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Device counter report the sequel (adding a historical dashboard)

Following on from the sterling work of my colleague Nick Lansdowne, this blog will build upon Nick’s blog to provide a historical view of the device count numbers. This historical view will leverage the work discussed in Nick’s previous blog (Netcool/OMNIbus License Compliance: Easy access to your device counter report). A historical view is useful […]

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Run Nagios XI on non-standard ports

Is your Nagios renewal coming up? Let us quote and we will guarantee to  beat your normal price. Take a look here to get an initial quote without any sales interaction. One of the more common tasks performed by System Monitoring/OSS administrators is to configure the OSS to run on non-standard ports. Usually there is […]

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NOI v1.4.1.2: Event Analytics Configuration made easy

NOI v1.4.1.2 was released at the end of last week (18th May 2018) and includes fix packs for Netcool/OMNIbus Core v8.1 (FP16), Netcool/OMNIbus Web GUI v8.1 (FP13) and Netcool/Impact v7.1 (FP13). Note, I’d also recommended the latest cumulative patch for Jazz for SM v1.1.3.1 is installed, CP06. One of the most welcome feature enhancement is […]

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Netcool/OMNIbus License Compliance: Easy access to your device counter report

Device Count Report

The Device Counter extension shipped with Netcool/OMNIbus v8.1 is designed to assist with entitlement reviews by logging the number of unique systems that have sent events to your Netcool/OMNIbus infrastructure. The counts are grouped by device type (Network, Server and Client) and is available from a log file on the Aggregation ObjectServer. With a few […]

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Danshari – The age of minimalist monitoring

Danshari is a Japanese concept meaning to declutter. It is formed of 3 ideograms (断捨離), meaning “refuse”, “dispose” and “separate”. I’m reading a book at the moment called Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki in which he shares his personal minimalist experience, offering specific tips on the minimizing process and revealing how the new minimalist movement […]

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Workload Automation – DataStage Jobs

  Define Common Variable Table Assumptions – all DataStage jobs execute through the same pool or agent workstation. Define a variable table to hold parameters common to all DataStage jobs and ADD the variable table to the pool/workstation definition. Do this by editing the workstation definition and supplying a variable tale value. This will need […]

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Workload Automation – Part 4: Pull Files

This blog in the series will look at how to use the TWS built-in File Transfer advanced job type to pull files from a 3rd party site. One of the problems with this type of “pull” transfer is that you can’t be certain that the expected file is actually sitting there on the remote system […]

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Workload Automation – Part 3: Dynamic Agents and POOLS

The next blog in this series was intended to discuss automating the pulling of files using built-in TWS functionality. However, when starting to write the article I realised that to do so involves using some of the new advanced job types. The advanced job types will only execute on dynamic agents or POOL type workstations […]

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It’s the end of the road for Netcool OMNIbus 7.4

Recently my toaster which I’d had for 32 years toasted its last slice of bread and I was forced to replace it with a newer model. Even though the toaster was cheap and looked ugly it worked just fine and was the first thing my mother bought me when I left home and so I […]

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You’ve moved your service desk to the cloud now what about your monitoring tools?

For the last 20 years one of the most common requests that I have received at Orb Data is to perform an integration of the IBM monitoring tools with the customer’s service desk. When we first started the company in 1998 this was almost uniquely Remedy Action Request System (ARS) however at some point in […]

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