CA Spectrum and CA UIM

 
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From the Spectrum v10.1.2 release, the SNMP Gateway probe and SBGW / Southbound gateway are no longer recommended for alarms synchronization from CA UIM to CA Spectrum. CA recommends to use the Spectrum Gateway (spectrumgtw) probe for alarm synchronization from this release.
We recommend that you go through the CA Spectrum-CA UIM Integration using spectrumgtw probe - FACT SHEET to understand the changes to the integration whether you are new to this integration or an existing user.
For more information refer to the following CA Spectrum - CA UIM Integration Compatibility Matrix:
CA Spectrum
CA UIM
Inventory sync using nisapi
snmpgtw /SBGW
spectrumgtw
10.1
8.2, 8.3
YES
NA
10.1.1
8.2, 8.3
YES
NA
10.1.2
8.47
nisapi-wasp v8.4.2 or later
NA
YES
Information!
In previous releases of CA UIM, the nisapi_service_host package was deployed to the service_host probe. As of CA UIM release 8.47, the service_host probe was deprecated and its functionality was moved to the wasp probe. This change has the following implications for your CA Spectrum integration:
  • You no longer have to deploy nisapi separately. By default, your CA Spectrum integration uses the nisapi package deployed in wasp as part of a CA UIM installation or upgrade.
  • You no longer have to keep port 8080 open. This port was used exclusively by the service_host probe.
    The wasp probe uses port 80. However, because the wasp probe is a core component in CA UIM, this port should already be open in a properly functioning CA UIM environment. 
 
Overview
The CA Spectrum - CA Unified Infrastructure Management (CA UIM) (formerly known as CA Nimsoft or CA Nimsoft Monitor) Integration expands the CA Spectrum monitoring capabilities of the infrastructure with information and alarms from CA UIM and provides the following benefits:
  • Provides holistic view of availability of host servers and VMware environment across the network and their performance data for fault management in a single pane of application. It also provides end to end root cause and impact analysis across network and server elements, extending CA Spectrum core capabilities to other infrastructure domains.
  • Advance condition correlation between CA UIM and CA Spectrum helps in building the robust fault management.
  • Leverage CA UIM capabilities for server management and use the CA Spectrum network management capabilities for an end to end infrastructure management.
The following video describes how you can integrate CA Spectrum and CA UIM to monitor your infrastructure and to use CA Spectrum’s root cause analysis feature to rapidly troubleshoot and resolve issues:

CA Spectrum and CA UIM bidirectional Integration
You can enable bidirectional integration between CA Spectrum r10.1.2 and CA UIM r8.47 using the 
spectrumgtw
 probe v8.4.7.
This integration enables reception of all CA UIM alarms by CA Spectrum and reception of CA Spectrum inventory information and all CA Spectrum alarms by CA UIM.
For more on the bidirectional integration see CA Spectrum and CA UIM bidirectional Integration.
Enhancements and Improvements to the CA Spectrum and CA UIM Integration:
Spectrum Fault Tolerant Scenarios
Back-end changes have been made to CA Spectrum to prevent modeling new entities, reported by CA UIM, in a particular SpectroSERVER if it is a Secondary SpectroSERVER. However updating the models and their relationships will still be done in secondary SpectroSERVER.
Logging Improvements
Improved the OneClick Server logging for CA Spectrum-CA UIM integration to give insights into what has been modeled an what was not, movement of VMs across different ESX hosts, relationship additions and deletions etc.
Reconciliation Enhancements.
Till now CA Spectrum used to reconcile entities like Vcenters, VMs and Hosts. With this patch Spectrum will be able to reconcile logical entities like Datacenters, Clusters and Resource Pools with existing models of corresponding entity types if they were modeled previously to prevent duplication in error scenarios.
CA Spectrum will now reconcile ESX hosts with existing ESX hosts or UIMHostServer models only. If ESX host is reconciled with a UIM Host Server model then the existing UIMHostServer modeled will be deleted and will be a new model ESX model will be created for that ESX host. This newly created model will be part of both Virtualization and Server hierarchies.
Note: If an ESX server is already modeled in CA Spectrum with a model type other than VMware ESX Host or UIM Host Server, the ESX Server will not be reconciled as part of the CA Spectrum-CA UIM integration.
Out of box solution for managing VM as a server
You no longer need to deploy the 
vmware
 probe to synchronize VMware inventory. If VMs are being monitored as a server in CA UIM it can be pulled into CA Spectrum for Server management.
: The vmware probe allows you to monitor standalone ESX Host Servers and it's corresponding hierarchy in a CA UIM context. CA Spectrum does not support this. This is only supported if you are monitoring ESX Servers through VCenter using vmware probe.
Delete Unreported Entities in CA Spectrum (Virtualization Management)
In previous versions of the CA Spectrum-CA UIM integration, the virtual entities/ models that were not reported during a synchronization cycle were auto-deleted. From this release, these models will be placed in the Unreported Entities/ Models container, instead of being deleted.
See Delete Unreported Entities.