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 
CA Performance Center
 or the 
CA Performance Center
 API. To use the 
CA Performance Center
 API, see Update the Device Life Cycle State.
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
      .
    • Go to 
      Inventory
      Devices
      .
    • 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
    .
  • The state of the device in 
    CA Spectrum
     overwrites the state in 
    CA Performance Management
    .
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
.
The following video explains the 
CA Spectrum
 integration behavior:
 

 
For more information, see Configure a Data Source.
Retirement Consolidation
The 
CA Performance Management
 user interface now supports supports the co-existence of retired and replacement devices coming from CA Network Flow Analysis.
 You must upgrade to CA Network Flow Analysis 10.0 and 
CA Performance Management
 3.7 to leverage this functionality.
In the earlier versions of 
CA Performance Management
, it was not possible to have multiple devices with the same IP address. With this enhancement to the device life cycle, you can now have multiple devices with the same IP address displayed in 
CA Performance Management
. When a device is retired, CA Network Flow Analysis retires the old device and creates a new device with an interface. The new and the retired device show in 
CA Performance Management
 after synchronization. A new device can be discovered using the same IP. You can now report on the new and retired device in the same or separate group. If you want to report on the new and old device together, we recommend that you place them in the group.
When CA Network Flow Analysis 10.0  detects a flow from a different device with the same IP , the existing device is marked as retired. CA Network Flow Analysis then creates a new entry for the new device with new set of interfaces.
If you upgrade 
CA Performance Management
 to 3.7 before upgrading CA Network Flow Analysis to 10.0, a full Synchronization of CA Network Flow Analysis data source will be required when CA Network Flow Analysis is upgraded.
 When a device has been retired and a new device has been created, as with any new device, you may choose to configure and manage the new device accordingly.