hosts, minimally select or configure the following settings:
  • Select the host that monitors the remote target devices in the
    Host Location
    field.
  • Select the
    Active
    check box to activate a profile and allow the probe to generate alarms.
  • Enter a unique profile name.
  • Enable the services the probe monitors in the
    Enable Services
    column.
  • Enable the alarms the probe generates.
  • Select the metrics the probe generates in the
    QoS Metrics
    column.
Create a Setup net_connect Configuration Profile
Create a Setup net_connect configuration profile for a single or a group of monitoring hosts. Devices to which MCS has deployed a net_connect probe and a Setup net_connect configuration profile are
monitoring hosts
. You must select a monitoring host when you create a Port Check configuration profile. If you have not created and deployed a Setup net_connect configuration profile to a device, you cannot create a Port Check configuration profile.
Follow these steps:
  1. In Unified Service Manager, select a USM group OR expand a USM group and select a device. The group can be one of the predefined USM groups (for example, the Unix and Windows groups) or a group you created.
  2. Select the
    Monitoring
    tab.
    Profile types appear in the middle pane. If profile types do not appear in the middle pane of the
    Monitoring
    tab, deploy robots to devices.
  3. Hover over the Setup net_connect profile type name, and then click '
    +
    ' to add a profile.
    Setup net_connect_initial.png
  4. (Optional) Select
    Yes
    if you see a dialog asking if you want the probe to be installed. Verify that the probe resides in the local archive.
  5. Configure the probe settings.
  6. Create
    the profile.Monitoring Configuration Service deploys the net_connect probe to target devices, if needed, and applies the configuration profile.
  7. View the
    Profile Status
    information to verify that the configuration profile was successfully deployed to the target devices. Profile status information appears at the bottom of the profile configuration page.
    After the Setup net_connect profile is successfully deployed to the target devices, you can create Port Check configuration profiles.
Create a USM Group of Devices to Be Monitored
To help you keep track of the devices a monitoring host is monitoring, create a USM group with the devices the monitoring host monitors.
Follow these steps:
  1. Go to Unified Service Manager (USM).
  2. Create a group with the remote devices a monitoring host monitors.
  3. Add one or more devices to the group.
Create a Port Check Configuration Profile
The Port Check profile type lets you configure the alarms and metrics the net_connect probe generates.
Follow these steps:
  1. In Unified Service Manager, select a device or a USM group to be monitored by a monitoring host.
  2. Select the
    Monitoring
    tab.
    Profile types appear in the middle pane. If profile types do not appear in the middle pane of the
    Monitoring
    tab, deploy robots to devices.
  3. Hover over the Port Check profile type name, and then click '
    +
    ' to add a profile.
  4. Select the
    monitoring host
    from the
    Host Location
    drop-down list. All devices configured as monitoring hosts appear in the Host Location drop-down list.
    If you have not created a Setup net_connect configuration profile or if Monitoring Configuration Service is still in the process of applying the Setup net_connect configuration profile to devices, the
    Host Location
    drop-down list might be empty or you might not yet see the desired monitoring host in the list.
    Port Check.jpg
  5. Select the
    Active
    option to activate the profile.
  6. Enter a unique profile name.
  7. Enable the services the probe monitors in the first column of the Services table.
    You must enable a service to allow the probe to generate metrics and alarms for a monitored service.
  8. Enable the desired alarms the probe generates in the second column, and then configure the reply, retry, and alarm message settings.
    Note:
    If you cannot configure alarm settings, enable the associated Service in the first column of the table.
  9. Select the desired QoS metrics in the last column of the table.
  10. Create
    the profile.Monitoring Configuration Service deploys the Port Check configuration profile to the selected target device or group of devices.
  11. View the
    Profile Status
    information to verify that the configuration profile was successfully deployed to the selected device or group of devices. Profile status information appears at the bottom of the profile configuration page.
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