Basic Vendor Self-Certification

For basic vendor certification, use the UI to apply simple changes to a vendor certification. This option is useful for limited changes that you need immediately.
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For basic vendor certification, use the UI to apply simple changes to a vendor certification. This option is useful for limited changes that you need immediately.
Basic certification has the following limitations:
  • Applies only to devices with a single MIB and a single MIB table.
  • Cannot modify all aspects of the vendor certification.
  • Does not apply to extended vendor certifications or custom certifications created with the advanced method.
Log in as the administrator to perform these tasks:
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Create a Custom Vendor Certification in the UI
A vendor certification maps attributes from a vendor MIB to the metrics specified in a metric family. Vendor certifications also determine how metrics collected from an item are formatted for use in the UI and in reports. Metrics that are provided for an item can vary depending on the vendor of the item. Mapping these values ensures that the metric values are reported consistently, regardless of the vendor.
Different vendor certifications can apply to the same metric family. Data Aggregator maps metric values using a ranked list of vendor certifications. Data Aggregator calculates a metric value using the highest priority vendor certification that matches the polled item. If a vendor certification does not exist for a device, you can create one.
To determine if a device supports a vendor certification, the device is queried for each key attribute that is defined in the specified vendor certification. If a device supports an attribute, the device responds to an SNMP GET NEXT request on a given Object ID. A device supports a vendor certification only if all the key attributes are supported. For custom vendor certifications created with the Vendor Certification wizard, any attribute used in an expression is considered “key” and therefore the device supports it.
 To avoid possible data loss, back up the certifications directory each time that you create or update a vendor certification, metric family, or component.
Follow these steps:
  1. Click
    Vendor Certifications
    from the
    Monitoring Configuration
    menu for a Data Aggregator data source.
  2. Click
    New
    .
    The New Vendor Certifications wizard opens, guiding you through the following steps to define your vendor certification:
    • Selecting the MIB for your device.
    • (Optional) Importing a new MIB when one does not exist.
    • Selecting the metric family to which you want to map.
      Only scalar metric families or table metric families with a single index appear in the list.
    • Defining the expressions between the metrics in a selected metric family and the vendor certification variables from the selected MIB.
      The Names and Indexes metric names require an expression. For a custom vendor certification created with the Vendor Certification wizard, Data Aggregator automatically provides the Indexes metric expression for your selected MIB table.
  3. Follow the prompts.
    The new vendor certification is created and automatically added to the end of the priority list for the selected metric family. The vendor certification is automatically associated with the All Manageable Devices device collection.
    (Optional) You can change the priority of the vendor certification within the metric family.
  4. Run a discovery and verify that Data Aggregator is correctly polling the metric data for your devices.
    Data Aggregator only polls for metrics that have an expression defined in the vendor certification. If you try to report on metrics without a defined expression, your reports display a "no data available" message.
Import Custom Vendor Certifications in the UI
After you create a custom vendor certification, you can share it with other Data Aggregator users who want to gather metrics for the same vendor.
The 
genericWS
 format will be deprecated in a future release. Therefore, we recommend that you use the 
typecatalog
 format.
Custom vendor certifications can be shared between Data Aggregator users. Custom vendor certifications let users gather metrics for vendor devices when a factory certification is not yet available. To use a shared vendor certification, import it in XML format into your installation of Data Aggregator. You are not required to import the MIB.
Follow these steps:
The metric family that is associated with the vendor certification must be available in CA
Performance Center
before importing. The import fails when the associated metric family is unavailable.
  1. Click
    Vendor Certifications
    from the
    Monitoring Configuration
    menu for a Data Aggregator data source.
    Use the Search feature in any pane to locate specific information that is related to that pane. Alternatively, navigate between pages in a pane using the arrows.
  2. Click
    Import
    .
    The Import button supports ZIP files. For example, you can import the downloaded ZIP file for a certification from the On-Demand Certification support page.
  3. Click
    Browse
    , and select the custom vendor certification file.
  4. Click
    Open
    , and then click
    Import
    .
    Your custom vendor certification is imported. Data Aggregator immediately begins collecting metrics for the metric families that are associated with the newly imported custom vendor certification.
Edit a Custom Vendor Certification in the UI
You can edit existing custom vendor certifications to collect additional data for reporting. For example, you can edit the expression that maps to the normalized metric family variables.
This method applies only to custom vendor certifications that you created or edited in the UI.
 To avoid possible data loss, back up the certifications directory each time that you create or update a vendor certification, metric family, or component.
Follow these steps:
  1. Click
    Vendor Certifications
    from the
    Monitoring Configuration
    menu for a Data Aggregator data source.
  2. Select a custom vendor certification from the list.
  3. Select a metric family, and click
    Edit
    .
  4. Manually edit the expression.
    Common edits include the following changes:
    • Change a value that is assigned to the expression, such as an average.
    • Add multiple vendor certification variables to the expression.
    • Remove an expression from a metric family variable by clearing the Expression text box.
      The Names and Indexes metric names require an expression. For a custom vendor certification created with the Vendor Certification wizard, Data Aggregator automatically provides the Indexes metric expression for your selected MIB table.
  5. Click
    Accept Expression
    .
    The expression is mapped, and the top table is populated with the updated values.
  6. Click
    Save
    .
    The vendor certification details grid is updated with the changes to the metric family variables.