Features and Enhancements

What's New in CA Spectrum 10.3
This release includes the following enhancements:
CA Spectrum Dockerization
Dockerized CA Spectrum components can be deployed separately, such as OneClick Server Image, SpectroSERVER Image, and SecureDomain Connector Image. It helps to spin a Distributed Spectrum deployment within no time(minutes*). Due to it's lightweight in size (tens of megabytes) when compared to virtual machines (gigabytes) docker containers can be launched in a single machine and is highly scalable as with the demand of the users. Running Spectrum on a Container Application platform provides a seamless service abstraction layer. For more information about installation and configuration, see NetOps Fault Management with Dockerization.
DDMDB Performance Improvements
From Spectrum 10.3, Archive Manager Database (DDM Database) supports InnoDB Engine for improved performance. It also supports the event table partitioning. On upgrading or migrating to Spectrum 10.3, it is recommended to refer to the Post Upgrade Tasks to convert DDM Database to InnoDB Engine and partitioning the event table. CA Spectrum 10.3 onwards, the new install by default for the DDM Database is InnoDB Engine and the event table is partitioned.
You can convert your saved Archive Manager database file from MyISAM to InnoDB. For more information about this conversion, see the .ddm_load v10.3 page.
Support for DHCP
In a DHCP environment, the IP addresses of certain devices change based on the DHCP lease. Previously Spectrum was not able to monitor these types of devices accurately.Starting From CA Spectrum 10.3, you can run DNS Lookup to resolve the original IP address of the devices in DHCP environment. Running the DNS lookup helps you to resolve the IP address for the following issues:
  • Device Contact Lost
  • Duplicate IP or model
  • Management Agent Lost
CDP (Cisco Discovery Protocol) Enhancements
The CDP functionality is enhanced to discover connections between a Cisco and a Non-Cisco device.
'Communication Link Down' Alarm View Enhancements
The 'Link Down Interfaces' view in OneClick allows you to perform the following tasks for a communication link down alarm on a device:
  • See all the interfaces that are affected due to communication link down alarm on a device.
  • Refresh the interfaces list.
  • Clear any or all selected interfaces links or the interfaces from the impact of communication link down alarm on a device.
To remove interface links from the list of impact of communication link down alarm, follow these steps:
  1. Select the 'Communication Link is Down' alarm in the Alarms tab of the Contents panel.
  2. Select the 'Alarm Details' in the 'Component Details' panel.
  3. Scroll down to see the 'Link Down Interfaces' view.
  4. Select the interface to be removed and select 'Remove'.
    The interface is removed from the impact of communication link down alarm.
Filtering Interfaces
From CA Spectrum 10.3, you can filter interfaces of a device model which you do not want to model and monitor in CA Spectrum. A new OneClick Subview (Mtype Based IfType Filtering) allows you to filter interfaces of a device model. For more information, see the Mtype Based IfType Filtering Subview section in the VNM Attributes in the Information Tab page.
Modeling Gateway Enhancements
Export and Import Support for World and Top Org Views
Spectrum supports out of box approaches to export and import the xml files through Modeling Gateway for World and Top Org models. This support is beneficial for customers moving from Spectrum 10.3 and above. For more information about importing and exporting xml files, see Modeling Gateway Toolkit.
HP IRF Support
Spectrum 10.3 offers support for HP IRF devices, which includes displaying physical devices in the topology, identifying master and slave devices, showing port level connectivity between physical devices to neighbor devices in a separate view. To know more, refer to the section on HP IRF Device Enhancements.
Syslog Monitoring Enhancements
In previous versions of Spectrum, if a host name is received as part of syslog trap, CA Spectrum uses DNS Lookup to resolve the host name to an IP address and locates the associated model. Or, CA Spectrum checks for the host entry in the /etc/host file.
From CA Spectrum 10.3, if the DNS Server is not accessible or you do not want to contact DNS Server or /etc/hosts file to resolve host names, you can use the ‘preventDNSlookup’ attribute (introduced in CA Spectrum 10.3) to stop the DNS Lookup.
For more information, see the Disable DNS Lookup for Syslog Traps section in the Configuring CA Spectrum to Process Syslog File Matches page.
Monitoring Profile Enhancements
From CA Spectrum 10.3, a new script (Monitoring_Profile.pl) is introduced to fetch MIBs information of a selected device.
Using this script, you can fetch the following information of a device.
  • List of MIBs
  • Trap details
  • Poll-able Attributes
For more information, see the Fetch MIBs Information of a Device Using a Script page.
Support for MPLS Tunnel Discovery Based on RFC 3812 MIB and Traps
In previous versions of CA Spectrum, MPLS tunnels were discovered by reading the experimental MIB MPLS-TE-MIB. The tunnel up/down/create/delete operations were supported based on the traps from MPLS-TE-MIB.
From CA Spectrum 10.3, the RFC 3812 [MPLS-TE-STD-MIB] is used instead of experimental MIB MPLS-TE-MIB.
To enable the snmp traps from MPLS-TE-STD-MIB in a device, do the following configuration:
snmp-server enable traps mpls rfc traffic-eng
Multitenant SRM with Jasper
SRM Multitenancy Support through Jaspersoft 6.4.2, 6.4.3 and 6.3 Integration
SRM Multitenancy is introduced and support with Jaspersoft, that enables modeling of multiple selected tenants to any corresponding number of devices or locators in a DSS environment to effectively manage several devices in your network. Through SRM multitenancy, you can configure multiple tenants and can specify devices or locators to be mapped to, in the corresponding landscapes. Deploy a multitenant environment and aggregate, generate, and run reports for multiple tenants to manage and monitor the devices in your network. For more information see, SRM Multitenancy Support.
Custom Role Management
Now with SRM Multitenancy Support ensure privacy and safety of your data. This feature restricts unwanted access to your schedule by preventing the schedule from being saved in a public folder. Users/Admins cannot save their schedule in 'public/ca/Spectrum' folder and saving in such public folders is restricted through this enhancement. Users/Admins can save schedule in their own tenant folders only.
Spectrum-UIM Integration Enhancements
With the 10.3 release, Spectrum-UIM integration can synchronize the Operating System details of UIM models [hosts and virtual machines] and displays these details on OneClick under the Information Tab. This integration also provides details about the list of servers that failed to synchronize from UIM to Spectrum in the Webserver Log.
CXF Upgrade
In CA Spectrum 10.3 release, the Apache CXF is upgraded to v3.2.4. This Apache upgrade has an impact on the responses for the REST APIs that are available with CA Spectrum.
The responses in CA Spectrum 10.3 differs compared to the responses of the previous releases of CA Spectrum. It is recommended to update or modify your 'custom' applications according to the new responses in CA Spectrum 10.3. For information about the list of integration products that are tested with CA Spectrum 10.3, see the Integration Compatibility page.
Tomcat Upgrade
In CA Spectrum 10.3 release, the Tomcat is upgraded from v7.0.82 to v9.0.8. This Tomcat upgrade will have an impact on the responses for the REST APIs that are available with CA Spectrum.
For example, in the CA Spectrum 10.3 the Tomcat (v9.08) response for http reason status line is HTTPResponseStatusLine= “HTTP/1.1 200" where as in CA Spectrum 10.2.3 the Tomcat (v7.0.82) response for http reason status line is HTTPResponseStatusLine = “HTTP/1.1 200 OK”.
If you have any custom scripts, it is recommended to update or modify the 'custom' scripts according to the new responses in CA Spectrum 10.3.
CA Spectrum and CA Digital Operational Intelligence Integration
A new utility/service has been introduced in this release, that directly publishes the CA Spectrum alarm, inventory, services, metrics, and group collection data to the Analytics platform, bypassing CA UIM altogether. The older integration through CA UIM remains supported. In the older integration using spectrumgtw and axagtw, the Spectrum landscapes were mapped to UIM origins and UIM origins were mapped to AXA tenants. With the latest Spectrum DOI integration, you can map CA Digital Operational Intelligence tenants to CA Spectrum landscape directly and the data from the landscape is sent to the mapped Digital Operational Intelligence tenant. For more information, about this integration see, Integrate CA Spectrum with CA Digital Operational Intelligence Using Spectrum Data Publisher.
Co-existence of VNA and UIM Integration for VMware Entities
Previously an integration between CA Spectrum, UIM and VNA, to monitor VMware environment, resulted in duplicate VMware entries from UIM and VNA.
With Spectrum 10.3, you can reconcile the same set of data from two sources (UIM and VNA). Following are the benefits:
  • Reconciliation of UIM and VNA Host Servers
  • Fault Correlation between UIM and VNA alarms
  • OneClick Views for reconciled Events & Alarms
CA Spectrum and CA APM Integration Enhancements
Deprecation of the Spectrum SNMP Trap Plugin
Starting from CA Spectrum 10.3 release, the Spectrum SNMP Trap is deprecated and is not shipped with CA Spectrum. However, you can use the SNMP Alert Action plug-in of CA APM for the trap generation between CA Spectrum and CA APM.
The Spectrum SNMP Trap plug-in of CA Spectrum and SNMP Alert Action feature of CA APM are both used for the same purpose of trap generation. Because, the SNMP Alert Action feature of CA APM has more enhanced functionality, we recommend you to use the SNMP Alert Action in CA APM for the trap generation.
To configure the SNMP Alert Action, see the Create and Configure Notification Actions section. To migrate from Spectrum SNMP Trap to SNMP Alert action, see Migrate from Spectrum SNMP Trap to SNMP Alert Action of CA APM.
OneClick Launch-Action for multiple selected items
Launch a Web Server Script For Multiple Alarms in Combined Mode
In the previous Spectrum releases, when you use the <run-for-multiple-alarms> tag with <launch-web-server-script>, it runs a script for selected multiple alarms in the OneClick console. Selected alarm attributes are passed as command line arguments to script for each selected alarm. The same script is run multiple times, once per selected alarm.
From CA Spectrum 10.3, you can use the following sub-element/tag to run a combined script in combined mode for multiple alarms. You can configure the<multiple-contexts-enabled mode= />  tag to run a script for several alarms simultaneously in the Alarm Console. For more information, see the Launch a Web Server Script For Multiple Alarms At The Same Time section in the Customizing the OneClick Console Menu page.
Auto Repair Functionality
Previously Alarm Notifier's set script triggered the auto repair functionality and repaired all the violated policies configurations. From Spectrum 10.3 auto repair functions independently of the Alarm Notifier. Select the check box next to the 'Enable Auto Repair' option on the NCM Policy window. See the new Auto Repair functionality for NCM devices for more information.
Cygwin Update
This release supports Cygwin v.2.10. We recommend running the bash- login, as a prerequisite to create the .ssh folder which is required to run the NCM scripts.
Platform Updates
End of Support for Platforms
Spectrum 10.3 does not support Solaris, BOXI, Windows 2008 and, RHEL 5.x platforms. Installation on these platforms fails and returns an error.
Introduced Support for Platforms
Spectrum 10.3 is supported on Windows 2016. Installation of any component of Spectrum (OneClick, SpectroSERVER, SDC) is supported on this platform and functions as usual.
Device Certification Updates
Select here to see the full list of devices that are certified in CA Spectrum 10.3.