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Note: HP renamed the product called now HP operations manager way too many times. Also it is very inconsistent with using abbreviations. Here we will assume that the term "HP Operations manager" and abbreviations HPOM, OMU, and OVO mean the same thing :-)


ovdeploy is poor man CMS system that comes free with HPOM. It is very poorly documented, but actually has pretty rich functionality similar to functionality of ssh.  It can:

  1. Transfer three types of objects to remote hosts
  2. Execute commands on remote host so it can be used instead of SSH on hosts where SSH is not available by default such as Windows. For example:
    ovdeploy -exec -file /usr/bin/bdf -node ux1572
    ovdeploy -exec -file /usr/bin/chpasswd -par "-f root test2012" -node red302

For packages additional operations are available which make it pretty good "poor man configuration management system". You can use ovdeploy to install, remove, up or download, and register or unregister objects on the local and remote hosts you are managing. You can also use the ovdeploy command to list package inventories and execute commands on specified files.

Note: ovdeploy man page and help produced if you enter the command without parameters differs in substantial way.


Package operations


The first parameter specified the operation to be performed. There are nine operations:

  1. -install <options> Installs the specified object. The default target directory is $OvDataDir/installation/incoming/files/.
  2. -remove <options> Removes one or more objects.
  3. -upload <options> Uploads one or more objects to a target node.
  4. -down <options> Downloads one or more objects from a target node.
  5. -inv <options> Returns a list of installed objects on a target node either to stdout or in the form of an XML file written to the local directory.
  6. -reg <options> Adds a specified package name to the list of registered package names on a target node.
  7. -unreg <options> Removes a specified package name from the list of registered package names on a target node.
  8. -exec <options> Executes a specified file on a specified host and returns the result of the action to stdout.
  9. -cmd <options> Executes a specified command or file on a different shell on the specified host and returns the results of the action on stdout.


The following options may be used in conjunction with the command parameters indicated in the Parameters section:

Symbolic Pathnames

ovdeploy supports symbolic names that can be used with the sourcerootdir and targetrootdir options. You can use symbolic names to specify a directory without needing to know where the directory is located on a particular node platform, for example; the OpenView installation directory is: ovinstall. It is defined for all supported node platforms but the actual location might be different on each platform.

Supported symbolic path names are:


Install examples Distribution of files to remote boxes Execution of files on nodes Packages Related Examples

ovdeploy command can be used to distribute both files and packages. For packages additional operations are available which make it pretty good "poor man configuration management system".

Install examples

The following examples show how to use the ovdeploy command with files

To install file from the current directory to the node dell12 in the directory /root/bin

ovdeploy -install -host dell12 -file -td /root/bin -perm 755

To install the file testfile, located in the /tmp directory, to the node testnode. The default target directory is $OvDataDir/installation/incoming/files/.

ovdeploy -install -file /tmp/testfile -node  testnode

Distribution of files to remote boxes

To deploy the file testfile, located in the /tmp directory, to the /opt/OV/bin directory on the node testnode.

ovdeploy deploy -file /tmp/testfile -targetdir /opt/OV/bin -node  testnode	

To delete the file /opt/OV/bin/testfile from the host testnode.

ovdeploy -remove -file testfile -targetdir /opt/OV/bin -node  testnode 

To delete the file $OvDataDir/installation/incoming/files/test/testfile from the host testnode. The absolute path of the file is created from the specified target directory. No target root directory was specified, so the default target root directory is used.

ovdeploy -remove -file testfile -targetdir test -host  testnode 

Getting Files from remote hosts to the HPOM server

To copy the file testfile to the default target directory on the local host. The default target directory is $OvDataDir/installation/incoming/files/.

ovdeploy -upload -file /tmp/testfile -node testnode

To copy the file /etc/resolv.conf to the target directory /home/Resolv_depot on the local host.

ovdeploy -upload -file /etc/resolv.conf  -targetdir /home/Resolv_depot -node testnode

To copy the files in the /tmp/testdir directory on the host testnode to the directory /opt/OV/bin on the local host.

ovdeploy -down -dir /tmp/testdir -targetdir /opt/OV/bin -node  testnode

Execution of files on nodes

Note: the file should be already present of the local node to be executed

To execute the file run on the local host and returns the output to stdout.

ovdeploy -exec -file /tmp/run 

To execute the file with the shell on the host testnode.

ovdeploy -exec -shell -file -targetrootdir bin -node  testnode 

To set the timeout value for the -exec command for my_exe.exe file on host node1.

ovdeploy -exec -file C:\my_exe.exe -node node1 -cmd_timeout 9000000 

Packages Related Examples

Display list of packages installed in the HPOM server

ovdeploy -inv 

To install the package testpackage.xml, located in the /tmp directory, to the node testnode.

ovdeploy -install -pkg /tmp/testpackage.xml -node  testnode 

To copy all files that are specified in the package descriptor package1.xml to the default package upload directory on the host testnode.

The directory containing the specified package descriptor file and all files specified in it is the bin directory.

ovdeploy -upload -pkg package1.xml -sourcerootdir bin -host  testnode 

To un-register the package testpack2 from the host testnode.

ovdeploy -unreg -pkgname testpack2 -host  testnode 

To register the package package1.xml by copying the package descriptor to the inventory directory. If the package descriptor already exists, an error is returned to stdout.

ovdeploy -reg -pkg /tmp/package1.xml 

To delete the package testpkg1 from the host testnode.

ovdeploy -remove -pkg testpkg1 -host  testnode 

If testpackage1 and testpackage2 have been installed on the local machine, the following is returned:

To display the native package inventory of the local host. For example:

ovdeploy -inv -invtype native 
	HP OpenView BBC Package 5.0.50 HP OpenView Performance Access Package 10.00.123

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Old News

[Dec 23, 2010] Using ovdeploy to shut down a service

To make modifications to a running remote system from the management station to shut down a OVO Agent component:

# /opt/OV/bin/ovdeploy -cmd "/etc/rc.d/rc3.d/K02OVTrcSrv stop" -host host.corp.dom
Stopping OVTrcSrv...
# /opt/OV/bin/ovdeploy -cmd "ps -ef grep ov" -host host.corp.dom
root 299078 446518 5 Jan 03 - 0:27 /usr/lpp/OV/bin/ovbbccb -nodaemon
root 446518 1 0 Jan 03 - 6:31 /usr/lpp/OV/bin/ovcd
root 467048 655434 2 15:33:30 - 0:00 /bin/sh -c ps -ef grep ov
root 655434 446518 8 Jan 03 - 0:00 /usr/lpp/OV/lbin/conf/ovconfd

[Dec 23, 2010] Remote Command Execution using

Mar 27, 2006 | IT Resource Center forums

Brandon V:

I am running OVOU 8.14, agent version 8.13 on HP-UX 11.11. I am trying to run the command:

ovdeploy -cmd "ls" -host <remoteHost>

I am running this command after sudoing to root. I am getting the error message:

Unable to execute command 'ls' on node

(depl-175) Message returned from host:

Caller is not authorized to perform the requested operation.

I can run this command locally, but I not sure what permission issue it preventing me from doing this from the managagement server. Can anyone tell what, in regards to permissions, should I be looking at? Any help is appreciated.

Sylvain CROUET:

Can you try adding the -ovrg server option?

Brandon V

Thank you Sylvain that was exactly it. I wish I could award more than 10 points

Sylvain CROUET:

Without the "-ovrg server" option you act as the manager's agent, which usually has no rights to perform actions on other agents. With the option you act as the manager itself, which has rights.

Goran Koruga:

The syntax is as follows:

ovdeploy -ovrg server -cmd yourcommand -host nodename


HP Communities - vi file on managed node using ovdeploy - Enterprise Business Community

izad, 01-05-2010 10:21 PM

Hi Friends,

Has anyone succeeded running vi on a managed node from OVO server ? something like this :

ovdeploy -ovrg server -cmd 'vi /tmp/blah.txt' -node

I get this:

[Using open mode] "/tmp/tttt" [New file]

Input read error

Tried 'TERM=vt100;export TERM;vi /tmp/blah.txt' as well but no luck.

Tried, created an application - nothing worked.

I can't bring the remote xterm as I've only port 383 and ICMP opened between server and node.

Any idea is highly appreciated with points.

Thank you. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know !

Banu_Prakash, 01-05-2010

I have never used vi through ovdeploy but if i want to edit any file from node end i will use opcdeploy command

First i will copy the required file to management server

opcdeploy -cmd "cat /tmp/tmp/blah.txt" -node > /tmp/blah.txt

I will edit the file /tmp/blah.txt and will put it back to node using opcdeploy command

opcdeploy -deploy -file -node [-targetdir ] -trd absolute

HTH Banu

Goran Koruga, 01-05-2010


This won't work - vi needs a real TTY.

Something like sed or ed shall work.

Regards, Goran .

Mohamed AbdelMoneim, 01-06-2010 04:18 AM

Hi, Did you try

ovdeply -cmd "cat THE TEXT YOU WANT TO ADD > /tmp/file.txt" -node THE NODE NAME

it is kind of redirection with cat command to append or overwrite the text in files

Remco Donders, 01-06-2010

I've you are able to open x-windows and there isn't a firewall between the server and node and xterm is available on remote node.

You could try:

ovdeploy -cmd "xterm -display PCRunningX:0.0 -e vi /file/to/edit" -node nodename

However I do not like this option as it doesn't give you info on which server the xterm is running.. You might need other arguments to set the title of the xterm window.


Remco ....



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