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HP OpenView Event Correlation Services (ECS) Designer is a powerful product that offers customers sophisticated capabilities to create customized rules for specific Network Node Manager (NNM) or HP OpenView Operations event correlation requirements. The graphical user interface of ECS Designer makes the complex process of event correlation design intuitive and user-friendly.

The designer provides the interface for the compiling ECS raw circuit files (.ecs files) into compiled curcuits (.eco files) that can be loaded into the ECS runtime engine.

The ECS designer is not requred to load compiled ECS curcuits (.eco files) into the runtime engine.

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[Oct 14, 2010] Course Title : UC342S Managing Events with NNM 7.x, Operations Manager for Unix and ECS Composer - Software Version C.00

HP Product Number : UC342S

This advanced course focuses on the management and reduction of events detected by Network Node Manager (Unix or Windows) and Operations Manager for Unix ( HPOM ). It describes strategies for distributing SNMP traps between NNM and HPOM management systems, and for capturing syslog events.

Techniques for reducing the events seen by NNM and HPOM users are studied. Labs provide hands-on practice correlating events, using ECS Composer with both NNM and HPOM . This course is for those with experience using NNM or HPOM as event capture and configuration tools.



(B4743/Unix or H1662/Windows UC340/combined)

Course Objective

After completing this course you will be able to:

[Oct 14, 2010] ECS Composer Instructions

ECS Composer Instructions (updated 04-21-2006)

  1. To create ECS Composer template on Mgt Server (already done on hbrpsums01d6)
    1. Requires: /var/opt/OV/share/tmp/OpC_appl/comp
    2. Upload template: opccfgupld comp
    3. Fact store must exist: /var/opt/OV/conf/OpC/mgmt_sv/ecs_comp.fs (copy from other server)
    4. Assign Composer Circuit to Mgt Server: Actions->Server->AssignTemplate
    5. Run circuit on Mgt Server: Actions->Server->Install/Update Templates (starts opcecm)
  2. To create or edit Correlation store
    1. Make sure you are running the Hummingbird Window Manager

1.      Start-> Programs-> Hummingbird Connectivity 7.0-> Exceed -> Tools -> HWM

    1. Open ecs composer in developer mode: /opt/OV/bin/ovcomposer –m d
    2. Save Correlation store in /etc/opt/OV/share/conf/ecs/CIB/OpC
    3. New Correlation store will be saved with a .fs extension (fact store)
    4. Edit NameSpace.conf in that directory to add new Correlation Store
  1. To deploy Correlation store
    1. Deploy in ovcomposer –m o does not work, use command line
    2. /opt/OV/bin/csdeploy.ovpl -p /etc/opt/OV/share/conf/ecs/CIB/OpC/deploy.conf
  2. Activate Correlation store (not sure if deploy does this or not)
    1. Run: /opt/OV/bin/ecsmgr –i 11 –update \

ecs_comp /var/opt/OV/conf/OpC/mgmt_sv/ecs_comp.fs

    1. Check: /opt/OV/bin/ecsmgr –i 11 –info or /opt/OV/bin/ecsmgr –i 11 –fact_dump
  1. IMPORTANT UPDATE (when things get screwed up)
    1. If you are unable to load a factstore execute the following:

1.      /opt/OV/bin/ecsmgr -i 11 -disable ecs_comp

2.      /opt/OV/bin/ecsmgr -i 11 -circuit_reload ecs_comp \ /var/opt/OV/conf/OpC/mgmt_sv/ 0 ecs_comp

3.      /opt/OV/bin/ecsmgr -i 11 -enable ecs_comp

4.      /opt/OV/bin/ecsmgr -i 11 -update ecs_comp \ /var/opt/OV/conf/OpC/mgmt_sv/ecs_comp.fs

  1. ANOTHER IMPORTANT UPDATE (severity number changes)
    1. 4          Unknown
    2. 8          Normal
    3. 16        Warning
    4. 32        Critical
    5. 64        Minor
    6. 128       Major
  2. FYI
    1. From the ecsmgr man page:

     -instance <instance>

               Identifies a particular engine instance when there

               are multiple instances on a host system.

               The default for this option is -instance 1.

               pmd:   The  pmd-linked  correlation  engine  is

                         always instance 1.

               HPOM :  The  HPOM   Server   -linked   correlation

                         engine is always instance 11.

                         The HPOM Agent -linked correlation engine

                         is always instance 12.

  1. To Create & activate Correlation store on Agent
    1. Assign & Deploy ECS Composer template to agent
    2. Edit: ENGING_INSTANCE=12 in /etc/opt/OV/share/conf/ecs/CIB/OpC/deploy.conf
    3. /opt/OV/bin/ecsmgr –i 12 –fact_update ecs_comp /var/opt/OV/conf/OpC/ecs_comp.fs

Managing Events with NNM 7.x, Operations Manager for Unix and ECS Composer

Instructor-Led Training

Detailed Course Outline


Configuring Events and Alarms in NNM

Overview System and Application Monitoring

Monitoring Logfiles

Discriminating between Log Messages

Pattern Matching

Message Interceptor and opcmsg

SNMP Trap Interceptor

Configuring Event Forwarding

Distributed SNMP Trap Management

Configuring syslog Messages for SNMP

Introduction to Event Correlation

HPOM Message Reduction

Correlating HPOM Messages with ECS and Composer

Configuring NNM Event Correlation

Introduction to Composer Development

Creating a Basic Correlator

Using Variables in Correlators

Using Additional Correlators

Relating Events from Multiple Sources

Using Callbacks and Built-In Functions

Combining Correlators

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