Integration with UIM

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Previously, Unified Infrastructure Management (UIM)-
DX NetOps Spectrum
integration sync status was not getting updated for hosts and VMware in the OneClick view. Now, in 10.4.1, the integration sync status is updating correctly under the
UIM Host Sync Configuration
section and
UIM Virtualization Sync Configuration
section (
Navigation
view,
UIM Manager
,
Information
,
Configuration
), as appropriate. For more information, see the related section UIM-
DX NetOps Spectrum
Sync Status in this article.
There are major changes to the GUI for configuring the integration from 10.2.3 and spectrumgtw probe v8.67. Refer to the spectrumgtw AC documentation for configuring the integration.
From the 10.1.2 release, the SNMP Gateway probe and SBGW / Southbound gateway are no longer recommended for alarms synchronization from UIM to
DX NetOps Spectrum
. CA recommends using the Spectrum Gateway (spectrumgtw) probe for alarm synchronization from this release.
We recommend that you go through the
DX NetOps Spectrum
-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 about the integration of
DX NetOps Spectrum
with other CA products, see Integration Compatibility.
We recommend you deploy the latest hotfix that is available for the probes.
In previous releases of UIM, the nisapi_service_host package was deployed to the service_host probe. As of 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
DX NetOps Spectrum
integration: You no longer have to deploy nisapi separately. By default, your
DX NetOps Spectrum
integration uses the nisapi package deployed in wasp as part of a UIM installation or upgrade.
  • By default
    ,
    the wasp probe uses port 80. However, because the wasp probe is a core component in UIM, this port should already be open in a properly functioning UIM environment. For more information, refer to the wasp probe documentation.
Overview
The
DX NetOps Spectrum
- Unified Infrastructure Management (UIM) (formerly known as CA Nimsoft or CA Nimsoft Monitor) Integration expands the
DX NetOps Spectrum
monitoring capabilities of the infrastructure with information and alarms from UIM and provides the following benefits:
  • Provides a holistic view of the availability of host servers and VMware environment across the network and their performance data for fault management in a single pane of the application. It also provides end to end root cause and impact analysis across network and server elements, extending
    DX NetOps Spectrum
    core capabilities to other infrastructure domains.
  • Advance condition correlation between UIM and
    DX NetOps Spectrum
    helps in building robust fault management.
  • Leverage UIM capabilities for server management and use the
    DX NetOps Spectrum
    network management capabilities for an end to end infrastructure management.
The following video describes how you can integrate
DX NetOps Spectrum
and UIM to monitor your infrastructure and to use
DX NetOps Spectrum
root cause analysis feature to rapidly troubleshoot and resolve issues:

DX NetOps Spectrum
and UIM bidirectional Integration
You can enable bidirectional integration between
CA Spectrum
r10.3 and CA UIM r8.5.1 using the
spectrumgtw
probe v8.67.
This integration enables reception of all UIM alarms by
DX NetOps Spectrum
and reception of
DX NetOps Spectrum
inventory information and all
DX NetOps Spectrum
alarms by UIM.
For more on the bidirectional integration see
DX NetOps Spectrum
and UIM Bidirectional Integration
.
Please see the following video to understand more about the bidirectional integration and its capabilities:

Enhancements and Improvements to the
DX NetOps Spectrum
and UIM Integration
This section includes enhancements and improvements made to the integration.
UIM-
DX NetOps Spectrum
Sync Status
Previously, UIM-
DX NetOps Spectrum
integration sync status was not getting updated for hosts and VMware in the OneClick view. Now, in 10.4.1, the integration sync status is updating correctly under the
UIM Host Sync Configuration
section and
UIM Virtualization Sync Configuration
section (
Navigation
view,
UIM Manager, Information, Configuration
), as appropriate.
  • Under the
    UIM Host Sync Configuration
    section, the sync status in the following parameters now gets updated correctly:
    • Last Full Sync Time Stamp
    • Next Full Sync Time Stamp
    • Sync Status
    The following screenshot shows the required information:
    Host sync configuration
  • Under the UIM Virtualization Sync Configuration section, the sync status in the following parameters now gets updated correctly:
    • Last Sync Time Stamp
    • Next Sync Time Stamp
    • Sync Status
    The following screenshot shows the required information:
    VMWare sync configuration
GUI Changes to the UIM Configuration page in
DX NetOps Spectrum
From the current release of
DX NetOps Spectrum
, major GUI changes are done to the UIM configuration section in the
DX NetOps Spectrum
Administrations page. You can choose the integration option to configure it from
DX NetOps Spectrum
or UIM's spectrumgtw probe. For more details, see the Changes in Integration Architecture section in the Integration Architecture page.
Following are the available configuration options:
  • No Integration
    - Select this option to disable
    DX NetOps Spectrum
    -UIM integration.
  • Legacy Integration
    - Select this option if you are using the spectrumgtw probe v8.67 with
    CA Spectrum
    10.2.3
  • SpectrumGateway Integration
    - Select this option if you are using the spectrumgtw probe v8.65. The Spectrum-UIM integration is configured through UIM's spectrumgtw probe.
Configuring Integration through UIM’s spectrumgtw Probe v8.65
If you are using UIM's spectrumgtw probe (v8.65) and
CA Spectrum
r10.2.3, the integration between
DX NetOps Spectrum
and UIM is configured through UIM's spectrumgtw probe (v8.65) Admin Console. Select the 'SpectrumGateway Integration' option in the
DX NetOps Spectrum
OneClick Admin pages > UIM Configuration page. Click 'Save' then go to UIM's spectrumgtw probe (v8.65) Admin Console to complete the configuration. For configuration instructions, see the Deploy and Configure the Probe section, in the spectrumgtw probe documentation.
Before switching the existing integration from
Legacy Integration
to
SpectrumGateway Integration
, ensure that you have installed the patch
10.02.03.PTF_10.2.303
on top of 10.2.3. This patch is a solution to retain the UIMEventAdmin Models after moving integration from Legacy Integration to SpectrumGateway Integration.
VHM Enhancements
From 10.2.3,
DX NetOps Spectrum
can monitor both UIM models and SystemEdge models when
DX NetOps Spectrum
-UIM Integration is enabled with Multi-tenancy.
When the integration is enabled with Multi-tenancy, UIM origins are mapped to
DX NetOps Spectrum
landscapes. In this scenario,
DX NetOps Spectrum
monitors UIM models on the landscapes which are part of Multi-tenancy mapping and can monitor SystemEdge AIM based models on the landscapes which are not part of Multi-tenancy mapping.
When the
DX NetOps Spectrum
-UIM Integration is enabled without Multi-tenancy,
DX NetOps Spectrum
monitors UIM models only. All the SystemEdge AIM based models are deleted on all the landscapes.
vMotion Support Enhancements
From r10.2.3, when a VM is migrated (vMotion) in VMware, then the spectrumgtw probe picks the changes and sends it to
DX NetOps Spectrum
. The changes are shown in the
DX NetOps Spectrum
hierarchy. The reflection time for the changes in the
DX NetOps Spectrum
hierarchy is based on the frequency at which the UIM VMware probe publishes the changes to UIM. This functionality is supported for both legacy integration and integration through spectrumgtw probe 8.65 version.
After deploying and starting the spectrumgtw 8.6.5, you must restart the UIM VMware probe.
Reconciliation Enhancements
In earlier releases, when
DX NetOps Spectrum
models UIM host Server if the network devices such as routers or switches have the same IP address then
DX NetOps Spectrum
reconciles based on IP address and network devices are displayed as part of UIM Manager Hierarchy.
Starting from 10.2.3, for the same scenario,
DX NetOps Spectrum
will create UIM Host Server/UIM VM models in the UIM Manager Hierarchy and stop reconciling with the network devices with IP Address.
Support for Customized Alarms
From r10.2.3, you can manage customization (changing the severity) for UIM alarms in
DX NetOps Spectrum
. The spectrumgtw probe 8.65 version is enhanced to allow the Spectrum users for this customization. For more information, see the Support for Customized Alarms section in the spectrumgtw AC Configuration documentation.
Maintenance Schedule Synchronization
From r10.2.3, the Maintenance Mode schedules on devices from
DX NetOps Spectrum
will be synchronized to UIM and from UIM to
DX NetOps Spectrum
, using the integration via spectrumgtw probe v8.65. For more information, see the Schedule Maintenance Mode section.
Multi-Tenant support in
DX NetOps Spectrum
From r10.2.2,
DX NetOps Spectrum
supports multi-tenancy by leveraging the multi-tenant capability of UIM through the bidirectional
DX NetOps Spectrum
-UIM integration enabled by the Spectrum Gateway (spectrumgtw) probe. The Multi-tenancy model in UIM is based on the Origin tag (Ownership). Using REST calls provided by
DX NetOps Spectrum
the spectrumgtw probe leverages this origin information. The spectrumgtw probe allows
DX NetOps Spectrum
to map Origin with Landscape. For more information on multi-tenancy in
DX NetOps Spectrum
see Multi-Tenant support in
DX NetOps Spectrum
.
Filter and Synchronize Specific Alarms
The
DX NetOps Spectrum
and UIM integration support filtering and synchronizing specific alarms from Spectrum to UIM or UIM to Spectrum. The alarm filter solution reduces clutter and eliminates the sync of alarms that you do not want to monitor. After applying the alarm filters you can see only the filtered alarms in Spectrum or UIM. You can configure the alarm filtering in the Spectrum Gateway (spectrumgtw) probe. For more information, see Synchronize Specific Alarms.
Selective Inventory Synchronization
From r10.2.1, the
DX NetOps Spectrum
and UIM integration support selective synchronization of Server Management entities only. This functionality allows you to avoid full inventory synchronization and select only the server inventory which you want to get synced from UIM to Spectrum.  For more information, see 'Selective Inventory Synchronization' section in the Integrating
DX NetOps Spectrum
and UIM through the Web Server for Server Management
page.
Custom Attributes Synchronization
You can synchronize custom attributes from UIM to
DX NetOps Spectrum
. When you enable the
DX NetOps Spectrum
-UIM Bidirectional Management integration, the following custom attributes are synced from UIM to
DX NetOps Spectrum
. For more information see, custom attributes section.
Supporting AWS (Amazon Web Services) Cloud Monitoring
AWS Cloud (Amazon Web Services) Monitoring is supported by
DX NetOps Spectrum
using the UIM and
DX NetOps Spectrum
integration. The aws (Amazon Web Services) The monitoring probe deployed in UIM enables the metric data collection from the AWS instances. This data is then synchronized from UIM to
DX NetOps Spectrum
. For more information, see Supporting AWS (Amazon Web Services) Monitoring.
Supporting Azure (Microsoft Azure Monitoring)
Microsoft Azure Monitoring is supported by
DX NetOps Spectrum
using the UIM and
DX NetOps Spectrum
integration. The azure (Microsoft Azure Monitoring) probe deployed in UIM enables the metric data collection from the AWS instances. This data is then synchronized from UIM to
DX NetOps Spectrum
. For more information, see Supporting azure (Microsoft Azure Monitoring).
ESX Host Server Maintenance Mode enhancement
From
DX NetOps Spectrum
10.2.1, you can now choose whether to retain the default correlation between the ESX host and the VMs during Maintenance mode. By default, all the VMs under the ESX Host are automatically placed in maintenance mode. You can now choose to set only the parent ESX host server in maintenance mode and not the child virtual machines that are hosted on the ESX server. For more information see, Place ESX Host in Maintenance Mode or Hibernation.
SNMP profile Synchronization
From this release, SNMP profiles for
DX NetOps Spectrum
inventory in a Global Collection is synchronized by the Spectrum gateway (spectrumgtw) probe to SNMP Collector so that it can monitor those without re-entering SNMP credentials.
When inventory data is synchronized from
DX NetOps Spectrum
to UIM via spectrumgtw probe, the SNMP credentials are also synchronized and stored in the UIM database. The SNMP profiles synchronized from
DX NetOps Spectrum
are shared with the Discovery server, and once the SNMP Collector probe provides the IP range relevant to the profiles synchronized, you no longer need to re-enter the SNMP credentials while logging in to the UIM interface.
The configuration of integration parameters is done in the Spectrum gateway configuration. This capability is only available for the integration between
DX NetOps Spectrum
10.2.1 and CA UIM 8.5.1 using the spectrumgtw probe 8.6 versions.
SSL communication between Spectrum Gateway (spectrumgtw) probe and
DX NetOps Spectrum
The
DX NetOps Spectrum
- UIM integration between
DX NetOps Spectrum
10.2.1 and CA UIM 8.5.1 using Spectrum Gateway (spectrumgtw) probe 8.6, supports secure (https) communication the gateway probe and
DX NetOps Spectrum
. You need to ensure that the
DX NetOps Spectrum
OneClick Server is configured for SSL (HTTPs) and that https is selected as the communication protocol in the Spectrum Gateway (spectrumgtw) probe configuration.
DX NetOps Spectrum
Fault-Tolerant Scenarios
Back-end changes have been made to
DX NetOps Spectrum
to prevent modeling new entities, reported by 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.
While triggering DC Migration, ensure that both source and destination
SpectroSERVER
are running on the primary
SpectroSERVER
in the Fault-Tolerant environment.
Logging Improvements
Improved the OneClick Server logging for
DX NetOps Spectrum
-UIM integration to give insights into what has been modeled a what was not, movement of VMs across different ESX hosts, relationship additions and deletions and so on.
Reconciliation Enhancements
Till now
DX NetOps Spectrum
used to reconcile entities like Vcenters, VMs, and Hosts.
DX NetOps Spectrum
is 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.
DX NetOps 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 model will be deleted and a new ESX model will be created for that ESX host. This newly created model will be part of both Virtualization and Server hierarchies.
If an ESX server is already modeled in
DX NetOps Spectrum
with a model type other than UIMVirtualMachineHost or UIMHostServer, the ESX Server is not reconciled as part of the
DX NetOps Spectrum
-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 UIM it can be pulled into
DX NetOps Spectrum
for Server management.
The VMware probe allows you to monitor standalone ESX Host Servers and it's corresponding hierarchy in a UIM context.
DX NetOps Spectrum
does not support this. This is only supported if you are monitoring ESX Servers through VCenter using VMware probe.
Delete Unreported Entities in
DX NetOps Spectrum
(Virtualization Management)
In previous versions of the
DX NetOps Spectrum
-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.