Unicenter NSM is a comprehensive management solution that lets you discover, monitor, and analyze infrastructure elements, gather reports on system and network status and set up automated actions to improve performance. Helps in analyzing the health, status, and performance of your infrastructure elements. It displays and reports system status, problems, and history through secure and personalized views including the Management Command Center ( MCC), Unicenter Management Portal (MP), Event Console, and visual maps. NSM displays overview and detailed views of infrastructure elements with a single GUI, the Unicenter MCC.
Unicenter NSM includes agents that provide monitoring and visualization of resources across many different platforms in the enterprise, that binds together to perform activities and gives a unified view of the enterprise. Efficient information sharing is accomplished through a centralized database known as the MDB.
Unicenter NSM offers integration with other CA managementproducts and consists of the components. Management Command Center Overview( MCC) Unicenter MCC provides a graphical tree structure, both familiar and intuitive, for productive navigation of role-based administrative tasks. It acts as the center for visualization, configuration, and monitoring in Unicenter NSM. It is used to navigate the WorldView 2D Map and topology tree view, monitor Event messages, look into details of Agent Technology, start network and system discovery, create reports, and much more. Agent Technology Agent Technology monitors and manages your enterprise. Agent Technology can extend and manage customer and third-party programs and applications. Individual agents can collect information on a wide range of data across numerous operating systems and applications.
Event Management Event Management provides a rich collection of facilities to meet your information technology needs with flexible correlation, intelligence and automation capabilities at all levels of the management infrastructure. The Event Manager, Event agents, and the Event Console comprise Event Management. Unicenter Systems Performance Unicenter Systems Performance monitors the performance of the server platforms in your enterprise, letting you apply consistent management policies to disparate operating systems. Systems Performance provides historic and real-time information Active Directory Monitoring (Windows) Active Directory Monitoring on Windows platforms monitors the health of critical aspects of the Windows Active Directory environment.
Discovery Discovery discovers and classifies devices on IP and IPX networks. It provides both an ad hoc (on demand) and continuous (real-time) mode. It updates the MDB with newly discovered and classified network objects Discovery Types – 1) Classic Discovery Provides on demand discovery that lets you decide which subnets you want to discover and when. You can also configure Classic Discovery to run at regular intervals, which can be used as an alternative to Continuous Discovery and ensures that your discovered environment in the MDB is always current. You can start a Classic Discovery from the Discovery Classic GUI, the Management Command Center, the Unicenter Browser Interface, or the command line. 2) Continuous Discovery Provides event-driven and ongoing discovery. Continuous Discovery employs a manager and agents that continuously scan your network in real-time mode for new devices or changes in IP addressing of existing IP devices.
3) Common Discovery Discovers IPv6 networks. The Common Discovery Import utility discovers IPv6 networks using Common Discovery technology and imports IPv6 addresses into WorldView, where they are integrated with existing networks. Notification Services Notification Services provide the messaging infrastructure for Unicenter NSM to deliver business information to remote personnel in a timely manner through wireless and advanced protocols such as WCTP, SMTP, POP3, and so forth Notification Services consist of two parts: 1)Notification Services Client Provides the necessary libraries and utilities to connect to the Notification Services Server in order to send notifications and retrieve responses. 2)Notification Services Server A Windows Service that provides the necessary facilities to process client notification requests, resolve recipient information, and send requests to recipients using various protocols and providers.
Alert Management System The Alert Management System (AMS) organizes and tracks the most important events in an enterprise or a logical segment of an enterprise so that you can focus on and manage the highest severity IT events. Advanced Event Correlation Advanced Event Correlation (AEC) integrates seamlessly with Event Management to provide a powerful event correlation, root cause, and impact analysis capability. When used with existing Unicenter NSM features, AEC can increase the quality and reduce the quantity of the information reported on the Event Console, which is used to automate certain operational tasks. Adaptive Configuration The Adaptive Configuration service supports the challenging agent areas of initial configuration, the ongoing configuration adjustment through the following ways – 1) Detection of resources that should be monitored 2)Providing suitable thresholds for these resources 3)Automatic configuration of the agent with an optimum monitoring policy
TrapManager TrapManager is a component of Unicenter NSM that lets you perform sophisticated trap database and trap filter file management. You can use TrapManager to manage trap information and translation messages stored in the Trap Database and trap filters stored in the trap filter file. Unicenter Browser Interface The Unicenter Browser Interface provides a lightweight web-based Java user interface through which you can administer Unicenter NSM Unicenter Configuration Manager The Unicenter Configuration Manager allows for web-based configuration and remote distribution of agent profiles. It is able to deliver configuration data at scheduled times and to check existing configurations for Unicenter NSM components such as agents, Advanced Event Correlation, and operator settings in Event Management.
Unicenter Management Portal Unicenter Management Portal provides a role-based, dynamic, personalized, and consolidated view of the enterprise management information using the web portal Unicenter Software Development Kit (SDK) The Unicenter Software Development Kit (SDK) provides the means to programmatically interface with the major components of Unicenter NSM. It lets you create personalized visualizations and policies and integrating with your site-specific data, applications, and configurations Web Reports and Dashboards Web reports let you create inventory, status, and performance reports for your managed resources. Dashboards present the detailed state of your managed resources in a graphic manner, which are accessible through the Unicenter MCC, Unicenter MP, and the CA web server. Management Database Unicenter NSM components are integrated using a management database (the CA MDB). The MDB provides a single integrated database schema (tables, columns, views) for the management data stored by all CA products. The schema includes the database objects used by Unicenter NSM, its components, and options. Use of the MDB in Unicenter NSM enables integration of Unicenter NSM and other CA products for managing your IT infrastructure.
Implementation Layers – For implementation purposes, Unicenter NSM is implemented in a distributed manner and is arranged into four layers: 1)Visualization 2)MDB/Enterprise - Database Level 3)Managers 4)Monitoring Technology Visualization The visualization layer represents user access to the various GUIs and management points. This includes: 1)Management Command Center 2)WorldView (Maps, Class and Object Browsers, Viewers, Wizards) 3)Unicenter Browser Interface (Remote and Web-based Viewer) 4)Unicenter Management Portal
5)Unicenter Remote Monitoring (Administrative Interface) 6) Web Reports and Dashboards 7) Unicenter Configuration Manager 8) Classic Enterprise Management MDB The MDB is a single database containing common tables and multiple product- specific tables that were previously contained in separate product databases (for example, the Unicenter NSM WorldView Common Object Repository). Based on a central management database, the MDB serves as the enterprise database integrating all CA products. As the primary reference point, the MDB lets you collect asset resource information from a centralized entity, or database, eliminating costly access on the network. From a Unicenter NSM perspective, all WorldView data is now stored in the MDB (formerly known as the Common Object Repository) and is referenced as the MDB. In case of multiple MDB’s Repository Bridge is used to synchronize WorldView data between MDB’s .
Managers The manager layer requires planning. It is possible to have multiple layers of managers to scale to your network and requirements. The most common managers in Unicenter NSM follow: 1)WorldView 2)DSM 3)Continuous Discovery 4)Event 5)Alert 6)Job Status Monitoring Technology CA provides two methods for monitoring your network resources: 1)Agent Technology and 2)Remote monitoring (RM).