Manage Device Life Cycles

Life cycle states define the monitoring behavior for devices. Life cycle management enables you to define the usage state of SNMP and ICMP devices. Components inherit the life cycle state of the associated device.
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Life cycle states define the monitoring behavior for devices. Life cycle management enables you to define the usage state of SNMP and ICMP devices. Components inherit the life cycle state of the associated device.
Life cycle management does not apply to devices from
CA Mediation Manager
.
You can manage the device life cycle state using the Manage Device Life Cycle user interface in 
Performance Center
 or the 
Performance Center
 API. To use the 
Performance Center
 API, see Update the Device Life Cycle State.
(3.6.1 September Update and Higher Only) You can also manage the device life cycle state from the device inventory. You can change the life cycle state of a device to Active or Maintenance from an alarms view.
Life Cycle States
  • Active
    The normal operating status of a device.
  • Retired
    Specifies that the device is no longer in use and that no monitoring occurs. This state disables polling, threshold monitoring, notifications, and change detection. The system does not update the SNMP Profile or change the hostname.
    Any virtual device (Virtual Machine or ESX), discovered with systemEdge is not polled for its vCenter statistics when the device lifecycle state is Retired.
  • Maintenance
    Specifies that the device is temporarily under maintenance. The behavior of this state is configurable.
Change Life Cycle Status
To define when a device is active, retired, or in maintenance, change the life cycle state. Device life cycle management requires the Administer Life Cycle role right.
Follow these steps:
  1. Do one of the following steps:
    • Go to 
      Administration
      Device Life Cycle
      .
    • (3.6.1 September Update and Higher Only)
       
      Go to 
      Inventory
      Devices
      .
    • (3.6.1 September Update and Higher Only) Go to an alarms view.
      You can change the life cycle state of a device only to Active or Maintenance from an alarms view. You cannot change the life cycle state to Retired from an alarms view.
  2. Select the devices, and click
    Manage Life Cycle
    .
  3. Select the Life Cycle State, and click OK.
    The system applies the selected status to the device and logs a Life Cycle event that marks the change.
    When a change to the Life Cycle Status stops polling a device, if the data is within the rollup time frame, the polled data is included in rollups.  For example, the system stops polling at 9:20 am. The data is included in rollups for the 9:00-10:00 hour, but not for the 10:00-11:00 hour. Baselines use data up to 90 days in the past, even if the device is no longer polled.
Configure Maintenance Behavior
To define the behavior for devices in the Maintenance state, specify the life cycle behavior.
Changes to maintenance behavior do not apply to devices already in the maintenance state. The changes apply only to devices set to maintenance after you change the maintenance behavior.
Follow these steps:
  1. Go to
    Administration, Life Cycle Behavior
    .
  2. Under Maintenance State, specify the behavior:
    • Polling
      Specifies whether
      CA Performance Management
      polls the device.
    • Threshold Evaluation
      If polling is enabled, specifies whether
      CA Performance Management
      analyzes event rules for the device.
    • Event Notification
      Specifies whether
      CA Performance Management
      sends notifications for the device.
  3. Click
    Save
    .
    CA Performance Management
    applies the defined behaviors to devices that you put in the Maintenance state.
CA Spectrum
Integration
For systems with an integrated instance of
CA Spectrum
, you can configure
CA Spectrum
to control the life cycle state of devices in
CA Performance Management
. Changes in 
CA Spectrum
trigger changes in
CA Performance Management
. If you change the state of a device in
CA Performance Management
, the state does not change again unless the state changes in
CA Spectrum
. With this option enabled,
CA Performance Management
uses the following behavior:
  • Active devices in
    CA Spectrum
    are Active in
    CA Performance Management
    .
  • Devices in Maintenance in
    CA Spectrum
    , have the Maintenance state in
    CA Performance Management
    .
  • When a device is deleted in
    CA Spectrum
    , the device receives the Retired state in
    CA Performance Management
    .
  • The state of the device in
    CA Spectrum
    overwrites the state in
    CA Performance Management
    .
(3.6.1 August Update and
Lower
Only) Tip:
  To avoid conflicts in device life cycle management, do not grant the Administer Life Cycle role to users in
CA Performance Management
.
This is not an issue with the 3.6.1 September update and higher.
To manage the life cycle state of a device from
CA Spectrum
, edit the
CA Spectrum
data source and select the following check box:
Synchronize device life cycle state from Spectrum
.
If you move a device in 
CA Spectrum
 from one landscape to another, 
CA Performance Management
 retires the device.
To avoid this behavior, you can use the following process to preserve the polled data and continue polling:
  1. Go to the IP Domain global collection, and find the existing device. 
  2. Remove the device from the collection without deleting it.
  3. Discover the device in the new landscape.
  4. Add the new device to the IP Domain global collection.
  5. Delete the original device.
The following video explains the 
CA Spectrum
 integration behavior:

For more information, see Configure a Data Source.