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Checking and restarting OMU Server processes Server Health checking using itochecker HPOM 9 Env Variables Log Files HPOM Directories Tracing
opcsv opcragt ovc opcagt itochecker Functional Checks
Policies troubleshooting Message from opcmsg not reaching manager Troubleshooting HPOM agents Terminology Humor Support Forum

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 :-)

Troubleshooting, problem analysis and root cause determination requires patience, determination, and experience. Even if you just deleted important directory you should rush to action. It is important to analyze the problem and see available options in order to find the correct path. Although you may start out on one path and end up on another in order to resolve a complex problem, over time the most important skill will become patience.  You need to deliberately slow down yourself, maintain log of your actions and think before jumping to action. In may cases haste really bring waist and one hour problem became 10 hour problems due to some badly thought out "recovery" action.

You can benefit from using HP Support Forum. There is also access to online HP OpenView technical support

When an event occurs that cause system or application downtime, this downtime already started often additional 20-30 min does not change anything. So the number one priority is forget idea of getting it back as quickly as possible and work as reliably and safely as possible. That means making intermediate backups as you progress.  

Each event can be analyzed against the baseline of working system. In this sense detecting configuration or system changes from the known good configuration is an important step that prevent hasty action and likely force you to tread with a more cautious mindset.  Production environment is often stupidly stable and differences that you might find can be the key to detecting what coused a problem. Three major sources of problems are

Helpdesk support from HP is critical for serious problems as you by definiton can't know the HPOM to the depth that developers in HP know. Collaboration with colleagues is important when the issue falls outside the realm of familiar territory. In this sense excluding possibility of actions of other sysadmins is important first step. It never hurts to ask a question or two of those who might have seen a similar situation and have more current experience. Finally, bulldog style determination is the final essential quality for someone facing the HPOM troubleshooting task, especially if the situation is unfamiliar.

There are multiple tools built into the HPOM user environment that might help you solve the problem. They make possible to use structured approach to determination of the root cause of the problem and components involved.  The HPOM structurally be viewed as several subsystems each of which can be investigated independently:

  1. Networking and Client/Server Communications

  2. Database(s) and Event and Message processing

  3. Policies

  4. Server Configuration

  5. Applications (out-of-the-box and add-on)

  6. Agents  and their components (smart Plug-Ins)

  7. Security (built-in and add-on)

  8. High Availability (backup server, cluster, etc)

The task of troubleshooting a problem has three key components

Information about HPOM server problems
that you need to collect before calling HP support

Check for Errors

Error messages from HPOM are reported to the user via a variety of sources. The error message sources are the log files, the graphical user interface, and the shell. In the graphical user interface, the error messages may appear in a pop-up window as the result of an illegal operation or in the message browser within the message text. There are a few log files that contain important information about the normal operation of the system and when necessary error messages when an operation within the OV environment did not complete successfully. For example, after installing an operating system or OV patch you should check the installation log files for any errors.

Here are topics from Advanced Administration class that can be helpful:

Architecture HPOM Communication and Firewalls

Certificate Use and Management

Advanced Troubleshooting

Online Help

During troubleshooting, it is helpful to have all the necessary information and resources at your fingertips. The online resources provided within the HPOM platform make access to important information easy. Inside each graphical window there is a HELP button on the menu.

# tail /var/opt/OV/log/OpC/opcerror|grep ERROR

File name Location of of critical files

Log files

Installation creates a number of log files, all located in the folder <OvDataDir>\HPOVInstall.

Each log file tracks a specific portion of the overall product installation or uninstallation. The information contained in the logs is mostly the output of the msiexec.exe application (See Other Tools); however, some of the information generated is specific to the portion of the install executed. See Log file examples.

Log file filename format follows these rules:

<package>_install.log (installation)

<package>_remove.log (uninstallation)

where <package> is any of the subpackages listed in the tables above.

One additional log file (non-Windows Installer format) is created during installation that logs

the status of the many configuration tasks performed during the installation of management servers and consoles. The name of the file is ServerConsoleInstallResults.txt.

See Log file examples.

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[Jul 29, 2010] HPSWSC - corefiles on AIX Managed Nodes -

HP Software Solutions Community online forum


We have AIX managed nodes running https agents 8.6. Sometimes one the subagents crashes and a large core file is written to /var/opt/OV/tmp. Is it possible to configure the agent in a way that there is no core file written in case of a crash ? The agent is restart by the selfmanagement policies.

pituhdo, HP Knowledge Expert:


I'm afraid that the core dumps are controlled by the OS rather than the agent itself, so AFAIK there is no way to configure the agent to not create core files.

You can configure the size of the core files on the configuration file /etc/security/limits as can be seen on

If you want that your system doesn't create any core file just set the core variable to 0.

Core files are caused normally by a bug in the software so I would recommend contacting HP Software Support in order to get it solved.

Hope this helps,


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